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htismaqe
09-13-2007, 09:52 AM
I ordered my parts from NewEgg on 7/22 and they screwed up my payment, so it finally shipped on middle of August.

I found out that the motherboard I ordered lacked a pretty key feature in BIOS needed for overclocking so I sent it back and got a different one. Then I found out the cheap PSU in the case I bought was deceptively underpowered, so I sent that back too.

Long story short, it took nearly 2 months to get it up and running, but BOY was it worth it. Check it out:

MSI K9N SLI Platinum nForce 570 (MS-7250 v1.2) BIOS 1.8
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Windsor 3.12Ghz (240 x 13) @ 1.5V
SuperTalent 2x1024GB PC6400 3-3-3-5-11-1T @ 240Mhz & 2.0V
Western Digital Caviar 7200RPM 200GB SATA 3.0 * 2 RAID 1
MSI NX8500GT GeForce 8500GT 256MB (not OC'd for now)
XClio Stablepower 500W +3.3V @ 30A, +5V @ 30A, +12V1 @ 18A, +12V2 @ 18A
XClio 188A 250mm side fan
Zalman CNPS 9500-AM2 30C idle, 52C peak running Orthos

Demonpenz
09-13-2007, 11:09 AM
thing is a beast what does it get framerate wise on quake 2?

htismaqe
09-13-2007, 11:12 AM
I don't have Quake2 so I don't know.

I haven't benchmarked it yet, but I'll probably OC the video card tonight and then run 3DMark06 on it...

htismaqe
09-13-2007, 11:12 AM
By the way, from power button to start button --> 11 seconds :D

Adept Havelock
09-13-2007, 02:09 PM
Color me jealous. Very nice rig.

htismaqe
09-13-2007, 02:37 PM
With the RMA shipping and restocking fees of $79, I ended up spending $855 total.

Pretty cheap for something like this.

Saulbadguy
09-13-2007, 03:05 PM
Amd

:ZZZ:

chasedude
09-13-2007, 03:11 PM
Curious on what kind of Heatsink and Fan you have on the CPU?

Edit: Nevermind, need to clean my monitor or something.

htismaqe
09-13-2007, 03:42 PM
Amd

:ZZZ:

Uh-huh. Pentiums are boring. I've never owned an AMD before...

htismaqe
09-13-2007, 03:43 PM
Curious on what kind of Heatsink and Fan you have on the CPU?

Edit: Nevermind, need to clean my monitor or something.

Yeah, I definitely could have gotten better cooling, but for $50 this Zalman is pretty damn effective.

BWillie
09-13-2007, 03:56 PM
You should make me a tower, I will pay you. I need a media center to hook up to my new 50'' so I can watch tv, record tv, and use the internet on the same screen while using windows media center.

chasedude
09-13-2007, 04:06 PM
Yeah, I definitely could have gotten better cooling, but for $50 this Zalman is pretty damn effective.

Yeah the fan looks nice, read some good reviews on it. I hope it's quiet

htismaqe
09-13-2007, 04:09 PM
Yeah the fan looks nice, read some good reviews on it. I hope it's quiet

It's very quiet. So is the 250mm fan in the case. I have them both set at highest RPM for max cooling. They both have speed adjustment dials so you can make them quieter...

chasedude
09-13-2007, 04:13 PM
It's very quiet. So is the 250mm fan in the case. I have them both set at highest RPM for max cooling. They both have speed adjustment dials so you can make them quieter...

I've noticed some of the fans now have a controller you can fit in a 5 1/4 slot, that's awesome! It's nice to have more control :p

htismaqe
09-13-2007, 04:15 PM
I've noticed some of the fans now have a controller you can fit in a 5 1/4 slot, that's awesome! It's nice to have more control :p

This one unfortunately is a little plastic box with a ribbon cable running to the 3-pin connector that goes to the CPUFAN jumper. So I have yet to figure out exactly how and where to mount it. But for $50, I'm sure I can figure it out.

Psyko Tek
09-14-2007, 09:07 PM
so how much did it run you all together?

that a PCI video card

I screwed up last year when I built mine
stayed with AGP
now I need to upgrade again

JBucc
09-14-2007, 09:14 PM
Not bad. I've got ya beat though.

Check out this bad boy:
Intel Celeron M at a blazing 1.6 Ghz
Ginourmous 80 GB hard drive
Intel 915 graphics chipset for hardcore gaming
1x512 PC4200
Built in screen, keyboard, and touchpad
Headphone jack

Braincase
09-14-2007, 09:50 PM
I just picked up a new system, too, but I've gotten to a point where I'll let somebody else put it together. I could, but it would take me 4x as much time.

Recently, I decided to delve into the world of the 64-bit...

I spotted a box on Dell's outlet store that I couldn't resist:

AMD 64 x2 5200+ Processor
256MB Radeon Card (need to check specs)
4 GB RAM
2 250 GB SATA Drives
USB Drives, Firewire on board

I've got a copy of 64-bit Vista Ultimate, and other software (all legal).

Paid about $700.00 for the box.

htismaqe
09-16-2007, 07:29 AM
I just picked up a new system, too, but I've gotten to a point where I'll let somebody else put it together. I could, but it would take me 4x as much time.

Recently, I decided to delve into the world of the 64-bit...

I spotted a box on Dell's outlet store that I couldn't resist:

AMD 64 x2 5200+ Processor
256MB Radeon Card (need to check specs)
4 GB RAM
2 250 GB SATA Drives
USB Drives, Firewire on board

I've got a copy of 64-bit Vista Ultimate, and other software (all legal).

Paid about $700.00 for the box.

I got to that point about 7 years ago, when I bought this Dell.

I've come full circle.

htismaqe
09-16-2007, 07:29 AM
so how much did it run you all together?

that a PCI video card

I screwed up last year when I built mine
stayed with AGP
now I need to upgrade again

With the RMA shipping and restocking fees of $79, I ended up spending $855 total.

Pretty cheap for something like this.

And yes, it's PCIEx16...

KC Jones
09-16-2007, 09:02 AM
nice rig!

If I can ever scratch together enough coin to spare for another gaming PC I suspect I'll go with 10k rpm sata drives. A buddy has had them for a couple of years now and the time it takes him to load big maps for some of the games we play is disgusting.

Here's the last wishlist I put together... I planned to migrate my DVD drive over but maybe I'll add one to this.

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=5576226&WishListTitle=%241300+Gamer+%28PC+Only%29