Finally A New PC

Written by James McDonald

June 20, 2011

OK so finally after 6 years of having a P4. I am getting a new Desktop Computer for home.

The dream:

  • Is to have a reasonably fast CPU capable of running Virtual Machines (VT-x) which will let the VM’s talk more directly to the hardware (VT-d)
  • with enough RAM to load big graphic images into the GIMP
  • and of course run a 64 bit OS
  • plus be able to play Blu-Ray Discs
  • To support dual monitors.
  • and the case to have a reasonably small form factor

So after much investigation I have put together a system with spec’s as shown in the table below, sent my hard earned dollars off to the PC Parts Vendor in this case it’s PC Case Gear, and I am now waiting for it to be delivered(think small boy waiting in excitement for his dad to come home from work).

The down side is I have to get all `White and Nerdy’ (thank you Weird Al for this reference) and put it together myself. Fortunately I have opposable thumbs and a screwdriver, so I hope I’ll be able to do it without too much trouble.

Hopefully after the build “all will be well that ends well” to paraphrase Shakespeare.

ItemDescription
SSD Mount BracketLian Li HD-321 3.5in to 2.5in Drive Mounting Kit
CaseLian Li PC-V354 Black HTPC (USB3.0)
CD PlayerLite-On iHBS212 12x Blu-Ray Disc Writer with LightScribe
CPUIntel Core i7 2600
MemoryCorsair CMP8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3
MotherboardASUS P8H67-M Motherboard B3
Power SupplyAntec High Current Gamer 520W Power Supply HCG-520
System / Operating System Hard DiskOCZ Vertex 2 120GB SSD
Storage Hard DiskWestern Digital Green 2TB WD20EARX
Video CardASUS GeForce GTS 450 Direct CU Overclocked 1GB

2 Comments

  1. cwraig

    Which virtualisation package do you intend to use? I have been looking at xen but have not yet had a chance to install it and give it a go. I would be interested in hearing about your results.

    Reply
    • admin

      I have used VMWare Server on Linux (because it supported running VM’s even though the CPU didn’t have VT support ) and more recently VirtualBox. But now I’m free to choose any of the Linux Kernel based options (XEN, KVM) because this new CPU has VT-x. So I don’t know what I’m going to choose. Will post results though

      Reply

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