Some Computer Stuff

A week or two ago, with the parts for the new computer coming, I realized I lacked a good mouse for gaming. And of course, one of the main objectives for the new computer was to allow me to play games. So as Futureshop once in a while does, they put a nice Logitech mouse on a deep sale. My old Logitech MX500 is really starting to show its age; the bottom is all scruffy and the buttons feel almost broken (sometimes they click, sometimes they don’t). Clearly this is unacceptable for gaming (:P) and the Logitech LX7 that I’ve been using in its place is hardly a gaming mouse. None of the three wireless mice I’ve ever used made me happy for their gaming performance. (Logitech MX900, some Microsoft one and the LX7) So I gladly took the chance and picked up the Logitech MX518 for $20. I would’ve preferred a laser mouse just for the sake of it (I’m not sure how much it actually does) but a good mouse of $20 is not something to go to waste. πŸ™‚

Ever since I started downloading stuff from Bittorrent, I’ve noticed that regular internet browsing has become awfully slow. It’s not because BT is sucking up a lot of bandwidth; the problem exists even if I’m only uploading/downloading at very slow speeds. After some searching, I found out that Windows XP SP2 implemented a change to limit the number of half-open TCP/IP connections to 10. With something like Bittorrent that relies on a large number of amalgamated connections, this is clearly hurtful to speeds. So if you’ve run into the same situation, I’ll direct you over here where you can grab the patch to increase the number of connections to 50.

Now it’s time to brag a little bit. As you probably know by now, I purchased parts and built a new computer over the past weekend. It’s now time to show you in picture form what I’ve put my hard earned moola into. This picture includes:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
  • ASUS P5W DH Deluxe
  • Scythe Infinity HSF
  • 2x1GB OCZ PC2-6400 Platinum XTC
  • EVGA GeForce 7900GTO 512MB
  • Seagate 7200.10 320GB STATA2
  • BenQ DW1655 DVD+-RW DL Lightscribe
  • OCZ GameXStream 600W
Conroe System Parts

There’s also an Antec P180B case that’s not shown in this picture. So far I’ve tested the CPU up to 3.5GHz from 2.4GHz. All that silky dual core smoothness. Mmmmmm…

Now it’s time to do PDEng…. πŸ™

5 thoughts on “Some Computer Stuff”

  1. I’m waiting for the quad core Clovertown πŸ™‚

    Kidding, although I am trying to decide whether to build a desktop or a laptop for my next computer…I wan’t to go away to university, so the obvious choice is a laptop, but…

    That setup does look teh hawt though…Why didn’t you spring for sli?

  2. Well, I decided that there’s no need to spend money on DX9 hardware when DX10 video cards are so close! πŸ˜› I fully plan on upgrading to a second gen DX10 card later next year. The first gen (R600/G80) look huge, run hot, although from the rumoured specs, they look like performance monsters. Oh, did I mention they won’t be cheap? πŸ˜‰

    Oh, and you mean Kentsfield. Clovertown is the server version. (duh, come on, why didn’t you know that? :)) I’m waiting for Yorkfield.

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