Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Hardware Updates

I've been planning on upgrading my gaming PC, it has been almost three years since my last upgrade. The box has been showing its age when playing the latest games - choppy framerates even at the lowest setting.

Well, I was finally able to save up enough loose change to have my upgrade. And so I paid a visit to my local computer shop and did some shopping. Here's what I got: a Pentium D 805 @ 2.66GHz, a motherboard, 2 x 250Gb SATA HDDs, a PCI-e GPU, 2 x 1 Gb RAM and an aftermarket CPU cooling unit.

When I got home, I wasted no time in dismantling my machine and getting down to business. The old parts were set aside, they will be used to make another box that will be used as the house server. The new parts were easy enough to install as all the parts and sockets are clearly labeled.

Now, I know that there are faster CPUs out there, but I decided to spring for the 805 for one reason: it's the cheapest 2.66 GHz dual-core CPU out there. Did I say 2.66? What I meant was 3.60 GHz. The secret is overclocking and that's the reason why I also bought an aftermarket CPU cooler. It can go as high as 4.1 GHz, but I don't want to risk it -- just yet.

Finally, after a last-minute check to make sure all the connections are good, I fired up the baby. The sweet sound of humming followed by a couple of reassuring beeps indicated that half an hour of work went without a hitch. The longest part of the whole process was the HD formatting, Windows XP installation and installing the proper drivers.

Now on to the next project, the one I've been putting off for quite some time: a dedicated media server.