I wrote recently about my plans to upgbrade my desktop computer. It’s happening.
I got everything ordered (I thought!) and started the upgrade yesterday. That’s when I learned a couple things…
First, the SSD kit that I bought from Crucial was the right choice — it included a 3.5-inch (the size of the drive bays in the case) to 2.5-inch (the size of Solid State Drive (SSD)) adapter tray.
I mouhted the SSD in its adapter tray. Then, I mounted the adapter tray into the hard drive tray that my case uses. It uses a very friendly system where a drive cage holds drive trays, and the drive trays hold hard drives into place with clips. The hard drive tray slides into slots in the drive cage for easy assembly.
Below you can see an image of the SSD installed in the adapter, then the drive case, and the drive cage, The SSD data cable is attached to the drive and one of the SATA6 connectors on the motherboard. The right side of the picture is the inside of the front of the case.
Below you can see the image of the massive CPU cooler that I installed and its 120mm fan. Just to the right are the two DIMMs of 8GB PC1600 memory each — at today’s cheap memory prices, the 16GB matched set was $119.99.
The left side of the image is the back of the case — you can see the 120mm case fan. The big advantage of the 120mm fans is that they move so much more air with each rotation that they can run slower, and more quietly, for the same level of cooling.
That’s also one of the reasons that I choose the large CPU coolers from third party manufacturers instead of Intel’s CPU coolers. Although I haven’t personally tested them, I’ve read that the noise level is less and that the cooling is much better with these large coolers.
I remember back in 1991 when I added 2MB to a motherboard using eighteen individual 1 megabit chips that were $2.95 each. That’s quite a swing in memory pricing.
At the 1991 price, this 16GB would have been 16,000 Megabytes at 9 chips per Megabyte at $2.95 each for a total of $424,800.
I sure am glad the prices have come down…
I mentioned earlier that I thought I had ordered everything I needed. It turned out that my new motherboard had dropped a couple of the legacy items that have been continued until recently.
I had an IDE DVD drive, but the new motherboard didn’t have any IDE ports. Fortunately, I had a spare SATA DVD drive on the shelf.
The other thing I was missing was a USB keyboard. The bad think is that I know that I have two of these somewhere around the house but I can’t lay my hands on them. Most motherboards today have one PS/2 port for either a mouse or a keyboard, while the earlier motherboards had two PS/2 ports.
My new motherboard doesn’t have any PS/2 ports. So, I’ve got a cheap USB keyboard on order.
More about the upgrade next week — it should be up and operational by then. Fortunately, I had another computer to use in the interim.