a new desktop computer

custom made computer bought

I am going to buy a new desktop computer.

My old one is now going to be 10 years old. I have upgraded it numerous times. From an AMD Athlon that runs at 800 MHz to one with 1,150MHz. I later put in a soundblaster card so that I have gotten a 56 kHZ 2-channel oscilloscope. I have changed the hard disc several times. It was at least three times corrupt. I got my data back the last time although it was almost completely broken down. I have upgraded from Win98SE to Win2k to WinXP. I have put in a Hauppauge PCI MP2 video recorder card which comes with a TV tuner. 1 GB memory. I have installed a powerful extra fan which runs on 220V. A put in a new (used) graphics card in 2009. The computer still has the same speed as my 4 years old Sony Vaio laptop and as my daughter's Asus Eee laptop that I have bought only recently. Don't tell me about computers, please. I have seen it all.

When I switch the computer on, it produces a horrible TVI on my amateur radio.  The next computer should therefore be quiet. My new computer definitely needs an RF tight casing, best from aluminum.

Although the computer is still working, it often stalls, probably due to contact problems on the memory card.

4GB memory

a good sound card with a stereo input.

a memory card slot for Sony memory cards and for the other new types of memory card such as SD cards.

Graphics are not so important. But maybe I find a follow up of the good old Doom II game which had almost cost me my master degree.

A fast processor. The top notch processor today (March 2010) is the Intel Core i7, it comes with 3.2 GHz and it runs with a bus speed of 4.8 GT/s, 8MB cache size. LGA 1366 Package.

I did some investigations and I found out that it all turns around the main processor. Best would be an Intel because they have the best heat management. My old computer has an AMD processor but I will never again buy an AMD. Stick with the standard if you are only standard.


Then one would probably chose an Asus motherboard. They come with a 3 years guarantee and they have a good reputation. There is a motherboard size that is called "ATX", a big size which needs a big casing.

I am planning to use my computer again for 10 years or more. I was therefore thinking of buying the best motherboard that is available today and to run it with a decent but somewhat old and cheap Intel processor. In a year or two, I could upgrade the board with a then cheap processor which has been considered to be "modern" when I bought the mainboard. This can save a lot of money because modern processors cost a lot. This strategy worked out last time and I have my computer now for 10 years. The only problem: the Core i5 processors have an LGA1156 package. It looks like I will take the slowest LGA1366 package i7 which has a 2.66 MHz clock rate and later upgrade it, if necessary. I will presumably upgrade to Windows7, this is why the motherboard needs to be Windows7 compatible.

The Asus P7P55D-E-EVO or the P7P55D-V-EVO have been recommended at Sim Lim Square but the homepage does only show the P6 family. Funny.

I will also run my computer under WinXP. Too easy, I have so many programs which run under WinXP. Why choosing Windows7 right now?

FireWire on board (for my old Sony video camera).

WiMax on board?

It should come with some USB 3.0 ports. Who knows what thee future will bring.

It seems to me that the newer Asus P7 boards do not have a Realtek Audio but the VIAVT1708S. Do they have a stereo input which I need for my oscilloscope software?

I have found the following here

"Well, it's been a while coming but P55 has arrived. For openers we've managed to get our hands on Asus' new P7P55D Deluxe.

This is a feature packed motherboard that even includes a remote control to help you overclock, the TurboV Remote.
Power distribution has been tweaked marginally with a 16+3 Phase Power Design improving on the 16+2 of the
P6T Deluxe V2 (x58 board), giving three phase to the CPU memory Controller and uncore rather than two.

Updated: 07/09/2009 for additional Prooducts *
The P7P55D Deluxe is the second in Asus' P7 range - At launch this P7 range comprises of:

  • P7P55D Premium £204
  • P7P55D Deluxe £167
  • P7P55D Evo £150
  • P7P55D Pro £134
  • P7P55D* £115
  • P7P55D LE* £102
    Prices include 19% VAT.

For more info see Available Models (Top Right Link 3rd screen)

So, the P7P55D can be seen as P7 - Series, P55 - Chipset, the "D" stands for Extreme Design. The Extreme Design focuses on three key areas:
Reliability, Safety and PERFORMANCE . Asus P7 boards also are based on the 2oz copper PCB, following Gigabyte's lead.

I'll be running with an Intel® Core i5 750 and later with an I7 860, so let's get started."


Ok, so I bought a new computer. Assembled from scratch around an ASUS P6X58D Premium motherboard for Intel processors, the invoice states "X58 3years warranty". The motherboard supports the LGA1366 standard and I have chosen a relatively slow INTEL i7-930 processor with 2.8 GHz clock rate and 8MB on-chip cache memory. Together 996.00 S$ in March 2010.

RAM: 1x Corsair TR3X3G-1333C9 3GB Kit DDR3 1333 MHz C9 149.00 S$

HD: 1x Seagate 1TB 7200 12. INT SATA2 3yrs warranty 130.00 S$

Graphics card: 1x XFX GeForce GTS250 1GB Core edition 2 yrs warranty 195.00 S$

DVD/RW: 1x LG 22x GH22NS 37.00 S$

Card reader: 1x Silverstone DDT-FP35

housing: Silverstone TJ07B Black ATX Tower Chassis (full aluminum) 529.00 S$

power supply: Corsair HX650 650W Modular ATX 7yrs warranty S$ 219.00

I am using my good old Windows XP professional from my broken Laptop. It took me two days to do the computer set up, because I set up a small network between my old computer and the new computer.

I can listen to my musik (I have 10,000+ mp3 songs, legally purchased or legally ripped from my own CDs). It works well with my iPod. I can watch DVD movies. Do my private email. The set-up was amazingly quick because I had everything at hand. I have now some minor things to complete. 

Right now, I am trying to find out whether the sound card has a stereo input or not because I would like to use it for an oscilloscope application. It is a Realtek ALC889 on-board chip with 196 kHz sampling rate. See here http://www.realtek.com.tw/products/productsView.aspx?Langid=1&PFid=28&Level=5&Conn=4&ProdID=173

Upgrading would soon be done by getting 8GB or even 16GB memory (instead of 3GB right now), by getting a faster main processor and to run everything under Windows7. The hardware was the state of the art in March 2010, it should not be a problem to run it another eight or ten years or so.



Computer Upgrade

happy birthday!

 my birthday brings in some upgrades:

3x 2GB extra RAM (DDR3-1600, type CL7-8-7-24 1.5V, serial F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI) of G.SKILL, Taiwan. This means that I have now 9GB RAM, the mainboard is now full. The next step would be an upgrade on the other 3x 1GB RAM

an extra 500GB hard disk together with a Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit in English

a licence for my Microsoft Office Home and Student

Alltogether about 600.00 S$.

Here are some important links:

1. Avira AntiVir Professional (http://www.avira.com/de/support-download-avira-antivir-professional)

 Am besten dieses Paket hier <http://dlpro.antivir.com/package/wks_avira/win32/de/prof/avira_antivir_professional_de.exe>

One needs to deactivate Windows Defender, otherwise there would be compatibility problems. this is done in the Internet Explorer, help section.


 2. Den Boot-Eintrag für Windows XP fügst Du am besten mit der Software EasyBCD hinzu (<http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1>)

 Die Anleitung dazu findest du hier:

 http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Windows+XP (im Abschnitt "Adding a Windows XP entry with EasyBCD")


Logitech V-UW21 webcam

not compatible with Windows?

I bought this little camera two years ago on a flea market for 5 S$.

Windows7 gives out an error message about this device. I followed the advice and it it leads to the Logitech homepage which shows me a picture of my webcam.

It gives me back that ít is not compatible with Vista. There is no label for Windows7 on the Logitech homepage.

The built-in microphone works perfectly.

Now, what to do? Wait for a Windows7 driver?

Upgrade for birthday?

the desktop is going to be two years old soon, my birthday is coming up.

1. The mainboard's processor socket footprint LGA1366 would be able to cope with the the i7-990X processor which is about US$ 1.000,00. 


Intel came out with a new processor footprint in the meantime, they call it "2nd generation" processors with an LGA2011 footprint of the socket.

The game is now to hunt after the i7-990X processor for about 200 US$, which would be an acceptable price for a hobby application.

2. The RAM memory ist still ok. 9GB is good. One would replace the the 3x 1GB with 3x 2GB and achieve 12GB in total. Only if it is very cheap.

3. I would love to have a  rudder function for my flight simulator software. A good solution may be the Saitek Pro Flight Rudder Pedals http://www.justechn.com/2006/10/07/saitek-pro-flight-rudder-pedals

I could use it with a self-made pitch lever and I have a perfect trainer.

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