Here are a few photos of the various components that went into my new computer build. You’ll notice that there isn’t a photo of my video card. I got a new one about 5 weeks ago and was using it on my old rig so I left it out. In case you are wondering, it’s a Galaxy GTX 560 1gig GDDR5. I also reused my hard drive, but I have another on order that will significantly speed up my system. I am going to wait on getting a SSD as the one I want is still over $400.
The 700w Rosewill power supply, showing the specs.
The Redbone case getting ready to have some goodies placed into him.
The Liquid Cooling system unboxed. (Not pictured are 2 120mm fans that came with it)
Another shot of the Sabretooth installed. Sadly, I am returning this beast of a motherboard. Why? It doesn’t work! I must have spent 8 hours on this thing, reading post after post on the internet of people who had all sorts of problems with this thing. $180 and it BSOD‘ed more times than Vista at launch. It’s a very long story, but needless to say Newegg.com tried to tell me tough luck. I wasn’t having any of that. After a little arguing, they agreed to take back the board. I told them I wasn’t about to get stuck with a $180 brick. They refused at first, but after I told them I would just call my bank to dispute the charge they agreed to the return. I orignally ordered an MSi board, but then decided to go all out and buy the Sabretooth. What a huge mistake. The little $80 MSi board worked right off the bat with no problems at all. After 20 minutes on the MSi board installation, I had a working computer. After 8+ hours screwing with the ASUS Sabretooth and 25 minutes arguing with New Egg, I ended up with a refund. You can check out the MSi board I ended up with by clicking here.
After installing the DVD Writer. I am actually about to get a BluRay player. Not a writer though as I have heard the hardware isn’t up to snuff yet. Too many people ending up with coasters. Besides, I have no need for a BluRay writer.
Well, that’s all I have for the new build at this time. I used the onboard overclocking tool supplied by MSi which pushed my CPU to 3.897Ghz. I noticed a very slight change in performance, but the heat had me concerned so I knocked it back down to stock speed. Maybe when I do some video editing I will kick it back to about 4ghz for that little extra push.