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My New Computer Build

By Tim Trott, 31st October 2010 in Hardware

My current computer is getting on for 6 years old and is feeling it's age. The motherboard is showing signs of giving up, it only has a single core processor and the power supply unit is making a buzzing noise. So it's time to upgrade! But since it is so old, this time an upgrade actually means a whole new computer, not just a new processor and more memory.

This time I have gone back to AMD processors, mainly due to cost - £700+ for an Intel 6-core processor or £160 for an AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition. I then looked around for the best AMD motherboard for the processor and decided on the Asus Crosshair IV Formula. After that it was simply a case of picking off the rest of the hardware I needed.

 

  • AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition (6 cores at 3.8ghz)
  • Asus Crosshair IV Formula
  • 4GB Corsair Dominator GT DDR3
  • OCZ Vertex2 Solid State Hard Drive (SSD) - 120GB
  • ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU Graphics card (nVidia 460 GTX) - 1GB GDDR5
  • Antec 750w Truepower New Modular PSU
  • Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium
  • Logitech Performance MX Mouse
  • Logitech UltraX Premium Keyboard
  • Razer Goliathus gaming mat
  • Samgsung Blueray player DVD/CD writer with Lightscribe
  • Samsung SyncMaster P2450 24" Widescreen LCD monitor
  • Western Digital Raptor 500GB

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition

 

This has all been fitted into the existing chassis, which despite it's size, is perfect in every way. I have also continued the water cooling utilising a new CPU and GPU block and a custom cooler block for the motherboard from EK Waterblocks.

  • Swiftech Apogee XT Extreme CPU Block
  • Swiftech MCW80 VGA Block
  • EK Waterblocks Acetal + Nickel block for ASUS Crosshair 4 (EK-FB)
  • Feser One Cooling Fluid
  • MCR220 Radiator with fans
  • MCB-120 R2 "Radbox"
  • MCP655 pump
  • MC14 Ramsinks
  • MCRES Micro Reservoir

My New Computer Build
My New Computer Build

 

The build all went smoothly without any problems, however after much effort I had to resign to the fact that the graphics card was faulty (DOA) and had to be sent back.

Artifacts with nVidia Geforce 460GTX
Artifacts with nVidia Geforce 460GTX

The system seems to work fine until I do anything that involves 3D content then it quickly crashes. After a few crashes it then shows artifacts on the screen as pictured above. I cannot run any form of benchmark without the system locking up and/or crashing.

So at the moment I have a shiny new PC that I cannot use - all my old graphics card spares are PCI or AGP - no PCI Express!!!

Comments
  1. Tim Trott
    Tim Trott

    After another RMA I have decided to go back to ATI cards. I now have on order a Sapphire HD 5870 Vapor-X OC. Fingers crossed that this one lasts more than a few weeks!

  2. Tim Trott
    Tim Trott

    OK, my new pc has been running brilliant for a fortnight now, but a few hours ago it seems like the Gigabyte is now dead. I have no errors or warnings, but the primary DVI port has no signal. HDMI out and the secondary DVI port are working, but without the primary there is no boot sequence, no bios or post information and is pretty useless. Bringing out the 20 ATI again and sending off another RMA request.

  3. Tim Trott
    Tim Trott

    I now have a new Gigabyte 460GTX with the same spec as the ASUS. Everything seems to be working fine now - 3DMark Vantage score of P18657 and a Windows 7 experience of 7.8!

  4. Tim Trott
    Tim Trott

    I contacted the retailer who agreed to take it back and they found a problem with it. They will be dispatching a replacement which should be here soon.

    In the meantime I have got an ATI 5450 from the shop down the road which I have been using and the rest of the system is working perfectly! Really pleased with the performance increase!!!

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