Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Pulled the Trigger.

Well, I did it.

Pulled the trigger and bought the pieces to build a new computer. The Main system in the house is 7 years old. It has held up pretty well, with only one video card upgrade 3 years ago.

Here is the new system.

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

Best non-liquid cooler on the market:
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
XIGMATEK XLF-F1253 120mm 4 white LED LED Case Fan - Retail
Xigmatek Intel Core i7 compatible THOR'S HAMMER HDT-S126384 CPU Cooler - Retail

Op System:
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

Power Supply:
COOLER MASTER UCP RSB00-AAAAA3 1100W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Power Supply - Retail

Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Disc Drives:
LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray Disc Reader SATA Model iHOS104-08 - Retail
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM

Video Card:
EVGA 02G-P3-1185-AR GeForce GTX 285 2GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail

New Monitor:
Acer P235Hbmid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

OCZ Diesel 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model OCZUSBDSL4G - Retail

Lots of room to upgrade after this too. She can take another GTX285, or two more if I get really crazy in SLI mode. Room for 6 more GB of Ram as well. Motherboard came out this week. USB 3.0 and SATA III capable. So I can get a nice Solid state drive when the prices drop a bit.

I'll be posting pics of the assembly and finished beast.


Kyle the Lesser said...

So I realize I'm a little late on the comment here, but how's the rig holding up for you? Did you upgrade the video card/ram/hard drive yet?

This is very similar to a machine I was dreaming of putting together, except I don't actually have the means to do it. :-\

Ranger Rob said...

System is holding up well. No upgrades needed yet. Just noticed I had a stick of Memory die on me. Didn't notice a drop in performance, only noticed, when i was checking how much memory was being used by a program (and noticed only 4GB showing).

Solid State drive is the next purchase...but might be a ways away.
According to The Windows 7 system analyzer...Everything is 7.2 or better on a scale of 1 - 7.9...(except the HD which is 5.9).