This time I have gone back to AMD processors, mainly due to cost - £700+ for an Intel 6-core processor or £160 for an AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition. I then looked around for the best AMD motherboard for the processor and decided on the Asus Crosshair IV Formula. After that, it was simply a case of picking off the rest of the hardware I needed.
- AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition (6 cores at 3.8ghz)
- Asus Crosshair IV Formula
- 4GB Corsair Dominator GT DDR3
- OCZ Vertex2 Solid State Hard Drive (SSD) - 120GB
- ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU Graphics card (nVidia 460 GTX) - 1GB GDDR5
- Antec 750w Truepower New Modular PSU
- Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium
- Logitech Performance MX Mouse
- Logitech UltraX Premium Keyboard
- Razer Goliathus gaming mat
- Samgsung Blueray player DVD/CD writer with Lightscribe
- Samsung SyncMaster P2450 24" Widescreen LCD monitor
- Western Digital Raptor 500GB
This has all been fitted into the existing chassis, which despite its size, is perfect in every way. I have also continued the water cooling utilising a new CPU and GPU block and a custom cooler block for the motherboard from EK Waterblocks.
- Swiftech Apogee XT Extreme CPU Block
- Swiftech MCW80 VGA Block
- EK Waterblocks Acetal + Nickel block for ASUS Crosshair 4 (EK-FB)
- Feser One Cooling Fluid
- MCR220 Radiator with fans
- MCB-120 R2 "Radbox"
- MCP655 pump
- MC14 Ramsinks
- MCRES Micro Reservoir
The build all went smoothly without any problems, however, after much effort, I had to resign to the fact that the graphics card was faulty (DOA) and had to be sent back.
The system seems to work fine until I do anything that involves 3D content then it quickly crashes. After a few crashes, it then shows artefacts on the screen as pictured above. I cannot run any form of benchmark without the system locking up and/or crashing.
So at the moment, I have a shiny new PC that I cannot use - all my old graphics card spares are PCI or AGP - no PCI Express!!!