It's Alive – The New Rig

My long planned system upgrade is finally complete, and I’m finally shot of the obsolete AMD socket 939 based system that I’ve been running with for the last four years.

As planned the system is based around the intel X58 chipset and an Intel Core i7 and I’ve tried to go for the highest rated parts that I could afford. I’ve kept my old graphics card and sound card as they should be more than capable, and if I were to replace them the cost would go up even further. I’ve also avoided buying any new external devices so that means I’ll be puttering along with that mangy old keyboard I’ve had since 1998 for a while longer.

  • Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 (Socket 1366)
  • Intel i7 930
  • 6GB Corsair  DDR3 1600MHz XMS3 Dominator Memory
  • 2x Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm
  • BFG GTX260 OC2 Edition 896MB PCI-E Graphics Card
  • Creative Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS
  • Antec CP850 850W Modular PSU
  • Antec 1200 Full Tower Case
  • Windows 7 Professional

Assembly took me about four hours or so on Sunday afternoon while watching Dragonslayer and Big Country Live at Rockplast for the ultimate geekout factor. There were no major hiccups, other than when I closed up the case, pressed the power button and then remembered that I hadn’t hooked up the supplementary power cables for the PCI-E graphics card. Needless to say I panicked a bit when it wouldn’t boot, but thankfully the Antec 1200 has a side window so I quickly realised what I had done.

So far Windows 7 seems to be a solid as a rock, and the whole machine operates smoothly. I’ve not really had a chance to test her yet, or do much in the way of optimisation, but I’m satisfied that she appears to be stable.

There have been a few incidents of the screen turning a solid light blue while windows keeps merrily running in the background. Since the only common elements between the new system and the one are the graphic and sound cards I can only assume that one of them is to blame. Given that the sound card wasn’t installed yet, as I had still to disable the onboard audio, I think it’s safe to say that the graphics card is probably to blame.

The system seems fairly stable just now, but I’m going to investigate the graphics card further once I’m satisfied with the rest of the system. As the problem is intermittent I need to try and figure out if there’s anything that specifically triggers the appearance of the blue screen.

5 Responses to “It's Alive – The New Rig”


  1. 1 Mysterion July 6, 2010 at 13:20

    It has a window because its the ford fiesta bodykit of cases, you might as well fit a rear spoiler. It Is cool though 🙂

  2. 3 MCDOWALL July 6, 2010 at 19:17

    6GB of RAM?

    A BRUTHA BE SMOKIN’! Why not 8GB and take advatnage of the bank interleaving?

    • 4 GreyKodiak July 7, 2010 at 10:46

      Thanks to the i7 it’s triple channel DDR3 so it’s using the bank interleaving at 6GB. To get 8GB I’d need to reduce it to dual channel by using odd combinations of RAM sticks. It would actually suffer from being 8GB. Next step up from there would have to be 12GB to keep the performance, but 12GB isn’t so cheap just now.

      Still goes like shit off a shovel though!

  3. 5 F1E5KI July 9, 2010 at 19:55

    You forget it was a Ford Fiesta that brought most of it to you!! 😛


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