Computer Builds – Phallix

Code Name: Phallix
Budget: $1500

COMPLETED: 8/25/10

CPU: Intel Core I5 760 2.66Ghz (Quad Core – Socket 1156) Overclocked to 3.2Ghz
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 P55
Video Card: SAPPHIRE HD5750 1GB (ATI)
Memory: 2 x 2GB G.Skill DDR3 Ripjaws PC3 12800

Hard Drive: OCZ Agility 2 60GB SSD
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
CASE: Lian Li PC-A05N-B Black Aluminum Mini-Tower Case
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
OTHER: SABRENT 68-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader
OTHER: Corsair H50 CPU Liquid Cooler
OTHER: Logitech Cordless Desktop EX 100
Display: 23″ ASUS VH232H


So my friend messages me and wants to do a build for his parents. The main objective was to build something fast… so I went for the only option… solid state.

This is my first build to ever use an SSD and some may consider it overkill for a system that will be using Skype and Facebook. But hey, some people buy Lambos and souped up Supras for their daily drivers right?

Anyway, on with the build. We decided to put this on a USB 3.0 platform (futureproof) so went with a solid Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 P55 motherboard paired with an Intel i5 760. Then smacked about 4 gigs of DDR3 from G.Skill. It had to play blu-ray so anything on-board was out of the question. The Sapphire 5750 with about a gig of DDR5 made a nice fit. Pictures, what about the FB pictures?! Well there’s a 68-1 media reader in there so just about any format will do, including XD which a lot of those Sony people like.

Now what really makes this thing blazing fast is the addition of the OCZ Agility 2. No ‘average’ speed SSD here.. this is el primo SSD performance. 15 second bootups from black to fully loaded. Programs load in less than half a second (seriously). There are no longer status bars for installation.. just a Start and Complete. Trust me, this baby screams. It’s so fast, you’re left wondering what to do with that extra time you USUALLY take to hit install, go to the kitchen have a little snack, do your business in the bathroom and come back.

To cool things off the Corsair H50 was the way to go. Small liquid cooler that is pretty much low maintenance and ultra quiet. Oh yeah that’s one thing I forgot to mention. This thing is practically SILENT. No big fans that sound like hair dryers. It just hums along and does it’s thing.

Just in case my friend’s parents wanted to watch some nice blu-rays, they can do so using the LG 10x Blu-ray player that’s installed and watch it on a nice big 23″ Asus monitor.

If you’ve already skipped most of what I’ve said and started looking at the pictures.. I don’t blame you. Took a few hours to wire this baby up with zipties.

Think your computer is fast? Sorry but this is one case where “mom” and “pop”‘s computer will run circles around yours. Enjoy the pics.

One Response to “Computer Builds – Phallix”

  1. Pops Moore says:

    Boys with their toys…you guys may have dubbed this blazing beauty “The Phallix,” for obvious reasons (wink, wink), but we have renamed it our “Lloyd.” What an amazing job you did–congratulations, and thank you!

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