System upgrade

As my last post may have hinted, I’ve made a few changes to my system lately. Just before a very busy weekend, with impeccable timing, the hard disk in my desktop gave out. I’ve been eyeing an upgrade for it for a while, and was hoping to hold out until the wider range of new-gen Intel CPUs comes out later this year, but this was too good a sign to ignore. So, I went out and spent a bit of money:

Asus P8P67 Deluxe motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws-X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL x2 = 16GB RAM
Intel Core i7 2600K CPU
Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB SSD
Noctua NH-U12P SE2 heatsink/fan

I originally got a Corsair Force 3 SSD, but there’s an ongoing issue with SandForce 2200-based SSDs with recent firmware and Intel P58 motherboards that made it unusable (don’t buy the Corsair or OCZ third-gen SSDs for a new P58-based system!), so I went to the Crucial. Crucial actually has a C400 line as well, but they seem to have lower random read speeds than the C300 series, which I didn’t like.

The graphics card is still a Geforce 9600 (there’s no real need to change this, since I don’t play any games on it) and the case and PSU are also unchanged, they’re both Antecs, Sonata III and EarthWatts 500W. There’s a 500GB hard disk in there in case I need it, and a DVD+-RW drive. Keyboard and mice are my old standbys, a 1990-vintage IBM Model M and a Logitech MX510 respectively.

Today, I replaced my mismatched Acer 20″ 1680×1050 displays with two Dell U2211H 22″ 1920×1080 IPS displays. I’m running the CPU overclocked to around 4.4GHz via the automatic OC tool in the Asus BIOS. Very very happy with the upgraded system: it’s ridiculously fast (boots in 8 seconds and does a complete kernel RPM build in 29 minutes), and the new monitors are fantastic. I still wish someone made desktop displays with a higher pixel density, but no-one really does (there’s some very niche ones from years ago, but they’re practically impossible to buy). These are the best option you can really get at present.

2 Responses

  1. TK009
    TK009 June 7, 2011 at 9:19 pm | | Reply

    Must be that time of year, or something in the water. I also just upgraded. I needed a few more parts and didn’t have as much ‘extra’ cash as I would of liked.

    Core i5-2500K
    ASUS P8P67
    same ram and amount
    ASUS VE276Q 27″ monitor
    nvidia 560ti gfx
    antec 300 case (I own a few of these and like them to match)
    antec 600 80 plus gold
    Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB

    the list goes on.

    One place I skimped for now, the SSD, that will have to wait till next month. Looking forward to 8 second boot times.

    Looks like we both kind of followed the Ars System Guide, with some adjustments.

    Gratz on your new machine brother, it’s a nice system. Oh, one question I have is, did you burn that system in or just go with it? I am burning mine in but not sure how necessary it really is these days.

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