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Socket 1155 – Super Mid-range

MOB: Asus P8Z68-V-PRO $249.00 MSY
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k $219.00 MSY
HSF: Thermalright Silver Arrow $89.00 PCC
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws-X DDR3 1600 $99.00 MSY
VPU: Inno3D 1GB GTX560Ti $204.00 MSY
HDD: 2TB Seagate SATA3 $88.00 CEN
DVD: Pioneer 219 DVDRW (SATA) $33.00 MSY
PSU: Antec HCG-900 $165.00 PCC
CAS: Corsair Graphite 600T Special Edition White $219.00 PCC
TOTAL:   $1,365.00  

My latest news is the build of my new Intel Socket 1155 Core i5 2500k PC. There's a bit of a gallery of images of the build and some benchmark screenies below… I have written a blog of the build which was thoroughly enjoyable and has provided me with hours of guilty pleasure hiding away from the family.

I also recently got on the SSD bandwagon, purchasing a 60GB Corsair Force GT SSD. The review goes through the performance figures, but also explains how to balance the need for capacity for your media library with the pure unadulterated pleasure of high-speed-computing that the 60GB Corsair Force GT provides.

My New Sandy Bridge 1155 Rig Build

1155 PC Build: In the case :) 1155 PC Build: All of the components, in their boxes 1155 PC Build: Bits together and stability testing 1155 PC Build: 3DMark 2001 SE: 70176 1155 PC Build: 3DMark 06: 30329 1155 PC Build: 3DMark Vantage: P24496 1155 PC Build: 3DMark 11: P6316 1155 PC Build: PCMark 7: 3897 1155 PC Build: Super Pi 1M: 7.441s !!

Here is a look at my private miniatures collection. Pokémon, D&D, Naruto and a whole host of other things I collect.

My Miniatures Gallery

Miniatures Collection: Pokemon in my display case Miniatures Collection: Heroclix in my display case Miniatures Collection: D & D in my display case Miniatures Collection: Smurfs and Naruto in my display case Miniatures Collection: Knights and Extras in my display case Miniatures Collection: Star Wars in my display case Miniatures Collection: Randoms in my display case

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  • Sorry, it's been AGES since I last posted. I've been busy working on the implementation of a WebSphere Commerce website for a large Aussie retailer. There's been plenty of news – the most significant of which was the launch of ATI's new category killer the HD5970. Easily the fastest card on the market and making nVidia fanbois (like myself) think about changing teams. Of course the big thing about the ATI 5-series cards is their support for DX11. Here is a selection of reviews and a rundown of titles currently available or coming out on DX11 – looks to be picking up some steam…
    Other minor stories are the proliferation of second edition P55 mobos sporting USB3 and SATA 6Gbps. It's my take that USB3 will be more useful in the short term, while the drives and controllers mature on the SATA (III) 6Gbps interface.
    And while you're here, why not have a go at Ice Fu, my Java Applet platform game :)
  • ASUS P7P55-E Premium and SATA 6Gbps
  • SATA 6Gbps is hot news… But there is a downside with the current Intel motherboard implementations – in order to enable the bandwidth required, some PCIe lanes need to be 'stolen' from the GPU subsystem. Tweaktown have a particularly good article explaining the details and showing how ASUS have a clever solution to avoid the pitfalls
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