Parts and Pictures or was that Pictures of Parts?
At the risk of sounding lewd, I should note that I like to take pictures of parts. Specifically, I like to take pictures of silicone parts. Of course, given my little intro here, you’re unlikely to be thinking of silicone bits inside a computer and are instead thinking of grotesquely augmented mammaries (which are disgusting). If you weren’t, you are now. Innuendo and maybe even explaining innuendo is a beautiful thing.
Anyway, let’s cut to the chase, strip down some boxes, and snap some photos.
Here’s where I demonstrate that I have no manners. I was unpacking everything on my mother’s kitchen table.
Yay parts! Building computers, especially for other people, excites me. Whenever I do stuff for myself it doesn’t seem as fulfilling.
See the screws on top of the case? This is where I started to worry. I had ordered two SATA devices, and upon an initial examination I couldn’t tell if the AthenaTech case had more than one SATA power connector. I was delighted when I made this discovery:
No kidding. Sandwiched inside the case among the PSU power cables was a little molex-to-SATA adapter. Not only that, but they included a bag of screws and they included cable ties. You don’t even get cable ties with $100+ dollar cases! Hell, some manufacturers don’t even include the right screws. (No, I’m not making that up.) AthenaTech certainly seems to know what they’re doing in this department. Too bad I have a bag of slightly larger cable ties. These ones were too cute to snip.
However, should I have cats of my own in the future, cuteness will not be a valid reason to circumvent my requirement that they be snipped.
…back to our ogling over a world of silicone, here is a picture of the Anyware MCE remote. It’s also cute in its own way. More so when you consider that it’ll be controlling a machine that isn’t Windows.
Note: One thing I didn’t do during my picture snapping clickfest was to take a snapshot of the IR receiver. If I think about it, I’ll try grabbing one later this week.
And now, we move on to the build process.