|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.
Intel i7-860 2.80 GHz CPU
Corsair H50 CPU cooling system
Asus P7P55D-E Pro MoBo
Galaxy nVidia GeForce GT 430 PCI-E 1MB DDR3 RAM (CUDA Enabled)
Crucial 8GB PC3 1333MHz DDR3 RAM (Dual Channel)
Western Digital 500GB 3G SATA HDD x 2 = 1TB Storage
Case: Ultra Rogue M925 full tower
PSU: Thermaltake SP-850M 550W Smart M Series
Micro$oft Win7 Pro 64 bit
BOINC v7.2.42 (x64)
This rig is a far cry from the 486DX2-66 rig I started with in 1999.
UPDATE - Jul 02, 2014: Transplanted my i7 PC components into the new case listed above. I needed more fan mounting and the filters help to keep the inside dust free.
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.
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