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Michaelgtrusa
May 6, 2009, 02:22 PM
Who makes the best custom gaming rig and how much would it cost?

Eidorian
May 6, 2009, 02:34 PM
Who makes the best custom gaming rig and how much would it cost?The best work is your own.

michael.lauden
May 6, 2009, 02:36 PM
Who makes the best custom gaming rig and how much would it cost?

wow haha.

more than 1000$

iMpathetic
May 6, 2009, 03:52 PM
Who makes the best custom gaming rig and how much would it cost?

You're not ready for one yet, sport.

hatehereyes
May 6, 2009, 04:01 PM
Who makes the best custom gaming rig and how much would it cost?

Only you can make it "custom"
and the cost is up to you.

You need more knowledge about computers before you can build your own.

fireshot91
May 6, 2009, 04:29 PM
In reality, the best one would cost well over $10,000 (U.S, but it doesn't matter anyways.)

Consultant
May 6, 2009, 04:48 PM
In reality, the best one would cost well over $10,000 (U.S, but it doesn't matter anyways.)

Not really. At this time top of the line at this time is around $6000 without shopping around and without display, but much better deals can be had. If you spend 10k, maybe ther performance is a few percent more, unless you spend money into over clocking and cooling.

Case: $100 (depends on what you want)
Mobo: $500
Processor: Quad extreme, say $2000 (unlikey to cost that much)
RAM: $500
3x GPU: $600 *3
Power Supply $300
RAID card: $300 (hum will this even fit with the 3x GPU?)
Harddrives: 2 x $200 (say fast 10k or 15k disks) or SSD.
Fast SSD would cost a lot more.

If building a quietcomputer then need more money.

BTW, price is dropping all the time. What I spent close to 2k last fall is worth less than 1k after 3 seasons.

No1451
May 7, 2009, 12:05 PM
Who makes the best custom gaming rig and how much would it cost?

In terms of looks and workmanship? MurderBox is my vote. As for cost: more than you can afford.

MattZani
May 7, 2009, 06:20 PM
check out voodoo pc's

nayr
May 7, 2009, 07:21 PM
Once again like others have said, no one makes the best gaming rig other than yourself. Voodoo and other websites charge a tun for hardware that if your price out individually is A LOT cheaper. But that's just my opinion, I've been building mine for the last 10 years.

Michaelgtrusa
May 7, 2009, 07:34 PM
I've been into computers for more than 30 years! I just wanted opinions. I clearly got a lot more than that.

No1451
May 7, 2009, 07:40 PM
I've been into computers for more than 30 years! I just wanted opinions. I clearly got a lot more than that.

Mine was just an opinion:), I can't see anything that has a nicer fit and finish than MurderBox, plus they will do custom work no problem!

http://www.murderbox.com/uploads/12.mb.009.1106.jpg

erikistired
May 7, 2009, 08:45 PM
I've been into computers for more than 30 years! I just wanted opinions. I clearly got a lot more than that.

i'm a big fan of voodoo pc's work, and falcon northwest's work. i build my own gaming machines tho, because i'm not rich enough to afford their work.

kastenbrust
May 7, 2009, 08:56 PM
Not really. At this time top of the line at this time is around $6000 without shopping around and without display, but much better deals can be had. If you spend 10k, maybe ther performance is a few percent more, unless you spend money into over clocking and cooling.

Case: $100 (depends on what you want)
Mobo: $500
Processor: Quad extreme, say $2000 (unlikey to cost that much)
RAM: $500
3x GPU: $600 *3
Power Supply $300
RAID card: $300 (hum will this even fit with the 3x GPU?)
Harddrives: 2 x $200 (say fast 10k or 15k disks) or SSD.
Fast SSD would cost a lot more.

If building a quietcomputer then need more money.

BTW, price is dropping all the time. What I spent close to 2k last fall is worth less than 1k after 3 seasons.

He asked who makes the BEST not who makes an average gaming rig. You wont get the BEST case like a 'cooler master cosmos s' for $100, you might get an average case though. You wont get even average SSD hard drives for $200. How about water cooling? forgot that, your only real stats are the mobo and processor costs. Btw your PSU costs are way high, unless your running a space shuttle.

No1451
May 8, 2009, 10:56 AM
He asked who makes the BEST not who makes an average gaming rig. You wont get the BEST case like a 'cooler master cosmos s' for $100, you might get an average case though. You wont get even average SSD hard drives for $200. How about water cooling? forgot that, your only real stats are the mobo and processor costs. Btw your PSU costs are way high, unless your running a space shuttle.

Not really, a 1kW Silverstone, enermax or Corsair all clock in at the ~$300 area.

iMpathetic
May 8, 2009, 10:58 AM
My PSU's MSRP was like $350.

diemos
May 8, 2009, 01:08 PM
Awesome set up guys, i'll try to post mine when I get home.

iMpathetic
May 8, 2009, 01:14 PM
Picked up some fun new hardware the other day.

Dell Precision 650

-- Dual 3.06GHz Intel Xeons, with hyperthreading (Four threads. So, like 3 cores. :D)
-- 3GB RAM
-- Dual 80GB HDDs in RAID 0
-- Like, the first nVidia quadro ever. Will be replaced with X1950 XTX soon.

IBM xSeries 335 1U Rackmount Server

-- Dual 2.8GHz Intel Xeons with hyperthreading
-- 2.5GB RAM
-- Dual 40GB HDDs in RAID 1

w00t!

I may make the Precision my main computer. It has the advantage of being nearly silent. I can also sell the big rig and the server and buy a MacBook and new bike! :D:D:D

BTW, how much might a server like that sell for?

dmmcintyre3
May 8, 2009, 01:37 PM
BTW, how much might a server like that sell for?

check the marketplace for AN answer

iMpathetic
May 8, 2009, 01:45 PM
check the marketplace for AN answer

I was asking here 'cause that's where all the PC-knowledgeable people hang out. :)

I know the Marketplace exists, I've bought several things here.

dmmcintyre3
May 10, 2009, 01:00 PM
Picked up some fun new hardware the other day.

Dell Precision 650

-- Dual 3.06GHz Intel Xeons, with hyperthreading (Four threads. So, like 3 cores. :D)
-- 3GB RAM
-- Dual 80GB HDDs in RAID 0
-- Like, the first nVidia quadro ever. Will be replaced with X1950 XTX soon.

IBM xSeries 335 1U Rackmount Server

-- Dual 2.8GHz Intel Xeons with hyperthreading
-- 2.5GB RAM
-- Dual 40GB HDDs in RAID 1

I don't think you built them yourself!

iMpathetic
May 10, 2009, 06:05 PM
I don't think you built them yourself!

Good show, Holmes!

No, I didn't, but this is a PC thread and I felt like mentioning it. Sue me.

BTW guys, I spray-painted the Precision day-glo orange. :D

dmmcintyre3
May 11, 2009, 06:27 PM
Good show, Holmes!

No, I didn't, but this is a PC thread and I felt like mentioning it. Sue me.

BTW guys, I spray-painted the Precision day-glo orange. :D

Pics?

iMpathetic
May 11, 2009, 06:45 PM
Pics?

Just a minute, my little sister is on the SD-equipped laptop at the moment. Not done yet, only did the front.

dmmcintyre3
May 14, 2009, 01:40 PM
Just a minute, my little sister is on the SD-equipped laptop at the moment. Not done yet, only did the front.

Where are they?

Michaelgtrusa
May 15, 2009, 12:32 AM
It seems that Voodoo discontinued the omen gaming rig.

iMpathetic
May 15, 2009, 05:49 PM
Where are they?

Oh, sorry, forgot.

No1451
May 16, 2009, 05:52 PM
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=224656

My buildlog.

It begins, my case is done with the powder coating:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ChuckleBrother/Computer/IMG_2829.jpg

Next job is to sand down and paint my radiator.

SkyBell
May 16, 2009, 05:58 PM
Good show, Holmes!

No, I didn't, but this is a PC thread and I felt like mentioning it. Sue me.



Probably would fit better here then (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=190508)

contoursvt
May 20, 2009, 11:24 PM
My main PC

Antec P180 case with Seasonic 600W PSU
Asus P5WDG2-WS Pro motherboard
Intel Q6600 quad core CPU
8GB DDR2-800
EVGA 8800GT 512MB Vid
16X DVD burner
Adaptec 3960D dual channel U160 SCSI PCI-X controller
147GB 15,000RPM U320 SCSI drive (boot)
36GB 15,000RPM U320 SCSI drive (swap/temp)
2x SATA drives for data and backup
Vista X64 Ultimate





http://powerthings.com/pics/p180/outside1.jpg

http://powerthings.com/pics/p180/outside2.jpg

http://powerthings.com/pics/p180/inside3.jpg

dmmcintyre3
May 21, 2009, 12:11 AM
My main PC

Antec P180 case with Seasonic 600W PSU
Asus P5WDG2-WS Pro motherboard
Intel Q6600 quad core CPU
8GB DDR2-800
EVGA 8800GT 512MB Vid
16X DVD burner
Adaptec 3960D dual channel U160 SCSI PCI-X controller
147GB 15,000RPM U320 SCSI drive (boot)
36GB 15,000RPM U320 SCSI drive (swap/temp)
2x SATA drives for data and backup
Vista X64 Ultimate





http://powerthings.com/pics/p180/outside1.jpg

http://powerthings.com/pics/p180/outside2.jpg

http://powerthings.com/pics/p180/inside3.jpg

Nice. What clock speed is the processor?

contoursvt
May 21, 2009, 12:23 AM
Thanks. The CPU is at stock clock so 2.4Ghz.

Nice. What clock speed is the processor?

adamvk
May 21, 2009, 07:41 AM
My main PC

Antec P180 case with Seasonic 600W PSU
Asus P5WDG2-WS Pro motherboard
Intel Q6600 quad core CPU
8GB DDR2-800
EVGA 8800GT 512MB Vid
16X DVD burner
Adaptec 3960D dual channel U160 SCSI PCI-X controller
147GB 15,000RPM U320 SCSI drive (boot)
36GB 15,000RPM U320 SCSI drive (swap/temp)
2x SATA drives for data and backup
Vista X64 Ultimate



Very nice cable management BTW.

contoursvt
May 21, 2009, 09:50 PM
Thank you, I try :) Would have been a little neater if my burners were SATA and not IDE but they work well and so no need to change them.

Very nice cable management BTW.

lancestraz
May 21, 2009, 11:00 PM
and the dish ran away with the spoon
Nice poster. :D

contoursvt
May 21, 2009, 11:43 PM
LOL you like it? Its actually part of the wallpaper. The room was a kids room when I picked up the house and I left it that way and made it my office. Its not good to be too serious so when I have too much stress, I just look at the wallpaper :)

Nice poster. :D

J the Ninja
May 22, 2009, 03:22 AM
Cleaned my rig up tonight, after being inspired by this thread. Cable managed it, fixed some questionable accent lighting decisions, returned the unlit PWM fan to the CPU heatsink, and redid the thermal paste.

Specs are in my sig

This pic was with the flash, exposing how hopeless trying to cable manage this box is:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v346/Omega_Pirate2/HPIM1218.jpg


A shot of how it really looks in person (well, kind of. I pulled it out from between the shelves to take the pics.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v346/Omega_Pirate2/HPIM1221.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v346/Omega_Pirate2/HPIM1222.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v346/Omega_Pirate2/HPIM1223.jpg

iMpathetic
May 22, 2009, 06:56 AM
Thank you, I try :) Would have been a little neater if my burners were SATA and not IDE but they work well and so no need to change them.

Gotta love those cases -- so many things for cables to hide behind!

dmmcintyre3
May 23, 2009, 07:59 PM
Gotta love those cases -- so many things for cables to hide behind!

It is still messier than my brother's PC.

adamvk
May 23, 2009, 08:02 PM
Gotta love those cases -- so many things for cables to hide behind!

My Coolermaster Cosmos computer had tons of spaces to hide wires behind but I was too lazy to use them, so my cable management sucked. :(

iMpathetic
May 25, 2009, 12:37 PM
It is still messier than my brother's PC.

Pics or it didn't happen.

Chrispy
Jul 31, 2009, 01:13 PM
Core i7 920 / 9800GT / 12GB / 2x500GB Western Digital RE3 in RAID 0 / 750GB Western Digital Caviar Black / AuzenTech AZT-FORTE X-Fi / Windows 7 RC1 64-bit

http://i845.photobucket.com/albums/ab16/cphadley/All-1.jpg

http://i845.photobucket.com/albums/ab16/cphadley/Front-1.jpg

http://i845.photobucket.com/albums/ab16/cphadley/Side-1.jpg

http://i845.photobucket.com/albums/ab16/cphadley/SideClose-1.jpg

http://i845.photobucket.com/albums/ab16/cphadley/Back-1.jpg

http://i845.photobucket.com/albums/ab16/cphadley/Keyboard-1.jpg

http://i845.photobucket.com/albums/ab16/cphadley/SideOpen-1.jpg

http://i845.photobucket.com/albums/ab16/cphadley/CPUfan-1.jpg

Eidorian
Jul 31, 2009, 01:29 PM
I'm still a bigger fan of the P Series Chrispy.

richard.mac
Jul 31, 2009, 01:33 PM
is that the Noctua U12P? how is it? did you use the included thermal?

dmmcintyre3
Jul 31, 2009, 01:47 PM
Core i7 920 / 9800GT / 12GB / 2x500GB Western Digital RE3 in RAID 0 / 750GB Western Digital Caviar Black / AuzenTech AZT-FORTE X-Fi / Windows 7 RC1 64-bit
http://i845.photobucket.com/albums/ab16/cphadley/Keyboard-1.jpg

Love that keyboard.

Where is iMpathetic? He has been online but not posted in a while

Eidorian
Jul 31, 2009, 01:49 PM
Love that keyboard.

Where is iMpathetic? He has been online but not posted in a whilehttp://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/keyboards/keyboard/devices/4740&cl=us,en

Chrispy
Jul 31, 2009, 01:58 PM
I'm still a bigger fan of the P Series Chrispy.

Yeah, the P Series (I had a 180 and then a 182) felt more organized. Had to go through a bit of work to get things how I wanted in the 1200. Now that it is put together is nice and sturdy tho. Gotta love those big ass Antec cases ;)

is that the Noctua U12P? how is it? did you use the included thermal?

It is indeed the Noctua NH-U12P. I used Antec Silver 5 in place of the included paste. The included stuff may have been fine but I trust the Antec Silver. Also, I only have one of the two fans installed and it cools just fine. Installation was a bit confusing and the directions could definitely have been better but overall it wasn't too bad.

Love that keyboard.

Eidorian hit it right on the money with the link :)

Eidorian
Jul 31, 2009, 02:00 PM
Here's (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112154) my next case after the P180 mini. I'm going to use the 180 for a HTPC.

Eidorian hit it right on the money with the link :)I know these things.

Zaap
Aug 1, 2009, 12:11 AM
I sometimes like building custom PCs in oddball 'cases'.

Not too long ago, I built an Atom 330 PC in the motherboard box:

http://www.wareview.com/images/hackinstein04.jpg

http://www.wareview.com/images/hackinstein05.jpg

http://www.wareview.com/images/hackinstein06.jpg


Then I moved everything to a $5 straw basket for a kitchen PC:

http://www.wareview.com/images/basketcase01.jpg

It sat atop the freezer- literally the coolest spot in the house- so no wiring showed. I had a 4-port USB hub that luckily fit perfectly into the basket handle for the 'front panel' ports. And check the nifty 'external/internal' DVD burner. I recently rebuilt with a more conventional case since I had one on order, but I really liked the "Basket Case" while it lasted.

http://www.wareview.com/images/basketcase02.jpg

bc008
Aug 1, 2009, 11:30 AM
Then I moved everything to a $5 straw basket for a kitchen PC:
http://www.wareview.com/images/basketcase01.jpg


You should buy another basket and put it upside down on top, or cut off the sides to make it fit, but I think the first option would be easier :)

smogsy
Aug 1, 2009, 01:45 PM
i7 @ 3.6 Ghz
6GB DDR3 1333mhz
280GTX SSOC SLI
ASUS Palm OC
2 Bluray DVDRW
300GB Raptor
640GB Cavair
1000W Cosair
30" Samsung XL30
24" HP 2475w
40" Samsung

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd267/smogsy/computers/STA40339.jpg

http://appgecko.com/pics/30inch/DSC_1642.jpg

Zaap
Aug 1, 2009, 02:51 PM
Smogsy, is that your house, not an apt?

Because so much glaring non-hidden wiring in that room is just a crime against all that's holy! :D

Maybe spend a few dimes to put the wiring behind the wall, or hire a pro to do it? At the very least a some cable tracks, and thinner cables.

Haha, visible wiring is just a real pet peeve of mine.

Also another nitpick, but I'd seriously consider losing that large picture frame and mounting the TV up there (properly)- the two things fight each other for dominance.

Zaap
Aug 1, 2009, 02:55 PM
You should buy another basket and put it upside down on top, or cut off the sides to make it fit, but I think the first option would be easier :)
Well the basket PC was pretty much just a joke to entertain my wife with before I put it in a real case. (Plus she wanted her basket back!) But it actually worked pretty well. I had to stand on a step ladder to take the above shot on top of the fridge- it was impossible to see over the top of the basket from normal human-height, so no top was really needed.

smogsy
Aug 1, 2009, 03:57 PM
no point zaap im getting a new rig soon :)

DoFoT9
Aug 1, 2009, 04:20 PM
no point zaap im getting a new rig soon :)

Lol seriously? It basically is brand new lol! You should have gotten some faster ram though :) 2000mhz or higher looks really nice hehehe. Very jealous though wish I had the money..

fireshot91
Aug 1, 2009, 05:09 PM
Did you take any wires out of the Power Supply?

I helped my cousin build his i7 rig, two weeks ago, and he got a Corsair 750watt Powersupply. All the wires coming out looked like it could power an airplane!
It took two hard drive bays to keep the wires (The ones that weren't plugged into anything!). All he had was a BluRay drive, a DVD drive, 1 Graphics card (PCIe), and one hard drive.
He had a Antec 900 I think the case was.

DoFoT9
Aug 1, 2009, 05:18 PM
Did you take any wires out of the Power Supply?

I helped my cousin build his i7 rig, two weeks ago, and he got a Corsair 750watt Powersupply. All the wires coming out looked like it could power an airplane!
It took two hard drive bays to keep the wires (The ones that weren't plugged into anything!). All he had was a BluRay drive, a DVD drive, 1 Graphics card (PCIe), and one hard drive.
He had a Antec 900 I think the case was.

i dont think he needed a 750 PSU if he only has those ;)

smogsy
Aug 1, 2009, 06:57 PM
Lol seriously? It basically is brand new lol! You should have gotten some faster ram though :) 2000mhz or higher looks really nice hehehe. Very jealous though wish I had the money..

Getting a MP (keeping the i7 for browsing the net)

Did you take any wires out of the Power Supply?


there all rerouted behind the mobo tray :)

DoFoT9
Aug 1, 2009, 07:16 PM
Getting a MP (keeping the i7 for browsing the net)

browsing the net!!! :confused::confused: :eek: i use my original iMac G3 for browsing the net lol!!

that machine is a pretty good powerhouse, how i would love to use that for my video editing haha *drool*.

fireshot91
Aug 1, 2009, 08:17 PM
i dont think he needed a 750 PSU if he only has those ;)

I told him to get a 550w, but MicroCenter people said that the recommended for a i7 was a 750.
Better safe than sorry.

DoFoT9
Aug 1, 2009, 08:57 PM
I told him to get a 550w, but MicroCenter people said that the recommended for a i7 was a 750.
Better safe than sorry.

130W for CPU, 200-300W for GPU, 50W for BR Drive.. eh they just want more money i guess..

fireshot91
Aug 1, 2009, 09:02 PM
130W for CPU, 200-300W for GPU, 50W for BR Drive.. eh they just want more money i guess..

Motherboard, Hard drive, other DVD drive, expansion later on, fans?


130+250+100 (DVD drives)= 480. Add in hard drives, motherboard, and fans, that's gotta be more than 550.

Heck, my Core2Duo that takes 60W power for the processor needs more power than 500w. All I have in there is two hard drives, One PCIe GPU, two DVD drives, and 3 fans (one case fan, one rear fan, and one CPU fan). Oh and a wireless card.

DoFoT9
Aug 1, 2009, 10:01 PM
Motherboard, Hard drive, other DVD drive, expansion later on, fans?


130+250+100 (DVD drives)= 480. Add in hard drives, motherboard, and fans, that's gotta be more than 550.

yea maybe... for expansion its a good point, but the DVD drives consume hardly anything, its only on startup and while burning do they use heaps of power. the GPU is idling at what, maybe 100W? 150W? CPU is the same.. motherboard? 5W? lol

Heck, my Core2Duo that takes 60W power for the processor needs more power than 500w. All I have in there is two hard drives, One PCIe GPU, two DVD drives, and 3 fans (one case fan, one rear fan, and one CPU fan). Oh and a wireless card.

i have a 500W PSU on my C2D, its OC'd and everything. 2 DVD drives, 3 HDDs, GPU, firewire card etc. it works fine and only consumes around 300W under load. so i donno...

MacHappytjg
Aug 1, 2009, 10:20 PM
Gah i totally forgot about this thread, it started around the time i was making my budget pc, i remember impathetic telling me about the computer with the 1000w psu which i assume he sold (month or 2 ago), anywhos i shall post some pics tommrow!,

richard.mac
Aug 2, 2009, 08:42 PM
It is indeed the Noctua NH-U12P. I used Antec Silver 5 in place of the included paste. The included stuff may have been fine but I trust the Antec Silver. Also, I only have one of the two fans installed and it cools just fine. Installation was a bit confusing and the directions could definitely have been better but overall it wasn't too bad.

thanks! im researching a new build and was originally going to buy a Zalman 9700 but found out the Noctua-U12 is a lot quiter ata similar price and almost on par with the Thermalright! im just going to use the included Noctua paste its not as good as Silver 5 but its included.

Chrispy
Aug 3, 2009, 09:19 AM
thanks! im researching a new build and was originally going to buy a Zalman 9700 but found out the Noctua-U12 is a lot quiter ata similar price and almost on par with the Thermalright! im just going to use the included Noctua paste its not as good as Silver 5 but its included.

Happy to help :) I have been very happy with the Noctua. Even with only the one fan installed it keep the CPU nice and cool. Between the other 6 fans in the case (with the top one being a 200mm beast) the internal case temp has never gone above 30 Celsius.

digitalnicotine
Aug 5, 2009, 10:43 PM
Coolermaster Haf 922 case
Power PC & Cooling Silencer 910 W
EVGA GTX 285 (will prolly get another for SLI soon)
Western Digital 1 TB HD
Plextor BD Drive
Intel Core i7 920 2.66 ghz
12 GB OCZ Gold DDR3 1600 (2gig x 6)
EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard

Added 2 intake fans on the side panel (red LED to match the front/top that came with case)

Also seen:
Logitech G19 keyboard
Logitech MX 518 mouse
Asus EEE 1000HE
M Audio studiophile Dx4's
WD external USB HD
Dell 2408WFP monitor

This was by far my easiest builds. I have Win 7 RC installed. Any recommendations for a good gaming headset? Thanks in advance.

DoFoT9
Aug 5, 2009, 10:45 PM
^^ :( no pictures??

oh there they are!

digitalnicotine
Aug 5, 2009, 10:49 PM
^^ :( no pictures??

oh there they are!

Heh, sorry I messed up at first. :)

Beric
Aug 11, 2009, 11:51 AM
Well, I didn't build my rig myself, but I got it cheaper than if I had.

I'm on vacation, or I'd include pics.

Cooler Master HAF 922, with at least 8 fans (all 60 CFM and up)
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R
Intel Core i7 920 D0 2.66 Ghz, overclocked to 4.0 Ghz.
MSI GTX 260, factory overclocked
6GB Patriot DDR3 1333 Mhz RAM
Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme
Corsair 750W PSU
WD 640GB 7200RPM HDD
BENQ G2400WD 24" 1920x1200 monitor
Logitech G5 mouse/keyboard
Win7 RC1

Eidorian
Aug 11, 2009, 11:52 AM
Well, I didn't build my rig myself, but I got it cheaper than if I had.

I'm on vacation, or I'd include pics.

Cooler Master HAF 922, with at least 8 fans (all 60 CFM and up)
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R
Intel Core i7 920 D0 2.66 Ghz, overclocked to 4.0 Ghz.
MSI GTX 260, factory overclocked
6GB Patriot DDR3 1333 Mhz RAM
Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme
Corsair 750W PSU
WD 640GB 7200RPM HDD
BENQ G2400WD 24" 1920x1200 monitor
Logitech G5 mouse/keyboard
Win7 RC1Does it fly with all of those fans? :D

nickarmadillo
Aug 11, 2009, 05:58 PM
Currently thinking about doing my first ever PC build. Hopefully there will be some solid price drops soon.

GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3 Motherboard
Amd Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Black Edition (hopefully OC to 3.6 and unlock 4th core)
XFX Radeon HD 4890 1GB
OCZ 4 GB DDR2 1066 MHz PC2-8500
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA II 3.0 Gb/s
SAMSUNG SATA 22X DVD Burner
Antec Nine Hundred
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W
Scythe 120mm case fan

Beric
Aug 12, 2009, 12:15 AM
Does it fly with all of those fans? :D

Unfortunately not. ;) Idle temps are 45C, and load is 70C, though of course some apps can really stress it. I actually though I was only gonna get a C0, which does not overclock as well, and was shocked when I downloaded CPUZ and realized I had a D0. Overclocking was a cinch, even for a wanna-be geek like me, and I'm sure I could go much higher.

Real happy with my rig though, and Windows 7 as well. I even find myself using Boot Camp (with the Win7 RC) on my Macbook a lot more these days. Got the full version of Win7 pre-ordered.

My rig is really a fix for the fact that my first machine I bought was a Macbook, since all I ever knew was Macs. However, I really got my Mac to play games, and good luck with that on a GMA 950. :( Now I use my Macbook for work and my PC for games. Kinda nice to be able to play anything I own on "very high" (I don't play many FPS's, though).

dmmcintyre3
Oct 9, 2009, 02:11 PM
Currently thinking about doing my first ever PC build. Hopefully there will be some solid price drops soon.

GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3 Motherboard
Amd Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Black Edition (hopefully OC to 3.6 and unlock 4th core)
XFX Radeon HD 4890 1GB
OCZ 4 GB DDR2 1066 MHz PC2-8500
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA II 3.0 Gb/s
SAMSUNG SATA 22X DVD Burner
Antec Nine Hundred
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W
Scythe 120mm case fan

You done it yet or are you still thinking about it?

macgeek18
Oct 9, 2009, 04:11 PM
it's kind of sad.Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz.,2GB DDR2 RAM,160GB Seagate HD,500GB WD HD DVD/CD/burner/writer,.Win xp Pro.Fast computer,replaced by 7 year old PPC G4 Power Mac G4.lol:D That is SAD!lol poor pc,It hopefully will go to a good home soon,trying to trade it for a Mac Mini lol.

DoFoT9
Oct 9, 2009, 05:09 PM
thanks! im researching a new build and was originally going to buy a Zalman 9700 but found out the Noctua-U12 is a lot quiter ata similar price and almost on par with the Thermalright! im just going to use the included Noctua paste its not as good as Silver 5 but its included.

hurry up and post pictures!!! i know you have the build there somewhere!!

dmmcintyre3
Oct 20, 2009, 12:52 AM
it's kind of sad.Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz.,2GB DDR2 RAM,160GB Seagate HD,500GB WD HD DVD/CD/burner/writer,.Win xp Pro.Fast computer,replaced by 7 year old PPC G4 Power Mac G4.lol:D That is SAD!lol poor pc,It hopefully will go to a good home soon,trying to trade it for a Mac Mini lol.
You should hackintosh it

richard.mac
Oct 20, 2009, 07:47 AM
hurry up and post pictures!!! i know you have the build there somewhere!!

lol i will when its finished! waiting on my video card and was never going to be able to get all the other parts in one purchase in my city.

DoFoT9
Oct 20, 2009, 05:13 PM
lol i will when its finished! waiting on my video card and was never going to be able to get all the other parts in one purchase in my city.

damn straight you will!!!!

the pictures better not be with your E63 ;) hahaha

*waits*

Quad SLi 295
Apr 17, 2010, 05:21 AM
I commented on my pc in this thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=9645696#post9645696) relating to my first impressions of an imac. but here are the official specs It's not a mac (deal with it.) System runs a genuine copy of 64bit-Windows 7 Ultimate, (Thank you Windows 7 house party promotion. Note: no party was actually held but I got all the gear;).

Specs:
-Gigabyte GA-EX58 Extreme
-Intel Core i7-920, @ 3.2GHz on stock cooler (reduced from 3.4 to keep electrical loading down)
-6GB G-Skill DDR3 1600,
-2 x Palit GTX 295's @ 640MHz-core, 2100MHz-memory, 1300MHz-Shader.
-Gigabyte ODIN GT 800W PSU Just hanging on, and most of the time not :( graphics loading is over 800W:eek: (35A x 12V = 420W each because of the overclock :mad:)
-LG BluRay combo drive internal
-2x1TB Seagate 7200 drives
-2x Silverstone 80mm fans rear, 2x Thermaltake 92mm fans front
-All boxed up in a SilverStone LC-17 HTPC case.
-LG DVD burner external, mounted between the monitors fore easy access
-WD 1TB External HDD
-Old school A4-Tech infra red wireless ball mouse (the style you need to point at the receiver,) and an LG Wireless keyboard


http://i700.photobucket.com/albums/ww5/manitoublack/Cable_management.jpg

Monitors
ex-DSTO, Dual Silicone Graphics WDM-90W11, WUXGA 24" wide screen monitors. I'll take these over any LCD any day of the week :)
Note: they do weigh 35kg each [sm-cry]

Other:
-Yamaha RX-1200 AV reciever
-Pioneer Laserdisc player (for the large collection of laserdiscs stored underneath the desk)
-Pioneer SACD/DVD-A player, with Yamaha AC-3 converter box for Digital sound
-NAD Audio Cassette player
-Sony MZ-NH1 MD player
-Denon CD player
-Energy Connoisseur C7 Speakers
-Sega Dream cast (only thing not connected.)
-AudioTechnica ATH-AD700 head phones, fore when the neighbors are home

http://i39.tinypic.com/4h2hwm.jpg
The blueshift in the photo is a camera artifact on the screens, they were actually been colour corrected prior to this photograph.

Cheers
Jordan

Note: a new case is being sourced, but I'll miss the HTPC case. And o Keri and innominato5090 I'm right handed, but due to this setup I learned to use the mouse with my left hand. Strange world...

mattcube64
Apr 23, 2010, 04:58 AM
... but I just got my new desktop in the mail this morning, and I wanna show off! :p

Alienware Aurora
Core i7 920, liquid cooled
ATI 5870
6GBs of TC DDR3

... installed Crysis, Bad Company 2, and TF2 already, and have gotten, at max settings and max AA, an average of 30FPS, 60FPS, and 200+ FPS respectively, at 1920x1200. I'm a pretty happy camper.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4064/4545543764_db55b90d33_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4061/4545545878_02d62d726e_b.jpg

.... I know they're crappy pics, but it's late and I have no light to work with :( Gimmie a couple days and I'll throw some nice ones up :)

DoFoT9
Apr 23, 2010, 05:12 PM
nice matt!! ^^ very nice :D

iMpathetic
Apr 23, 2010, 08:48 PM
New setup! (I might have to sell this due to a summer Davidson College thing I'm doing :( but if I do at least I get a kickass gaming laptop.)

-- Specs of computer in sig
-- 20" HP LCD, WSXGA+
-- 36" Sharp LCD TV, 720p. Used for iTunes. Literally. That's just where my iTunes window goes.
-- Logitech z680 speakers (an attic find xDD)

http://hphotos-sjc1.fbcdn.net/hs073.snc3/14121_1295367383046_1196175171_30686238_7648339_n.jpg

mattcube64
Apr 23, 2010, 11:26 PM
Alright, got everything hooked up to about the way I want it. Need to do some cable management.... but it's kind of pointless since I'll be heading back home for the summer in a couple weeks.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4057/4547353620_5fc4c3f3ba_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4034/4546720735_1ce39877c0_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4056/4547354694_2aac89e450_b.jpg

Absolutely LOVING the performance! Every single game I've thrown at it has been running buttery smooth at max settings. Other than Crysis and GTAIV, I have yet to find a game to drop much below 60fps. Most run much, much higher.

I know it's not "really" custom, so forgive me, please. :p

iMpathetic
Apr 24, 2010, 09:29 AM
Alright, got everything hooked up to about the way I want it. Need to do some cable management.... but it's kind of pointless since I'll be heading back home for the summer in a couple weeks.

Absolutely LOVING the performance! Every single game I've thrown at it has been running buttery smooth at max settings. Other than Crysis and GTAIV, I have yet to find a game to drop much below 60fps. Most run much, much higher.

I know it's not "really" custom, so forgive me, please. :p

I love the looks of your setup, but one question: why the Alienware instead of a custom build? Not trying to hate, just wondering. :)

BeamWalker
Apr 24, 2010, 10:00 AM
BlackIce GTX meets Nanoxia

http://www.abload.de/img/nano0lsb.jpg (http://www.abload.de/image.php?img=nano0lsb.jpg)

filling it up

http://www.abload.de/img/dscf21271vig.jpg (http://www.abload.de/image.php?img=dscf21271vig.jpg)

running fine

http://www.abload.de/img/color-keyovepw27.jpg (http://www.abload.de/image.php?img=color-keyovepw27.jpg)

Pics are actually from 2008 but I thought I share them with you guys :).

mattcube64
Apr 24, 2010, 12:02 PM
I love the looks of your setup, but one question: why the Alienware instead of a custom build? Not trying to hate, just wondering. :)

Got one heck of a deal on it. Was a factory refurb from dell. They lowered the price even further. Then they had 25% off for a couple days; plus free shipping. Came out to $946/shipped. Can't even do that well with a custom build, and I knew it... so I snagged it up! ;)

iMpathetic
Apr 24, 2010, 01:58 PM
Got one heck of a deal on it. Was a factory refurb from dell. They lowered the price even further. Then they had 25% off for a couple days; plus free shipping. Came out to $946/shipped. Can't even do that well with a custom build, and I knew it... so I snagged it up! ;)

Jeeeeeessssuuussss. Wow. Congrats! :eek:

CrAkD
Apr 24, 2010, 02:09 PM
Gigabyte UD4P MOBO
i7 920
6gb DDR3 1600
2x 640gb WD Caviar Black
LG 22x DVD-RW
Corsair 750w PSU (OCZ PSU was Dead in a day. Replaced it with a Corsair. Smooth sailing ever since. )
Cooler Master CPU Cooler
Antec Black/Red LED Case

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r159/yourcrakd/phone001.jpg
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r159/yourcrakd/phone006.jpg
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r159/yourcrakd/phone011.jpg
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r159/yourcrakd/phone012.jpg
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r159/yourcrakd/IMG_1834.jpg