I finally have it! Can’t believe it! I was really worried that I damaged something while putting it together because I can’t bring myself to push hard enough where I should and that makes for a lot of messing around with parts that won’t go in otherwise, potentially creating a higher risk of damage than if I’d just push hard enough from the start… But my hands just refuse to do it every time. Still, all’s well that ends well.
I made some changes to the configuration I posted before, so here is how it looks now:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3 (Intel P35 / ICH9 chipset, 1333/1600 MHz FSB, 1066/1200 MHz DDR2 RAM, 1 PCI Express x16 slot, 2×8 Mb flash, on-board audio and LAN)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (3.0 GHz dual-core, 1333 MHz FSB, 6 Mb L2 cache)
RAM: Corsair TWIN2X2048-8500C5D (2 Gb, 1066 MHz, 5-5-5-15 ms latency, “Dominator“)
Video card: Leadtek WinFast PX8400 GS TDH Extreme 256 Mb (500 MHz core, 1200 MHz shader and 1000 Mhz memory, compared to 450/900/800 MHz standard)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ES.2 SATA 3.0 Gb/s 500 Gb (32 Mb cache, supposedly created with heavy and constant use in mind)
Power supply: Corsair VX450W
Case: Akasa AK-ZEN-01 WH (includes two 120 mm fans)
You probably notice a big difference in video card, and that’s because I decided the GeForce 9800 GTX isn’t worth it now, since it doesn’t bring anything new. So I got this cheap card that just puts some images on the screen and plan to change it when something good enough will come along. There are rumors about a GeForce 9900 in summer, so that’s the plan right now.
Otherwise, I find Vista rather nice actually, which might sound strange for most. There are things I can’t quite figure out yet and programs that have compatibility issues, but all that is to be expected when it comes to a new operating system. After all, it was exactly the same when XP came out.