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Old 09-13-2007, 08:52 AM  
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Finally finished building my new PC.

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
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Old 09-13-2007, 10:09 AM   #2
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thing is a beast what does it get framerate wise on quake 2?
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Old 09-13-2007, 10:12 AM   #3
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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...
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Old 09-13-2007, 10:12 AM   #4
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Old 09-13-2007, 01:09 PM   #5
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Color me jealous. Very nice rig.
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Old 09-13-2007, 01:37 PM   #6
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With the RMA shipping and restocking fees of $79, I ended up spending $855 total.

Pretty cheap for something like this.
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Old 09-13-2007, 02:05 PM   #7
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Old 09-13-2007, 02:11 PM   #8
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Curious on what kind of Heatsink and Fan you have on the CPU?

Edit: Nevermind, need to clean my monitor or something.
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Old 09-13-2007, 02:42 PM   #9
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Uh-huh. Pentiums are boring. I've never owned an AMD before...
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Old 09-13-2007, 02:43 PM   #10
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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.
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Old 09-13-2007, 02:56 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:06 PM   #12
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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
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:09 PM   #13
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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...
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:13 PM   #14
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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
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:15 PM   #15
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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
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.
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