Building A New Computer

by Ed Lau on May 4, 2007

After using my old system for almost three years, I decided to buy myself a new computer this week. It’s been quite a long time since I’ve actually had to purchase a computer since my old job at hardCOREware pretty much kept me up to date with parts. Back then, I was a poor high school student that couldn’t afford a real computer but since I’m…a little less poor now, I can actually go buy stuff from an actual store.


I’ve been using AMD processors for far too long. My previous system was an Athlon-64 and like most AMDs, it ran a bit too hot for my liking so I decided to go with an Intel Core 2 Duo instead this time. The motherboard there is supposed to be pretty good but in truth, I chose it because it comes with a funky little secondary screen that I can use to control what MP3s are playing and do RSS feeds. Seriously, I’m almost three years removed from any sort of computer business so everything I knew is pretty much completely obsolete. I’ve had to relearn just about everything, with the help of my buddy Carl, in the last few days That heatsink is almost the size of my head! Well, maybe not but it’s at least the size of one of those hard drives. I grabbed 2GB of RAM, a couple 500GB hard drives and a wackload of fans. I’ve also decided to go with Vista this time, despite the fact that I’m still not completely sold on Microsoft’s latest.

There are a couple things that don’t need replacing. My Lian-Li PC-6070 case still looks spectacular and works well and I’ve got a huge 24″ Benq FP241W HD monitor to go with my Dell 20.1″ 2005FPW so I’m pretty much set in terms of displays. I’ve also got a few cool toys from the old days that I’ll show you in a bit. Hopefully I can get this thing built quick because working off a laptop for too long is pretty annoying, even though my Dell M1210 is a pretty damn good one.

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Matt Propst May 4, 2007 at 6:20 am

New computer! Ha ha, actually two of my roomates just built new computers in the past month. Are you going to be running Vista or XP? 32 or 64 bit? That is the stuff that gets me all geeked up. (sorry i’m a dork) :-P

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Saman Sadeghi May 6, 2007 at 9:11 pm

I love new toys! What ever you choose (on the OS) make sure you post some benchmarks!!

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Gdog May 4, 2007 at 6:38 am

That is one big ass heat sink fan. I’ve been using my 700m here in Korea…my large hands have gotten accustomed to the smaller than average keyboard. However, long term use is definitely not recommended!!

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SEO blog May 4, 2007 at 9:13 am

It’s crazy how quickly technology changes. Not all that long ago this would have been considered a super computer lol. Enjoy it and be sure to post pics when it’s done.

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kenny May 4, 2007 at 9:24 am

Are those S Flex fans really as quiet as I’ve read they are?

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Jason May 4, 2007 at 11:39 am

I wish I could afford to do the same. My poor laptop has seen better days, but for the abuse it has been through I could not have gotten a better one. It’s a Compaq… something… tought little notbook :)

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Kiltak May 4, 2007 at 12:45 pm

No new video card? :)

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coach May 4, 2007 at 5:50 pm

Can’t wait to see the end result. I hope to be doing the same pretty soon. I would be interested to hear how noisy it is. I am thinking of trying to build as quiet as possible. Maybe water cooling? Good luck for a quick build. May the gods of silicon chips smile on your endeavors.

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Leo May 4, 2007 at 7:07 pm

My computer is about 5 years old, still pretty efficient but I may be due for an upgrade myself.

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Saman Sadeghi May 6, 2007 at 9:14 pm

I just upgraded both of my machines after six years…

I love Core2Duos!

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Search Engine Marketing May 5, 2007 at 10:55 am

Nice hardware there … I too was in the hardware business just 2 years ago … and with PCI express and DDR-2 and Core 2 Duo’s … even I was lost when I built my last rig 2 weeks ago … but I still read up on stuff so i’m not that far behind the 8 ball!

Darin

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Armen May 5, 2007 at 3:08 pm

That’s going to be a pretty neat setup Ed. I mean 2 x 500GB HD’s?? You shouldn’t be running out of memory for a while!

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Leo May 5, 2007 at 4:38 pm

So much pr0n! :)

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Saman Sadeghi May 6, 2007 at 9:15 pm

That’s what I thought too, but it’s amazing how quickly you fill that up!

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Shawn Knight May 17, 2007 at 12:33 pm

Nice system you have there. I too was an AMD fan for years but like you, my latest build was around a Core2Duo – just cant beat their price vs performance, especially when overclocked like crazy :)

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