Everything eventually turned out fairly well. Let’s go down the list:

  • Received my new mobo, and it was not DoA this time.
  • Amazon replaced my Filco keyboard with a brand new one that doesn’t smell like soup.
  • Reassembly of my rig went without a hitch.
  • Was able to stuff my previous compy parts into a mid-tower to give to a dear, dear friend.
  • Finished reading Vol. 1 of Saga (gosh it’s awesome).
  • And last, but not least, finished that triple monitor setup.

Wheeeeeeeeew! I need a new hobby.

I was surprised by a couple of things as I was putting the computer together. The first is that they’ve changed the pin format & configuration between the Intel processor and the socket. There are no more pins on the processor itself that you can accidentally bend, making it unusable. Instead there are contact points on the processor, and the pins are inside the socket and coming at a very horizontal angle, making them very hard to bend. It’s such a better design.

The other thing is just how fast SSDs boot up. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by that – I knew what they were capable of. I’d just never experienced it before. So from a cold boot – with the power completely off – it brings up my Windows 7 desktop with all Start Up programs loaded in a little under 30 seconds. Amazing! Not only that, but the general speed of opening and running applications and transferring files to external USB 3.0 drives is much faster too.

No conflicts within the case. The only internal component I didn’t end up upgrading was my 1000-Watt power supply. Fortunately I future-proofed that 6 years ago with ample SATA and PCI-E plugs. The new Corsair hydro cooler does an amazing job – with the processor overclocked to 4.5GHz, I can keep all the fan settings on low, which makes the whole system very quiet. No more tornadoes blowing around in my case. I just hope that neither of the tubes starts to leak… And finally that GTX 680 really is a monster… they just keep getting bigger and bigger. For being the hottest running part, it stays relatively cool. I’ve kept all of its three fans running at full speed. Mostly because I can’t figure out how to change their speeds, but it’s probably a good idea that I don’t.

So all’s well that ends well :) Hopefully I won’t have to upgrade it for another 6 years, but you never know. If you can count on anything, it’s that I’ll probably keep going overboard with each upgrade. It’s a disease – I can’t turn it off D: That being said, the upgrades I have now are very practical on a daily basis. Especially the nVidia surround. I was a little bit iffy about having a triple portrait display, but the upturned monitors makes viewing documents and webpages a TON easier, as I can now see 2x (maybe more) the content I used to be able to. Also the aspect ratio turned out as I’d expected – around 6:9.5, which is just about the standard widescreen ratio. 1080p videos are looking excellent on it, if a bit grainy. I just sit a little further back and it usually sharpens right up. Hehe it’s kind of a dodgy solution, I know. You can’t win ’em all.

So ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: Computer Upgrade 2013. That’s all folks!

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