Newegg Desktop Build: Part 1

12 02 2011

Behold, 2/3 of my new desktop! The other 1/3 is sitting in a UPS truck somewhere between here and Kentucky. Like any good geeky blogger would, I took more pictures of the components than I will of my first born child. Enjoy.

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case. Plenty of cooling with four 120mm fans, two front, one back, and one top. There’s also a vent hole on the side to assist with the CPU cooling. Not that flashy of a case, no transparent panels, but a nice solid well cooled case none the less.

Each of the four case fans has a Low/Medium/High setting in case you want to sacrifice some cooling for less noise and power consumption. Useful, though I do wish the cable to it was a bit shorter, the top one especially likes to hang down at awkward angles. Each of the fans also has a standard 4 pin Molex connector for power.

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 ATX Intel Motherboard. Built like a tank with military spec components, and includes support for SATA III and USB III. What more could you ask for? How about two PCIEx16 2.0 slots and a PCIEx16 1.0 slot? Yep, it’s got that too, just in case you want to do some fancy cross fire configuration of multiple video cards.

Intel Core i7-950 3.06ghz Quad core CPU. The most expensive component of the computer, and also the smallest and least impressive to look at. Ironic? I was originally going to get a Quad core AMD Phenom, but then noted the Hexacore Phenom was almost the same price. That led to checking benchmarks and realizing that the Intel i7 not only outperforms the Phenom Quad core, but also the Phenom Hexacore, by an amazing large margin. Around that time was when I decided if anyone deserves a good computer, it’s a career computer engineer who also enjoys video games on occasion, and I might as well go all out and pick a CPU/video card combination that will be able to play any current games and be future proof for a few years of new games to come.

CORSAIR 750TX 750W PSU. Was on sale with the video card and is apparently a really good PSU.

Saphire Radeon HD 5870 with 2GB of memory.


3 x 2GB of G.SKILL DDR3 1600 in Triple-Channel configuration.


Still waiting for my hard drive and CPU cooler, which sadly won’t arrive until Monday or more likely Tuesday. It’s tempting to throw on the Intel CPU fan and find an old hard drive to give it a test run, but I’ll likely just wait until the rest of the components arrive.


But, that didn’t stop me from assembling what I’ve got so far.



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