It’s been at least 7 years since I’ve bought a new computer. To give you an idea of how old my computer was, it was running an AMD Athlon XP 1600 @ 1.4Ghz. For those that don’t remember, it was released at the end of 2001. Being a gamer, the video card is important. It was an Nvidia 6800 GT (released in 2004). So you can see, this was a very good computer … in 2005. Even a decent one … in 2007. And being a gamer, it makes the situation even more sad, missing out on games that I wanted to play, but the computer couldn’t handle it. I could have bought a new computer years ago, but I just never got around to it. So when my computer died (turns out just the power supply died) during Labor Day weekend 2011, it was time.
With boring stuff out of the way, the details on the new computer …
- Intel i5-2500K 3.3Ghz boosted to 3.6Ghz
- Xion CPU heatpipe and fan
- Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 motherboard
- AData 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM
- Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm hard drive
- Powercolor ATI Radeon HD 6850 1GB
- Nzxt H2 case (white)
- Coolermaster Silent Pro 700W power supply
- Nzxt Sentry 2 temp/fan controller
- Logitech Ultrathin keyboard
- Logitech G5 gaming mouse (carried over from old PC)
- Dell Ultrasharp 24″ monitor (updated 12/20/11)
- Logitech z313 speakers (updated 12/20/11)
Rather than build it myself like I have done with every previous computer I’ve owned, I had CyberpowerPC build it for me. They did a good job despite taking a week longer than anticipated. They offered more options and at better prices than their competitors. Overall, I’m pleased with the buying experience. All told, it cost about $1100.
So how do I like it? Well, I have yet to put it to extreme tests. I’m currently going back through and playing games I missed or played at pitiful detail levels. As you would expect, it runs older games like Far Cry, Crysis, and Half-Life 2 at max resolution, max detail, and full AA without even breathing hard. The only recent game I have currently is Civilization 5, which it runs at max settings with ease. The true tests will come when I buy Crysis 2 and Rage. For the non-gaming stuff, it runs everything smoothly and quickly. It’s quiet and cool, two things my last computer was not. And to cap things off, the white case, which I bought for improved thermal properties not appearance, looks very cool.