New Gear

Finally, sick of running low end machines incapable of handling the latest and greatest, on the weekend I bought and built a new machine; a workstation.

It’s been some time since I last built a machine by hand (aside from years of reworking old Dell parts into working laptops), so this was quite an adventure – did I mention it’s been a while?  Admittedly, I put together a partially built AMD system in 2006 (my first time using Serial ATA drives) so it’s not entirely foreign territory.

The Specs:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad – 2.5GHz
Motherboard: An awesome ASUS P5Q-E with ATI CrossFireX
Memory: Corsair 4x2GB DDR2 (1066MHz)
Video: NVIDIA GE 9800 512 MB
HDD: 4×250 GB Seagate 7200 RPM/24-7 in a RAID 5 Array

The Case:

Chosen more for size and heat management (those many, may fans – thy Quad core CPU runs very hot) I have the case below:

Case is an Antec "Nine Hundred" which has four different fans inside – it’s a REALLY quiet running machine (ironic, given my Dell XPS sounds like a 747 during takeoff).  You have to see the motherboard’s cooling configuration, quite simply amazing.  Also, it comes powerless so I got a Toughpower 750w "Cable Management" supply which has an amazing assortment of cables for all sorts of internal devices.

My Other Machines:
Motion Computing Tablet – Purchased Dec 2006, died June 2010 (R.I.P)
Dell Inspiron XPS (Gen 1) a.k.a ‘The Noisy B*stard’ – Purchased Nov 2004 and still functioning!

About Rob Sanders

IT Professional and TOGAF 9 certified Enterprise Architect with nearly two decades of industry experience, 18 years in commercial software development and 11 years in IT consulting. Check out the "About Rob" page for more information.

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