And I finally am putting together my new machine. I really wanted a Intel Core 2 Duo set up but since I already had an AMD Athlon 64 3800+ sitting at home I decided to save myself $500 and go with that. So for starters, I decided to go with the ASUS A8N5X nVidia nForce4 ATX motherboard. Much like the A7V333 I have had for the last five years, this is another solid workhorse from ASUS for the socket 939 family. I usually opt for Kingston ValueRAM when putting together a system for their known reliability but I decided to try a lower latency RAM. I chose G.Skill 2GB (2 x 1GB ) 184-Pin DDR 400 Dual Channel RAM. I am excited to have the extra gigabyte of RAM. My old system had 1GB and it was plenty but the music applications I run will definitely use most of that first gigabyte easy. For hard drives I always go with Seagate. I went with the Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s hard drive. I liked the 16MB cache, extremely low seek times, and reliability. Plus, it is SATA so no more clumsy IDE cables. Next is the DVD drive. I usually go with Lite-ON, but they did not have any LightScribe drives also using SATA cables. Instead, I found the Samsung 18X DVD?R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Model SH-S183L. For sound, the board came with a great sound system so no need to buy an additional sound card. Instead, I needed a full duplex, low latency card to input my microphone and MIDI devices to my computer. For this, I chose the M-Audio Audiophile 192 7.1 Channel sound card. And now, for the crown, I chose the latest nVidia video card which can handle Directx 10. Unfortunately, I could not afford the beefiest version which runs around $700. Instead, I opted for the EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP video card. It is an exact copy of the mid line card but has half the memory. Although it may not be as fast as the fastest 7 series nVidia cards, it is definitely fast. Finally, to wrap it all up, I bought the Antec Performance One P150 white made of steel ATX Mini Tower Computer Case which includes a modular 430-Watt ATX12V v2.2 power supply. I wanted something sleep, simple, extremely quiet, and with a modular power supply. Bingo.
Grand total? $1,250 ish. I bought the processor back when it retailed for double what it does now. Everything else was reasonable while the video card being the most pricey at $299.
UPS says it should be here Wednesday. Since Jerry and I built his computer together I figure we can do the same with mine. If the parts come Wednesday I will probably pack it all up and do this Thursday. I am stoked. I have an extra, legit copy of Windows Pro SP2 laying around that I would love to put to use. As far as the old machine goes, I will be setting it up on the roll top desk with a flat screen monitor. It will be a good machine to have around for Crystal or me to use while the other person is on the other machine.
UPDATE: The computer parts are in Portland, Oregon as of noon today according to UPS. Yay!
UPDATE: The parts are “Out For Delivery”, bitches!
UPDATE: Parts delivered! 15:09 Oh… oh… oh…