My New Rig

Perfect blog fodder: my new rig! Well, about 70% new. I got a new tower. I moved up from a mid-size tower to a full-size tower. Why? My eyesight is going and fishing screws out of tight places is no longer the joy it once was. Anyway this is the case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Full Tower Case with SuperSpeed USB 3.0. It feels a bit like the adult diaper of cases but nevertheless I like the case.

Despite the wheels on the bottom,the HAF 932 is the opposite of portable — I like this. It makes me feel grounded and steady. The only feature I don’t really love is the top fan-exhaust. This is great for sucking the hot air out of the case and freaking out the cat. It will be not so great when, inevitably, a child spills something on top of the case and Mountain Dew Red spritzes all over the motherboard.

The cylon-eye red light on the bottom is great. The top features a searing blue light whenever the thing is on. This means retina scars if you’re sitting back and watching a movie — I’ll probably unplug or change the blue lights on top to something less penetrating.

My last mobo (ASUS P5E3 Deluxe) featured a lot of bells and whistles that, frankly, I neither understood nor used. So I went with a slightly stripped down package this time — an ASUS P8Z77-v LX. It was cheaper than the top-of-the-line and still featured everything I needed (except the built in wi-fi, which I appreciate in a mobo). It’s got the Z77 chipset which I think is cool. Right? Anyway, so far so good.

I got an Intel Core i5-2400 3.10 GHz 6 MB Cache Socket LGA1155 Processor — this seemed to give the best price/performance balance.

That’s the new stuff (oh, except I got a new power source too (750W!) but I’ll leave that story for another time, when I have some distance).

The rest of my rig is:

Seagate 7500 750GB Hard disk — this is the next item to replace and the thing that’s slowing me down.
Radeon HD 6850 (Sapphire)

And all the other things I’ve had for awhile. The monitor I recently fixed myself with a solder gun and fairy dust. The printer and speakers and such are ancient (meaning more than three years old) and not worth mentioning.

So far this rig has been solid and efficient. My windows experience score is all 7.7 except for the aforementioned hard disk which is bringing it all down to a 6.1. So, for a summer gift you can get me a solid state hard disk or whatever those things are called.

In the meantime, just stay away from my rig if you are carrying a liquid of any kind — seriously, this thing has HOLES on the top.