My Hobby – Building Computers

Around the year 2000 I started into the world of building computers. At that time it wasn’t because it was something I was interested in but much more simple. I purchased a Gateway computer for around $1500 and about 3 months later I wanted to upgrade the memory in it. Because it was a smaller pc the memory had to come from Gateway. When I called they stated, “well that’s the old model we don’t make that anymore and we don’t have any more memory for it.” After cooling off I decided I was going to learn how to build them myself. At first it was basic. I searched the internet and printed off some directions on how to build a computer. Once I started doing it I caught on really quick. The problem is that to someone with mechanical ability it can also be challenging when you try to push a computer as far as it will go.

I won’t take you on the trip of every PC I built but at one time I was using Prometeia cooling. If you don’t know what this is the basics are that a computer processor can run faster than it is registered to run by a process called “overclocking”. What this means is that you can speed up the processor to a faster speed as long as you can control the heat, have the correct RAM “memory” timings and have the power needed to do all of that. When you speed up a processor you can continue to do so until you cause the Processor to overheat. I tried to always keep mine below 53C. What Prometeia cooling did was it actually brough the temperatures of the processor which typically runs around 28C – 53C to -25C. This allowed you to maximize your output from the processor. Here is a picture of the Prometeia cooler I used.

ProMach2GT_p2

Basically a Targeted Freezer

While this is a great hobby to get into with technology going out of date as quickly as you buy it this hobby can also be very expensive. So lately I do a rebuild every few years and hand my other PC’s down to the wife and kids. So now it is time for another upgrade and while much of what I am going to is now MAC there will always be a monster windows PC in the house. Here are the specs on the new build:

Processor – AMD FX 8150 – Currently at 4.0 GHZ
Motherboard – ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2
Memory – Corsair Dominator – DDR3 1600 8GB
Graphics – (2) XFX Radeon HD 7770 (older cards upgrade later)
Cooling – Corsair H80 Liquid Cooler
Hard DrivesBoot – Intel 335 Series 180 GB Storage – (2) WD Black 1TB
Case – Corsair Carbide Series Air 540
Power Supply – Thermaltake 600W
Operating System – Windows 7 Professional X64

CPU

Overall so far the new system is lightning fast. I use the SSD for programs that I want fast response from. All other media, programs and such are stored on the slower storage drives. I think the case is awesome. It seperates my cables to one side of the pc so I can maximize the cooling on the other side. Overall everything has been flawless and that is rare. There is always something on a new build that doesn’t go as planned but this one has been perfect.

Corsair Carbide

So this is one of my hobbies I hope I kept it simple enough for everyone to understand. There is much more to it but had I written it you may not have made it to this line in my blog.

 

Previous Grinding the QA5 Bedknife with Peerless
Next Is it Hard to Want More?

You might also like

Daily Grind 1Comments

Asking for Assistance

We need your help! Over the next few months we are presenting seminars at a few Industry shows on the topic of the “skills” that it takes to be a

Daily Grind 0 Comments

Data Driven Equipment Replacement Plan

Over the last 7 years or so I have been working on a way to figure out another way to help us determine when equipment needs to be replaced. One

Daily Grind 4 Comments

Lithium Ion Golf Carts are Here Now are They Worth it?

Well the time has finally come where we are beginning to see Lithium Ion golf carts finally roll off the production line available from both EZ-GO / Jacobsen and the

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.