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March 1st, 2010


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01:08 pm

Well I found an open-box version of the motherboard I'd been eyeing up on Newegg for $60 off retail, so I jumped on it while it was there. Thus, my hand is tipped.

New computing core will be:
Intel i7-920 Quad-core CPU (maybe 930, just released, will wait to see pricing)
Prolima MegaHalems Rev.B CPU cooler (Will run just about dead silent while overclocked.)
AsRock x58 Extreme motherboard
3x2gb G-Skill RAM DDR3-1600 (This may change if I find something on sale.)
nVidia 8800GT (from current system)

I'll be dropping all this into my existing desktop case, an Antec Sonata II.
Will probably just fire up XP (MAYBE trial of Win7) on it for now, waiting for Solid State drives to drop into reasonable range and then I'll move to a SSD with Win7.

For awhile I was considering going with the older style CPU socket and an i7-860 as it draws 40w less power under load. The problem is that socket's nearly dead and gone, and I'd like to have some room to upgrade this platform down the road.

Gah! Decisions! Second-guessing! Gah!
mood: anxiousanxious

(10 bits of drivel | babble incoherently)

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From:jjjiii
Date:March 1st, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
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+1 on the Lenovo recommendation. I have a T61p that I've had for several years now, and it's still running quite strong. I love it.

I would never own a Sony laptop. I think if someone gifted one to me, I'd hit them with it. That would maximize the satisfaction that I'd get from it.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 2nd, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the recommendation. I think you Sony reaction is a bit strong though! Say what you will about overpaying for a name, but Sony does use top quality parts in their machines and in our experience they're really solid. My wife is on her second Vaio. The first lasted over 8 years, and the current one is still going strong after 4. And I haven't found the bloatware to be any worse than any other off-the-shelf model. Still I'll check out the Lenovo T series for sure.
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