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New Computer

by gswarfield

Warning: I am horrible at English grammar and I am A.D.D with my writing, so HA!
Well we now have a new computer. It is frikin awesome! I like it at least. So the dirty specs of the computer. Well I have some pictures of the components of my computer for those of you who are visual and nerds. So here it goes.
Just joking… before I get to that, I have to tell you why we got this computer seeing as how we both have a laptop each. Well my laptop is definitely dated. Still works but not for CAD or games really. Jessica’s laptop does all that, but while she is as school I can’t be doing any work with CAD (I’m taking CAD class for anybody that is lost). Also I’ve been dreaming of getting a desktop up again, because laptops are cool but just something about a desktop makes you feel all soft,warm and fuzzy inside. I’ve been wanting to get a raid 5 server going as well for security of pictures and other files I have. My friend Dan has a raid 5 and I’m jealous. Also I like to computer game when I have the chance. I’m probably leaving some things out but awww well.
OK! so, here are some pictures of my new powersupply. It is a Corsair 750 watt. You may say “oh my gosh he doesn’t need that big of a powersupply.” I’ll agree with you as of right now. I don’t need it but I would rather have it then to little. I had a powersupply from my old desktop, but I ruined it running a 220watt peltier on it and also the rest of my computer. It works but just not right. It didn’t regulate the power and keep a good enough 12volt line. So here is the beauty that stole my heart. It can run much more than I need but also know that I will probably be upgrading in the future and also if i’m lucky getting a how lot of harddrives. yummy.

As you can see, this only has one rail. Most of the newer powersupplies have more than one rail for safety concerns but it’s not 100% right. Also a lot of them advertise that they have say 4 rails but in truth they fibbed. (read hardcore reviews and you will see the truth) If you do have the multirail powersupplies most likely you have only a certain amount of amperage you can pull through certain powerconnectors. With one rail it all comes from one source and no worries. I’m probably no making sense but trust me, it makes sense in my head. haha

This is my beauty of a processor. It is a AMD X2 BE2400 Brisbane 2.3GHz AM2 dual-Core processor that I got for 25$ shipped. Awesome deal!!!

Since my processor was OEM it did not come with a heatsink. So I did some research and ended up with this heatsink. It has a 92mm fan and it keeps my processor nice and cool for probably the best price for that type of heatsink.

The motherboard I got was an ASUS M3A78-T. There are some nice things with this motherboard. First it can handle the processor I got which is a AM2 (dual core) and it can also handle the newer quad core (AM2+). So if I decide to upgrade to a quadcore then I am able to. Also it has the newest chipset out from amd/ati, the 790gx. It also has onboard video (HD3300 video card chip) with sideport ddr3(extra memory for the video card). It has 5 serial ata for later raid setup and also an external serial ata for any external drive that I may own in future. Just a typical good mother board.

My brother-in-law (weird cause he was always known as friend dan not brother-in-law… haha NICE!) well anyways he hooked me up with some ram for the computer. He sent me 2.5gigs woot for free. and a 200 gig harddrive for a longterm*cough* borrow. You’ll get it back. I’m thinking of getting some ram in the future. It’s so cheap these days.
So onto the harddrive huh? Well I was using my 120 gig old western digital that i have banged around too much and it was sLOWWWww!!! but I had a computer up and running a day before dan’s shipment arrived. I had to borrow a stick of ram from a local friend for the night but I got the computer up and running. As I was saying about my harddrive it was messed up. So I figured gosh i want some space to dual boot windows and linux and then some space. So I bought a 1TB western digital. And I didn’t get that crazy of a deal on it at all cause i wanted a good one. the 7200.11 not the older 7200.10 that you usually see crazy rebates with. Well it is also serial ata and not just ide like the 120gig. So let me just say GLORIOUS amount of harddrive space. I also figured I could down size my main Operating systems harddrive and put this 1TB to the raid system if i get a couple others. So right now I have about 150 gigs to windows then 150 gigs to ubuntu and the rest is just a stuff drive. What stinks is the fact that after the format of the drive there is only about 930gigs of space. I guess I can handle that. haha.
A picture for good measure.

Well I was bummed about the video card that was onboard on the motherboard. I mean I don’t expect much from onboard cards, but I heard praise about this one. Well long story short is I found out all the praise was from people with monitors smaller than 24″. Well luckily we own a 24″ wide screen lcd. The only problem with that is whatever video card you have needs to have a lot of memory on it and the onboard didn’t. I believe it would be great for anyone that has a 22″ or less but for the amount of area on a 24″ monitor it needs a lot of memory to render all of it. I was getting page tearing even on my own blog site with it loading the pictures and the dark background. So I guess I wasn’t satisfied with the onboard video and it really bummed me cause I expected the onboard video to surely be enough. Well It wasn’t really esp for a video game I play with a friend from back home when I have some extra free time. So I researched probably two whole days, Jessica can vouche for me and she was probably feeling left out in life cause I just felt I had to find the best thing for what I needed. I ended up wit
h a Sapphire Radeon HD4850 with 1gig of ram on the videocard. If you have a 22″ or less that is way over kill but if your like me, you will need the extra ram. That pushed the price up but man the video is amazing! I’m am reallllllly pleased with it. I played a video game “Crysis” with all the settings to high and a resolution of 1900×1200 with smooth playing. This video card is awesome!!!

I have never had a wireless mouse or keyboard. Well now I do. Jessica and I watch some movies everynow and then and it is so annoying to always have to get up if we want to progress through the movie or even pause it. It is also very clean looking on the desk without the cables. I also got the keyboard and mouse on sale with a rebate. sweeet.

So here are some pictures of my actual computer with everything in it. If your wondering abotu the rust looking area in the back part of the case… welll… that is rust. Let’s jsut say, never put a chevette heater core in your computer case that might leak water in the bottom of your case. poo on that.

This is my video card.

Ram and processor heatsink

Well if you actually understood me through my horrible grammer and spaz thinking.. I’m not reading over this to correct anything and I’m going to sleep right now. I’m tired.. night. Also this is for you wilson for the comment you left.. hope your doing well

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Simon September 24, 2008 - 12:23 pm

I can’t bilieve you actualy took the time to rite this! You must be prety exited about you’re new computer.No, seriously, you were talking about getting a “new” desktop for a while, so I’m glad you like it!

Wilson September 26, 2008 - 10:49 pm

sexy, sexy desktop, mate. You’ll probably need the 750W if you end up raid 5-ing multiple terabyte hard drives anyway. Are you running DDR3 system memory? What’s the latency? How fast does the memory pull out of the video card RAM? How many bits is the video card chipset? That heatsink is a beast. My neck hurts just looking at it.Lookin’ pretty sweet altogether. My classic Barton 2500+ is still kickin’ on my Abit NF7-S. Had to replace the RAM recently, though.Rock the vote. Vote for Ron Paul. Abolish the FED. Repeal the Sixteenth Amendment. Live long and prosper.


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