Remember I said something about not having bought a computer since 1998? Well, I finally decided to rig myself one last week. Why? It’s because I’m about to leave Company X soon, and I won’t have a notebook no more.
I decided to share my config out here, just in case any of you is interested to rig one yourself and have no idea where to start.
Here are the stuff that I bought (note: this config is balanced between budget and performance. Took my amateur ass weeks to come up with this list. If you have the dough and you want powerful shit, don’t bother to continue.):
Processor – AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE [RM 620]
Intel processors are fucking expensive. Being somewhat in a tight budget, AMD is the one to go for me. AMD is definitely not as good as Intel, but it does not suck either. So I got myself a 965 (which is a quad core processor, comes with a stock heatsink/fan).
Heatsink/fan – Cooler Master Hyper TX3 [RM 60]
The stock heatsink/fan that comes with the AMD processor is very loud. I couldn’t stand the noise (it was like powering on a server), so I replaced the stock heatsink/fan with Cooler Master Hyper TX3 aftermarket heatsink/fan. This thing is next to silent and keeps the processor much cooler (5 – 6 degrees with load). Very happy with the purchase and would recommended it to anyone.
Motherboard – Gigabyte GA-770T-USB3 [RM 345]
Another thing good about getting an AMD processor is that I don’t have to spend too much on the MB as well. This board is a bargain board. It hasn’t got that Crossfire support since it only allows 1 video card, but it should be good enough as I do not plan to have multiple video cards (video cards are fucking expensive). And oh, this baby has the latest NEC USB 3.0 chip too, which is heaps faster than USB 2.0. This will come in handy in the future.
Memory – Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 4GB 1600MHz XMS3 DDR3 [RM 580]
It is a box set of 2 pcs 1600MHz 2GB memory module. A bit expensive but what the heck, it’s 1600MHz and has a lifetime warranty (also, the memory price skyrocketed recently). If I get any lower than this, I’ll be under utilizing what the board can do.
Video card – SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON HD 5770 128bit 1GB DDR5 [RM 570]
A friend says, “if your video card is cheaper than your motherboard, then something must be very wrong with your config”. I couldn’t agree more. This thing is like the passport for me to play some nice games. I initially wanted to get a 5850, but that thing is double the amount of money, and is best utilized on multi screens or big ass more-than-HD 30″ monitors. Since I intended to just get a 23″ HD monitor, I eighty six-ed the idea and got myself a 5770 instead. No regret.
Casing – Cooler Master Centurion 5 II RC 502-KWN1 [RM 205]
It’s a cool looking black colored medium ATX tower, but big enough for my rig. Comes with 4 ODD, 4 HDD bays and 2 system fans.
Power supply – Cooler Master GX 550W PSU [RM 270]
It’s a 550 watt and 85% efficiency PSU. Comes with a 5 year warranty and has a life expectancy up to 100,000 hours. Very solid piece of hardware.
Storage – Western Digital 16M 500GB – WD5000AAKS (blue) – 2 units [RM 350]
For HDD, it’s Western Digital or never. Why? That’s because they’re good shit. How do I know that? I’m presently a Hard Disk drive commodity quality engineer in Company X… so I know a little bit of stuff that most of you don’t. Also, I never fancy those high performance HDDs because they’re just too expensive, and I don’t feel it’s worth the money. If you have extra bucks to spend, you can go for Western D’s ‘black’ line of performance products.
ODD – LG 24X SATA Super Multi DVD-RW Drive [RM 88]
Just a normal DVD burner. Not going to use it a lot so I got myself a common one.
Display – ACER H233H 23″ HD monitor [RM 635]
Full HD monitor at 1920 x 1080 resolution. Comes with LED backlight and glossed screen (polarized, makes the colors sharper). Compared to my notebook screen, this thing makes me feel like I have just regained my eyesight after being blind for all my life.
Speaker system – Altec Lansing VS4121 [RM 240]
It’s just a 2.1 speaker system. I never use it. This is for my daughter who sometimes would come over to play some of the online Disney flash games. Got to have some audio to keep the little scoundrel happy.
Headphone – Sony MDR-Q68LW/B [RM 109]
High quality clip-on headphone to prevent ear fatigue because I use this everyday, sometimes even long hours (movie marathon). Been using Sony headphones for the past 10 years. They’re expensive but it’s worth the money.
Keyboard- Logitech New Touch 200 USB keyboard [RM 28]
The slimmest and most basic keyboard available to me.
Pointing device – Logitech USB optical mouse[RM 27]
The sales attendant recommended me a performance mouse called Razor something something. That thing costs over 100 bucks and basically has LEDs all over it like an Ah Beng mouse. I declined, of course, because it is stupid and opted for this basic Logitech mouse instead. Only 27 bucks and it gets the job done.
Total spent: RM 4127.
Pretty easy. Just follow the manual. I did a mistake of not following the manual because I thought I was smart enough and got 1 of the MB mounting screws fucked. So, just fucking follow the manual. The most challenging part for the installation will have to be the heatsink/fan mounting (for either the stock or aftermarket). Doing it requires some skills. The hooking mechanism for AMD processor is kinda stupid. Had to practice hooking a few times before applying thermal paste and did it for good. If you’re not confident with your ability, just get some of the Ah Bengs in some computer shop to do it for you, for a fee of course.
Awesome. There’s not a game that I can’t play. No problem in the graphics department at all. The only complain that I have is probably the onboard Realtek LAN driver. The driver fucked my connection twice already. Had to uninstall the driver to use generic Win 7 driver. Other than that, no complain.