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May 02, 12 at 6:20pmVeGiTAX2


So I should have made this a while back but at least I'm starting something now.

Current Rig: JetFire
  • NZXT Phantom (White)
  • ASRock 970DE3 / U3S3
  • AMD Phenom II X4 B93 - 3.5GHz (Summer clock)
  • GELID GX-7 in push pull configuration
  • Gigabyte HD 7870 Windforce 3 OC 2GB
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtrememusic PCI
  • Samsung 8GB DDR3 1333 Kit
  • Hitachi Deskstar 1TB SATA (x2)
  • Cooler Master Real Power Pro 650W
  • Soyo 24" 1920x1200 LCD (Primary)
  • Acer AL2423W 24" 1920x1200 LCD (Secondary)
  • HP Carbonite 24" 1920x1200 LCD (Tertiary)
  • Logitech G9 Mouse
  • Logitech K200 (hoping to move to illuminated)
  • Altec Lansing 641 4.1 system
  • Turtle Beach AK-R8 headset
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Current changes:
  • Overclocked B93 from 2.8GHz to 3.6GHz using 257x14 combination, memory was lowered to 533 for headroom and vCore was raised to 1.45 for stability. Will pursue higher frequencies in the future, for now the NB and HT were adjusted down to compensate as well.
  • Windforce 3 is stock at 1.1GHz - pushed to 1.2GHz and GDDR5 to 5200MHz
  • Phantom has dual 200mm fans in push configuration, fanbus keeps these and the rest of the fans at low RPM.
  • Phantom has a BitFenix white LED light strip on the bottom, with the case off it showcases the entire system with just enough light while still letting the blue fans glow. [LED strip died in under a year]
Old changes:
  • Overclocked EAH6850 to 1000MHz core and 1150/4600MHz memory at 1.20v chip runs stable without needing to force the fan on. Average load temp is in the high 60's to low 70's.
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Future changes:
  • Add a front intake fan, possibly add a higher flow exhaust fan as well. <- Done
  • Add a BD-ROM drive to the system
  • 8GB DDR3-1333 kit (or higher) <- Done
  • Push the CPU to the 4GHz mark, similar models have reached up to 4.3 <- Done
  • Possibly add more lights, consider replacing the cheap metal mesh on the side panels.
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Past parts in this build:
  • Phenom X4 9600 (defective)
  • Phenom X4 9750 (retired)
  • MSI 570 SLI (retired)
  • Sapphire 4850 512 (retired)
  • Cooler Master Hyper 612 (retired)
  • Jetway HA08 ComboL (CMOS failure)
  • Crucial 4GB DDR2 800 PC6400 (retired)
  • Maxtor 250GB PATA (retired)
  • ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU 1GB (retired)
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Current temps:

CPU: 27c Idle | 41c Load -- GPU: 35c Idle | 68c Load

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Gallery:

Original Config (Antec 250mm side intake)



GELID GX-7 Upgrade + Phenom II




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Benchmarks:

Thread Recap (last 10 posts from newest to oldest)

Sep 14, 12 at 8:53am
VeGiTAX2


Start menu runs across all three panels for me (you can disable it to just one) starts from left to right as anything else would be really awkward tbh. Eyefinity keeps them in seamless transitions from there.

deeplove the only title I had to scale back was Battlefield 3 because I was exceeding the memory limit and dragging performance into hell. Put it on medium and it runs fine at this point.



Sep 14, 12 at 6:29am
harbin


quote VeGiTAX2
Adding a teaser of landscape mode, working on some design and coding so I need my portrait mode back.


Which one of those is your actual main monitor that the start menu appears on?



Sep 14, 12 at 6:09am
deeplove


God...I just might. I'm just wondering if the HD6850 would handle it. I'm really hoping to get the 660ti. @ $300 and change it looks like a nice card.



Sep 13, 12 at 2:02pm
VeGiTAX2


Adding a teaser of landscape mode, working on some design and coding so I need my portrait mode back.





Sep 01, 12 at 3:29pm
VeGiTAX2


Yeah, I really need to get a controller because of that.

Basically for specialized gaming I have this

- X-Arcade Solo
- Driving Force Pro
- BS PS2 to PC USB connector lol

A wired 360 controller would do wonders or I could just buy a wireless hub for my existing controllers.

I prefer landscape positioning but right now I'm doing a lot of web coding and comic reviews so the vertical position is ideal because I can squeeze a page on a single monitor without having tiny text.

Movies - great aspect ratio without having to overly stretch the image
Coding - pages of text just fit right in
Comics - same thing, awesome fitting
Gaming - relatively nice overall
Browsing - equally as amazing, I can load mass amounts of info into a single panel and work on the other two.

Because I'm using it for work + play I get a lot of extra work done vs a single 1920x1200 panel, even in dual mode I was at 3840x1200 which trumped the investment of a single larger screen. at 5760x1200 or 3600x1920 I have enough room to tackle mod work, editorial, development and etc forgot to mention I use my PC hard daily haha. Total investment was less than a single 2560x1440 would have hit me for and these are new >>



Sep 01, 12 at 7:34am
harbin


Never seen monitors stacked vertically in crossfire before. :_ooh: TBH though because of the borders around the screen, I'd just rather prefer a massive monitor to that, even if the windows can be organised better. Didn't like how the desktop expanded on mine though.

I can't stand racing games on a keyboard either... which is why I've got an 360 controller for that. Had another one but it wouldn't work with any 'Games for Windows Live' games, plus the triggers wasn't proper triggers.



Sep 01, 12 at 7:25am
VeGiTAX2


Actually looking to get a monmount bracket now that they support 24" panels officially with their latest line. In the meantime the bases on these rotate really well so it's not much of a problem. The HP carbonite is brand new actually that we forgotten in a box and that thing pivots and swivels all over. Got lucky on that pickup tbh



Aug 31, 12 at 9:14pm
The Slayer


Hmm, perhaps you could build/buy an elaborate monitor stand that will allow you to rotate and move all 3 screens so that you can easily change them from portrait to landscape for different games.



Aug 31, 12 at 9:10pm
VeGiTAX2


Tried DiRT 3 and DiRT 2 on there, runs amazingly well but I really need to setup my wheel for those >> kind of a pain with a keyboard honestly.

I actually don't have any flight simulators lol. Should probably look into that.

Currently played CS:GO, GW2, Battlefield 3 and PSO2 on there. Smooth playback and the height is enjoyable. Although for MMO games I can see having a preference for landscape instead.



Aug 31, 12 at 8:51pm
The Slayer


Good god man, I thought a single 1920x1200 had enough resolution, I can't imagine 3 of them.

I bet that does look amazing for racing. Have you tried out a flight sim on it?



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