piecing it together

Well, Inspy died.

Not exactly. I’m writing this on it right now, but at 1280×1024 resolution on a 17″ widescreen display, with Aero disabled. Its GeForce Go 7900 GS, once so formidable, succumbed to the rigorous temperatures of its case and left me with no accelerated video of any kind. In fact, I’m not sure how I’m seeing this right now. Regardless, it became evident that a change was needed.

It’s unfortunate, really, because I wasn’t done with Inspy. It wasn’t feeling overly slow in daily activities, and it could still play most of the games I wanted, on the rare occasions I attempted to play computer games. Really, getting four years of life out of a Dell laptop is an achievement. Of course, my tiny Fujitsu is probably over six years old and still (slowly) going strong, but it doesn’t have to play games (anymore). Here’s to the good times, Inspy, and your impressive specifications.

Moving on, I decided it was time for a desktop. My needs have changed over the years and I’m now in a position where I need a system that can last reliably for a few years, with the ability to upgrade and not become a paperweight when a component fails or becomes outdated. Builds from HP and Dell are still way overpriced for the inferior stuff they’re willing to give you. Besides, building a PC is something I’ve always been interested in, but never had the courage to undertake. After some fairly exhaustive research, I settled on a budget and list of demands, and set out to fulfill them. And this is what I came up with:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66 GHz, Quad-Core
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 1GB GDDR5, 256-bit (MSI N460GTX Cyclone)
  • Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro, LGA 1156, with SATA 6 GB/s and USB 3.0, ATX
  • Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 1600
  • Primary (OS) HD: Intel 40GB X25-V SATA II Solid-State Drive
  • Secondary (Storage) HD: Hitachi Deskstar 2TB 7200 RPM
  • Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Mid-Tower
  • Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W, SLI Certified, 80-Plus Certified
  • Disk Drive: Samsung Blu-Ray Combo Drive B083L/BSBP
  • Extras: Cooler Master RR-910-HTX3-G1 CPU Cooler, Rosewill RCR-IC001 USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader

I don’t have a monitor lined up yet, but that’s only a small issue. I’m pleased with how this thing is shaping up. Most of the components were ordered through Newegg, and the price ended up just over $1000 after rebates. Most parts have at least a three year warranty. Try getting all that (i.e. powerful GPU and power supply, feature-filled motherboard, SSD, and Blu-Ray)¬†through Dell or HP and you’re looking at a pretty absurd mark-up. Oh, and this is all tax-free.

I like reserving the ability to go SLI in the future. Probably by the time Battlefield 3 rolls around, I’ll pop in another GTX 460 and have some pretty nice framerates. Now I just need the parts to come in, and I need to find out how to put it all together…

3 thoughts on “piecing it together

  1. Pretty impressive. Although if one of the hardware components is incompatible with another, you can always get a mobile power source and just hook that Cooler Master RR-910 up to your pants and have some next-gen genitalia climate control.

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