Well, after the fan on my chipset quit working (like they always do) and started causing me to have blue screens, I decided it was time for an upgrade. Not a total rebuild as most of my stuff was somewhat new but the motherboard, CPU and RAM had to go. So after fooling with it for a week or so, I finally have her up and running. The hardest part of the whole process was routing all of the freaking wires.
Here it is in pictures:
First off, the motherboard had to go (Biostar TF570). It was a nice board when new, with SLI PCI Express for some serious gaming, which I really never got around to doing seriously.
I decided to stay with my HD TV tuner card. It produces some outstanding HD video.
Although this card is older, it still has more than enough ponies to play anything out there. No need to change out here!
Here's the motherboard that is going in (DFI UT X48-T2R LanParty). This puppy supports up to 8Gb of DDR2/3 800Mhz RAM. It delivers up to 21Gb/s bandwidth at 1333Mhz!
That's server grade my friends! Not to mention the quad core processors it supports. There's also the 8 SATA drives (2 at 1000RPM's), the 3 PCI Express slots and the Transpiper cooling system. I won't go into a lot of detail. That might put the non-geeks to sleep.
The backside, showing off the 6 USB, 1 firewire port, 1 10/100 LAN port and 1 Gb LAN port. It also supports 2 more USB to the front of the box as well as another firewire port. In all, it supports 12 USB devices!
Here's the processor that I'm putting in. It's not the fastest made today, but everyone knows you never buy the fastest out. That's like buying a new car. You eat a ton of depreciation as soon as you walk out the door. If you know what you are looking at, you can see that this a Quad Core processor at 2.83Ghz per core, with each core having a 12Mb cache!
Cooling fan in place...
Check out this part of the cooling system. It runs out the back of the computer and one of the system fans keep it cool. This is the coldest running system that I have ever built. Right now it is running at 41 degrees Celsius. That's cooooool!
One of the big ol' system fans (5").
All this hardware will not run unless you put some horsepower behind it. Antec is one of the best in the business. This True Power Trio has 3 rails. That's like 3 power supplies in one. I've only managed to toast 1 of these in 10 years and that was because I was running all of the hard drives on one rail. What was I thinking?
This was the part I was not looking forward to. This mess of wires was a bear to organize, keeping air flow throughout the case in mind.
However, the PC Surgeon will not be denied! In this shot, you can see 3 of my 500Gb hard drives. There's two more in removable bays a little higher up and a external also. That's 3 terabytes of storage because I be a video cruncher!
A shot of the back of the case. The board comes with the Bernstein Audio HD card but I'm partial to my ol' Audigy 2. That front access panel is to die for. I always hated pulling out the computer just to plug something in the back.
A shot of the front of the case. It's a Cooler Master case with brushed aluminum and smoked Plexiglas. This is why I always build my own computers. You can't get cool stuff like this from Dell or Best Buy. Plus, I didn't have to replace everything when I upgraded because I always use quality parts. Those parts move along when I upgrade unless they are no longer useful or if something else significantly better comes out.
Basically, what you are looking at from top to bottom is:
1 IDE removable bay
1 DVD/CD burner
1 SATA removable bay
Audigy 2 front panel
Another DVD/CD burner
Card reader/floppy drive.
There's 6Gb of RAM installed with all that hard drive space I mentioned above. I could have gotten some engine mod's for the Vette with what all this stuff cost but my computer will pay for itself in a few weeks. That's why I throw stupid money at it. Also, slow computers and slow cars I do not do!
Well, that was your daily dosage of computer geekdom. Put your pocket protectors up and go about you daily choirs. Remember though, geeks are in!