I have built my last few PCs. I’m about to build my next.
Actually, it’s more of a rebuild, replacing the older guts of one system with new innards. It’s very exciting… it is. Oh c’mon, humor me… please.
I’m not sure she asked in so many words, but Helaine wanted to know why I needed another computer? After all, I have 4 desktop machines and a few laptops. There are more carcasses and parts scattered in the attic and in a cabinet in my office. Most of the working machines are older, discards from friends and family.
The computer that should be my main squeeze has become unusable. It was unstable (hey, who isn’t). As of last night, I can’t even get it to boot. My backup machine isn’t exactly poky, but it’s way behind the times.
OK – There’s really no reason. I can’t say I need a new computer. This is like Jay Leno having a garage full of classic cars and cycles or my daughter’s collection of shoes and bags.
The faster processor will make a significant difference when I work on photos or edit video. Both are tasks I do a lot.
Actually, it’s faster processors – plural. I am buying a new AMD dual core CPU.
If you’re glazing over now, I’m not sure this entry will get any better.
In order to use the CPU, I’ll need a new motherboard. And the new chip and motherboard will need a new cooling system. Computer chips get really hot and if left to their own devices would quickly go poof.
There’s been lots of research reading about various motherboards, CPUs and chipsets. How much memory? What kind of memory? There’s lots to think about.
Here’s the rundown:
Motherboard: 110642 – Asus A8N-VM CSM GeForce 6150 Video/Audio/IEEE1394/Gigabit LAN/USB2
Processor: 120364 – AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Dual-Core 512K cache/core
Heatsink Fan: 130099 – Zalman CNPS7000B-AlCu Silent CPU Cooling
Memory: 140895 – DDR (400) 3200 – 1 GB (2 pcs 512) OCZ Value
Warranty: 800125 – Standard Tech Support, 6 Month
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When the box comes, the surgery will take place on the kitchen table. There are no instructions, but putting together computers is relatively simple – really. The whole job shouldn’t take more than a half hour, though it will probably take closer to three hours.
With Microsoft’s new Vista operating system a year away, plus more and more enforcement of digital rights management, this might be the last time I’ll be able to build my own machine and expect it to perform with mainstream applications. That’s sad.
I’ll let you know how the build works out, because surely, though my heart is set on this new system, it will break my heart.