cyclone, revisited

It seems so self-serving to check back in after months of absence, in the midst of rapacious Ebola and global tumult and – I can only assume – a catastrophic exacerbation of global warming, only to delineate the changes I’ve made to my computer, but what is this site for if not self-servitude?

Cyclone was humming along with no major issues, but with its processor and meager RAM becoming long in the tooth, an upgrade was in order. In order to upgrade the processor, I had to upgrade the motherboard, and if I was going to upgrade the motherboard, I might as well upgrade the case. So now Cyclone bears little resemblance to the machine it once was, having had most of its core components (including its namesake graphics card) replaced. I’ve incorporated the original RAM, 2 TB hard drive, disk drives, and power supply, for what it’s worth.


cyclone_sys_infoHere is the current configuration of Cyclone, in all its glory:

  • Fractal Design Define R4 case, black, windowed
  • Intel Core i5-4690K CPU, 3.5 GHz
  • Gigabyte Z97X-SLI motherboard
  • 12 GB G.Skill Ripjaws RAM, 1600 MHz DDR3
  • AMD Radeon HD 7950, 3 GB DDR5
  • Samsung 840 Pro 128 GB SSD (for OS)
  • Hitachi Deskstar 2 TB HDD, 7200 RPM (main storage)
  • Toshiba 3 TB HDD, 7200 RPM (overflow storage)
  • HGST Deskstar 4 TB HDD, 7200 RPM (backup)
  • Antec EarthWatts 750W PSU
  • Samsung Blu-Ray combo drive, Rosewill card reader
  • DellĀ U2211H 21.5″ IPS monitor

After some initial jitters, it’s been humming along nicely again. I’m still using Windows 7, until Microsoft can give me a reason to pay for an upgrade. It is interesting to note how primary uses change over time, and Cyclone has become less a gaming machine and more a repository for photographs and videos from my growing family.

Does anyone else still use a desktop PC…?

3 thoughts on “cyclone, revisited

  1. I still use my desktop, Shy Guy ( Named after the Mario enemy, as all of my electronics are SMB2 themed ). He holds a massive amount of Steam and DRM-free games, but is also what I plug my hipster keyboard into and type my reports on, what I use to backup all my documents to, and what I use to stream all my TV shows from. I can’t imagine not having at least a 23″ monitor to do work on, and at least two to do real work. My laptops are for kicking open on the couch or for more serious work in the library.

    You’re not quite alone here.

  2. Duh. One of our rigs drives the brand new 60′ flatscreen baby.

    M can scroll through more pinstagrams per second than anyone on the face of the earth with this setup.

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