As much as I wanted to hold out for an APU based system, I'm afraid that my old home computer had something else in mind. The good news is, my wife gave me permission to buy a whole new system instead of just trying to find and replace the one bad component (which I later narrowed down to the motherboard - that's a story in and of itself). Below are the components of my new system. Although my old mouse, keyboard, and monitor worked fine, I just couldn't pass up getting spare parts and a nice 24" 1080p widescreen monitor.
- Microsoft Wired Keyboard 500
- Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
- ViewSonic X Series VX2433wm Black 23.6" 2ms(GTG); 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor
- SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support
- Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0
- CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M4B1333C9
- GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
- LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
- GIGABYTE GV-R577SO-1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
- AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
- Nexus RX-8500 850W ATX 2.2 SLI Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply
- Win 7 Professional 64-bit
- 3DConnexion Space Navigator (that I won at the Mechanical Design Forums)
One thing I did notice right away is that my internet connection speed is lacking performance. I knew this already, but it didn't matter because my old computer really couldn't process data much faster anyway. Now, I am often waiting for data to come through my DSL pipeline before my computer has something to do. Funny, QWest just came out with a new HDInternet.com website promoting its 40Mbs speeds, yet I can still only get 1.5Mbs in my area. Come on QWest! What will it take to get decent internet speeds in my neighborhood?
The only downside to this setup is the video card. After getting into regular use of the computer, my screen would show vertical strips or just be blank.
website shows that overclocking the voltage or underclocking the frequency of the video card through the Catalyst Overdrive tool resolves this problem.
BOINC and put my computer to use since I can't save energy. The good news, even with the reduced frequency, this setup still outperforms my old computer based on my experience and feel.