Built myself a new computer.

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by donyms, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. donyms

    donyms New Member

    I don't know if there are any other computer enthusiast on here but I figured i have to brag to someone so here goes. I built a new desktop tower for my use in my business and personal fun as well. This is something I have been planning to do for the past 3 years but my truck projects seemed to take all my time and money. Now I finely have the dream computer I have been wanting for a while. It is as follows:
    Cooler Master CM Storm Trooper Full ATX case.
    Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Motherboard.
    AMD FX 8350 Eight Core 4 GHz Processor.
    2 OCZ Vertex 3 240 Gig SSDs ran in Raid 0
    OCZ ZX Series 1250 watt 80+ Gold certified Power Supply
    Sound Blaster Recon 3D Fatal1ty Sound card
    XFX R7870 with 2 Gig DDR 5 Video Card
    Western Digital 1 TB Black series Storage Drive
    Thermaltake Water 2.0 Water cooling
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

    Below are some test I have run so far and it is looking good. :great:
    My Desktop:
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    Window's Experience Index Score: 7.9 is the highest you can get.
    Don's new computer 017.jpg
  2. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

    Can it tell me the Winning PowerBall numbers? If so.. I'll Take it!!!!! J/k Looks good...
  3. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia New Member

    I like it, but its a little slow for me :)

    My current desktop (the important parts):

    • Intel Q6600
    • Asus Striker Extreme
    • 8GB DDR2
    • 2x ATI 4870's 2gb DDR3 each
    • USB 3.0 add on card
    • Dual Gigabit ethernet
    • 3x Dell 2408WPF 24inch LCD monitors

    (Keep in mind, I built that system back in 2006)

    6 months ago I decided I needed a laptop for Photoshop, Video editing, etc that I can take on the road and be able to run SQL server, so the laptop I have had since January is:

    • Alienware M17xR4
    • QM3840 8mb cache
    • 32gb DDR3 1600mhz
    • 2x WD 500gb 7200rpm in Raid 0
    • 4 USB 3.0 ports
    • Blu Ray Rom
    • 2x external Pioneer BRXL 128gb blu ray burners in Nexus USB 3.0 enclosures

    I am pricing a new tower right now which will consist of:

    • Asus dual socket 2011 motherboard
    • 2 intel hex core processors with hyperthreading (12 physical cores, 24 cores total)
    • 96gb DDR3
    • 2x AMD 7990's
    • I am going to use my existing case, PSU and hard drives
  4. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    The slowest smartpones can do this ... after each drawing, of course.
  5. McClintoc

    McClintoc Super Moderator

    Yikes! That's quite a rig Don.

    I have been building my own computers (for gaming) since 2000. For a while there I was building a new one every year. I finally slowed down and my current rig is about 3 years old but I haven't felt the need to upgrade.

    AMD quad-core @ 3.4GHZ
    OCZ Vertex 128GB SSD
    8GB DDR3 RAM
    AMD Radeon HD6870 1GB
    HT Omega Striker 7.1 sound card
    WD 750GB Caviar Black and 500GB Caviar Black
    Corsair 750W PSU
  6. SupplySgt

    SupplySgt New Member

    Nice Don! I just bought an older laptop so I could use it for storm chasing. Just finished setting up Ubuntu. I set it up for dual boot since I kept XP professional on there. I'll probably have to boot into XP when I storm chase because I don't think I can get the radar software I want to use to boot on anything other than Windows.
  7. Cheez

    Cheez Member

  8. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    Currently I'm using Windows XP laptop from 2007.
    Gateway M-series
    Intel core 2 duo 1.66GHz
    3GB DDR2 ram
    250GB HDD
    and a blu-ray dvd burner built in (one of the first out there)

    I want to build a good desktop in my old case that has:
    6 80mm fan mounts (4 front, 2 Rear)
    5 3.5in HDD bays
    4 CD-ROM bays
    2 3.5in open bay (used to be floppy)
    room for a standerd 12x9.5 board
    7 open expansion slots.
    can fit any normal power supply.

    I really just don't know what to get to make a good computer.
  9. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia New Member

    What software are you using Sgt? I have Swift WX installed, then I saw the subscription costs and I removed it. Then I saw GRLevel X and that is nice but it only shows 1 radar at a time.
  10. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    Oh no you di-n't. Let the computer trash taking commence.

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    I don't really need all that much power anymore, most of everything that I do is based off website type of work and maybe I need to run some of the Adobe CS stuff (no video rendering) now and again.
  11. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    [MENTION=1]Steve[/MENTION], Nak actually has some fairly ludicrous speed and storage requirements given his photography and editing business. I don't think he meant it as trash talk ... it was just very matter-of-fact.
  12. stchman

    stchman New Member

    I too build my own desktops. I find that in the higher end I get more value.


    Core i7 3770 3.4GHz
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
    Corsair Vengeance 32GB DDR3
    Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3SH
    EVGA GeForce GTX 550Ti 2GB
    OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD
    WD 2TB storage HDD
    20X DVD Burner
    Cooler Master 690 II Advanced USB 3.0 case
    OCZ ZT 650W Power Supply

    I get 7.7 on the Windows 7 system rating.

    I run Ubuntu Linux 99% of the time and have a Windows 7 partition for when I need a Windows only program.
  13. SupplySgt

    SupplySgt New Member

    I use GRLevel3. I also have the Radarscope app on my phone (which is very nice) but computer based is a lot more convenient for a quick glance while I'm mobile. Growing up in Oklahoma I learned a lot about radar signatures so I generally only switch over to velocity to confirm a specific one I'm looking at.
  14. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia New Member

    Trust me, having that 10% extra power for the 100% increase in price is not everyone's cup of tea. But when I am processing 100 folders with 1000 10-20mg Raw files in them with a specific set of actions in photoshop, the number of cores and memory start digging in allow due to "volume" of data, basically how fast do you want it to get done with the least amount of down time.

    Couple that with the fact that the 64bit version of windows 7, 8 and windows server 2003-2012 address more than 4gb of ram and the 64 bit version of photoshop is optimized for that, it comes down to time vs. money.

    And adding to that, that SQL server is one hell of a memory hog...... :)

    Over 1 batch job I am saving many hours of processing time for me to do better things.

    And of course the machines will surf the web, run office, etc..... but that is not the intention.

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    Not trying to bash.... When I start a batch job in Photoshop on 100 folders with 1000 raw files in it, and I come back an hour later to find that there was a memory issue or the batch job is hung and I have to start over, it costs me allot of money.

    I know the wrong way to fix the problem is to throw more hardware at it, but hey, I can't control the crap that these software companies put out, so the simplest way to fix the problem is give it too much hardware so it run through the process with out stopping.

    When they finally optimize the software, then you get that much more done in the same amount of time. I also look at the hardware investment over the course of its life span.

    You can buy a $500 pc and replace it every year or 2 and it is just enough to get you by. Or you take the initial hit, have hardware that will scream the day you buy it, and 10 years later when that amount of processing power comes to the $500, you reaped the benefits of the speed while it was ahead of the game. and put out about the same amount of money annually for that screaming mad fast hardware that the pc that was getting by did.

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    Just like buying a brand new truck off the lot at the dealer, the minute you drive off, you loose 25% of what you paid, but you bought a certain amount of reliability at the same time, unless you turn it over in the first 3 years.
  15. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 New Member

    not that my wifes and Is laptops are any great shakes, but I used to give my dad crap that my smartphone had more horsepower then his old desktop. (cpu wise) he finally upgraded.

  16. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    On that note my friends phone now has more power than my comp at 1.8GHz, but he has 1/3 the ram so I still win....
  17. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 New Member

    yeah, my dads old desktop had more memory and ram, but i had him in cpu. my galaxy S3 actually has a fair amount of ram. a full gig!

  18. donyms

    donyms New Member

    Slow is not a word to describe my new computer. When you get your new puter built I would like to compare numbers just for fun. Nice to see that I am not the only one that likes computers. :glasses:

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    Nice build, nice truck too. I see I'm not the only one wanting speed............. I wish I could do something to speed up this web site but that is up to Steve. :great:
  19. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia New Member

    The international version of the GS3 has 1gb ram and a Quad Core CPU. The US Version has a dual core CPU and 2gb of ram.

    I bought the US version with 2gb ram, and 32gb internal storage and I have a 64gb MicroSD XCHC card in the slot (96gb) of total storage space....... and unfortunately it is full.

    Sandisk has had 128 and 256gb memory cards and has not released them yet (for about 4 years now).

    It's a shame. I am not at the point where a 256gb micro SDXCHC card would be full on my phone but I am 60% there if I had one now.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2013
  20. McClintoc

    McClintoc Super Moderator

    Anyone else do some serious gaming on their rigs? PC > PS3/XBox :glasses:

    Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm comes out a week from today. Anyone up for some 1v1?

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