More or less every two years, I am overcome by uncontrollable lust.

Lust for some fresh computing hardware, that is.  YEAH!

1.5 years ago it was the HP NC8430 laptop, 2 years before that my beloved HP NC6000, and slightly short of two years before that the infinitely heavy stoeptegel-1 (I still think there’s a mini-blackhole in there somewhere).

It’s almost that time again, so I have begun shopping around (in WAB time, of course) for an affordable yet absurdly fast desktop for use at home, in my secret laboratory.  Oh wait, there’s no secret laboratory.  Really.

I was planning to get something with the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (4 cores at 2.4 GHz, 2 x MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz quad-clocked FSB), but Jorik fortunately recommended (thanks!) waiting for the soon-to-be-available Penryn 45nm quad cores.   Seems Intel has announced the definite release of 16 new 45nm CPUs at the CES, including the similarly price-ranged but far more desirable Quad Q9450 (4 cores at 2.66 GHz, 2 x 6MB L2 cache, 1333 MHz quad-clocked FSB).

Throw 4 GB of DDR2 RAM, a Hitachi P7K500 half terabyte hard drive, a passively cooled GeForce 8600 GT 512MB and some 64-bit Ubuntu goodness at it, and you have some serious workstation action that doesn’t even leave you half-destitute!

5 thoughts on “Lust”

  1. MR APPLE!!!

    Yes, the new 8-core mac pro is beautiful. However, there was unfortunately that bit about me not being left half-destitute.

    I guess that you have been playing around on this hardware long before it was announced?

    By the way, go blog now! ;)

  2. Don’t bother with the 8600GT, rather get a 8800GT (it’s the standard card Nvida’s replacing the whole 8800 GTS/GTX series with). Bought one with my new desktop last month and it’s an absolute monster!

  3. Pieter!!! LTNS!

    I would have loved an 8800GT (although I spend my days writing emails and proposals, graphics and visualisation are core business for me), but the 8600GT I have in mind is completely silent (passively-cooled, see) and a whole hunk of cash cheaper. Other thing is, it’s easily upgradeable once the passively cooled 8800GT (Sparkle has announced one of these) becomes available and affordable. :)

  4. ek dag daar’s ‘n blog out there…

    …don’t know about lusting after computer hardware – but i understand lusting after equipment: such as a Trek bicycle – Equinox TTX ( (even the not-topmost model will do), carbon fibre everything, i would have preferred Campagnola drivetrain but Trek only comes in Shimano. little issue of baby though – it won’t be too long before she starts triathlon with mommy…


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