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DIY Iyonix kit available again

By Chris Williams. Published: 2nd Dec 2004, 19:51:06 | Permalink | Printable

Another limited period offer

Iyonix motherboard picCastle are once again selling DIY Iyonix motherboard kits, allowing users to save cash by building Iyonix computers themselves.

The offer is open for the next 15 days, which conveniently covers this weekend's show, and is exactly like the DIY kit they offered in October.

The DIY kits include just a standard Iyonix motherboard, a modified Nvidia GeForce2 graphics card, an installation CD, and a cable kit - punters have to buy all the other components like a hard disc, case, etc., but this also allows them to shop around and save cash. Many users have complained that the normal retail price of the Iyonix is otherwise too steep, and the DIY kit offer was launched after considerable pressure from end users.

Having spoken to users who purchased Iyonix DIY kits in October, it's fairly straight forward to build up a full computer provided you follow the component guidelines. Due to the hands on nature of the kit, Castle see offering suitable end user support as a bit of minefield, we're told - hence the short period time that the kit's available for and the limit of two motherboards per customer.


DIY kit details from October Castle website - contact them for more details, pricings

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Does that mean that Castle will sell a Iyonix II computer next year?

 is a RISC OS UserGollum on 2/12/04 9:57PM
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I can't quite follow your logic on this one; however, in October I asked Castle's Jack.L if they were clearing stock for a new machine, and he said that wasn't the case.

The DIY Iyonix offer seems to be in response to customer demand - plus, it does Castle a favour in that they don't have to build as many Iyonixes as they usually do ;)

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 3/12/04 12:22AM
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Just a thought... How much of a job would it be (for someone who is able to build their own pc), to build some sort of pc/ Iyonix machine, placed inside the same casing and sharing as much hardware as possible, but obviously working independently to each other.

Also while i'm here, on a totally unrelated topic, does anyone know of a welsh spell check/ theasaurus available for the Ionyx. It might not seem like a big deal, but believe it or not it's the only thing at the moment that's holding me back from buying a new Iyonix. Seriously. it's vital for my work and the only reason i put up with windows. I need to upgrade, but would rather get a pc than be forced to buy a pc (and no i can't afford both!).


 is a RISC OS UserCoetsyn on 3/12/04 12:51AM
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o dear, that last line should read... I need to upgrade, but would rather get a Iyonix than be forced to buy a pc!

...well it is almost 1 a.m.!

 is a RISC OS UserCoetsyn on 3/12/04 12:53AM
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Have a look at the older news articles at the bottom under... "More RISC OS News...."

I was looking at the articles...

"Language Support CD release" 21st Sept. 04 "Resources fori18n Published" 9th July 04 "Internationalising RISC OS" 10th July 04

These articles talk about foreign languages and RISC OS, but mention interested RO people possibly developing fonts and language translations to internationalise RO. Maybe contact a4's Detlef Thielsch (German Dealer), they may have or know who has a Welsh spell check in 32Bit??

Good Luck!

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 3/12/04 9:03AM
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Coestsyn: the only hardware you can realistically share between two machines is keyboard, monitor, mouse - and you can get a KVM for that.

If you really want two systems in one box, then an alternative might be VirtualRiscPC.

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 3/12/04 9:45AM
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I wonder - those people who have bought such kits - how much did it end up costing in total? I.e. did they save much? A shopping list with costs from someone who actually made one would be interesting. I already have an Iyonix but I want to get a 2nd one for my other office.

 is a RISC OS Userdansguardian on 3/12/04 11:34AM
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I bought the mobo + 1Gb memory + USB card. The rest which included floppy, 40Gb drive & combi CD drive from computer fair saved me about 420 pounds :-)

 is a RISC OS UserBassy on 3/12/04 3:57PM
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I did something similar to Bassy. I bought the same from Castle (plus a 17in Sharp LCD[1] and Epson 1660 scanner). I added in an 80G harddisc, a floppy/card reader, DVD-RW drive, USB-PS2 adaptor and a case. My total cost for the box itself was 1085.65 and all in total 1443.65. More (still sketchy) details at [link] The price can compare favourably. Depends what you have got or want. [1] Not discounted as I was not purchasing a full Iyonix box.

 is a RISC OS Userxyzzy on 3/12/04 4:42PM
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Mine cost me well under 900 pounds. This doesn't include the parts I already had, though. It should be easy to put together one for under 1000. Even the smallest RAM and harddrives available is plenty with RISC OS for general use.

Barring disasters, mine will be on show at tomorrows Invicta RISC OS User Group meeting in Ramsgate.


 is a RISC OS Userjess on 3/12/04 6:00PM
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Stefan Bellon has produced a dict port that will work on the Iyonix:


Also, Paul Sprangers has created an excellent front end for it:


If you can find a suitable Welsh dict server, this may well provide what you need.

As for the Iyonix motherboards; I'd like to see some Iyonixes in great looking modded cases come out of this :)

 is a RISC OS Userflypig on 5/12/04 7:24AM
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