|I have always been interested in space and believed that there just HAS to be life, intelligent life, elsewhere in this galaxy and vast universe.|
I read about SETI@Home, the now famous Classic SETI, in the newspaper in May of 1999. As soon as I got home from work, I fired up my old 486DX2-66 PC and installed the project. I crunched Classic SETI until I discovered BOINC in 2004.
I installed BOINC and have been BOINCing ever since on a multitude of different PCs. Throughout the years, I had bought new mother boards, CPUs, video cards, DIMMs, hard drives, cases, etc. in an attempt to keep up with current technologies and to crunch BOINC even faster. At one point, about a year ago, 2008, I ran BOINC on a laptop. I quit that, though, because the laptop just was not built for that kind of use (abuse).
For several months, I had been reading about users having i7 powered rigs. I started dreaming of having one myself. I was checking prices and availability on the different parts and pieces needed to build such a power house. Well, over several weeks I had gathering those parts and pieces and in 2010 I made that dream a reality. I now have my own i7 powered rig.
MOBO....: Asus Sabertooth Z97 MK 2
CPU.....: Intel i7-4771 3.5 GHz
RAM.....: Crucial 8GB PC3 1333MHz DDR3 (Dual Channel)
STORAGE.: Western Digital 500GB 3G SATA HDD x 2 = 1TB
GRAPHICS: EVGA GeForce GT 740 SC PCI-E 3.0 4GB GDDR5 RAM (CUDA Disabled)
COOLING.: Corsair H50 CPU cooling system
CASE....: Ultra Rogue M925 full tower
PSU.....: Thermaltake SP-850M 850W Smart M Series
OS......: Micro$oft Win7 Pro 64 bit
BOINC...: v7.4.42 (x64)
This rig is a far cry from the 486DX2-66 rig I started with in 1999.
UPDATE - June 30, 2015: I upgraded my PC with the Motherboard and CPU listed above. I will be getting a new graphics card next month and plan on updating the RAM.
I am confidant that some day, one or more of us BOINCers is going to be the discoverers of that intelligent life I so believe is out there somewhere.