I put my new system together today, and as I sit here looking at the small stack of retired parts its kind of hard not to get feelings of appreciation.

I think about how that old P45 motherboard has been with me for a little over 4 years now.

I have never had a motherboard that long. Not even close. Socket 775 was a true victory for Intel.

It has seen me through 3 CPU's (original Conroe, a dual core Wolfdale and finally a Q9550), all overclocked as high as the processor would allow (which includes 466x8.5 for 3960 mhz with the q9550). 3 ram configurations (it is able to run both ddr2 and ddr3), 3 hard drives, 3 or 4 CD/DVD/BRD burners and 6 or 7 graphics card configurations (Single and Crossfire).

In fact the only constant has been a PC power and Cooling Turbo Cool 850 SSI, which I have had for 6 or 7 years.

Its not hard at all to talk about my appreciation for a job well done.