16 July 2012

Realized I still haven’t posted about the specs of the new PC I built back in mid May.  So here’s a quick post to get that out:

CPU:  Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz
MB:  ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe
Graphics:  NVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (EVGA, 1GB of 256bit DDR5)
HD:  2 x Seagate Barracuda 3TB, 7200 RPM (ST3000DM001)
RAM:  16GB of GSkill Ripjaw X series DDR3 1600 (2 x 8GB)
Power:  Corsair 650TX
Optical:  Asus DVD-R/W drive (DRW-24B1ST, Black)
Case:  Thermaltake Chaser MK-I

I haven’t really put it to the test yet, although it plays WoW just fine.  Occasionally I have some chop but I’m not sure if it’s my PC.  The Witcher plays nicely, haven’t noticed any chop in that unless I have the graphics cranked way up, which shouldn’t be.  I should put Crysis on it soon and see how it does at full graphics.

With HT I love the fact that I have “8” cores.  All the RAM is nice, too.  I have an Ubuntu Server running right now that I’m setting my own personal WoW server up on and Wrath of the Lich King is installing on another VM that’s running.  All the while not bogging down my desktop!  PC runs fairly cool, idles at 37C (with stock cooler).  With WoW running I think it’s in the mid to upper 40’s.  Max safe operating temp is 67.4C so I have plenty of room.  The other thing that is completely amazing is that the fans are so quiet I honestly don’t even know it’s on.  The first morning I got up after having powered off the old machine I had to check to make sure the new one was on it, it’s dead silent.  Even if I sit here and focus on the machine and try to hear something I dont… unless I turn the chasis fans up to high then all I hear is the gentlest white noise.

Apps load pretty quick (Outlook 2010 is about 10 seconds.. iTunes, FF and others are almost instant).  Overall I’m pretty darn pleased!

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