Computer Stuff Came

July 7th, 2011

Yesterday, I ordered a new computer. Most of it arrived today. It’s my first personal DIY–we’ve done two of these in the club I sponsor at school (third one coming soon), and I wanted a full-featured Windows box at home, for a variety of reasons, the primary of which is that I teach using Windows and so have to use it, and doing it virtually on the Mac can have its drawbacks. Another reason is that it’s new computer gear and (hopefully, depending on what problems may crop up) it’s fun.

The big boxes that just arrived are the case (a Gigabyte GZ-X5 with a 500W power supply) and the monitor (a BenQ G2420HD 24“ LCD display). Amazon put the rest in one box–a 4-core Intel i5 2500K at 3.3 GHz, an ASRock Z68 Extreme4 motherboard, 8GB (4GB x 2) of Kingston 1333MHz DDR3 RAM, a Western Digital 1TB 7200 RPM SATA3 HDD, and a Buffalo 12x Blu-Ray burner. I also ordered a Crucial 6GB SATA3 SDD drive to take advantage of the Z68 chipset’s SSD caching feature, but it’s from a third-party seller and might not arrive until the weekend.

The whole purchase set me back just a shade under ¥94,000, but it’s going to be a very nice rig when it’s done. Store-bought, the same rig would cost at minimum an extra couple hundred bucks even with a 2400 i5 and without the Z68 chipset–the cheapest BTO setup I could find. Everything else I found was much more expensive, even with similarly lower specs.

Now I know what I’m doing over the weekend…

  1. Troy
    July 7th, 2011 at 12:25 | #1

    make sure you get the latest drivers from ASRock

    their latest BIOS is 1.50 . . .

    also, read newegg’s page:

    to get a feel for the mb . . .

    wish Apple would release an OEM 10.7 install . . .

    btw total build price at newegg is ~$1200 w/ tax and shipping, just about what you paid.

  2. matthew
    July 8th, 2011 at 20:34 | #2

    Just an FYI–your ultra what ever spamers are at it again via google.

    btw –for reasons even i dont understand I never use bookmarks to access sites–i just google where i want to go. An unnecessary step but there you go.

    Is it useful for you to get this info? please advise.

  3. Anonymous
    July 10th, 2011 at 13:34 | #3

    A decent video card will set you back another ¥20,000.

  4. Jim
    July 10th, 2011 at 13:35 | #4

    Didn’t mean to post ‘anonymous’.

  5. Troy
    July 10th, 2011 at 13:59 | #5

    Z68 does video out; Luis’ m/b actually has DisplayPort output . . .

    Luis isn’t doing 3D stuff so he doesn’t need a 3D card . . .

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