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New toy built over the holidays:

 

Intel i5-750

Prolimatech Megahalems + 2x Nexus Real Silent 120mm fans

Gigabyte P55A-UD4P

4GB PC10666 G.Skill Eco DDR3 1.35V 7-7-7-21

808.8GB WD Green

128GB G.Skill Falcon II SSD

Gigabyte HD5850

Pioneer DVR-216

Sony 3.5" FDD (yeah...)

Win7 Pro 64-bit OEM

Seasonic X-650

Antec P182

Mix of Scythe Slipstream 800-1200rpm case fans

Audioengine A5 2.0 powered speakers

 

Pending are a viable 3rd party cooler for the video card and an ASUS Essence ST sound card. Perhaps a Dell U2711 when cashflow permits.


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Cuts area loading times in the likes of DA by 10x, and apps like Firefox load instantly. Never tried Win7 with a spindle drive however so it's not exactly a straight comparison.


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ASUS P5QL PRO

Intel Core Duo 2 E7400

4 GB Kingston DDRII667 RAM

Gaiward 9800GT

Onboard Audio

Samsung 80GB 7200RPM

Samsung 320GB SATA2

Seagate 1Tb 7200 RPM S-ATA2 32Mb

Samsung 19" 923NW

Gamepad XFX XGear Dual Reflex

 

One small change.


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Retired parts:

Antec TruePower Quatro 1000 PSU

Asus P5E3 Premium WIFI - X48 chipset

2 * Corsair (2x2GB) PC-10600 (1333MHz) XMP DDR3 (8GB total)

Intel QX9650 CORE 2 Extreme Quad Core (water cooled)

 

Dead parts:

Sapphire ATI Radeon 4870X2 w. 2 Gb DDR5 ram (tore off the stock fan (and the warranty) and equipped it with a cooling block from EK Water Blocks, Slovenia)

Samsung 30" SyncMaster 305T+

 

Current parts:

Antec Performance One P182

Antec TruePower Quatro 1200 PSU

Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 Motherboard (water cooled)

12Gb (6x2GB) Corsair XMP DDR3 (running at 1600Mhz)

Intel I7 960 (3.2GHz) (stock cooler)

Zalman Reserator 2 Fanless Water Cooling System

Creative PCI EXPRESS X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series

Creative Gigaworks S750 7.1 Channel Speaker System - THX Certified

1 * Samsung Spinpoint F1 1 TB

2 * Samsung 500GB 'HD502IJ'

2 * Seagate 640GB 'ST3400320AS'

Samsung 30" SyncMaster 305T+ (same model as the 'dead' one)

Noname ATI Radeon 2400

OCZ Sabre Keyboard

 

Vista Ultimate 64bit

 

Various peripherals: Wacom tablet, Microsoft LiveCam, Microsoft 5 button mouse (very old), Saitek X52 Pro flight stick, various external HDD and USB sticks

 

I'm not 100% sure about the HDD's anymore. Need to take them out and check the labels one of these days.

 

To-do:

Get a water cooling block for the cpu. Get a gfx card. Get a watercooling block for gfx card. Get Windows 7 and throw Vista out the Window


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New toy built over the holidays:

 

Intel i5-750

Prolimatech Megahalems + 2x Nexus Real Silent 120mm fans

Gigabyte P55A-UD4P

4GB PC10666 G.Skill Eco DDR3 1.35V 7-7-7-21

808.8GB WD Green

128GB G.Skill Falcon II SSD

Gigabyte HD5850

Pioneer DVR-216

Sony 3.5" FDD (yeah...)

Win7 Pro 64-bit OEM

Seasonic X-650

Antec P182

Mix of Scythe Slipstream 800-1200rpm case fans

Audioengine A5 2.0 powered speakers

 

Pending are a viable 3rd party cooler for the video card and an ASUS Essence ST sound card. Perhaps a Dell U2711 when cashflow permits.

 

Making me envious.

 

I'm using my 2.5 year old computer that I built ages ago to be able to play some newer games (Supreme Commander and others).

 

AMD Athlon 62 x2 6400+ 3.2ghz dual core processor

8800 gts g92 512mb (Was a new card back when I built this computer. That was a long time ago.)

4gb DDR2 800 5-5-5-12 1.9v

Some cheap Creative Sound Blaster so I can actually use my 5.1 speakers

Seagate Barracuda 320gb sATA hard drive (this thing makes a lot of noise, not recommended at all)

****ty $20 case with 1x 80mm fan. My video card temperatures are fun (~85 degrees under load)

22'' ACER LCD monitor (Yeah, it was cheap, but the image is fantastic).

 

Still, it has lasted me 2.5 years, and I love it to death.


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To-do:

Get a water cooling block for the cpu. Get a gfx card. Get a watercooling block for gfx card. Get Windows 7 and throw Vista out the Window

Well, I got Windows 7 Ultimate, which in turn made my keyboard unusable (No windows 7 drivers). Got the water cooling blocks and the gfx card too (XFX "Black Edition" Radeon 5970). Still need to replace the fan on the gfx card with the cooling block. I wonder why I even bother with a case, it's not like my stuff is going to fit in there again :p

 

Still need to find a good keyboard one of these days. Maybe that DAS Keyboard somebody once posted a link to.

 

Still, it has lasted me 2.5 years, and I love it to death.

Describes my previous PC very well (except it is 5+ years old). I still hang on to it. It just keeps running and running.


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Intel I7 960 (3.2GHz) (stock cooler)

I don't know why it amuses me so much knowing that you paid three times as much for the exact same part as I did (i7 920 @ 3.2 GHz).

 

Schadenfreude.


Swedes, go to: Spel2, for the latest game reviews in swedish!

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Intel I7 960 (3.2GHz) (stock cooler)

I don't know why it amuses me so much knowing that you paid three times as much for the exact same part as I did (i7 920 @ 3.2 GHz).

 

Schadenfreude.

Bah, my computer is cooler than yours :thumbsup:


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My current rig:

 

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Intel Core i7 920 (@3.2GHz)

6 GB 1600 MHz Corsair XMS3

Gigabyte X58A-UD7 motherboard (with USB3/SATA3 support)

Powercolor OC Radeon HD5870 1GB GDDR5

Corsair Force Series F120

Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB

 

Asus VH242H 24" (1920x1080)

 

I'm thinking about the Prolimatech Megahalems, but I haven't decided yet.
Ok, I still haven't decided on a cooler, but I am eyeing the Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme..

I still haven't decided! I'm running on the stock cooler. But now I am eyeing this: http://www.corsair.com/products/h70/default.aspx

 

I will decide soon.. I think.

 

Is there a noticable increase in performance [Ed: with regards to SSD] ?

I just copied a file from the SSD to the 2TB, and I reached 237MB/s! It stayed between 149-237MB/s the whole time. Lightning fast.


Swedes, go to: Spel2, for the latest game reviews in swedish!

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Megahalems is still top of the pops at SPCR. The only notable release since then that I'm aware of is the Thermalright HR-02 which they haven't reviewed, but that's their silence-oriented series anyway.


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Few minor updates bolded.

 

 

Intel i5-750 @ 3.33GHz

Prolimatech Megahalems + 2x Nexus Real Silent 120mm fans

Gigabyte P55A-UD4P

8GB PC10666 G.Skill Eco DDR3 1.35V 7-7-7-21

808.8GB WD Green

128GB G.Skill Falcon II SSD

Gigabyte HD5850

Asus Xonar Essence ST Sound card

Pioneer DVR-216 DVD-RW

Sony 3.5" FDD

Win7 Pro 64-bit OEM

Seasonic X-650

Antec P182

Scythe Slipstream 800-1200rpm case fans

2x Dell U2711 27" IPS monitors

Audioengine A5 2.0 powered speakers

Audio Technica ATH-AD700 headphones

 

 

 

Next upgrade will probably be a new flight stick and a new SSD once the next gen comes out - will move the old one to my notebook once that comes about. Also thinking about building a silent HTPC.


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Megahalems is still top of the pops at SPCR. The only notable release since then that I'm aware of is the Thermalright HR-02 which they haven't reviewed, but that's their silence-oriented series anyway.

They haven't tested the H70 on Silent PC Review, but I read another review:

 

"This thing is a beast in stock configuration. It easily destroys good air based CPU coolers and does so with ease."

 

"One of the main points which should be emphasized is the fact that Corsair


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Makes sense - that was the main failing of the H50 which SPCR did review. But I'd imagine they'd instantly fail it anyway since the noise seems no different. At any rate, all my builds are absolutely slanted towards quiet computing so I admit I really haven't looked at all into what Corsair are trying to do.

 

 

Breaks my heart that I can't source one of those Gelid Icy Vision VGA coolers in Australia. If AMD's new 6850 can be passively cooled, I'd jump on it even with it being a slight downgrade to what I have. I doubt such a beast is possible though.


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ASUS P5QL PRO

Intel Core Duo 2 E7400

4 GB Kingston DDRII667 RAM

PNY GeForce GTX460 OC 1Gb GDDR5

Onboard Audio

Samsung 80GB 7200RPM

Samsung 320GB SATA2

Seagate 1Tb 7200 RPM S-ATA2 32Mb

Samsung 19" 923NW

Gamepad XFX XGear Dual Reflex

 

 

 

New graphics card. Not really a necessary upgrade, but I'm going to use my old 9800GT to build a media center box for my Dad.

 

Also, the new card only set me back 160


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I wonder how big a difference there is between 4GB and 6GB, considering that dual channel is not being used.

Are you running 64bit Windows?


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Obviously.


"My hovercraft is full of eels!" - Hungarian tourist
I am Dan Quayle of the Romans.
I want to tattoo a map of the Netherlands on my nether lands.
Heja Sverige!!
Everyone should cuffawkle more.
The wrench is your friend. :bat:

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Obviously.

In that case there is going to be 2GB of difference :x


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So that's an October of difference? Or two Februaries? :x


"My hovercraft is full of eels!" - Hungarian tourist
I am Dan Quayle of the Romans.
I want to tattoo a map of the Netherlands on my nether lands.
Heja Sverige!!
Everyone should cuffawkle more.
The wrench is your friend. :bat:

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ASUS P5QL PRO

Intel Core Duo 2 E7400

6 GB Kingston DDRII667 RAM

PNY GeForce GTX460 OC 1Gb GDDR5

ASUS Xonar D2X

Canton Movie 60CX Speakers

Samsung 80GB 7200RPM

Samsung 320GB SATA2

Seagate 1Tb 7200 RPM S-ATA2 32Mb

Samsung 19" 923NW

Gamepad XFX XGear Dual Reflex

 

 

 

New sound card, and more memory.


"My hovercraft is full of eels!" - Hungarian tourist
I am Dan Quayle of the Romans.
I want to tattoo a map of the Netherlands on my nether lands.
Heja Sverige!!
Everyone should cuffawkle more.
The wrench is your friend. :bat:

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The Radeon 6990 is supposed to be out any day now.. and I haven't upgraded anything in a couple of months! Hmmmmm..


Swedes, go to: Spel2, for the latest game reviews in swedish!

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Updated base specs:

CPU: Intel i3 530 OC

RAM: 4 GB DDR3

GPU: XFX Radeon 5770 OC 1Gb

PPU: BFG 9800GT OC 1Gb

HD: Seagate 500Gb 7,200 RPM

HD: Western Digital 1Tb 7,200 RPM


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-Hurlshot

 

 

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Seems I have been remiss in sharing my new XPS notebook:

 

XPS L502x

Intel Core i7-2820QM 2.30 GHz

8GB,DDR3,2 DIMM, 1333MHz

Win 7 Ultimate 64b

BluRay Combo Drive

750GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive

NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M 2GB + TVT

Intel WLAN-N 1030 and BT 3.0


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your life is what our thoughts make it
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Sounds like the perfect, portable gaming machine :lol:


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Quite pleased - I had an older 17" XPS gaming system and was looking @ an Alienware, but they did not have the latest i7.


The universe is change;
your life is what our thoughts make it
- Marcus Aurelius (161)

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