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After 9 years, my next PC

Posted by Thomas Jentzsch, 01 September 2012 · 1,335 views

Looks like my new games take about as long as it takes to make me buy new hardware. :)

So I spend the last days to browse the Internet and magazines to select the components for my new PC. Didn't think this would be any fun anymore, but it turned out to be quite interesting. Today I finally ordered it, and it really felt good (hope this feeling stay when I build it together :)).

For those who are interested in details:
  • BitFenix Shinobi SB 3.0 Midi-Tower USB 3.0 black
  • LC Power Pro-Line Series LC7300 V2,3 Silver Shield, 350W (hard to find smaller power supplies these days)
  • Gigabyte Z77-D3H
  • Core i5 3570k (why does Intel so few quads with the HD4000?)
  • 2 x 4 GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical 1600 Mhz
  • Samsung SSD 830 128GB
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200 2TB HD
Will post pictures when it is done.

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Looks and sounds pretty damn sweet to me! I am sure you have plenty of fun ahead with that rig!
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Wow, first two packages (case + some hardware) from one supplier arrived today. That was fast!
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2nd package arrived just in time at Friday. :)

I spend the evening to put all the pieces together. Besides a 3.5" to 2.5" adapter for the SSD I had missed nothing. Unfortunately my old DVD burner didn't work and so I wasted some time there and finally had to make a bootable USB stick for Windows 7. I spend the last two days to test everything and to install a few major programs.

New pictures above.
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Mmmm... SSD. I love how fast my Mac boots with an SSD drive. Never buying another computer without one.
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Yea, resuming from Hibernate takes just a few seconds now. :)

My office PC is exactly the opposite. Slow notebook HD, lousy harddisk encryption and bad configured virus scanner combined with 8GB RAM = 10-15 minutes(!!!) from hibernate.
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Everything works nicely now, but now my Sony TV is too old for my new computer. I cannot connect it with the computer anymore.

So I either buy a cheap, silent additional GPU (maybe used) with TV Out or a VGA to TV converter. Or a new TV... :ponder:
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What were you using the Sony TV for? That will probably determine which route you should take.

One note if you are thinking of going the new TV route: not all HDTVs provide native resolution as an option through all interfaces. So although my 55" HDTV had a 1920x1080 panel, it didn't support that resolution via VGA.
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I use it for viewing videos from my computer (recorded with Online TV Recorder).

For now I bought me a dead cheap (<10 EUR total), used NVidia 6200TC which has S-Video output.
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