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Posted: 4/29/2009 9:14:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/29/2009 7:28:17 PM EDT by squirrell18]
Intel Q6600 quad core(lapped), 8GB of gskill ram, EVGA 750i FTW motherboard, EVGA core 216(GTX 260) graphics cards, Zalman 9900 cooler, Antec 850 modular power supply and a Cooler master HAF 932 case. This case has monster 230mm fans(3 of them) which keep things very cool and it is also very quiet. The hard drive is a 500GB WD caviar 7200rpm 32mb.





Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:16:23 AM EDT
all that so you can post here , wow.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:17:57 AM EDT
Originally Posted By vp62ift:
all that so you can post here , wow.


Yeah, I know a bit overkill. I do have a few shooters I play. Fallout3 and Crysis. I build them more for fun.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:18:07 AM EDT






Cool computer.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:18:32 AM EDT
Very clean. Looks good.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:18:41 AM EDT
Holy huge fucking case Batman!!

Nice.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:18:59 AM EDT
damn you get to max the graphics on crysis, luuuckky
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:19:49 AM EDT
Originally Posted By AKSig:
Holy huge fucking case Batman!!

Nice.


I know when I tried to lift it after everything was installed My back was feeling it. I came from an Antec 900 case which was 10lbs less and 4 inches lower.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:20:15 AM EDT
Originally Posted By squirrell18:
Intel Q6600 quad core(lapped), 8GB of gskill ram, EVGA 750i FTW motherboard, EVGA core 216(GTX 260) graphics cards, Zalman 9900 cooler, Antec 850 modular power supply and a Cooler master HAF 932 case. This case has monster 230mm fans(3 of them) which keep things very cool and it is also very quiet. The hard drive is a 500GB WD caviar 7200rpm 32mb.http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll269/ferret6677/007-2.jpg

http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll269/ferret6677/009.jpg



Only 500 Gb, go with a solid state if you are going to go for speed.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:20:49 AM EDT
Originally Posted By vp62ift:
damn you get to max the graphics on crysis, luuuckky


Yep, I was happy before with my dual core with 3Gb of ram but then I picked up Crysis and that game needed some serious horsepower.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:21:01 AM EDT
Meh, it will be obsolete in 3 years...
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:21:10 AM EDT
If you don't mind me asking about how much did that set you back?  I'm thinking of updating my desktop but I'm not sure if it's worth the money.  Would like something powerful and near the cutting-edge but not beyond the point of diminishing return.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:21:48 AM EDT
Originally Posted By msprooch:
Originally Posted By squirrell18:
Intel Q6600 quad core(lapped), 8GB of gskill ram, EVGA 750i FTW motherboard, EVGA core 216(GTX 260) graphics cards, Zalman 9900 cooler, Antec 850 modular power supply and a Cooler master HAF 932 case. This case has monster 230mm fans(3 of them) which keep things very cool and it is also very quiet. The hard drive is a 500GB WD caviar 7200rpm 32mb.http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll269/ferret6677/007-2.jpg

http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll269/ferret6677/009.jpg



Only 500 Gb, go with a solid state if you are going to go for speed.


By the end of the year I want to have a raid 0 setup with 10,000 rpm raptors or if the SSD drives are cheaper and better I will go with them.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:21:54 AM EDT



Originally Posted By squirrell18:



Originally Posted By vp62ift:

all that so you can post here , wow.




Yeah, I know a bit overkill. I do have a few shooters I play. Fallout3 and Crysis. I build them more for fun.


You getting good frame rates in Crysis? I hear it takes some serious hardware to run that game. I have no chance with my 4 year old Pentium 4
.





 
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:21:59 AM EDT
all it needs now is some racing stripes and a fin, you will be getting cool points with the bros
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:23:39 AM EDT
Spell check doesn't work.



Title should read: "I just built this computer, what do you think?"



Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:24:00 AM EDT
Originally Posted By dolanp:
If you don't mind me asking about how much did that set you back?  I'm thinking of updating my desktop but I'm not sure if it's worth the money.  Would like something powerful and near the cutting-edge but not beyond the point of diminishing return.


Case was $120
processor was $180
Board was $160
power supply was $124(great deal at xmas time)
Ram was $100
hard drive was $67
cooler was $59
Dvd drive was $25
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:25:24 AM EDT
Originally Posted By MichiganMafia:

Originally Posted By squirrell18:
Originally Posted By vp62ift:
all that so you can post here , wow.


Yeah, I know a bit overkill. I do have a few shooters I play. Fallout3 and Crysis. I build them more for fun.

You getting good frame rates in Crysis? I hear it takes some serious hardware to run that game. I have no chance with my 4 year old Pentium 4 .

 


I thought I was ok with my 2.14 dual core with 3GB of ram and a 8800GTS but it would only play on half res. That's why I upgraded. I did sell my other rig before buying these parts.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:25:35 AM EDT
raise your FSB to 400 and drop multi to 8 or 9 for a righteous overclock.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:26:26 AM EDT
I need to kick up the ram on my Commadore 64 so I can play me some Crysis yeah baby, commadore
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:26:27 AM EDT
You have a bigtime hard drive bottleneck

A couple of Seagate Cheetahs in raid0 for a system drive and you'll be set.


Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:27:10 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Punani:
Spell check doesn't work.

Title should read: "I just built this computer, what do you think?"






No, I had my contacts out. Woops.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:28:06 AM EDT
yeah contacts, right,
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:28:27 AM EDT
Originally Posted By pdg45acp:
You have a bigtime hard drive bottleneck

A couple of Seagate Cheetahs in raid0 for a system drive and you'll be set.




+1

Why go to all that just to throw in a 7200 rpm HD?
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:28:43 AM EDT
Originally Posted By SMWeinbrenner:
raise your FSB to 400 and drop multi to 8 or 9 for a righteous overclock.


I had it up to 2.8 from 2.4 last night. Everything is stable. I'm shooting for 3.2 tomorrow.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:30:58 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Bowman1:
Originally Posted By pdg45acp:
You have a bigtime hard drive bottleneck

A couple of Seagate Cheetahs in raid0 for a system drive and you'll be set.




+1

Why go to all that just to throw in a 7200 rpm HD?


I was being cheap. I want to go with the 10,000 raptors but those are $220 each.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:31:43 AM EDT
Just so long as it's not running Windows...
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:33:00 AM EDT
Originally Posted By rdove:
Meh, it will be obsolete in 3 years...


Oh god ... and so it begins.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:33:41 AM EDT
Originally Posted By kissfan:
Just so long as it's not running Windows...


I have a dual boot of Vista64bit(gaming) and Ubuntu 9.04. I also use Linux Mint and Debian.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:34:00 AM EDT
Originally Posted By kissfan:
Just so long as it's not running Windows...


speak it brother!
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:35:06 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/29/2009 9:35:43 AM EDT by squirrell18]
Originally Posted By sweatpants:
Originally Posted By rdove:
Meh, it will be obsolete in 3 years...


Oh god ... and so it begins.


Not really a big deal since I build a new rig every year. I just sell the previous one before building. I was hoping that this one would last for another year and a half.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:36:30 AM EDT
I like it, although I am not a big fan of SLI, I prefer 1 card to 2. But to each his own. Very clean install. Also, there is some debate about quad core, but interestingly enough, Crysis is one of the games that shows definate improvement with quad core over dual core.

I'm kind of a "noise snob" when it comes to computers, so it might be a touch loud for my tastes. But for a gaming PC, usually you have speakers or headphones cranking away whenyou are using it. :)
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:36:42 AM EDT
But it's not an APPLE!
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:38:28 AM EDT
Originally Posted By djkest:
I like it, although I am not a big fan of SLI, I prefer 1 card to 2. But to each his own. Very clean install. Also, there is some debate about quad core, but interestingly enough, Crysis is one of the games that shows definate improvement with quad core over dual core.

I'm kind of a "noise snob" when it comes to computers, so it might be a touch loud for my tastes. But for a gaming PC, usually you have speakers or headphones cranking away whenyou are using it. :)


This rig is super quiet. My Antec 900 was loud as hell.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:39:42 AM EDT
I need to try this Ubuntu, looks pretty slick.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:40:18 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/29/2009 9:41:38 AM EDT by squirrell18]
Originally Posted By MauserMark:
I need to try this Ubuntu, looks pretty slick.


The latest version is really nice. 9.04

http://www.ubuntu.com/
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:43:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/29/2009 9:43:59 AM EDT by cvtrpr]
My dad just got done with my compy:

AMD Phenom 9500 quad core
ASUS m3n72-d MB
1.8TB HD space
Antec Case
8GB DDR2 Ram
Running Vista Ultimate (Don't hate, it was free)
2 Nvidia GeForce 512MB CrossfireX enabled vid cards
Blu-Ray Drive

this bastard has 6 fans...sheesh.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:45:22 AM EDT
Nice Job
But don't you NEED a Bolt Face Logo on that puppy?
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:48:22 AM EDT
That's awesome.  I just got the next better one at Best Buy for 10% off.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:48:32 AM EDT
Nice jobs with the wires- I noticed you didn't price out the GPUs when giving the total cost.  I quit building computers when I quit playing games, fatherhood will do that to you.  Who needs a machine that sounds like a vacuum cleaner when all you do is check out a few websites?  But I'm sure that is one snappy air cooled machine.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:58:01 AM EDT



Originally Posted By Khemist:


Nice jobs with the wires- I noticed you didn't price out the GPUs when giving the total cost.  I quit building computers when I quit playing games, fatherhood will do that to you.  Who needs a machine that sounds like a vacuum cleaner when all you do is check out a few websites?  But I'm sure that is one snappy air cooled machine.




I know how you feel.



I was a computer building maniac in HS and all through college.



First kid came, slowly started playing less, and less and less, until I didn't touch a video game for a year or more.




Now have 2 kids, and the most we play is Mario Party on the Wii.



And occasionally I play some zombie bashing in Dead Rising on the Wii.



My current machine is a Fry's economy build that I updated a little bit, and it plays pretty much anything.



Nothing on the scale of this monster above though.



 
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:59:14 AM EDT
Originally Posted By squirrell18:
Originally Posted By dolanp:
If you don't mind me asking about how much did that set you back?  I'm thinking of updating my desktop but I'm not sure if it's worth the money.  Would like something powerful and near the cutting-edge but not beyond the point of diminishing return.


Case was $120
processor was $180
Board was $160
power supply was $124(great deal at xmas time)
Ram was $100
hard drive was $67
cooler was $59
Dvd drive was $25


Thanks for posting that.  I've been looking at a DIY computer build from one of the computer mags that had a $700 machine.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 10:05:01 AM EDT
Originally Posted By squirrell18:
Intel Q6600 quad core(lapped), 8GB of gskill ram, EVGA 750i FTW motherboard, EVGA core 216(GTX 260) graphics cards, Zalman 9900 cooler, Antec 850 modular power supply and a Cooler master HAF 932 case. This case has monster 230mm fans(3 of them) which keep things very cool and it is also very quiet. The hard drive is a 500GB WD caviar 7200rpm 32mb.


The large fans are a wise move.  I've learned over the years...
Delta screamers drive me up a fucking wall, I'm glad those days are gone.
 Nowadays I won't accept anything smaller than 120mm, even in the PSU.

EVGA is a great company from a support standpoint. I really like those guys.
Make sure you register the cards online, and get double your warranty, upgraded for free.

The Q6600 is a solid performer and really good bang for the buck. Gskill RAM has consistently been solid.

I prefer Asus motherboards, but that said, I haven't tried a board from EVGA yet.



The only thing I'd knock you on, is your choice of the hard drive. I really hate Western Digital.
Could be they've improved lately, but I've had to RMA more than an assload of WDs and I just can't trust em now.
But hey, good luck and maybe it'll be a great one.

Overall, a great build there.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 10:05:13 AM EDT
My last home built scream machine got toasted in a power surge.  My wife needed the machine "right now" for college work so I just walked into costco and picked whichever one cost $800.  Put in a 50 dollar (on sale) DX 10 card and called it a day.  I couldn't believe how quiet the thing ran.  Plus those 24 inch widescreen monitors are pretty nice (at first, then you check out the crappy viewing angles and how it handles blacks/ darks and you see why they practically give them away with the boxes).

If nothing else, an economy home build will have much superior components for a similar price.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 10:11:00 AM EDT
Not as Sweet as my setup!



Just kidding, that thing is f'n sweet. But you're gonna need more space for pron
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 10:13:01 AM EDT
Originally Posted By djkest:
I'm kind of a "noise snob" when it comes to computers, so it might be a touch loud for my tastes. But for a gaming PC, usually you have speakers or headphones cranking away whenyou are using it. :)


The size of the fans means they move a great deal of air, at very low rpms.
As such, the Decibel level will be very low, if not inaudible.
You can use rheostats to halve the voltage even, thus cutting the RPMs and decibel level further...
while still having probably more CFMs than your typical 80mm case fan.
Typical 80mm case fans, to be "silent", move a very small amount of air.


TL;DR - fan size pwnz all.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 10:14:14 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Khemist:
If nothing else, an economy home build will have much superior components for a similar price.


That's the whole ball of wax summed up right there.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 10:15:18 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/29/2009 10:17:28 AM EDT by MauserMark]
quick question,





what can I do to lessen the noise of the fan built onto my graphics card?





ETA:



second question,



can you explain setting up the dual boot option to Vista or Ubuntu?  I might pursue this tonight.

Link Posted: 4/29/2009 10:16:26 AM EDT
fuckin sweet man
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 10:21:47 AM EDT
Originally Posted By MauserMark:
quick question,

what can I do to lessen the noise of the fan built onto my graphics card?


Using anti-static protections,
you can either clean it out and hope that helps,
or you can purchase another cooling solution.

Unfortunately this is a common problem.
I tend to look for passive cooling on graphics cards and board chipsets... because fans get loud, period.
You can go with watercooling, air cooling, or passive cooling, as all options exist in the aftermarket...
but it really depends on what card you have, as "universal" mounting options aren't nearly "universal",
and it also depends how much heat your GPU unit throws and what method/product is suitable for it.

In other words, you've gotta do some forum research on your particular card.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 10:26:05 AM EDT
I'd like to do this.  Any good books on the subject?
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