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Serenity’s First Upgrade (Awww isn’t she cute!)

To update on where we are with Serenity, the other 4Gb of RAM went in this morning. The first of a few planned upgrades, a strategically selected (cheap but very cheerful) video card is the next one.

She’s growing up so fast. She’s only 12 days old and she’s already improving herself! 😀

Ciao for now!


Building the PC

Right then!
I promised I’d try and get a description and some pictures of the build I just did, well here they are.

In the images you can see the parts all lined up, CPU fitted, cooler fitted, memory installed and finally the board going into the case. Of course the power supply and case cabling were also completed before I turned the PC on! The build took an hour in total but that was caused by me being cautious and paranoid about cable management.

As a result, I’d like to introduce to the world: Serenity.

Yes she’s named after the vessel in Firefly, I thought it fitted her as she was built from parts and will spend most of her life with me fiddling about trying to get her running better!
Next up is the memory upgrade to 8Gb and the Firefly sticker. 😀


PC Parts

Right then, I’ve just ordered the parts for a quad core AMD based PC I’m going to build as a little side project. I’ve not built a PC in a very long time so this is a bit of a refresher for me, always good to keep yourself up to date!

The shopping list looks like this:

  • AMD Phenom II X4 840 Socket AM3 3.2GHz Processor
  • Asus M4A88T-M 880G Motherboard
  • Corsair Vengeance 4GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
  • Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD
  • LG DVD RAM Drive
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • All wrapped up in a Coolermaster Elite 335 case with a Corsair CX 500w PSU!

It’s not going to win any speed prizes starting out but it will make a good basis to work on, graphics and sounds will initially be handled by the onboard chipsets on the motherboard. Once I’ve quietly managed to sneak a few more parts in (extra drive, maybe some memory, graphics card etc.) I should have a very capable workhorse.

If I remember, I’ll get some photos while I’m putting it together so you can all have a giggle at all my bad habits! 😀


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