“gZilla” Z68 Gaming System is completely alive!

 [See also hardware refresh with GPU upgrade, Aug 2014.]  Below article as originally published, Dec 11, 2011.

Core i7 CPU + 560 Ti GPU + Z68 Mobo = Fun.

Finally, this project is entirely completed!

This household gaming system now has all its cables tidied up and secured, for occasional travel.

As you can see from the first photo, it looks like a pretty typical workstation, albeit a rugged one. It’s a re-purposed case really, pictured below with original labels also removed.

But don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Scroll down a bit further, and you’ll see the beast within.

Intel Smart Response Technology has proven to be an affordable and reliable way to dramatically speed up the RAID0, using a 6Gbps SSD for cache.

This monster wakes up from a deep, energy-conserving slumber in under 6 seconds, ready for fast action. Then, SC2 takes only about another 9 seconds to start, and about 6 seconds to restart.

All the build details and more found at the original Oct. 1st story at tinkertry.com/gzilla.










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  • Anonymous

    Saw it in action this weekend. Looks like a great machine. I will definitely be looking into the SSD caching when I’m ready to rebuild. I was also planning to upgrade soon to a 560 TI as well :)

    • tinkererguy

      FYI, this system is now pure SSR, naturally, less points of failure, now that it’s much more affordable to go the pure SSD route.

      How’s things going, Kelsin?

      • Kelsin

        Things are going great! Loving it out here, and the job is everything I hoped it would be. Make you sure let us know if Boyo is playing in any tournament in Southern California. We’re rooting for him :)

  • tinkererguy

    Should you need to recover a system with Intel SRT enabled, I should point out that the Intel RST RAID driver needs to be added to the Windows Home Server v1 recovery USB key for access to the array for bare metal restores. This is for any Z68 mobo with RAID enabled (for SSD caching, Intel Smart Response), such as gZilla above. I believe this driver is still needed for WHS2011 as well.