I finally bit the bullet and upgraded my three year old home office PC workstation to the latest and greatest hardware. My online vendor of choice is Newegg.com. primarily due to their amazing user contributed ratings system as well as some pretty decent rebates and RMA policy.
Here is the wish list I put together based on pretty thorough research.
Install the memory
- ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
- CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Install the CPU
- Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Decided to use the fan that came with the CPU this time around. So far, working like a champ and is actually rather quiet.
Next, mount the board to the [now] empty case. Yes, that’s a 750 WATT power supply. I was close to upgrading to an 1100 WATT, but thankfully it wasn’t necessary.
Next, the video Card (GPU).
- EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Connect the drives, case wires, board power, cpu power, gpu power, additional peripherals, and voila, we are done.
More photos can be found on my flickr profile.