Well it is that time again. I’ve finally upgraded my computer. I decided to keep the same CD/DVD-RW and the case. Everything else had to be replaced. I still have a couple things left to do. My rear 120mm fan’s bearing is going out so I will be replacing that with a quieter higher volume version. I also thought I had a couple fans in the front of the hard drive bay but apparently I mistook that layout from my prior computer. I think that area has the mounting for two 92mm fans.
Okay, the specs!
EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
2 x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9S-4GBRL
ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ Hard Drive
Samsung SATA DVD-RW
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
Antec Solo White/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate
M-AUDIO Audiophile 192 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface High-Definition 4-In-4-Out Audio Card with Digital I/O and MIDI
I use my system for gaming and as a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) so I use the onboard sound for games and the other card for music stuff. I can easily SLI this set up if I need to except I’d need to grab a 1000 watt PSU. It adds up I guess. The GTX 480 was another $200 but I felt like upgrading from the 8800GTS was going to be plenty. I’ve never SLI’d before so I’ll wait because the nicer PSU was $100 or so more. I wanted a bigger hard drive but settled on the 1TB for now. I can add more. Besides, I’ve got a 500GB Seagate I’ll plop in as secondary. I’ve got a 300 GB IDE HDD I’ll probably retire or put into another older machine.
So far the system has been stunning. I have been playing Age of Conan maxed out, alt-tabbing between it and a web browser while listening to music, copying large amounts of data while installing other applications and not the slightest skip. I doubt I’ll be multitasking to that extent all the time but it was nice to push the system.
My only gripe is that my Presonus Faderport has some compatibility issues but it sounds like they’re on it. Also, the system gets a little hot especially with the video card. Everything hover between 30 and 45 degrees Celsius. The video card hovers around 50 at idle… 90 when I am playing AoC. That’s why I want to add the extra fan to the front of the case and upgrade to a nicer fan in the back.
UPDATE: I was able to get my Faderport working with Cubase 5. According to support I had to copy a DLL from one place to another. Weird but now it works. Secondly, it seems most of my plug-ins are working but it will take some time to install them all.