This weekend I spent every waking hour building computers. For me, this is as close as heaven on earth as it gets. The time passed so quickly, that I am astonished that it is Sunday night already. My hands are sore and cut up from the cases, but the computers are finished. I wish I could do that every weekend. Here’s a picture of the parts at the beginning of the build:
I used Asus P5Q motherboards because 1) I love Asus and 2) they were on sale. I chose the ATI 1 GB Sapphire cards because they were also on sale and more importantly without rebates. I hate rebates. I’d rather not buy something with a rebate if I can help it. I’ve never used G-skill memory before but it worked fine. Both builds got 4 GB. I saved money by using old hard drives I had lying around as well as reusing the XP licenses from the girls’ old machines. I had one extra case and so I only had to buy one new one (and my daughter wanted pink anyway).
I had a little trouble with the first build. It posted but then I had a grounding error on the USB ports. I fixed that and it worked fine. I bought Zalman fans because I wanted to overclock a little. It turns out that the e8400 (which was also on sale) is an overclocking dream. Here’s the 5 year old’s screen:
As you can see, her computer can do 4.05 GHz on air easily. Crazy. I remember the trouble I had 2 ½ years ago on my build and I used water. It’s funny. I’m still using that machine as my main rig, but my daughters’ new computers crush it. I might spend some more money on a build for myself at year end. We’ll see.
Another fun thing we did was to shoot a lot of video while the girls and I worked on the computers. I’m sure I’ll put it up on YouTube after I get a chance to edit it.