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Apr 12 2014

New Custom Computer

It has as been six years since I bought a new desktop computer. And, that one was picked with the express understanding that it "would not have to have a life-span of nearly seven years." I have been looking at components for over two years and waiting for the next generation of some parts and other parts to simply mature.

Fed up with Dell customer support (I'm looking at you "Kevin" in New Delhi) and their crippling proprietary hardware, I tried piecing together systems on boutique custom builders' websites. But, although I got close, I never was offered all the hardware options I wanted. So, I finally decided on just ordering all the parts myself which would provide the benefit of getting precisely the parts I wanted. The decision was finalized when the IT vendor we use as work said he would put it all together for a bargain price. I would have loved assembling everything and installing the operating system but I just didn't have a full weekend available which it would have easily taken this first time builder, nor was I looking forward the frustrations that would likely accompany a first time build.

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These are all the parts prior to assembly:

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: Asus Z87-DELUXE/QUAD ATX LGA1150
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1866
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Western Digital RE 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: Western Digital RE 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Optical Drive: Asus BW-16D1HT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
Power Supply: SeaSonic 760W ATX 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit)

The 256GB SSD is for the operating system and programs. The 128GB SSD is for temp files and Photoshop scratch disk. One 3TB HDD is for data while the second is for backup. (I also have full online backup and other redundant physical backup.)

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The end result, is a screaming fast systems that doesn't slow down for the most demanding task (Photoshop/Premiere) I can throw at it. I couldn't be happier!

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