Sunday, April 22, 2012

New PC.

Well, I've got the new PC built. Here are the specs, for anyone interested:
  • Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) 
    • 2x Superbright LED bars (red) 
    • 10x 140mm Enthusiast 3 Speed Fluid Dynamic Bearing Fans (2k RPM) 
    • NZXT Sentry Mix 6 Channel Fan Controller
  • Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Socket 
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2550k (Overclocked to 4.3 Ghz from 3.6 Ghz) 
    • Corsair Hydro Series H100 CPU Liquid Cooler 
  • RAM: 16 GB (2x 8GB sticks) Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 
  • GPU: Asus Radeon HD 7850 
  • PSU: Corsair AX750 Modular Power Supply (Gold+ Cert'd) 
  • HDD
    • 1x 1TB Seagate Barracuda (Boot drive) 
    • 3x 1TB Seagate Barracuda (RAID 5 array, Intel Z77 Chipset)
I plan to upgrade the boot drive to an SSD eventually, but I'm waiting until the market on pric per gigabyte stabilizes. Right now, 1 GB can range from $1 to $5, depending on manufacturer. It's not a huge issue for me, though.

I mean, boot times have been my largest complaint about PC's since I started using them back in the early 1990s, and while it's gotten better, it still takes a while sometimes. From a hard startup, It's 15 seconds to get the login screen for Windows, which is a LOT better than the 60-90 seconds of the HP Pavilion that just died!

The top of the case has a "fan grill" (for lack of a better term in my brain at the moment) that you can open and close by pulling a lever at the back of the case. Leaving it open means that you have a bit more fan noise, but the case exhausts more heat than if it were closed. Likewise, when closed, the case is pretty silent.

The front two fans (hidden behind a touch-open panel at the front of the case) have an air filter to catch dust and whatnot, and the bottom of the case features a mesh bottom that lets air come in also (which has two mounts for 120mm or 140mm fans, which fit next to the PSU). That bottom mesh area has an air filter for the entire length of the case, 1 accessible from the front and 1 from the back. It's pretty awesome.


I hate my new phone (Pancrap Breakout). Pictures are crud!

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