New PC Guts

Late last week the replacement guts for my desktop machine arrived and I began, with the help of a friend, to assemble it. The install went rather smoothly though there were a few hiccups here and there. But, that’s to be expected on any build.

The specs are as follows:

CPU: Intel i5 2500 – It’s a quad core running at stock settings, 3.3 Ghz (3.7 Ghz turbo boost)
Memory: 16 GB of G.SKILL Ripjaws Series DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) memory
Motherboard: MSI P67S-C43 (B3)
Videocard: EVGA Geforce GTX 260 (Core 216) with 896 MB memory
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit)

I was amazed at how quickly Windows 7 installed on this machine and it chews through everything that I’ve thrown at it. It’s a good feeling

Still there are two issues that will need to be remedied going forward.

First, the system seems to run a little hot. I was hitting a CPU temp of 80C in Prime95 at full load. I stopped the tests when I hit that. Intel recommends an operating temp of no more than TCase temp of 72.6C. While I am aware there is a lot of debate/confusion regarding exactly what the TCase temp refers to, I’d rather not ever see those temps under normal operations. I’ve got about 2 weeks until the thermal grease finally settles in and that should lower the overall operating speed. I don’t plan to over clock the system so I was hoping the stock fan would be good enough. If not, I’ll save up my pennies to by an aftermarket cooler.

Secondly, since the fan on the old CPU was going it put off a lot of noise it masked the fact that my hard drive is making some rather disturbing squealing noises. Not clicking, squealing… ugh. So, I’m planning to order a replacement this weekend. I’ve found a good deal on a Western Digital Caviar Black 500 Gbps hard. Once this arrive I’ll reinstall the OS and really get the machine up and running with all my programs. I can’t wait!

I have done some testing on videogames and I’ve been really impressed with the performance. I’m getting around 75 fps in both Dragon Age: Origins and the new Deus Ex game with Vsync enabled at a resolution of 1028 x 1024. The temps during these games have never gone about 65C which I’ve been relieved to see.

Well, that’s enough ‘bragging’ on the computer for this fine Sunday morning… The Wifey is still sleeping so I actually can’t play on the PC yet. Hmmm… maybe I can convince her to move the bed to the living room so this won’t be an issue again…

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