The parts of my new PC have arrived!

After some faffin’ with courier companies (I’m looking at you UPS), all the parts of my new PC have arrived!

My current PC is an Alienware rig and it is 5.5 years old, but it is really beginning to show its age. After upgrading to Windows 8 I can no longer put the machine to sleep. This is due to some driver problem and unfortunately, I just cannot identify the faulty driver. Since Alienware have since folded into Dell, there are no more BIOS updates or anything available. I’m also beginning to feel the effects of only 4GB of RAM. As I do a lot of development work my memory usage is always up in the 80%-90%. The finally thing that annoys me about my machine is the noise. Four fans running 100% all the time makes quite the ruckus.

So, I decided last week to retire my old workhorse and I set about picking the components to replace it.

I settled on:

Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Black
Corsair H80 Hydro Series High Performance Cooler
Intel Core i7 3820, S 2011
16GB (4x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance
Asus P9X79 Pro

I’m hoping for something that’s quiet, reasonable efficient but powerful to play Half Life 3 when it’s finally released. I’ll upload some pictures and blog about my experience putting the machine together over the next week, time permitting. Otherwise it will be after Christmas before I take a look.

Have you got any experience building your own machine?