OK, so I’ve been kind of annoyed at the speed of my i7-920 based PC. Don’t get me wrong. It’s still very much a nice PC, but I found it getting a little too sluggish for my taste. I was pondering a move to an Ivy Bridge based system, but I decided to try to get more mileage out of my PC instead, you know, because it’s always fun to do geeky stuff like that right?!? 😉
Anyways, the first thing I decided to do was overlock the CPU. I had to get a new heatsink and fan in order to do this because the i7-920 chips are known to run pretty hot. So I went a little crazy and bought a monster of a heatsink called the Noctua NH-DH14. It ain’t cheap either! And, oh, it’s friggin’ HUGE! So huge that I needed to get a new case because my 12 year old Antec case (you remember those beautiful looking beige cases from way back when don’t you?) wasn’t big enough to accommodate the NH-DH14. So off I went to my local MicroCenter to buy a new case and I ended up with the Corsair Obsidian 550D case. Pretty awesome case if I may say so myself!
So all told, I have the i7-920 2.66Ghz chip running at 4Ghz. Not bad eh? Not bad at all!
Still no satisfied, I thought about how else I could improve performance. I thought, hey why not get some Solid State Drives? And so I did. 3 of them. 1 for the operating system and applications. Another for a dedicated cache/scratch drive for photo editing. And another for working on photos from my current projects.
Let me tell you. My PC flies now. I mean, wow. That’s all I can say. What a difference. It’s as if though I have a completely different PC. I was so amazed that I had to install an SSD in a pretty old Sony Vaio Core2Duo laptop. What do you know? That thing flies now. Well, at least for surfing that is! 🙂
Anyways, I think I’ll get another couple of years out of this thing…or at least until Intel comes out with an 8 core processor that is affordable!
Remember these cases? Yup. Totally awesome. Hahaha!
Here’s a look at my new case’s interior. This was taken before I bought the humongous heatsink.
OK, I finally managed to take some photos of the huge Noctua cooler. Here it is, in all its glory!!! (Oh, and I upgraded to 24GB of RAM. :))