So I received all the parts for my new PC about a week ago but I didn’t have to time to put it all together. Today I went apple picking, but then I literally spent the entire evening lapping my heatsink (Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme). Not the best way to spend my Saturday night but I’ll only have the free time to build my PC on weekends and I HAVE to put it together now to make sure everything’s working and that I don’t need to return anything. Then I can send in the UPC labels for rebates.
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Here are the specs of the system:
- Case: Antec Performance One P180B Black (Same as P182, just black)
- Power Supply: OCZ GameXStream 700W
- Motherboard: Abit IP35 Pro
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz (G0 Stepping)
- Video Card: EVGA GeForce 8800GTX 768-P2-N831-AR HDCP
- Memory: Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit (Micron D9 chips – high quality)
- Storage: (2) Western Digital Caviar SE16 320GB SATA 3.0Gb/s
- DVD Burner: Samsung 20X Black SATA Model SH-S203B
- Sound Card: Bluegears b-Enspirer 7.1
- Speakers: Logitech Z-4 2.1
- CPU Heatsink: Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme
- CPU Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5
- CPU/Case Fan: (2) Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2b OEM
- Anti-Virus & Firewall: Kaspersky Internet Security 7.0
I bought Windows XP because Vista has too many issues with driver and application compatibility. And I bought Kaspersky because it’s a high quality security suite that doesn’t use too much system resources (unlike Norton and McAfee). Two things you definitely want are a reliable OS and good security software that you can update on a regular basis.
This is going to be my first multi-page post. I’m going to chronicle my build online and I hope this helps out others interested in building their own PC. I’ll update this post as I go.
First up is preparing the CPU and heatsink …