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Dream Machine 2010: 16GB of RAM and a 4TB Drive?

In 2010, the need for multiple hard drives and multiple optical drives will continue to drive the demand for large tower enclosures, and it's likely that the BTX spec will be standardized by then.  Liquid or phase-change cooling will be standard for power rigs.  Dream Machine 2010 will pack a CPU with four or more cores integrated into a single die, 16GB RAM (8GB will be commonplace by then), and 4TB of storage running on SATA-III.  It will lack the BIOS as we now know it, but sadly, we'll still be using a mouse and keyboard to play games and run the PC.  Dream Machine 2010 will feature a processor with six cores running at 10GHZ.  Its videocard will be from nVidATI (the two companices will merge in 2008) and will feature 2GB of onboard memory, which will allow it to run Half-Life 4 like buttah.  The Serial ATA hard drive will boast 2TB of storage, and the optical drive will use 200GB dual-layer discs.

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CPU 200 MHz Pentium 300 MHz Pentium II 400 Mhz Pentium overclocked to 450 MHz 500 Mhz Pentium III* Dual 1 GHz Pentium IIIs Dual 1.2 GHz Palomino Athlons 1.2 GHz Intel Pentium III Tualatin Intel 1.8GHz Pentium 4 OC'd to 2.02GHz AMD Athlon 1800+ (1.53GHz) 3.2GHz Pentium 4C Intel 3.6GHz Pentium 4  560
Motherboard FIC PT-2003 based on Apollo-VP chipset AIR P6-KDI Dual Slot 1 based on 440LX with onboard UW SCSI Tyan Thunder 100 Dual Slot 1 based on 440BX chipset with onboard LAN, UW SCSI Abit BX-6 R2 based on 440BX chipset Intel OR840 based on 840 chipset with onboard LAN Tyan Thunder K7 Intel Easton 2 Asus P4T Soyo SY-K7V Dragon Plus AMD Socket-A ABIT IC7-G ASUS P5AD2 Premium
Memory 32 MB EDO RAM 64 MB SDRAM 128 MB PC100 SDRAM 128MB PC100 SDRAM DIMM Two Kingston PC800 256MB RIMMs 1GB Crucial registered DDR SDRAM 256MB Crucial CAS2 PC133 Two 128 MB of Kingston PC800 RDRAM 256MB Crucial PC2100 DDR CAS2 Two 512MB sticks of Corsair Micro XMS3000 (CL2) Crucial Technology Two 1GB PC-4200U DDR2/533
Primary Storage 2.1 GB Quantum Atlas with Adaptec 2940UW 4.3 GB Micropolis Stinger UW SCSI 9 GB Seagate Cheetah UW 18.2 GB Quantum Fireball Plus KA Dual 18GB Seagate X15 SCSI drives, 75GB IBM 75GXP Two 70GB Seagate 73LPs and one 180GB Seagate Barracuda 180 Three 80GB Maxtor 540DX's with Two IBM 60GB 60GXP's 120GB Western Digital WD1200 Two 36GB WD Raptors


Two Western Digital 740GD Raptors


Secondary Storage                   Two 250GB WD Special Edition Caviars Two Maxtor DiamondMax 10s
Controller       Promise Ultra66 Controller Adaptec 39160 Ultra 160   Promise FastTrack 100 TX2 Promise FastTrack 100 TX2      
Primary Videocard 4MB Matrox Millenium 4MB ATI All-in-Wonder and 4MB Diamond Monster 3D 16 MB Matrox Mystique G200 and 12MB Canopus Pure 3D II 32MB Matrox Millenium G400Max 64MB Hercules 3D Prophet II Elsa Gloria DCC GeForce2 MX400 with nVidia Personal Cinema Leadtek's Winfast GeForce3 TD Leadtek WinFast GeForce3 nVidia GeForce FX 5900 Ultra ATI Raden X800 XT Platinum Edition
Secondary Videocard                     ATI All-in-Wonder VE
MPEG Decoder         Sigma Designs Real Magic Hollywood Plus            
Primary Display Nanao T2-17TS 19-inch ViewSonic Optiquest V95 19-inch Sony GDM-400PS No Monitor included 21-inch Sony F500 Sony FW-900 NEC MultiSync VT540 Projector Sony F520   Sony F520 CRT NEC  MultiSync FE2111 SB CRT
Secondary Display                   Sharp LL-T2020B LCD Sharp LC-M3700 LCD
Third Display                     Earth LCD XLK-5002T touch screen
CD Drive         Plextor Ultraplex 40x Max            
CD Burner       HP 8200i CD-Writer Plus Dual Plextor Plexwriters 12/4/32 Pioneer DVR A03 Pioneer DVR-A03 TDK veloCD 24/10/40 Plextor PlexWriter 24/10/40 Plextor Premium 52/32/52  
DVD Drive       Pioneer ATAPI DVD-ROM Pioneer DVD-115 16x Pioneer DVR-103 Pioneer DVR-103 Pioneer DVD-115 Pioneer 16x DVD-116    
DVD Burner                   Pioneer DVR-A06 Plextor PX-712A
Dual Layer DVD Burner                     Sony DRU-700A
Soundcard Creative Labs Sound Blaster AWE32 Diamond Monster Sound Turtle Beach Montego A3DXstream Diamond Multimedia MX-300 Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live! Platinum + Live Drive II Sound Blaster Live! and Echo Audio's Mia PCI Creative Lab's Sound Blaster Live! MP3+ 5.1 Hercules Game Theater XP Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy X-Gamer Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Gamer Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Gamer
Speakers         Klipsch ProMedia V.2-400 Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Klipsch 5.1s Klipsch 5.1s   Logitech Z-680 5.1s with DTS support Logitech Z-680
Case       PC Power & Cooling Personal AT/ATX Mid-Tower Enclosure PC Power and Cooling Solid-Steel Tower Antec SX1440B Case Depot's R160B Cooler Master ATC-201 PC Power and Cooling Mid-Tower Cooler Master TAC-T01 Silverstone Nimiz SST-TJ03
Power Supply       PC Power and Cooling Silencer 275 PC Power and Cooling's Turbo-Cool 425 NMB 460-watt Anthlon power supply PC Power and Cooling Silencer 275 PC Power and Cooling Silencer 400 PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool 300 ATX 300W PC Powe & Cooling Turbo Cool 510 Deluxe PC Power and Cooling Turbo Cool 510 Deluxe Express
Cooling         Three Standard 80mm Auxiliary Ball-Bearing Fans, Two Silencer 80mm Cooling Fans, One Turbo-Cool 2x Two Thermalright SK-6       Voodoo F-1 Liquid Cooling Thermaltake Jungle512 fan/heatsink combo
Cabling             Plycon's blue cabling Plycon's braided cables   Black Hole Cables BlackFlash Special Edition  
NIC               3COM 3C905B      
Modem       ActionTec Call-Waiting Modem              
Removable Storage       Iomega Zip 100 Iomega Zip 100MB IDE         Atech Pro-9 Multiple Flash Card reader  
FireWire capture card           Canopus DV Storm RT          
Tablet           Wacom Intuos Special Edition 9x12 Tablet          
Digital Camera           Nikon Coolpix 995          
DV Camera           Canon XL1 DV          
Keyboard         Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro USB IBM Active Response Micro Inovations Micro Stealth Keytronic Designer   Key Tronic LifeTime Logitech DiNovo Media Desktop
Mouse         Logitech First Mouse Wheel Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer   Logitech iFeel   Logitech MX700 Logitech DiNovo Media Desktop
Steering Wheel               Logitech WingMan Formula Force      
Joystick               Microsoft Force Feedback 2      
Game Pad               Microsoft Gamepad Pro      
Mouse Pad                     C$ Mouse Pad
OS       Windows 98   Windows 2000 Pro Windows Millennium Windows Millennium Windows XP Professional Windows XP Professional Windows XP Professional
Price         $11,987 $17,100 $7,870 $5,712   $10,985 $12,328