I got all new computer parts this week for my birthday. I spent the afternoon building my new computer. I'm very happy. It is so nice. It's noticeably faster. My old PC was showing its age: it had AGP video, PATA drives, the old AMD 754 socket (Athlon 64 3000)... I like that the new parts are more future friendly. For example, if I want to upgrade the CPU, I can replace it with a quad core model without changing anything else.
This is the first time I've had a motherboard brand besides ASUS since the 486 days. The EVGA board was very affordable and seems to perform well and it received good reviews. It's also the first time I've ran with an nVidia graphics board instead of ATI in years.
I did have to call the Microsoft activation hotline to have my Vista Ultimate license transferred over to the new system. That was suprisingly painless. I had to key in the on-screen code and then was transferred to a support rep. He asked me a couple of questions and then gave me the new activation code.
I am thinking that I will delegate the A64 parts to my Windows Home Server machine, which is an AMD Athlon 2500 barton machine. I will probably gift the 2500 parts to a friend, who is still running an AMD 1GHz processor.Here are the specs:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 CPU (2.13 GHz)eVGA 680i LT SLI
motherboardeVGA GeForce 6800GTS
PCIe video card
2 GB OCZ Gold
400 GB SATA 3.0Gb hard drive