June 30, 2010

My desktop is how old?

I feel as if I am in the minority of the general tech population when I state that I do not favor coding/gaming/fixing on my laptop over my desktop. I despise having a single monitor to work with. Having to rub a little rubber nub or touch a pad in order to move my cursor around is less than optimal. That fact that I am a "big dude" consistently hunched over a tiny laptop does not help at all. These are all reasons why I love sitting at my desktop to hack away on whatever project or work has taken a hold of my interest.

A couple of weeks ago I realized that I barely ever touched my desktop. I thought this was a bit strange and set out to discover why. Well, it did not take long to find out what had happed. You see, my desktop is a dual boot Ubuntu / Windows 7 box which is going on being six years old now. I hate waiting for the thing to boot up. The whole machine is as slow as molasses. Halfway through any project I give up and work on the mac mini. This is the perfect opportunity to start a summer time project.

I decided to build myself a new desktop machine. Convincing myself it would be lots of fun to do it. It will be more challenging this time around. With a little help from Noman this is what I came up with:

Computer parts

Intel Core i7 Processor i7-930 2.80GHz 8 MB LGA1366 CPU

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

Gigabyte LGA1366 Motherboard GA-X58A-UD3R

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ

Acer H233H bmid 23-Inch Widescreen LCD Display

EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX260 Core 216-55nm Superclocked 896 MB DDR3 2DVI PCI-Express Video Card 896-P3-1257-AR

Corsair CMPSU-750HX 750-Watt HX Professional Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply compatible with Core i7 and Core i5

Intel 80 GB X25M Mainstream SATA II Solid State Drive (SSD) Retail Package SSDSA2MH080G2R5

This is the perfect project to kick off the summer. Expect an update once i actually put the thing together.