Monday, November 28, 2011

Update on the New Desktop Setup

This is the desktop, assembled, without the enhanced airflow in the rear and with no overclocking yet.

Windows Experience Score (out of 7.9)
  • Processor: 7.8 
  • Memory (RAM): 7.8
  • Graphics: 7.7
  • Gaming Graphics: 7.7
  • Hard Drive: 6.0 (I think the SSD caching hasn't fully kicked in yet)
PCMark 7 Score: low 4,000 (~4,100? Forgot the actual number)

Standard Temperature: ~89F (hottest of the 5 temp sensors)

Gaming Temp: ~93F (tested with Call of Duty: Black Ops)

Next Steps
  • The "overclockening" -- when I feel like it. It runs smooth like butter now and I have no reason to push it (this is going to be part server, after all)
  • Increasing the air flow
  • Ensuring everything is backed up (Backblaze is chugging along now)
  • Moving media/content from External HDD onto Desktop
  • Erasing External HDD
  • Configuring Windows System backup on HDD
  • Virtualization, and tons of it. Setting up a bunch of systems (more posts on why later)
Also, a Big Thank You
Thanks to John Herron, a former co-worker and excellent techie, I also now have a 20" LCD monitor. The kindness of nerds astounds.

Any ideas for other benchmarks? Let me know!


  1. honestly think a 6.0 is as good as you're going to get sitting on a mirrored set with the caching... maybe try moving to a performance raid set with fault like raid 5 or 10

  2. An interesting point. Requires at least three drives though, right? I'll likely look into it as soon as I have the current system imaged..

    (PS, gave you a shout-out in the blog because you're awesome. Thanks again for the monitor!)

  3. thanks for the shout! and yes 5 requires a minimum of 3 and 10 requires 4. both give you the tolerance to lose a drive and both still continue to work and also not lose any data

  4. Hmmm... Amazon has the seagate barracuda 1TB 7200 on sale right now for $74-ish.

    Tempted to get two more, throw them in there, and do this right. Looks like I'll be test-imaging my system tonight!

  5. RAID 10 or 0+1 actually allows for 2 disks to fail. 1 in each mirror...however overhead is 50% thats a big hit. and raid 5 uses drive out of the set for error checking..touch decisions

  6. Thanks, man. I'm going to look into the performance of RAID10 vs. RAID5 vs. RAID1 and see which will let me max out the speed of the SSD while retaining enough redundancy.

  7. Checked it out -- absolutely going with RAID10 (1+0, that is). Putting a watch out on prices for 1TB 7200 RPM SATA drives now.

  8. Glad to hear you have the ssd and hard drive issues worked out. Sounds like it's humming along. I think you need to get some pics up now...


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