August 1st 2011 12:51 pm

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Speed and features Could always be faster! I have been running at the stock 2.6ghz since building, but my chip is said to be really flexible on overclocking so there is potential. good
  • Design and form factor The case is a left-over from my last build many years ago. Its big and has lots of fans. Kinda ugly and is pretty loud. I still want to upgrade some day. so-so
  • Expandability Well, its a custom PC. I can change out hard drives and add RAM & video cards if I want to. Not a ton of restrictions here (for what I would want to do, anyway) great!
  • Noise I have six case fans. They're all stock with the cheapy case I'm using and have always been pretty loud. I plan to change them out some day. good
  • Size and weight The case is big with plenty of room inside, and made out of aluminium so it's not too heavy. Not that I move it all that much these days. good
  • Power consumption No comments
Detailed review
  • Motherboard: Asus P6T Deluxe V2
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 920, 2.66ghz stock
  • Memory: Corsair 6GB (3x2gb) 1333mhz, triple channel
  • Video: eVGA nVidia GTX 275, 896mb
  • Audio: On-board 5.1
  • PSU: Thermaltake 850w
  • Keyboard: Microsoft Ergonomic 4000
  • Mouse: Razer Naga
  • Mouse: Razer Lachesis
  • Headset: Razer Carcharias
  • Other: Belkin n52te Speedpad
Decent little system! Plays a lot of newer games at high-to-ultra video settings still.

I use Windows 7 primarily for gaming and Arch Linux for programming and other general computing.

I have two mice listed above. When it comes to gaming I use the Naga primarily for RTS/RPGs and the Lachesis for FPS games. Those combined with the n52te Speedpad make an awesome combo for PC gaming. :)

To complete the set I have two mis-matching low-res monitors (1440x900 and 1280x1024) which I hope to replace some day. Perhaps by adding a second video card and a third monitor. Three screens might be nice but I'm okay with two. Also I have a Logitech 5.1 speaker system for audio. It does its job.

A lot of the extra hardware (case, hard drives, monitors, speakers, etc) have been held over from my last build. I'm hoping to slowly upgrade them all over time when i can afford it.