New Computer

I got a new computer.

It’s amazing how fast NewEgg sends out its orders.  Even with the cheapest shipping method, the stuff arrived at my door after only one full business day.  Maybe it helps to live one hour away from their warehouse in Edison, NJ.

So this was the first time in over four years that I played with computer parts.  I spent a lot of time doing research before the purchase.  It’s amazing how technology changes over time… I’m not only talking about the quadrupled harddrive space or the dual-core processor that doubles in register size, but also the total replacement of most interfaces.  Where did IDE and AGP go?  Where did PCI Express and SATA come from?  This sure was an experience bringing me back to see how fast things are moving.  It’s really easy to become ignorant when you no longer hangout with geeks.

The fanciest case I’ve ever had:

The CPU looks so insignificant as usual, but the RAM gets more badass than ever before.

I thought they were joking when I received this CPU fan.  It’s freaking 2.5x larger than my current CPU fan!  Funny how the chip got smaller but the cooling unit grew to be this enormous.  In fact, this heatsink is so ridiculously big that it clashes with the air duct on my case window, so I have to do some mod about it.

Really cheap graphics card and a pretty good TV tuner card.

The shiniest power supply I’ve ever had.  Check out the reflections!

I’m still waiting for two little parts to arrive before I’ll put the whole thing together.  Expect more pictures in a few days!


  • Dennis

    August 3, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Awesome… I just got an EVGA 8800 GS graphics card to upgrade to two DVI interface…. Which graphics card you got? Also did you get a phenom quad?

  • Steve

    August 4, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Whoa, is that a heat sink or is it a nuclear reactor???