PC Assembly Completed19 Jul 2009 4 Comments
Thats one item off my list, I completed my PC a few days ago and was busy tweaking/over-clocking it and playing Crysis. So technically thats 2 items off my list.
More pics and specs after the break
EVGA X58 3 Way SLI was my choice for the reviews it got the its overclocking capability, which was a breeze.
The Intel i7 920 was really my only choice, I didn’t want to spend $1000 on the extreme edition and the 2.4mghz was a bit under powered. This had the best bang for the buck and very good overclocking potential.
I was looking to use the whole potential of the motherboard here, all of the 6 slots and the 1600Mhz. I bought a total 12GB for my build.
Note: 32 bit operating systems (xp,vista and windows 7) won’t recognize more than 2.5GB. You need a 64 bit operating system to utilize the ram, in my case I’m using Win 7 64 bit.
I didn’t want to spend $500+ on a graphic card, so my choice was the Nvidia 285 cards, choose the overclocked one just because it costs $30 extra. And because my motherboard is triple SLI ready, there is always room for an upgrade in the future.
Because of the overclocking and the use of the SLI capability, I needed a lot of wattage, I was always looking for a 1000 watt power supply. I choose the CORSAIR model which was more than enough for my build.
Due to the overclocking, I needed to cool the CPU, I choose the Cooler Master V8 (left – compared to the stock fan on the right), and just for kicks I bought the CORSAIR RAM cooling kit.
AMAZON Link (V8)
AMAZON Link (Ram Airflow Kit)
I knew I wanted a Thermaltake case even before I started to think of building a new PC, an ARMOR+ to be exact. But then I saw the ELEMENT and I thought why not go for something new (the armor was almost 2 years old).
This I bought from Kuwait, I took the Samsung DVD/RW drive for 7 KD.
Hard Disk Drives:
Because I have a Windows Home Server, I didn’t want too much storage in the PC. I got 2x 1TB HDDs and a Raid0 setup for performance. And I always can add more.
The Completed Project:
Total Cost: almost $1900 approximately KD550