It was finally time to reward myself for all the hard-work I put in to developing and teaching three web development courses at the University of Winnipeg Department of Continuing Education by getting a new computer.  I bought everything from Memory Express since I’ve been impressed by their customer service, their prices and their customer-friendly return policy.  Here are the specs on the new computer:

Intel Core i7 920 – Quad core at 2.66Ghz CPU
ASUS P6T Deluxe v2 Motherboard
OCZ 6 Gb (3x 2Gb) DDR-3 1600Mhz 7-7-7-24 Memory
BFG MAXCORE GTX 260 OCX 896Mb
Seagate 500Gb SATA-2 Hard Drive
PC Power & Cooling 750W Power Supply
Antec Sonata III Case

Since it’s not often I get to play with new hardware, I like to build the system myself.  Fortunately Memory Express installs the CPU, fan and memory in to the motherboard to test and that saves me some work.  Here’s a picture of the stack of boxes I brought home.  Yes, the kitchen table is my work desk.

After swapping out the default 500W power supply with the 750W power supply and installing the motherboard, there are cable everywhere!  Almost looks like a cylon hybrid…

The BFG GTX 260 OCX video card.  Not only is this thing HUGE but it requires TWO additional power inputs!

I spent about an hour making all the cables nice and neat for good air flow, aesthetics and because I’m a big nerd.

So far, the system absolutely kicks-ass.  Installing Vista x64 was pretty fast and everything I do is lightning fast and super responsive.  I /had/ to try Left 4 Dead and all the settings are maxed out and the game play is smooth. I’ll have to install VMWare Server 2 and get this machine really working.

Once all my data is moved over and triple-checked, I’ll rebuild the previous AMD 64×2 computer as the new VMWare ESXi server.  That should be a fun project as my server desperately needs an upgrade!

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4 Responses to “Yay, new computer!”
  1. eva says:

    What’s a cylon hybrid??

    Len Reply:

    It’s a nerd in a bathtub with a lot of ventilation tubing coming out of him and then he yells….JUMP!

  2. eva says:

    You did exactly that yesterday… Are you a cylon hybrid?

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