Computer Spec Evolution

Below is the evolution of our main PC specs since February 1, 2007, for those of you who are interested (updated 5/27/19). Bold indicates current status: 

Processor
1. Intel Core2 Duo (2-Core) E6600 2.4 GHz (original to system 2/1/07)
2. Intel Core2 Quad (4-Core) Q6600 2.4 GHz (upgrade 9/13/11)
3. AMD FX 8350 (8-Core; 2 logical x 4 physical) 4.0 GHz (upgrade 12/29/12); upgraded stock CPU cooler to Zalman CNPS8900 on 12/27/13
4. Intel Core i5-9400F Coffee Lake 6-Core 2.9 GHz (5/27/19) 

Memory
1. 2 GB (2x 1 GB) OCZ Gold DDR2-800 SDRAM
2. 4 GB (4x 1 GB) OCZ Gold DDR2-800 SDRAM (upgrade 1/7/09)
3. 16 GB (2x 8 GB) Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1333 SDRAM (12/29/12)
4. 16 GB (2x 8 GB) 2666 DDR4-RAM (5/27/19) 

Graphics
1. Sapphire Radeon X1950XT 256 MB 
2. Sapphire Radeon HD 4830 512 MB (upgrade 12/26/08)
3. MSi Radeon HD 7870 2 GB (upgrade 3/31/13) - card went bad
4. XFX Radeon R9 380 2GB (upgrade 8/13/15)
5. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6 (5/27/19) 

Hard Disk
1. 1.0 TB: 2x Maxtor 500 GB, 3.0 Gb/s, 7,200-RPM, 16 MB cache (now repurposed as external media & backup drives)
2. 5.75 TB: Seagate Barracuda 2.0 TB Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB + Hitachi Deskstar 1.5 TB, 6.0 Gb/s, 7,200 RPM, 64 MB Cache + 64 256 GB Samsung (2011) Sandisk (2014) Solid State Boot Drive + 2x Toshiba 1TB external media & backup drives
3. 6.0 TB: Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB + Hitachi Deskstar 1.5 TB, 6.0 Gb/s, 7,200 RPM, 64 MB Cache + 500 GB Western Digital Blue SSD Boot Drive + 2x Toshiba 1TB external media & backup drives (5/27/19) 

Optical
1. Lite-On 20x DVD±RW Dual-Layer, LightScribe
2. LG 12x Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Burner, LightScribe (upgrade 10/12/11) 

Motherboard
1. Asus P5B-VM Intel LGA775 
2. Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 AMD AM3+ (upgrade 12/29/12) 
3. ASRock B360 Pro 4 (5/27/19) 

Networking
1. 802.11n + Ethernet (2/1/2007)
2. 802.11ac + Ethernet (5/27/19) 

Display
1. 2x Sony SDM-S73 17" SXGA (1280x1024) 16 ms TN panel LCDs, 2.6 MP 
2. 2x HP LP2465 24" WUXGA (1920x1200) 6 ms S-PVA panel LCDs, 4.6 MP (upgrade 01/13/10) 

Case/PSU
1. Thermaltake Lanbox with 550W Rosewill PSU
2. Upgraded PSU to Thermaltake 850W (12/29/12)
3. ATX Mid-Tower Case with Corsair 600W PSU (5/27/19) 

OS
1. Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit 
2. Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (upgrade 01/09/10)
3. Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (upgrade 12/29/12)
4. Windows 10 (upgrade 6/2015) 

Input
1. Logitech wireless keyboard, mouse
2. Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Keyboard, Razer Naga Epic Mouse (upgrade 1/3/11)
3. Razer BlackWidow Chroma, Razer Naga Chroma (upgrade 11/24/2016) 

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I'm an optimist, but I walk through life with the recognition that there are usually more ways for things to go wrong than to go right. It's just the way things are—entropy.
"Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it." — Bruce Lee
"I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without any expectation of rewards or punishments after I'm dead." — Kurt Vonnegut
There is no "meaning of life". Meaning is a result of life.