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The year's half over...
Posted 15 August 2007 - 09:40 PM
Posted 18 August 2007 - 04:30 PM
Oh, I'm hardly any authority on this stuff. I did enough research to build my rig 5 months ago, and haven't been paying too much attention since. (I find the speed at which all my new stuff starts looking less and less new a bit depressing.) The only thing I have to add is that I had an excellent experience with evga tech support. If that's important to you in your shopping, they're a good company to buy from.
Where are some of the other regulars? Angshuman? Enoch? More opinions, please. Thanks to Bok and mkreku for the ideas. My latest cost test included evga for both the mobo and video.
Posted 18 August 2007 - 04:37 PM
Posted 19 August 2007 - 01:38 AM
Posted 19 August 2007 - 09:53 AM
As my next pc is at least one year away, judging by my currently available cash, I hope that AMD is getting competitive in the higher end segement again with Phenom... If anyone plans to buy a new PC by the end of the year, I'd wait until the release of those to see how they perform, and wether Intel will have to cut prices - or the new Core-Generation is even better.
Posted 29 August 2007 - 03:09 PM
PS The Phemon is not given warm encouragement in the runes that I read.
Posted 29 August 2007 - 11:04 PM
Posted 31 August 2007 - 02:27 PM
Interestingly, I read (about a year ago) that Intel was scaling / has scaled back its R&D facilities / expenditure from the monolithic state it had achieved in recent years to a vestigial amount. If it's true, that's really sad (I haven't heard since).
Posted 10 September 2007 - 04:54 PM
Posted 10 September 2007 - 06:14 PM
tt is a known brand, can't go really wrong. also, antec might be worth a look. google for some reviews if you like the looks of a case.
btw, are you going to buy a phenom when they come out? the barçelona opteron does very well in the first few short reviews, but it's a server cpu. otoh its strong point besides scaling are floating-point operations, and iirc, those is common in games, which would mean that phenom might put some pressure on higher-end intels again
Edited by samm, 10 September 2007 - 06:18 PM.
Posted 10 September 2007 - 07:57 PM
Posted 11 September 2007 - 12:43 AM
I've read that it's actually tough to work inside the case, but the quality looks quite good. It's only a bit more expensive than the Thermaltake. I'll have to think about it.
Posted 11 September 2007 - 03:21 AM
Once you've done the annoying installing though, you have a case that's something extra. The entire case stands on these soft rubber feet to reduce sound. The case itself is built out of three different layers of plastic and metal to reduce sound. It's really sturdy. Everything on the inside is fastened using these soft rubber thingies to reduce sound. The built in fans are adjustable from low to medium to high and if you put them on low they're inaudible. I bought an extra silent PSU (Cooltek 600W) and a huge, silent CPU cooler. The only thing that screams in my box is my GPU (ATI Radeon X1950XTX) but that's only when it's under full load.
I also happen to think it looks very cool But I've never been much for the "MORE SHINING DIODES AND PLEXI GLASS WINDOWS EVERYWHERE!!" fashion.
Posted 11 September 2007 - 10:44 AM
Posted 11 September 2007 - 12:11 PM
I've been feverishly polishing my girlfriend's new case (Piano black.. shiny!) ever since I bought it for her. You're not anal.. unless I am too
Its beautiful but I think the stainless steel one would drive my crazy with fingerprints and smudges. Yeah, Im anal like that.
Posted 11 September 2007 - 03:02 PM
It took me a little over a day to research, buy, and build my new system. And its awesome. You guys spend way to much time pondering this stuff.
Posted 11 September 2007 - 06:02 PM
Posted 11 September 2007 - 07:11 PM
I have an unorthodox way of building a rig. I start with the peripherals first.
Keyboard: IBM Model M
Mouse: Logitech G5
Speakers: Cambridge Soundworks -Soundworks 2.1
Monitor: Samsung 215tw 21.5" 1680x1050
I got those components and put them in storage months before my machine was assembled.
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