Computer Breakdown and Upgrade

Sadly, I found that my old desktop won’t boot up anymore. I’ve had this desktop since January 2006, and a lot of learning was done on it. I’d say a 5 and 1/2 year run with no failures was pretty good. On the most part, I left this computer on 24/7.

I’m not quite sure what the cause of failure was, but I suspect the motherboard just stopped working. It stopped POSTing reliably a few months back. Erasing the BIOS memory sometimes would help the problem, so I’m pointing my finger towards the motherboard for the failure. It started out with 1 failure out of 20 boot up attempts, but now won’t post probably 99/100 times. I tried swapping out ram and gpu, resetting the bios, everything I could think of to no avail.

I’m not too sad about it though, the system served me well, and now I get to upgrade to a shiny new system! I’m going to do the upgrade in two steps. The first step, I’m going to upgrade the mobo, cpu, power supply, graphics card, ram (the core of the system). Second step, I’m going to add more ram, buy a beefier graphics card, and a solid state drive for the OS.

Here’s what I’m upgrading this step:

Old Component New Component
AMD Athlon X2 3800 Dual Core 2.0 GHz Intel i7 2600K Quad Core 3.4GHz
ASRock Dual Sata 939 ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155
450W Came-with-the-case PSU 850W Corsair Professional 850HX
2GB DDR2 PC1600 RAM 2GB DDR3 PC2100 RAM

I’ll also use this opportunity to get rid of all my PATA drives (so long old technology!). I’ll have a 1TB RAID1 setup as storage, and a 500GB for my OS drive. (until I buy a solid state drive for the OS, that is)

I’ll be writing a review for each of the interesting new components!

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