Monday, November 17, 2008

History of my Frankenstein PC

This week I decided to buy a new PC, because my old one was randomly rebooting, was really out-of-date and because I deserved it.

My old PC had turned into a Frankenstein PC over the years, that's why I decided to write a little summary of the modifications I did to it over the years.



  1. My new PC only had a 40GB hard drive, which wasn't that big of a problem at first. I didn't have internet at the time! But once my parents got me a broadband internet connection, I was running out of space pretty fast. So I bought a new 200GB hard drive.
  2. After installing my new hard drive, I started monitoring my hard drive's health and came to the conclusion that the hard drives were producing too much heat, so I added the fans. I had to cut a piece out of my case, to give the fans some fresh air.
  3. After a year, it was time to add some RAM, so I added 256MB of RAM, which gave me a whooping 0.5GB of RAM!
  4. At the time I started playing Counterstrike 1.6 with my schoolbuddies and my VGA couldn't get a stable 100FPS when standing in a smoke grenade, so I bought a new VGA from a friend.
  5. Now that I added the extra RAM and a new VGA, my PC wasn't stable anymore when gaming, so I needed to add some fans. Fan number 5 was supposed to suck some fresh air into the case.
  6. And fan number 6 was there to keep the VGA cool(er).

I'm in love with my new PC . I'm not into hardware, so I asked a friend of mine who works in the local PC store to make an offer.

He came up with a pretty awesome configuration for the price of €666 (number of the beast obv):
  1. Motherboard: G112 GIGABYTE GA-MA770-DS3 AMD AM2+ ATX DDR2 1066 S/GBL
  2. CPU: AMD PHENOM AM2+ QUAD CORE X4 9850 2.5GHZ 4MB BOX
  3. RAM: 2x DDR2 APACER 2GB PC6400/800 LFT CL5.0
  4. VGA: G44 GIGABYTE GF 9600 GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E TV-O/DUAL DVI SP
  5. Harddrive: 500GB Sata

I now have my new PC for two days, and it is really awesome. I wasn't used to be able to play cool games anymore and forgot how much fun they can be. I installed GTR Evolutions (I'm a huge fan of race sims) and I installed Far Cry 2. I'm able to play Farcry 2 at high quality and the graphics and the gameplay are just amazing.

If there are other cools games I should play please let me know.

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