New Computer!

A lot of things have changed since my last post... One big change is that I finally upgraded my computer. I have been using a Dell M1710 XPS laptop for over 5 years, has been great but lacks the credentials required for many modern games. Sporting a 512MB Nvidia Geforce Go 7950 GTX , it didn't tick the box for DirectX 10, aka 8000 series or newer graphics cards. It could run crysis on low/medium settings at about 1280x800, still looked good, on a faster system it just looked even better!

my new pc

Anyway, now I have plenty of juice 😎  earlier today I finished my first run through the new Deus Ex game, all graphics set to max and 1920x1200 resolution with faultless frame rates. I loved the first two Deus Ex games so seemed fitting to break the PC in with the latest one. 

This was the first computer I have ever built from scratch and I'm very pleased with the result. I bought all the parts from Overclockers UK who provided helpful pre-purchase advice. Turned out within the first 48 hours, one of my RAM sticks was faulty. I was planning a long drive the next day so gave them a call and was able to take a detour via their shop and swap the RAM there and then. Absolutely perfect, no down time for my computer and the extra petrol cost less that the postage back.

Parts

Intel Core i7 2600K & Asus P8Z68-V PRO Intel Z68 Mainboard
MSI GeForce GTX 570 OC Twin FrozR III Power Edition 1280MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
Cooler Master CM-690 II Nvidia Edition Advanced Dominator Case
Antec TruePower New Modular 750W '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply
OCZ Agility 3 60GB SATA-3 Solid State Hard Drive
LG BH10LS30 10x BluRay-RW / 16 x DVD-RW Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache
Kingston HyperX Genesis 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit
Akasa Venom CPU Cooler
TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N PCI Adapter

Modifications

CPUz and GPUz

Shows my Core i7 running at 4.4Ghz

Using ASUS TurboV EVO automatic overclocking my CPU now runs up to 4.4Ghz, up from 3.4Ghz! I have also added three 30cm green cold cathrode lights to the inside of my case. This was mainly because I thought my lovely green window looked dull under a desk... now it lights my feet up! Whoop!

 

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