Monthly Archives: August 2010

Building My New PC – At Last

After 9 months of planning I am now building my new PC.

This ain’t going to be no ordinary PC but something that will live a very hard life indeed for at least the next 2 years as it helps me running my businesses, producing quotes, crunches HD Video editing alongside web development and graphic design and more.

I tend never to have less than 4 or 5 major programs running at any one time and often in excess of a dozen as a alt + tab my way from one task to the next.

The machine has the following specifications

·         Intel i7 930 CPU

·         12GB DDR3 Memory

·         Gigabyte X58A-UD7 Motherboard

·         Sonnet TEMPO E4 SATA Port Multiplier Card

·         Sonnet D500P External Raid Box

·         5 x 1.5TB Seagate SATA 2 Hard drives in a RAID 5 array (Main storage array)

·         5 x 500GB Seagate SATA 2 Drives in RAID 0 array (Fast Video editing area)

·         2 x Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB 2.5″ SATA 6Gbs Solid State Hard Drive in RAID 0 (Boot and system installed here)

·         Radeon HD 4850 X 2 (Graphics Card with 4 DVI Ports to run Quad monitors)

·         Coolermaster silent 1000watt power supply unit.

·         Logitech Darkfield Mouse

·         Logitech Illuminated keyboard

·         Prolimatech Megahalems Rev B CPU Cooler (The biggest heat sink you ever set eyes on… this baby is the size of an egg box)

·         Sharkoon Silent Eagle 2000 120mm Fan (a very large and very silent fan to cool the egg box sized cpu heat sink)

SHARKOON Silent Eagle they call that cpu fan…. it is with some trepidation that I allow that in the same pc case as my Intel I7 930 Processor. I have a vision of silent eagle fan swooping down and making off with the cpu when my back is turned.

The 12gigs of memory can be double to 24gigs when 4gig chips come down to more sensible prices. The mobo has 6 memory slots which for now will use 6 x 2gb chips. I will have to make do I guess but must also remember that my last super whizzo pc had 8gb of memory.

The motherboard… the UD7 is quite something. Not only have Gigabyte put the new USB 3 connectors of it (5000MB per sec rather than USB 2’s 480MB per sec) but have also added Serial ATA 3 (6GB per sec rather than 3GB per sec of SATA2).

It has just two SATA 3 ports. Whereas it has 10 SATA 2 ports. By the time I build my next pc we will see no SATA 2 ports at all I am sure of that.

The solid state drives are pretty state of the art also. In my last pc I used 10,000 RPM Western Digital Raptors in RAID 0. Whilst these drives were pretty damn fast they were never the less only SATA 1 (1500Mbps).

I then switched to an INTEL x25m Solid State Drive (SSD). This was blazed a digital trail with a read \ write time a fraction of the raptors. I still have this SSD but it is on SATA 2. Still a lot faster than conventional hard drives though but half the speed or less than my new Crucial SSD’s which are SATA 3 (6000Mbps).

The operating System is windows 7 ultimate edition. I will load the 64 bit version naturally.

The illuminated keyboard will replace the 7 yr old Logitech dinovo Bluetooth keyboard I am using with the letters word off the keys. The illuminated feature will be ideal for me when I am working late into the night here which is quite often.

The mouse is ideal for me as I use a glass desk on which conventional laser mice refuse to work. This Logitech mouse boasts something called “darkfield” technology which can work on clear glass somehow. Amazing.

Right now the case is open on a desk opposite me and I am preparing to install the motherboard. Being particularly careful not to fry any of the components which static by earthing myself occasionally on a metal table lamp.

 

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