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Three Years Already?

Several years ago it was time for a new desktop computer. And three and a half years later, it is that time again. Due to significant advancements since my last computer such as Serial ATA 2, PCI Express, etc. my old computer is pretty much not upgradeable. So I am building a whole new system from scratch.

So to cut to the chase, this is what I am planning to go with:
Antec Sonata 3 case with 500 watt power supply
MSI P6N Diamond motherboard with the NVIDIA nForce 680i chipset
Intel Core 2 Duo Quad Q6600 processor
OCZ Platinum DDR2 1066 2GB (2x1GB) memory
150GB Western Digital Raptor
2x 500GB Western Digital Caviar RE2
EVGA GeForce 8600GTS 512MB video card

I decided to go with a video card and motherboard that supported SLI. I don't know if I will ever actually utilize that functionality but it would be cool to say I tried it. It would be nice to go with an 8800 series video card but I can't justify the increased cost currently. The 8600 will still be a huge step up from the 6600GT in my current computer.

As for going with a quad core processor, I figured I might as well go big. The Q6600 is the 2.4GHz version of the quad core. The 2GB of memory is a base, I wrestled with the idea of going with 4GB but I can always add another 2GB of memory later if I so desire.

I am re-using some of the other components like my speakers since they are still quite nice. I'll post pictures after I build it.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2007 at 10:50 pm - (0) comments.

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