The New Workstation

Apr 29, 2009

Sooo, this blog is a little late - but I've actually been kind of busy. I got my computer parts via UPS on friday (it's now wednesday). Surprisingly - EVERYTHING was in perfect shape, in working order from the factory(s), and UPS didn't physically damage anything! AMAZING! Lol. I sorted through all the packages and made sure everything was there, and then I got to building! It took about an hour or so to get it done, and then a lot more hours to get the machine running in the exact shape I want it to. Now, the last time I actually built a computer was in around 2004, so I thought I might be rusty - but nope. I refamiliarized myself with a couple youtube videos, and then BAM - I was ready. Everything went smoothly. I got a LEGITIMATE copy of Windows Vista Business (32 and 64 bit). As of today I have Vista Business x64 installed and everything is running smoothly. Not to mention - extremely fast! This machine is a beast! I was able to buy Bioshock and Far Cry 2. Far Cry 2 has amazing graphics! Playing at 1920x1080 with high settings and good framerates is sweeet! Anywho, enough babbling, here are some pics:

All the parts!

Putting in the processor (Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 45nm @ 2.5ghz):

Putting in one of the RAM sticks (Ultra 4gb PC5400 RAM):

After putting the motherboard into the case (Apex PC-390 Black mid tower):

installed the drives, video card, everything else, and it's ready to be powered on!

All put together! We got our desk back, too! In the end, here are the full specs of the workstation:

-Intel DG41RQ Motherboard
-Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 45nm 2.5ghz Processor
-4gb ULTRA PC5400 RAM (2048mb x2) in dual channel mode
-EVGA Nvidia GeForce 9500 512mb PCI-Express 2.0 video card w/dual HDMI/DVI outputs
-Wireless b/g PCI card
-Seagate 250gb SATA 7200RPM Hard Drive
-Samsung 160gb PATA 7200RPM Hard Drive
-Digital Research 320gb External Hard Drive
-Lite-On DVD-+R/RW/CD-R/RW drive
-Multimedia card reader (SD, XD, Memory Stick Pro/Duo, CF)
-Apex PC-390 Black mid tower case
-Dynex Office/Media Keyboard
-Logitech LX7 Wireless Optical Mouse
-Acer 23" 1920x1080 LCD w/HDMI, DVI, and VGA inputs
-HP 17" 1280x1024 LCD w/VGA input
-Panasonic 1000W 5.1 Dolby Digital Home Theater System
-Two Sony front floor speakers (mid range, tweeters)
-Two Panasonic rear satellite speakers
-Panasonic center speaker
-Panasonic Subwoofer