Saturday, March 20, 2010

New Computer

So my trusty old desktop died shortly after moving into my new house.
While in Michigan on a shopping spree, I picked up the following:

  • Intel Core i7 930

  • Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R

  • Corsair XMS3 3x2GB DDR3 RAM

I saved about $140 on buying this stuff in the US. Most of the savings are from the CPU.

System works great except for one big problem. I have to turn off all power management features on the CPU otherwise I hear a very annoying squeel coming from the motherboard. This is apparently a problem with certain power supplies plus this board. Hopefully this is an issue that will be resolved, maybe in a BIOS update. The reason I'm ticked is that this is NOT the board I wanted. I wanted the Asus P6T. Older board, but had all the features I wanted. This board has more features, like SATA3 and USB3. Which I guess will be nice for the future.

Overall it's nice to have a new computer after 4 years. My desktop was actually slower than my X200 Tablet. No longer the case.

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