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Got it for $220 with shipping off ebay new. Also sold my 7900GT for $80 bucks and Unreal Tournament 3 for $25 so this card only cost me $115. Night and day difference between Oblivion and Stalker!

 

Used some compressed air on my machine while i waited for my card to come... looking spiffy. :brows:

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Hitachi Deskstar 1TB (Storage)

 

Nice :)

 

Probably overkill, but amazing nonetheless! I believe 1TB is the max HDD size for curent 3.5" and is also a psychological benchmark - I wonder when we will see it surpassed?

 

Word has it we see Petabyte drives by 2020 :sorcerer:


 

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I am just wondering, at what point is it generally advisable to upgrade (read replace) the computer from a technical point of view?

 

When it no longer does what you want it to do. :teehee:

 

Well, yes, but there are various degrees of a computer not doing what I want it to do...

 

I guess, I am asking at what most people consider to be a critical amount of performance increase to upgrade.

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I've had this rig for about a year next summer, except the ATi 3870, which replaced the ATi X1950PRO a few months ago. The one component that has seen the most upgrades during the years is the graphic card. The last two years has seen 6800XT, 1800GTO, 1650XT, 1950PRO and lastly HD3870, but I am getting really tired of replacing factory coolers with efficiently cool and quiet replacements. Just can't trust reviews or users saying it's 'quiet'.. sigh.

 

It's very unlikely that I will be upgrading to Vista anytime soon, because I'd be uncomfortable with anything less than a dedicated system for that (I hate multi-boot setups, but I like KVM switches).

 

(Windows XP SP2)

ASUS P5N-E SLI (nForce 650i)

Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 3.0GHz (1333)

ATi HD3870 OC 512MB GDDR4

2GB A-DATA DDR2-800 Dual kit

Creative SB Audigy 4

Samsung 250GB HDD ATA133

Samsung DVD-RW + ASUS CD-RW

Enermax Noisetaker II 485W

VGA Cooling: Zalman VF-700 Cu

CPU Cooling: Thermalright SI-128

Chipset cooling: Thermalright HR-05-SLI x 2

Fans: Scythe S-Flex 120mm x 2, Papst 92mm.

Antec Sonata LS-138

Cooling paste: Artic Silver 5.

 

I still got an old system too for mudding and really.. sort of old games, but I haven't done that for almost two years.

(Windows 98)

Athlon Thunderbird K7-800MHz

512MB SDRAM PC-133

ATi 9600 PRO VE

Maxtor 80GB ATA100

No-name CD/DVD

Creative SB Live Player

 

They both use the same monitor, keyboard and mouse connected through a KVM switch.

 

I have reversed to an old RIC X-996 19" CRT, after.. my erm, temper got rid of the two TFT's I had before.

 

I seem to have cooled down a bit since.. so now I am pondering whether I should jump on the Widescreen wagon eventually.

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My new computer that I built is up and running. Here is what it is.

 

ASUS MAXIMUS FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard set up for Crossfire.

DIAMOND Viper Radeon HD 3870 I'll get the second one later and set it up in Crossfire.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz

2GB CORSAIR XMS2 DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Memory.

Creative Sound Blaster Fatal1ty X-Fi Xtreme Gamer sound card.

Apevia 750W power supply.

Samsung DVD Writer.

Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA hard drive.

Zalman heatsink and fan for the CPU.

Antec 900 case.

Windows XP Pro.

 

I love the motherboard. It lets you over clock devices in the BIOS very easy.

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*Update

Testing the overclocks now, and it fixed my artifacts I was getting with Bioshock. Ill take a picture soon. :(

Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 Case

 

Asus Commando 965P Mobo(I know i know, i changed my mind alot on the motherboard)

 

E6600 C2D CPU

 

two Western Digital Sata 400gig Hard drives

 

2gig OCZ Gold XTC 6400 800mhz ram

 

eVGA 8800GT 512 SC

*Dual Slot eVGA AKIMBO heatsink/cooler

 

Creative Xtreme Gamer sound card

 

G5 Logitech Mouse

 

Saitek Eclipse Keyboard

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Spring updates in bold

 

Wolfdale e8400 @ 4.0 GHz

EVGA nForce 680i

EVGA 8800 GTX x3 Tri-SLI

4 GB Corsair Dominators

SB X-Fi Extreme Audio PCI-E

150GB RaptorX

1TB Hitachi Deskstar

1.2kw SilverStone Decathlon

CoolerMaster Stacker 830

30" Dell 3007WFP-HC

Windows Vista x64


 

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1.2kW powersupply? Soon you'll be drawing the same power as a sauna :p

"Some men see things as they are and say why?"
"I dream things that never were and say why not?"
- George Bernard Shaw

"Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

 

"The amount of energy necessary to refute bull**** is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it."

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My room is already a friggin' sauna with these 3 cards giving out untold amounts of heat.

 

On hot days, it feels like I have this fireball under my desk that's giving off radiation to my legs!


 

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My room is already a friggin' sauna with these 3 cards giving out untold amounts of heat.

 

On hot days, it feels like I have this fireball under my desk that's giving off radiation to my legs!

 

What's you electric bill like? :bat:

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My room is already a friggin' sauna with these 3 cards giving out untold amounts of heat.

 

On hot days, it feels like I have this fireball under my desk that's giving off radiation to my legs!

 

What's you electric bill like? :grin:

 

There's a visible impact, that's for sure!

 

Also, the additional heat made my 4 ghz OC unstable, so I backed it down to 3.8 ghz for now. Don't laugh at me guys :ninja10:

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My room is already a friggin' sauna with these 3 cards giving out untold amounts of heat.

 

On hot days, it feels like I have this fireball under my desk that's giving off radiation to my legs!

 

What's you electric bill like? :lol:

 

There's a visible impact, that's for sure!

 

Also, the additional heat made my 4 ghz OC unstable, so I backed it down to 3.8 ghz for now. Don't laugh at me guys :ninja10:

 

:lol:

 

So when do you make the leap to water cooling? o:)

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My new computer that I built is up and running. Here is what it is.

 

ASUS MAXIMUS FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard set up for Crossfire.

DIAMOND Viper Radeon HD 3870 I'll get the second one later and set it up in Crossfire.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz

2GB CORSAIR XMS2 DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Memory.

Creative Sound Blaster Fatal1ty X-Fi Xtreme Gamer sound card.

Apevia 750W power supply.

Samsung DVD Writer.

Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA hard drive.

Zalman heatsink and fan for the CPU.

Antec 900 case.

Windows XP Pro.

 

I love the motherboard. It lets you over clock devices in the BIOS very easy.

Thought I would upload some pictures of it.

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I'm still trying to get enough money for that laptop.

 

Maybe after Summer...and perhaps Autumn and early Winter as well...

I was raised by polar bears. I had to fight against blood thirsty wolves and rabid penguins to get my food. Those who were too weak to survive were sent to Sweden.

 

It has made me the man I am today. A man who craves furry hentai.

So let us go and embrace the rustling smells of unseen worlds

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My Green Machine lives again. It was my former Pentium 4 gaming rig that I built in 2004. Now its greatly improved.

 

CPU INTEL E8400

ASUS MAXIMUS FORMULA X38

CORSAIR 650W Power Supply

2 MSI OC HD3870 Graphics Card in Crossfire. Factory over clocked.

2G OCZ 800MHz RAM

CPUCOOLER|ARCTIC P4

Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA hard drive.

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer

DVD player

CD/RW player

Windows XP PRO

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