Let's start from the beginning. With me being in big business on YouTube creating more and more new videos that took increasingly long to render on my old PC:
- Pentium 4 2.8Ghz, 2.5GB DDR-400 RAM, ASUS HD 3450, 500GB hard drive, a DVD drive....that doesn't work, and a heavily customized Windows XP OS.
In its original glory Hexagonal had been fit with these specs:
- AMD Phenom II x4 965 140W, Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P, 2x2GB Mushkin HP3 DDR3-1600 8-8-8-24, WD Caviar Black 1TB HDD, Seasonic SS-650HT PSU, and a BFG GeForce GTS 250.
Just over $1000 of glory. At this point I actually seriously mulled going LGA1366 (I wanted i7 pretty badly
), but it was definitely out of my budget.
I immediately saw the need for a new PC. After an entire summer saving dollars and researching about PCs and building a parts list, it is now September 2009. I get a box labelled "Coolermaster CM-690" and there is a nice big picture of a CM-690 on it. I actually don't remember what I did with that box, it was big and my family used it for storing random items. But what I was interested in was the contents.... so low and behold, on September 14, 2009, the legacy of Hexagonal began...
And yes sir yes, she was glorious, from the moment I opened up Sony Vegas after installation and click render I marvelled at the speed
At the beginning I had a lot of stability issues, specifically with memory
(that's right, even I was a memory n00b once!); the memory had initially been set to run at 1600 9-9-9-27 which was below rated, so I set it to 8-8-8-24. In both cases I got random freezes in the OS. I had to lower the memory to 1333Mhz to keep stable. However, I could also manage to lower the timings to 6-6-6-18, which more than compensated.
The first upgrade came after an extra $80 or so of savings in November. A Xigmatek Dark Knight, some Arctic MX-3 (that I still have right now
but it's near-empty), a Sunbeam fan controller, and an Antec Spot Cool. Having just joined this site I had a full intent and will to overclock this chip to 4Ghz:
Yeah, that's right, everything was so messy that it isn't even funny.
But sadly, I never reached 4Ghz. Around 30 seconds after starting Prime95 Small FFT at 4Ghz, the system would cough, sputter, and BSOD as so:
I never reached 4Ghz stable with my 965. After 3.8Ghz (which needed 1.475V to be stable) I needed a massive amount of voltage to hit 3.9Ghz (1.55V). The new Dark Knight cooler could definitely handle it, but I didn't really want to push that much voltage through no matter what.
So at the end of 2009, my specs remained as so:NEXT UPDATE [2010: Cable management and some...ghetto....mods]
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