Sunday, November 25, 2012

New PC Build

After a few years of wanting to build a new PC, I finally got around to it this month.

My goal was to assemble a system with two SSDs in RAID 0, have several USB 3.0 connections, utilize a CPU water cooler, have plenty of storage, and not have to buy a discrete video card, since I'm not a computer gamer.  The Asus motherboard does not have D-Sub (VGA), DVI, or PS/2 connections.  I opted for Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, instead of Windows 8.

I also wanted to use a water cooler and found one that would allow me to use four fans in push-pull configuration.

The Samsung S27B970D 27" monitor was what I had expected to buy.  When the price was finally released for Canada, it still wasn't listed as being in stock anywhere.  I opted for the new Asus PB278Q monitor, which was half the cost.

Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5 GHz 8 MB
 Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe
Asus 12B1ST 12x BD Writer
Asus Front Panel USB 3.0 Box (2 ports)
Asus PB278Q 17" monitor (2560 x 1440 w/DisplayPort)
Corsair Vengeance 2 x 8 GB RAM (qty 2; 16 GB)
Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T case
Corsair CMPSU-650AX 650W Gold AX P/S
Corsair Hydro H100 CPU water cooler
Noctua NF-P12-1300 fans (4) in push-pull configuration
OCZ Vertex 4 256 GB SATA III SSD (2 in RAID 0)
Seagate 3 TB Barracuda 7200 rpm 64 MB (qty 3)
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

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