A Modest Computer for my LightSwitch Development! (says sarcastically)
On Friday afternoon I purchased the last few components I needed for my dream machine work (and play) desktop at home. I’ve been acquiring the necessary pieces during the last couple of months, and finally had the last few available to begin the build. With the help of everyone in my family, we tackled the build the next day on Saturday.
The Recipe for my Ultimate Time Killer
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl AXT Mid Tower Case.
Power Supply: XFX XTR 850W
Motherboard: MSI X99s SLI Plus LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i7-5820k
Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H105
GPU: EVGA 04G-2983-KR GeForce GTX 980 Super clocked 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 ACX 2.0 PCI Express 3.0
Memory: 8 x ADATA XPG Z1 8GB 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2133 (PC4-17000) Model AX4U2133W8G15-QRZ
SSD: 4 x Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-7TE250BW)
HDD: Seagate Constellation 3TB 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive SATA III 7200 rpm w/ 128MB Cache
Operating System: Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
I’d been culling the internet for all the reviews, recommendations, and advice. I think I put together a pretty good recipe for a great machine. With the photography stuff our family does, and the new GoPro I received for Christmas, I need something with some graphics capabilities. The i7, the GTX 980 SC, the SSD drives, and the 64 GB of RAM should all set me up with the power to do what I want to do.
The Sweat Equity
The actual build took only a few hours. The rest of the day was spent trying to figure out why the dang thing would not boot up. We did everything by the book, so it was a frustrating day of double checking, triple checking, and removing and reinstalling components.
All this troubleshooting took us into Sunday as well, when finally I swallowed some humble pie and took the final project to the folks at Memory Express. My wife and I were prepared to leave the machine for their techs to look it over; fully expecting to get a call that something was defective or broken. Much to our surprise, the guy at the counter plugged the thing in and guess what… it booted into the bios!
Turns out that the monitor we were using at home was broken!! We had spent an entire day trying to figure out why the dang thing wouldn’t display the bios on boot up, when it was the stupid monitor that was not working all along.
Oh well! It didn’t take long to get back home and plug in a “good” monitor. Once fired up, it took all of 30 minutes to; configure the SSD as RAID 10, install Windows 8.1, and download and install all the drivers for everything.
… and then pulled myself back onto my exercise ball chair after being blown away by what I saw. I can’t begin to explain how much this machine rocks. I’ll try and find some time to blog about it, but considering the performance I am getting from this bad boy, I may not pull myself away from the computer to find the time to blog anymore!
Tonight I will be; first spending time with the family of course, and then I’m going to put the machine through its paces with some hard core programming, a little bit of video editing, and yeah, some more ARMA I might go to bed at some point, but not sure yet. We’ll see how it goes.
Monitors!! I need more monitors. Maybe even another GPU, and then some more monitors.
Oh yeah, my Oculus Rift. I almost forgot. I need to hook that sucker up too.