A few nice Computer News images I found:
20121107 – building Goliath – case – box – back – right – IMG_4961
Image by Clio CJS
This case is awesome! Harddrive installation is SO EASY! The harddrive cage is removed from the front of the case, and so there’s no need to unplug the power supply from the motherboard, and to remove the RAM and maneuver the harddrives through cables and cards (that was an issue with Magic.)
And look how big that fan on the top is!
This case is at NewEgg: www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129100
Antec computer case, box.
November 7, 2012.
BACKSTORY: Carolyn decided now that Clint had a job, the time had come to replace her computer of 9 years, Magic. So, she started spec’ing out computer parts for a new computer that would become Goliath.
Carolyn built Magic in 2003 when Clint got her a motherboard for Christmas. She kept her old computer, Mist, which as far as we know, is still alive to this day (and was originally a 286, then a 486, then a Pentium 3). Anyway, Magic had tried to die a couple of years ago, but since Clint didn’t have a job at the time, we decided it was best to repair rather than buying a whole new computer back then. So Carolyn found an exact replica of Magic’s motherboard on Ebay and replaced the motherboard and the power supply. Magic has been limping along ever since.
But now it is time for Goliath. Goliath came into being at the beginning of November and was up and running by November 13th.
CASE: Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case (0) (**10** frickin’ drive bays!).
CPU: Intel Core i7 (i7-3770) Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) Quad-Core (LGA1155 socket, 4 cores, 8MB cache, 77W power consumption) (0). CPUBenchmark score: 9480. For comparison, Clint’s computer Hades that everyone watches movies on only rates 4163 (and 1727 before upgrade).
POWER SUPPLY: Corsair Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX (850W) (0) (5yr warranty)
MOTHERBOARD: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 (0). 8 SATA ports! Onboard optical digital audio out so her computer is backup for playing music. Onboard video better than my pre-upgrade videocard (Radeon x1950) that Clint tried to give her, so her computer is backup for playing video. (However, the onboard video can only mine at 100MH/s, so it is useless for cryptocurrency mining.) Onboard network.
RAM: 16GB: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series (2x8GB, 240-Pin) () (CAS 9-9-9-9)
HARDDRIVE: SSD: 128G: Crucial M4 (3) (3yr warranty). Plus all the drives that used to be in MAGIC, before MAGIC crashed.
TOTAL COST: 9.
Ultimately it ended up with a coupld of SATA controller cards, as well as a bluray-burner. We’ve now burned over 200 blurays.
In other news, Clint decided to get a CPU for Magic for Carolyn’s birthday, and she ended up killing Magic trying to install it. It was a mistake to try to mess with the delicate balance that was Magic. Magic died 2 days before its 10-year anniversary. Poor Magic! But it was a good thing Carolyn had already gotten a new computer before Magic decided to kick the bucket.
A run-down of all parts in my new computer, with links to buy them, can be found here: carolyncasl.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/the-new-computer/
SV Protected Mobility Recce Repair Variant
Image by Defence Images
Computer generated image of the SV Protected Mobility Recce Scout vehicle.Photographer: General Dynamics UK Ltd
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