Last week I spent most of my spare time assembling the various parts of my new computer. I installed the OS yesterday but had the thing all setup by Friday. Before the purchase of this thing my only computer was a weak and somewhat slow laptop. I used to get about 17-23fps in CSS at 800x600, and aside from this it would regularly freeze - roughly three times per day!
Well all that is over now and here are the specs of my new machine.OS:
Windows XP Home SP2Processor:
Intel Core 2 Duo (Conroe) E6400 2.13GHzRAM:
2GB Corsair DDR2 667MHzHDD1:
250GB WD Caviar SE16 Serial ATA II 16MB 7200RPMHDD2:
250GB WD Caviar SE16 Serial ATA II 16MB 7200RPMGraphics Card:
Sapphire Radeon X1950Pro 256MB DDR3, 36 pixel shadersMother Board:
ABIT IL9 ProCooling:
Intel & ATI stock coolers + HDD & Rear 120mm case fansMonitor:
Samsung SyncMaster 205BW 6ms (Native res - 1680x1050)Sound:
Realtek 7.1 High Definition AudioPSU:
Xclio Greatpower Modular 550wattCase:
APLUS Case 188A
The cost of all the parts minus delivery was:£804
$1,570 (USD) - $1,840 (CAD) - €1,210
Having previously only seen or worked with a maximum resolution of 1280x1024, and having come off of a 3 year stretch on 1024x768, my new monitor resolution was absolutely phenomenal! Everything is so huge, and thank god on the web I hardly see any more horizontal scroll bars appear.
My processor basically rapes everything I run, Core 2 Duo owns, and it really makes such a significant difference to everything! My Idle temperatures for the CPU, HDD and video card are roughly low 30’s (degrees) and low 40’s; on load, they shift to high 30’s and high 40’s. I am really impressed with the fast loading and overall smooth operation that I get now, even though I basically run anything and everything at the same time!
Yesterday I was running DW, Photoshop and had a bunch of Fire Fox windows open, felt like a game, and so I just fired up Counter-Strike: Source and began playing without any noticeable slowdowns. When in CSS, I play at my monitors’ native resolution (1680x1050) with all settings up high 'n' AAx2 and I average 115-125fps, this usually drops to about 90 when I get into a fire fight. My card apparently scored 165.03fps in the video stress test though.Pics: