Quad Core Rig

Last September I wrote a blog post in which I predicted that my next system build project would center around Intel instead of AMD. Well I took that plunge this weekend.

Several months back I purchased the Nvidia 9800 GX2 graphics card only to discover that it would not work in my existing system (PCI Express 1.0 vs 2.0). So rather than just return the card, I started thinking about my next gaming rig. I even considered off-the-shelf systems from Alienware and Falcon Northwest, but there was just no affordable way to work in my existing graphics card to a stock system. So one trip to Fry’s Electronics, and my new system is up and running …

EVGA 790i Ultra SLI specs pic
Intel Core2 Quad Q9450 specs
Corsair 4GB DDR3 1600 specs
BFG Nvidia 9800 GX2 specs pic
WD VelociRaptor 10K RPM 300GB specs pic
BFG ES-800 Power Supply specs pic
Antec 900 Ultimate Gamer Case specs pic

Benchmark data to follow, but my subjective opinion is this machine is super fast. I am also giving Vista Ultimate x64 another shot. I got the OS loaded and patched last night, and today I’ve been downloading all the latest nForce and GeForce drivers from Nvidia. Any thoughts on the best benchmarking tools out there these days?

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