Farook’s Dream Computer

Sunday, 10 May 2009, 9:45pm

Happy Mothers Day! I bought a new computer back in March and I have yet to post any pictures of my dream machine to my blog. While I was sitting at my computer today, I decided to download the new Windows 7 operating system and run it on my new MacPro using VMFusion. After about one hour of downloading the 3.2 GB file from Microsoft I was able to get it up and running on my machine. I am actually writing this post in Google Chrome on my Windows 7 Virtual Machine on my MacPro.

I finally saved up enough money and Apple finally released an updated MacPro and I went and purchased it. Here are a few technical details that some of you might be interested in:

  • 8-core: Two 2.66GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5500 series processors
  • 16GB of 1066MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512MB of GDDR3 memory, PCI Express 2.0, one Mini DisplayPort, and one dual-link DVI port
  • Two 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s, 7200 rpm, 32MB cache
  • 18x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Four FireWire 800 ports (two on front panel, two on back panel)
  • Five USB 2.0 ports (two on front panel, three on back panel)
  • Two USB 2.0 ports on included keyboard
  • Front-panel headphone minijack and internal speaker
  • Optical digital audio input and output TOSLINK ports

I am also sporting two Apple Cinema 23″ Displays that really complete my dream machine. I still have my trusty MacBook Pro 15″ laptop that I take with me to school and work. It has been relieved from running my massive photograph (120GB), movie (500GB) and music (140GB) collections to simply surfing the internet and checking email with an occasional document that needs to be created.

Take a look at the picture of my current set up, you can also see my iPhone 3G that completes the machintosh setup along with my Xerox Phaser 8560 MFP that handles all my printing, scanning and copying. I hope to write more indepth reviews and commentaries on the machines that do my work. I use to store all my media on two Other World Computing Mercury Elites that you can see sitting next to my MacPro. They now mainly serve as secondary backups. I’ll have to write more about my backup master plan.

Farook's Dream Machine

If you look closely, I have Windows 7 running on my right display and Mac OS X running on the left screen and also my laptop. On a side note, I took several photographs and stitched them together with photoshop. I haven’t done that in a while and thought I would see if it was still functioning. I am extremely happy with my setup and love my computers!

Farook Khan