Tower of Power

Here’s the deets on the new(ish) PC.

  • Intel Core i7 (socket 1156) processor @2.80 GHZ
  • 8 Gigs of DDR3 RAM (@1333 MHZ)
  • Corsair HX 620 Power Supply
  • Zalman CNPS10X Quiet CPU Cooler (massive!!!)
  • Gigabyte P55  UD4 motherboard
  • Three 1 Terabyte Samsung F1 drives
  • Reused my ‘old’ 8800 GTS 640 MB (until a decent sub 150€ Fermi card comes out)
  • Creative X-Fi Extreme Gamer
  • Antec SOLO case (with hard drive suspension and sound proofing)
  • Windows 7 Professional

Overal, not a killer gaming rig but then again I only payed about 800 € for this build. The graphics card will see an upgrade in early 2010 (gottta find one that fits in the SOLO case and isn’t too loud)

Overall, I’m satisfied. Mass Effect, COD4, Fallout3 are all running at max settings at 1920 by 1200 (with at least 4 levels of AA and AF)

DVD encoding time has seen the most improvement: in some case four times as fast. Windows 7, so far, does everything it set out to do.

Here are some (crappy iPhone) pics for your enjoyment.

edit (23/11/09): After upgrading to the F3 Bios to fix the P55 iPhone syncing bug (and spending a few frightful moments wondering why my pc wouldn’t boot up until I realised the boot order had changed), my CPU multiplier suddenly became unlocked! I slightly bumped the clockspeed from  2,8 to 2,93 GHZ (in the vein of the old Conroe x6800 processor) which is also the speed of the pricier, but otherwise identical Core i7 870. A modest overclock to be sure, but stability, low noise and low temperatures are more important to me than raw speed. Saving about 200€ is nice as well.