Yes yes y’all. Another satisfied customer rolling out their custom PC build. The overall goal was a PC that split gaming/productivity near 60/40. That means graphics that make a game enjoyable while still having enough horsepower to do some respectable computing. Unfortunately due to a shipping error the case didn’t arrive with all the other components but I have a spare steel case to assemble and configure new builds. Either way, here’s some pictures.
For the motherboard we went with one of my favorite brands Gigabyte. Specifically the GA-EP45-UD3P it rocks the Intel P45 Chipset and looks pretty damn cute.
To complement the board we grabbed some G. Skill RAM. I’m a big fan of G. Skill because they really detail the heat sinks well. I like clean lines and bright colors on most of my builds and they have a huge range of colors that changes with the properties of the RAM. The G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) had a nice light blue to go with the PCB and heatsinks of the Gigabyte board.
For the processor we decided on the Intel Core 2 Duo 7400. It has a stock speed of 2.8 Ghz and is built using a 45nm process. This combined with the board provides for some nice numbers on the electric bill, but leaves room for overclocking down the road. I usually suggest to customers that they plan ahead to become OC enthusiasts. The computer-nerd-performance-fever usually hits late and I like them to be prepared for it. I still recommended against an aftermarket cooler for the time being, there could be a chance that they go water-cooling or a good sale could come up. Here’s a photo of the board with the RAM, CPU and boxed cooler installed.
I’ve got a crappy camera on my cell phone but trust me, it’s explosively blue. For the graphics card we opted for the Radeon 4870. It’s getting great reviews, most manufacturers are making 2 or 3 version which is bringing the price down a bit. That and it is smoking most other cards on benchmark tests. Sapphire makes a 1GB GDDR5 version that comes completely with a ridiculously over-sized heat sink.
It’s looking good so far, but I’m still excited to see it in it’s finished case with some cold cathodes in. I know it’s immature and a hallmark of rookie PC builders but damn it your first custom PC needs a clear sided case with lights that hurt your eyes when you go to sleep. It’s downright American.