The Beast

I've nicknamed my new creation The Beast, which will replace the 3 year old computer I've lately been calling The Bucket. Ten marks (or cubits or quatloos) to whoever can guess the actual name I'll give the new computer once I get it up and running. (You can click on the picture to see a larger version.)

What's the big deal about buying a new computer? Because I didn't buy it. I built it. Oh, to be sure, we're talking a component-level build here — it's not as if I got out a soldering iron and a pile of old-style transistors. However, over the last few days a large number of packages arrived via UPS and FedEx from several different sources, and last night I began the assembly process. I'm planning to do the shakedown and install the operating system over the weekend.

For those curious:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K (Sandy Bridge, unlocked)
  • Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe (w/USB 3.0, BlueTooth, HD audio w/optical out, 2x Ethernet)
  • RAM: Corsair DDR3 1600 – 16GB
  • CPU cooler: Corsair H80 water-cooling block
  • Graphics: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 6850
  • Hard drive: Western Digital Black 2TB – 6GB/s xfer speed (also going to transplant a 2TB Western Digital Green drive from the Bucket, as secondary storage)
  • Power supply: Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 800w
  • Case: Thermaltake Chaser MK-I (includes USB 3.0 support and a hot-swap e-SATA external drive bay on top)
  • Temporary optical drive: LG Blu-Ray DVD player (will also exchange it for the Bucket's blu-ray burner since it works just fine)
  • OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Anyway, the reason for the new computer is because the Bucket has been getting glitchy, plus it's three years behind the times (Intel i7 920, 6GB RAM, NVIDIA GTX 260, Hitachi 1TB main drive). It is also very fan-noisy. Why build instead of just buying off-the-shelf? Because there wasn't a single computer out there that had exactly all the features I wanted, but when I went to the websites of the custom builders, my 'dream machine' became prohibitively expensive. Plus again, even they didn't usually match everything I wanted.

In the days/weeks to come, I may share a little more about my first impressions, experiences, what it was like having to halon-extinguish an electrical fire… (fingers crossed that doesn't happen).

(On Update, 29 Oct: Whoda thunk it? The Beast fired up with nary a problem, and just a few minor hiccups caused almost entirely by me not knowing exactly what drivers & software needed to be installed first. For reference: Always start with motherboard drivers and work your way out from there.)

(crossposted at Left Perspectives)

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