Friday, March 4, 2011

Oh yeah!

I'm still working out a few things and applying some personal settings but for the most part my new pc is up and running. And let me say how good it feels to have build a pc a nearly all by myself for the first time. As a person who considers himself an IT professional I think that building a pc from scratch is just something that I have to do at least once (and rest assured this will not be the last time). So let's tally up the monetary damage shall we?

Case - COOLER MASTER Elite RC-330: I got mine for about $75 at a computer shop.

Motherboard (sometimes called mobo for short) - GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX: I'm just linking here for the description. Gave up about $85 for mine at

Processor - AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor: I managed to get this and the RAM (I'll get to that in a bit) in a combo deal for $140 from New Egg.

Memory (or RAM) - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model: This and the processor together for $140. But if only it were that easy...

Hard Drive - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive: An awesome deal as $55.

Power Supply - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply: Even the best computer needs power. I paid $90 for this.

Optical Drive (optical drive means CD/DVD/BluRay, any drive that uses an optical laser to read/write data) - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner: A rather nice buy at $20.

Video Card - HIS H467QR1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP: Goodness I paid $75 for mine last year look at how much it is now...

and finally.....

Operating System - Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders: Yes you read that $140 right.

The reason I mention what I paid for these parts is I didn't just buy them all at once but rather over time (some as much as over a year ago) and prices change over time at technology advances (and a is discontinued, notice how a few of them were out of stock).

Well construction came about 2 weeks ago. And it was interesting to say the least. I actually got all the hardware put together in about 30min....then took almost 2 weeks to get an operating system (commonly called OS) installed on it. My original plan was to install Linux and fiddle around with that for a few weeks until I got paid again and then drop down on that copy of Windows 7. Well Ubuntu 10.10 (a version of Linux) did not install. After wracking my brain over why for a few weeks I just said screw it and coughed up for the Windows 7 ahead of schedule...just to have it not install either.

However unlike Ubuntu, Windows 7 actually gave me an error (or perhaps Ubuntu did too and was just looking in the wrong place) to work with. I looked it up and a lot of the advice on it pointed to checking the RAM. I chose one of the two sticks of RAM to pull out and tried starting the system with just the other stick...and it came on and started installing Windows 7 like clockwork.

So now I'm working on getting all moved into my new PC and whatnot. The final price tag on it was $680. Mind you this was only for the tower. I'm using my previous monitor (which I had in mind to replace before getting that copy of Window 7 on a count of it having 4 vertical lines running through it, a sign of imminent failure), mouse, keyboard, and everything else. I most certainly could have bought a premade machine for about the same amount of money and gotten all new monitor and stuff but 1. I really didn't have that much to drop down at once and 2. I wanted the experience of building one myself.

Even with the headaches with the OS I still enjoyed doing it and will certainly do it again some day.

Back to action!


desipis said...

Good to here you got it up and running! Shame you had to drop the extra dollars on Windows 7, you should get a few fancy tools with the professional version to play around with though.

Danny said...

Well I was gonna drop the money for it later rather than sooner so its not all bad. I'm just ready to do some gaming with it. Its not a high end gaming machine but its a serious improvement over my last system.