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The Blue One – 07/10/12

I recently built my new/first computer and it’s time to review what I’ve built. The build can be found on this link:
http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/b/xjC

Context: I had a pentium D dual core running at 2.66GHz, 3GB of 800MHz RAM, 160GB hard drive that was about to die (50% bad sectors) and only played Special Force (soldier front in america). The load times were snail like because of the slow/messed up hard drive. Windows xp booted in 10 minutes to get it fully running, while soldier front took 20-30 minutes.

So for my birthday, my brother gave me his old gaming rig (2011) that he had since ‘08 I think, or ‘09, not sure. It packed a Q6600 @2.4GHz (quad core), 4GB ram, upgraded to 6GB, 1000GB of HDD (500GB X2) and a 8800gt 512mb by BFG.

It played Soldier Front great and I got a lot better at it… Until I started League of Legends. The PSU broke so I had to replace it. It used to be an OCZ 1100watt PSU, then I switched an OCZ ZS Series PSU, it packed 550watts – more than enough. With league on that BFG video card, all dx9 games played easily; where as when I started playing MW3, it started to lag a little bit, so I had to turn down settings. Boot started to slow down and BOOM. Primary hard drive died. I got an SSD as boot drive (bad mistake…). A 30 GB Corsair nova 2 SSD. It was great at first, but slowed down to the point where the HDD is faster than the SSD in terms of boot times. Windows would lock up and stuff. I can’t reformat at the moment because my mom would have to redo her MP3 sortings.

At that point, I decided its not worth it to upgrade that machine any more. Thus I put together the part list and started building (pictures are being posted). Here is the list.

CPU: i5 3450@3.1GHz quad core

RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance@1600MHz

Motherboard: MSI Z77 – G43

SSD: Mushkin Chronos 60GB

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB@ 7200rpm w/ 16mb cache

Video card: Gigabyte 560ti 1GB GDDR5

Case: Zalman Z9

PSU: OCZ Modxtream 600 watt modular

Optical Drive: Samsung… I dont know.

I’ll do a review for each one throughout this week, as for now you have the context.

Originally posted 2012-10-09 02:46:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


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