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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Coralfreak, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. Coralfreak

    Coralfreak Inactive User

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    Seeing there are a few of
    you into gaming, just thought I would see what some of you have
    "under the hood"

    Mine is nothing special,
    but its my first from the ground up PC build. I actually put it
    together last year, I just recently upgraded from a Pentium D to a C2D and upped the video card from a 256MB EVGA 7950GT to an 8800GT, here is where its at now:

    M/B: Intel DG965RY - Solid
    board, but completely lacking in extras, will be replaced in the next
    CPU: Intel C2D E4500
    CPU heatsink/fan: Arctic
    Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
    P/S: Ultra X-connect 500W
    RAM: 2GB Corsair PC6400
    Video card: EVGA 512MB
    8800GT Superclocked
    HD: 320GB SATA Seagate
    DVD drives: Sony DDU1612
    DW-G120A DVD/CD burner
    Case: Apevia X-plorer
    Case cooling: 3 80mm and 1 120mm Thermaltake blue LED case fans
                       Vantec PCI slot fan
    Also have a couple UV tubes to make it all glow through the clear side panel
    Sort of a neverending work in progress.

    ZLTFUL Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    Just ordered all the parts for my upgrade build the weekend before I got canned. Great way to blow part of your savings when it turns out you need it more for something else. Hehe.
    Asus M3A78-EMH Motherboard (780g chipset)
    AMD Phenom Agena 9600 Quad Core stock 2.3ghz mine is currently at 2.8ghz (B3 stepping post errata issues chip)
    8gb Corsair XMS2 PC6400
    Asus 8800GT 512mb DDR3 Vid card
    Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS 5.1 sound card
    2x 250gb Seagate Barracuda 32mb cache 7200 rpm SATA drives in RAID 0
    1x 500gb Maxtor Diamond 32mb cache 7200 rpm IDE storage/backup drive
    Lite-on 20x DVD-RW/DL with Lightscribe
    Lite-on DVD-ROM drive
    8 in 1 internal card reader
    PC Power and Cooling 750w "silent" PSU
    Alienware Aurora case
    2 120mm case fans
    1 80mm case fan
    2 cold cathode tubes in front of case behind the intake grill (blue)
    4 high output LEDs throughout the case for lighting
    Running XP x64 w/ early release SP3
    3DMark06 - 13654
    I ordered an Asus 8500GT overclocked when I first placed my order but decided to go with the 8800GT instead...now i have an 8500GT if you know anyone that wants it for $60. ;-)
    Old pictures of the case before the upgrades...
  3. seanndenise1

    seanndenise1 Inactive User

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    thanks to a program at work which chips in up to 2000.00 for a family computer i just ordered this from dell it will arrive next week. i had no choice in the matter other than what i wanted to spend on my part they would match me 2000.00. the pc had to come from dell, which im not complaining about but from talking to freinds at work i could have went in better directions had i gotten the pc somewhere else. i wanted to get the windows xp but got talked into vista.

    i also chose no support or extended warrantys, heck they wanted a ton of money for it. and i definately wanted no security packages from them, i own a dell now and i remember what a sham the last security package i got from them turned out to be. i also wanted to get the blue ray drives but couldnt afford it.

    ill get 50 a week deducted from my check and thats not so bad, so i said what the heck im goin for it.

    PROCESSOR Intel® Core™2 Extreme QX6850 (8MB,3.67GHz Factory overclocked)
    OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium
    MEMORY 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 4 DIMMs
    HARD DRIVE 500GB - Seagate 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache
    OPTICAL DRIVE Dual Drives: 16x DVD-ROM Drive + 16x DVD+/-RW w/ dbl layer write capable
    MONITOR 22 inch SP2208WFP Wide Flat Panel with Webcam and Mic
    VIDEO CARD Dual nVidia GeForce 8800 GT 512MB
    SOUND CARD Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ XtremeGamer (D) Sound Card
    SPEAKERS No speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)
    KEYBOARD Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard (ships separately)
    MOUSE Razer DeathAdder Gaming Mouse (ships separately)
    FLOPPY & MEDIA READER Dell Media Card Reader included in Dell Bluetooth Package
    MODEM No Modem Requested
    My Software & Accessories
    PRODUCTIVITY Microsoft Works 9.0
    My Service
    WARRANTY AND SERVICE 1Yr In-Home Service, Parts + Labor, 24x7 Phone Support
    DATASAFE ONLINE BACKUP Included 3 GB DataSafe Online Backup for 1Yr
    BLUETOOTH OPTIONS Dell 19 in 1 Media Card Reader
    System Details 2.5MM aluminum thickness Midnight Black Chassis with front & back custo
    System Details 7-slot, BTX design motherboard
    System Details 1 kilowatt Power Supply
    System Details Dell H2C Cooling Unit
    System Details Two 120mm x 38mm front fans
    Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 8.1
    Labels Windows Vista™ Premium
    XPS Specialized Support XPS, Specialized Support
    Miscellaneous Award Winning Service and Support
    PHOTOS, MUSIC & MORE! No Entertainment software pre-installed


    ZLTFUL Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    Actually, since Dell picked up Alienware, their high end gaming systems have gotten a real shot in the arm. Those XPS systems are nothing to spit at. The ONLY problem I have with manufacturers like Dell is the OEm versions of the operating systems that force you back to Dell for any kind of tech support. Personally, I would have gone with Vista Ultimate if I was having to take Vista but then that's just me.

    Nice rig. And those Extreme CPUs are bulletproof.
  5. Duke13

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    Posted By ZLTFUL on 04/29/2008 7:53 AM
     Personally, I would have gone with Vista Ultimate if I was having to take Vista but then that's just me.

    As much as Vista sucks, it does one good thing and that's handle games better than any OS today. 
  6. I hate to bump an old thread, but...

    I have a Gateway PFX7811.

    4 gigs of DDR3 RAM
    A 250 Gig HDD (I'm hoping to add a 500 gig HDD before too long)
    NVidia 9800 GTS (I believe)
    17 in HD monitor (This is a Laptop BTW)
    Intel Duel Core 2.26 GHz (Not great, not bad, but not great)

    As for how it preforms.. Well, It could run Crysis on medium settings with no lag. thing heats up pretty nasty though, if you have it on your lap for too long you may want to have one of those stands to cool it off.
    EDIT : Also, My Wireless in it is pretty beastly, An N wireless or whatever it is. (I'm tired, okay?)
  7. calebjk Well-Known ReefKeeper

    Cedar Rapids IA
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    Well, since the thread got bumped....

    CoolerMaster Centruon case
    OCZ 600W power supply
    GigaByte GA-P35 Mobo w/Thermaltake northbridge chiller
    Intel Core2 Due 6300 OC'd to 2.33GHz, (going to upgrade to a Q6600)
    ArcticCooling Frezer 7 Pro w/Arctic Silver 5
    4GB GSkill DDR2-8000
    EVGA 9800GTX+ 512MB DDR3
    Seagate Barracuda 500GB with 16MB cache
    Poineer DVDRW
    A pair of 120's an 80 and a blower below the vid card. That 9800GTX+ is so huge it goes from the back of the case to the hard drive bays, I needed something to pull out the heat it was blocking from raising.
    A pair of sweet cold cathodes.
    And dual monitors, one 22" widescreen and one 19"

    ZLTFUL Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    Oh lordy...My box has come a LONG way since I posted last in this thread.

    CPU: Q9650@4.2GHZ MOBO: XFX 780i SLI
    RAM: 2x2GB Patriot Viper PC8500 HSF: Xigmatek HDT-S1283
    GPUs: XFX GTX285 TRI-SLI HDD1: 2x150GB WD Velociraptors in RAID 0
    HDD2: 2x500GB Seagate Barracudas HDD3: 1TB Seagate Free Agent External
    OD1: Lite-On BD-ROM OD2: LG DVD-RW w/Lightscribe
    CASE: Cooler Master HAF-932 PSU: PCP&C TurboCool 1kW
    Display: Dell 3008WFP

    And I will be upgrading again this weekend. Have the Asus P6T6 WS Evolution motherboard, Intel Core i7 920, 3x2GB G.Skill 1600, and a CoolIt Domino ALC cooler sitting on my table at home waiting for the upgrade.
    Sad thing is, with the money i have dumped into my computer, I could have had an INCREDIBLE 120 gallon tank setup right now.
    But I spend alot more time on the computer than I do with my tank these days.
  9. Waverz

    Waverz Expert Reefkeeper

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    I built this last fall, was supposed to be a HTPC but I also use it for some gaming and video editing.

    Case:Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower /w 500 watt PS
    MB: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
    RAM: OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channe
    HDD: (2) Seagate Barracuda 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive, Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
    Sound: Turtle Beach RIVIERA 5.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card
    DVD burner, Firewire card, ADESSO WKB-4000US 2-Tone USB RF Wireless Mini Keyboard, USB card
    Monitors 17" Dell LCD, and a 42" Toshiba Regza LCD

    Next thing I plan to get is a Blu-Ray burner, I am just waiting till they come down in price a bit more.

  10. calebjk Well-Known ReefKeeper

    Cedar Rapids IA
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    I know that EP35 doesn't have integrated video.... what do you have for a vid card?
  11. Waverz

    Waverz Expert Reefkeeper

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    Heh, knew i forgot to mention something, kinda skimped on the video card cause it was supposed to be a HTPC so I just have a GeForce 8600 for now. Would like to upgrade to something better down the road but I'm not a big gamer so who knows, might not happen.
  12. ZLTFUL

    ZLTFUL Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    You could always bump the graphics card to an ATI HD4650 or HD4830. They are inexpensive and have been very impressive in performance. Newegg has been running almost constant specials on them as well. Anyways, just a thought.

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