As most of you know, my Q6600 system was stolen a few months ago while I was out on a 2 week vacation. Looks like I probably wont be seeing it again. Worst part was loosing about 700GB of stuff, about 1/3rd of it which is irreplaceable and another 1/3rd going to be really hard to replace. I've started the process of rebuilding, which may take a few months. Here is what I have so far:
My next upgrade will be a new, full tower case, a new heatsink, new motherboard and a few hard drives. At some point I'll also upgrade to 6gb or 8gb of ram too.
After that I might throw in another video card and have a crossfire and eventually I'll get a SSD (after I have everything else I need). For the SSD I'm planning on either a single 120gb or making a RAID0 with two 60gb drives. I'll install windows 7 and OS X on them for a dual boot.
Spoiler: Core 2 Quad Q6600 system
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad, q6600, 3ghz overclocked RAM: 2x 2GB Corasair XMS2 DDR 800 Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45-DS4 GPU: XFX 8800GS, 386mb Harddrives: 3x 250gb drives (one external, one for recording with my TV tuner, and the 7200.12 drive for OS), 2x seagate 500gb 7200.11 (one main drive for all my files, I havnt put the other to use yet.), 400gb (external), 750gb (bakup for main files and some TV shows and movies). I also have a 74gb raptor and 160gb drive that dont have a permanent use. DVD burners: LG SATA DVD burner, Lite On light scribe SATA DVD burner. (lite-on wont work properly) Audio: Sound Blaster Audigy 4, 5.1 Logitech surround sound Power Supply: OCZ GamexStream 700 watts Heatsink: Zalaman cnps9500 Case: Sunbeam Transformer Operating System: Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.7 retail install with very few modifications .
Keyboard/Mouse Logitech wireless MX1000 and included keyboard (no longer used), and a logitech wireless WAVE keyboard. Monitor Acer 22" glossy widescreen, Samsung 22" HDTV. Both run at 1680x1050. The samsung serves as a TV, Xbox 360 monitor, and a second screen for my computer.
Accessories and Miscellaneous
Hauppauge WinTV PVR 950q USB TV tuner (can capture over the air 1080i) 2X 10" Blue cold cathodes Thermaltake 4 fan speed controller Rosewill PCIx1 network card Rosewill PCIx1 SATA card (which is shitty) (sitting in a drawer, unused, might use it if I need any more SATA ports).
Note: I'm not sure how reliable these are, as I havnt updated them in a while. But since I havnt done many major hardware changes, I trust the results are still pretty accurate.
512k digits ran in 9 seconds, 1M ran in 20 seconds, and 32m ran in 18m, 7 seconds. I ran the 16 and 32k tests, but I guess they compleated too fast to register. 256k ran in 3 seconds.
An average of 155 is pretty good. I wish it would stay a bit more level, and not dip off at the end though.
Task manager and CPUz. For some reason the quality turned really crappy when I saved it from a .bmp to .jpg.
Not all of the following is still applicable, but I'll keep it anyway.
I think my computer is cursed. First, my motherboard wasnt working right. I bought an Asus (forgot the exact model), with an "EZ" raid feature. After about 3 days, I determined that this so called "EZ RAID" was in fact, not EZ. Since I'm doing a RAID, and it wasnt working, I decided to send it back and get my current board. I also successfully fried my old motherboard (which was going to my sisters computer), and had to order a replacement. I have no idea what happened to it, I just know that I have a $150 door stop. I might hang it on my wall.
I finally got my replacement motherboard in today, and after successfully setting up my raid (took about 2 minutes this time!), I discovered I failed to backup about 160GB of videos, and instead backed up everything else twice. I'm in the process of trying to recover the data now.
I dont play video games on my computer (as you can probably tell by the video card), but I like to do video and photo editing. I have my xbox 360 connected to my TV to play games on. So far I'm pretty impressed with this build, but I have yet to use it to its full potential.
Right now I just have the mac operating system Leopard (10.5.7) installed on my computer. It was a challenge and took a few days to get running right, but so far its about 99% functional. I'm planning on redoing my fan setup as I discovered that two of my side fans are hardly moving any air at all.
So far my system runs as well as I want it too. I dont see any need to do any major upgrades to it. The most I may do is add a blu-ray rom drive when Macs support it (possibly in snow leopard). I may add 2gb of ram to it if I happen to find a great deal on some, but I dont really need it.
After many problems with this laptop after nearly 2 years of use, I've finally given up on it. Biggest problem being the motherboard fried and a few other things. Tired of putting money into it. Was pretty good while it lasted though.
I decided to throw in a quick spot on my new laptop. Nothing as detailed as my computer, but a general over view.
Brand/Model/Size: HP Pavilion dv9000, 17 inch Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7500, 4MB L2 cache, 2.2GHZ, 800mhz FSB RAM: 3GB DDR2 677 I think, of some random brand I've never heard of. Video: 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS Screen: 1650x1050 Bright View Hard Drives: 120GB 7200RPM SATA Hitachi drive, 320gb 7200rpm Seagate drive Optical: 8x DVD RW with Light Scribe. Operating System: Windows 7 RC1, OS X Leopard Wireless: Wireless A,B,G, and N networking, and blue-tooth Peripherals: 2 mega pixel built in webcam, stereo mics, glossy-like finish, 3 USB ports, HDMI, Firewire, SD card reader, a small media player remote that will fit in the expansion bay (they accidentally sent me two of them) and my favorite, a finger print reader.
I'm really impressed with it. I got all of that, and a 1 year accidental damage warranty, for just $1,306 after taxes, and with a $400 off coupon (thanks to Master of the VG for finding that for me!). It runs a whole lot better then my old laptop (1.8ghz semperon, and 1.5gb of DDR, and the worst onboard video I've ever seen). Its as close to my desktop as I can get it. I'm moving out of state over the summer, and living on campus at my next university, so I have to keep my desktop at one place, and carry around my laptop everywhere else. since I dont have much hard drive space (there both almost full already), I will put my 400GB hard drive in my external enclosure and carry it around with me. I like the finger print reader; makes loging into windows a lot easier; instead of typing my password at the log-in screen, I just swipe one of my fingers (have 6 of them programed for it), and it signs me into windows.
Not as great as my RAID0, but 46.8mb/s isnt too bad.
Nov. 25th: I decided to try out my 74gb Raptor drive as my windows Vista drive, so far it seems fine. The drive is pretty noisy (if anyone else has that drive, does it seem noisy too?). I got tired of the noise, and it was a bit slower, so I went back to my RAID. I also bought a 400GB WD drive for backing up all my files too. My two 160GB drives were filling up on me, and at least this way I have it all in one location. I got a great deal on it to; $60 after rebates. I also have a great ram/processor over clock. I have my processor running at 3ghz stable and cool, on default voltages and a 9 mulitplyer, and my ram is running at around 1,000mhz.
For a future upgrade, I'm thinking about going to 4GB of ram, and possibly a better video card, probably something like the 8600 range.
January 10th, 08: Updated the page a bit
February 2nd, 08: Added my laptop.
May 20th, 08: Updated the specs with a recent upgrade.
July 1st, 09: Wow, over a year since my last update. Changed the hardware slightly to reflect what I have in it now and added some comments. I also added a few minor things here and there.
[size=1][color=#666666]This message was edited by The Slayer on Aug 28 2010.
Thread Recap (last 10 posts from newest to oldest)
Dec 19, 10 at 12:15am
Most likely the ram. I'm running mixed sets; I have a 1600mhz Gskill kit and the Patriot 2000mhz kit I reviewed. I have the ram at 1608mhz or so at 9-10-9-25 which is around the stock of the patriot kit. Its 8gb total and I dont even need it all . I'm using 2gb right now but I dont want to take one kit out and just leave it sitting around unused.
If I feel like experimenting with it some more to see how high I can get it I'll take out the gskill kit and see how far I can push it.
I'm pretty amazed at how cool its running though. I've had it on all day and its just stayed around 23-24c. During my benchmarks it went up to 35-54c but only took like 3 seconds to drop back to 24c when it was done.
Dec 18, 10 at 11:31pm
whats the cause of instability? the CPU or the RAM? ill assume the former? shall i also assume youve loosened the timings?
Dec 18, 10 at 9:30pm
Its not pink . Its red. I guess it does look a little pink in the pictures but I assure you they are red .
So far its stable at 4018mhz. I can a few CPU benchmarks yesterday and it handled them just fine. I have the bus speed set to 201 and multiplier to 20. I tried raising the multi to 21 for a speed of around 4200mhz but couldnt get windows to boot . I may just keep it there though, I wanted to hit 4ghz and I did.
Dec 18, 10 at 10:37am
i love the colour scheme you have as well...pink - its unusual...thats why i find it interesting.
anyway, keep cranking up that speed!
Dec 18, 10 at 7:08am
Sweet pics. Fits in there pretty snuggly from what I can see. Also loving the new case. ^____^
Loving the case. Stock fans are pretty quiet and combined move a lot of air.
The H70 is pretty sweet. I have yet to see my CPU go over 32c. I'm running at 4018mhz right now and its at only 28c. I havent tested full load yet though.
I took a few pictures earlier but only 2 came out decent.
Spoiler: big pics
H70 in action. Its much bigger than I thought and it just fits in there. It covers up part of the 120mm fan. Luckily I have two there. You can see my temperature read out near the bottom of the picture on the motherboard reading 29c. Forgot what speed I was running when I took that though.
Very tight fit in here. I can not use that PCIe x1 slot because the radiator is too big.
I'm about to do a stress test to see how well this overclock handles and how hot it gets. Hopefully it works.
Aug 30, 10 at 5:00am
Yeah, I heard that Halo 2 pc wasn't supported by anything but vista at the time. And yeah, I think we're pretty much off topic now
Aug 30, 10 at 4:48am
i dont know about halo 2, but there is still a good amount that plays CE. unfortunately, its the same people over and over, and to this day, i have yet to understand why there are so many spanish people. why them in particular?
...arent we getting off topic now?
Aug 29, 10 at 11:48pm
People still play halo 2 on the PC? Or is it halo ce?
Aug 29, 10 at 9:01pm
well thats why i boot rocket whores on sight, and always have 50% health. most glitches are eliminated that way as explosive are usually involved in glitching.
hah, i just came from two slayer games. those guys suck balls - half of my score came from pistol whipping.
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