So one day after placing the order, the following bits of kit arrive at my front door.
1. Intel I7 920D0 – 4 cores (8 threads) of fire and brimstone. It was a tough call on whether to go with that or the I5 750, because of it’s turbo mode and better power saving. But ultimately the multi threading and the potentially better upgrade path won out.
2. 6 GB of memory. Again this is tied into the I7 motherboards and the fact you can have 3 banks of memory on the same timings. Which effectively gives me 6GB, instead of 4GB that I would have had on I5.
3. Asus Deluxe P6TD Deluxe, which is a more sophiscated motherboard than I really need, but I like having options, especially if I can get a nice bump in speed when the system settles down.
4. Noctua NH-U12P SE2 which at 158mm high, is going to be a very tight squeeze into my current case. I do have my eye on a Silverstone FT02 (Recommended to me by a friend), which unfortunately is not available at the moment, so I will have to do a transplant when it finally arrives. If you do follow the link, then look at the pictures. You’ll notice the hard drives are side on and the motherboard is facing up.
This raises the question, when do I sneak all this mucking about into my week. No matter how much care I take, I’m sure I’ll miss something. Some little document, that I didn’t save to my documents.
I want at the end of the day, to have the machine fired up with Windows 7 64 bit installed, with Warhammer running and office installed, so I can at least pick up my mail. I just hope I don’t come across a show stopper.
On a final note. I did manage to get on briefly tonight with my KotBS, so I could see how the new 1.3.2 patch engine was handling the keeps. It was delivering a steady frame rate and I wasn’t experiencing those judders I used to get around the keeps. So job done.
Now I can see how much impact the I7 and 6GB will have on the Warhammer frame rate. Watch this space.