I've been at my current job for almost one year now and have been quickly regarded as the "tech guy" (no doubt a lot of you know how all about that). Even though I was provided with a pretty nice Dell OptiPlex for my office, I decided I needed something a little more worthy of being my work computer. After all, I technically spend more time on my work PC than I do on my personal machine at home (a now aging 2009 MacBook Pro - don't worry, that will be upgraded soon enough
So, here is what I just got done building over the weekend:
Lian Li PC-Q12A Mini-ITX All-Aluminum Case (with 300-Watt FSP Group Micro-ATX PSU)
ASUS P8H77-I Mini-ITX Motherboard (Intel H77 Express Chipset)
Intel Core i7 3770S Processor (3.10GHz, "Ivy Bridge," 65-Watt TDP)
8GB (4GB x 2) DDR3-1600 Crucial Ballistix Tactical Memory
128GB OCZ Vertex 4 Solid State Drive
Noctua NF-R8-1800 80x80x25mm Case Fan
Total Price ~$850 (doesn't include the cost of Win7 Pro since I already had a spare copy)
Before I get into the performance, I gotta say a few words about the Lian Li case. I have come into contact with Lian Li before, but this is the first time I have owned one myself. In a word, it is pure perfection. Lian Li cases have a such an absolutely beautiful quality to them that it is impossible to describe in words. You have to see and feel one in person to truly appreciate it. At $155 for this particular case, Lian Li is obviously not cheap, but once you have one unboxed in your home you will realize that it is worth every last penny. For those that have the money, I cannot recommend Lian Li enough.
So, how fast is it? Ridicuously fast. I really wish I had recorded the entire Win7 install process to show you guys. From the moment I first pressed the power button to typing in my account name and password, the entire process took just 4 minutes and 33 seconds!!! The Lian Li case has no optical drive bay, so I installed Win7 from a Patriot Supersonic USB 3.0 drive. Between that, the Vertex 4, and the "Ivy Bridge" processor I feel like this must be close to the limit of how fast you can install Windows 7. Boot-up performance is equally impressive. Windows 7 starts up in roughly 20 seconds. I actually posted a YouTube video showing me doing a shutdown/restart (see video here
). I also installed PCMark 7 and got a score of 5643 PCMarks.
All-in-all, I am very pleased with the build. It is dead silent with the side panels on, very fast, and gorgeous to look at. If anyone here was looking at building a computer that includes any of the parts listed above, I highly recommend all of them. If anyone has any questions about the build or parts in it, feel free to ask me. And finally, if anyone has any benchmark requests, please let me know - I love testing out computer performance
Here are a few pics of the build: