My new computer

file1203579412114After ranting about Apple’s overpriced machines. which are nothing short of a bad joke, I am still over excited to get my new machine. My new AMD Phenom & Adaptec 3405-based machine is going to be used by me in the testing and development of two exciting products. ShareSource’s Xen compile farm, and another, top secret project that will keep me pre-occupied while I pay off my loan.

Anyways, a quick run down on the specs of the machine:

  • Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P
  • AMD Phenom II AM3 810 (2.6Ghz)
  • 8GB of DDR3 RAM
  • nVidia 9600GT 512MB (graphics are not my thing, but I love to watch a good quality movie)
  • 32GB System drive [for Linux – has access to RAID storage], Solid State
  • 500GB System drive [for Windows – might not have access to RAID]
  • 4.5TB of disk space, thanks to Adaptec’s 3405 SATA RAID card
  • C-Master COSMOS S case
  • 2x 20″ BenQ LCD Screens
  • Creative Audigy XFI sound card (which sadly does not have terribly good sound drivers for Linux… another thing on the TODO list)
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • DViCO HDTV tuner ( just for those times that I really don’t want to code 🙂 )

Total price: $3,200

3 Comments on “My new computer”

  • dr-spangle


    /me is happy enough with my Intel i7-920, 1TB western digital hard drive dual botting windows and fedora, infiniti case, 6GB of DDR3 RAM, ermm.. *can’t remember graphics card* nVidia 9800GTX+ 512MB DDR3 Dual DVI HDTV out PCI-E Graphics Card, no extra sound card, £5 2.0 speakers from tesco (music sucks. i want to be able to hear something with speakers, that is it.), 2×22″ widescreen LG LCD monitors and some PSU and motherboard obviously 😛

    ram is under yours, so is storage (by a lot, i prefer external hard drives for storage (even including them i don’t have more than you there)), sound you beat me, case, you prolly beat me, processor probab;ly falls down to the old intel vs AMD debate, graphics card 9800>9600 :D, monitors I win 😀

    and mine was £1000, 1000 British pounds = 2 008.07793 Australian dollars
    price I win 😀 and I managed it on below minimum wage working in a co-op for 13 hours a week 😛

  • Tim Groeneveld


    Well, after ordering machine, I have bumped up the CPU to a AMD Phenom II AM3 955 (2.6GHz)… I actually don’t want something that is top speed, rather, I want a good set of hard drives with a lot of space and RAM 🙂

  • James


    Jesus. I dont think your specs are good enough =p

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