At the end of Nov ’09 or the begining of Dec the motherboard on my desktop system died on me. There was no real reason for the failure other than the fact that this was the 2nd board that Nic had given to me that had died. Since the board was dead I decided that now was as good of a time to do an upgrade as any. After consulting with Nic I decided to get the best I could afford that wasn’t one of those insane gaming rigs or rediculous servers. Once I knew what I was looking for I hit up NewEgg for some tech porn. I chose the Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD3 AM3 AMD board. I picked this one because near as I could tell it was on the bleeding edge of available tech. This board supports the new USB 3.0 which has a full duplex speed of 4.8 Gbit/s. The press has reported that boards that support this new standard are not supposed to be available until this spring! This board also supports the new SATA 3 at 6 Gb/s! This is an amazing upgrade from SATA 2 at only 3 Gb/s. The only drives I have been able to find on the mass market are in the size of 2 Tb and are only available from NewEgg with the purchase of a $3000 system. I have also seen the amazing tech demo that Micron in Boise, Id did for their new SATA 3 SSD drives! This thing was amazing! I was impressed with its speed in loading programs, pictures and programs that seemed to bogg down a standard hdd in identical systems.
Along with this new motherboard with its amazing new hardware support, I also purchased the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core CPU. I was going to get the same thing only as a 3.0GHz, however after Nic decided to volunteer some project and Christmas $ I decided that getting the best & fastest currently available made perfect sense. This is the first time in my life that I have ever even tried to do an upgrade and get the best I could in both motherboard and cpu. The only thing I skimped on was my memory, but even with this I decided to get the best that I could afford. The OCZ Gold Edition DDR3 1066 2x4Gb that also has Cas Latency 7 and Timing 7-7-7-16. From my research the smaller the number the faster the ram does it’s job. Everything else I looked at the fastest they had was in either the 8′s or 9′s. I decided that even though it was not the fastest ram the board could support it’s Latency & Timing were enough to make up the differance.
Anyways, I’ve been running this system with no problems other than a power supply issue that had a $6 fix and a usb driver crash that may have been either a Windows 7 or Zune software issue. After a reboot, everything works just fine.
Oh, about 2 weeks later I decided to add another 4 Gb ram, so I’ve doubled the ram from what I had in my old system. The only thing I’m thinking about at this time is to upgrade my video card. I currently have an Nvidia 9800 GT w/512 mb ram. I don’t know what model but I’m considering something with an ATI chipset expecially since it’s made by AMD now!