Friday, February 22, 2008

New PC Build

Well, my old trusty home computer finally died. I've used that thing pretty hard for about 5 years when I originally built it for around $1000. Considering that it was powered on nearly all the time for that long I'm pretty happy with the life.
I didn't actually want to spend the money on a new PC, but since the old one died I figured I might as well build another good one. Hopefully this will last as long as before.

Here are the specs for the new PC:
Smilodon Raidmax tool-free case w/ 500W power supply
Gigabyte GA-MA770-DS3 motherboard - PCIE 2.0 x 16 and DDR2 1066 capable
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3.2 GHz CPU
nVidia GeForce 8800 GT video card
Two Samsung 750 GB SATA 3.0 hard drives configured in RAID 0
3 GB DDR2 1066 RAM
ASUS DVD-R/RW optical drive w/ lightscribe

Here's a picture of most of the main components, unopened. It's like Christmas. And I mean that literally, because not only is Christmas a day when I get neat new things, but I also hit the realization that I had to pay for it all, and it kinda bums me out.

This Gigabyte motherboard is dang cool lookin'. I don't know if cool lookin' makes it any faster or better, but it is cool lookin' nonetheless.

Look how tiny that processor is, especially compared to the rather substantial AMD heatsink/fan combo, which is also cool lookin', whatever that is worth.

Awesome video card. Like in my previous build, this is the single most expensive component in the whole system - more expensive than the processor, motherboard, or even one of the hard drives.

Everything is in place inside the case. Everything is cool lookin'. We've hashed over this already.

The finished, cool-lookin' product. Did I mention how cool lookin' this thing is? Wait, yeah, I did.