1 Feb 2013

Computer upgrade!

So I got my £500 bursary from Uni (did I ever mention how much I love all the free stuff I get from the University of Lincoln?) and decided that my computer was in need of an upgrade.

I was intending to take some pictures, like a before-mid-after but my friend and I got too enthusiastic about building it and forgot. So instead, here's the old and new specs:

Old:
  • One of Asus' actually halfway good Vento cases (not the buglike monstrosities)
  • Obscure MSI motherboard with only 2 SATA sockets
  • 2.9GHz dual core Athlon
  • 4GB DDR2 RAM (only 3 usable though, x86 OS and all)
  • GeForce GTX 260 (which blocked one of said SATA sockets)
  • 320GB SATA HDD
  • 250GB PATA (aka; IDE, Ribbon Cable of Doom, Fansbane, etc.) HDD
  • PATA DVD Writer
  • OCZ 650W modular power supply (recent mini-upgrade)
New:
  • Antec Three Hundred (£20 second-hand from the friend that helped me with cable management)
  • Asus P8L77-V LX motherboard (S1155 socket, USB3, all that jazz)
  • Intel i5-3570K (3.4GHz quad core, etc.)
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM (now running on x64 Win7 Professional, another UoL/Dreamspark freebie)
  • Same graphics (though will need to upgrade later in preparation for Star Citizen)
  • 128GB SATA-6 SSD
  • Same 320GB SATA HDD
  • SATA DVD Writer (No more ribbon cables!)
  • Same power supply

Everything is now much faster, much quieter and much cooler! However, I do have to spend the next couple of days rearranging my data and reinstalling programs. All in all £388.49 well spent as this setup will last me a good few years.

Also, I would like to apologise for the two-month radio silence. I have been busy finishing assignments (1st in both Group Project and Advanced Software Dev, yay!) and spending Christmas being Christmassy.

Finally, I think it best to officially announce that as of several weeks or so ago, Seph has officially agreed to take over APS (though I will still be hanging around the forums, doing my duty as spam canner). However, I do have another minecraft mod in the works (when I have free time, which may be scarce given the new assignments we now have) as well as Frontier Worlds, plus the Carthage Engine and Animo, our Group Project game, which will be complete and released here with source after Easter.

On an amusing, post-final note, I would just like to point out that Seph's announcement of the new APS wiki was accompanied, to the day, by a very sharp decline in visitor numbers here. To those of you whom have stayed for my in(s)ane ramblings, I thank you.

1 comment:

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Hey, I've upgraded my PC recently. Even with extra memory, Windows computers are notorious for becoming slower and buggier over time. Simply wiping the hard drive and reinstalling everything from scratch often leads to a dramatic improvement in performance. It's a time-consuming but cheap way to speed up an older computer. The fastest solution is an external hard drive that pops into a USB port and can back up your files in a matter of hours. A 500-gigabyte external drive can be found for around $125 -- more than you want to spend, perhaps. But if you can't afford to back up your computer files, you can't afford a computer.
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