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EmoHz
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Why is there no thread for this yet? Should be a sticky!

Here is mine.
Specifications:
OEM Emachines ET1331G-O3W
6GB DDR2 @ 800mhz
AMD Athlon II x2 @ 2.7ghz
Cooler Master 650w PSU
EVGA GTX 570 SC

I am aware of the bottleneck issue here, but im not rich and this gets the job done for now!


Hard drive case must sit outside due to the size of the video card!

Just got this table for $15 on craigslist. It was a steal!

Im still working on my cable management. Trying to find a good usb 2.0 hub to mount onto the desk.


Dell 2.1 system and my APC 1250 Back UPS
I know its not the greatest, but i have plans to get a new case, then mobo and ram. Possibly a new cpu or over clock this one.

Post your own, I cant wait to see others!

EmoHz
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Guess no one else wants to show their setup...

dhlord64
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All you really need is a Quad core CPU now. I would tell you to get a X3 so you could unlock the fourth core but I doubt your motherboard can unlock cores. I got mine for 70 dollars and unlocked the 4th core. Basically bought a 130 dollar X4 CPU for half the price. It's an AMD Athlon II X3 450 3.2 GHz. Great budget processor.

EmoHz
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Yeah, im going to get a 990 board with the AM3 + socket to be ready for bulldozer, then just over clock the cpu i have now until bulldozer comes out.

EmoHz
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BUMP

is no one going to participate? C'mon forum!

dhlord64
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But then I would give away where my secret base was and the enemy would come and get me.

EmoHz
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Haha no one is going to know your address / location unless you live outside...

Allen86
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my 4 year old dell inspiron 530 with giant coffee mug..computer past due for upgrade. Fortunately I bought it right when the Q6600's came out and got the Q6600 despite everyone telling me "Oh you'll never need a quad! you're stupid!". Which the quad is easily the reason this computer has lasted me this long..hopefully going to be building a new system in the coming weeks..

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Q6600 @ 2.4Ghz 4GB DDR2 800Mhz 500GB ATI HD 4850 512mb 22" LCD

EmoHz
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Nice! Did you win the case though? If so im ready to see your build start! Im also on an OEM Emachines, about 4 years old too. Just traded my old xbox and all my games for a gtx570, and another xbox for the bigger screen i have. The smaller screen was given to me

Allen86
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I'm not sure if I won the case yet, it was first come first serve for who got what. I'll probably know within the next couple days, I have my fingers crossed for the case though! haha Already have the power supply and waiting for a good deal on a GPU, I'll be buying the rest of the parts after the 12th of this month..so I'll start the build in about 2-3 weeks.

I'll be posting a thread of my build with the case if I get it, least I could do for such an awesome giveaway prize!

GTX 570 is a beast card, my little 4850 has a stroke everytime I play bf3...poor little guy. My monitor is a 1680x1050 22" Dell, its pretty decent, more than large enough for me. I remember before I had a 17" CRT, when I unboxed this 4 years ago and sat it on my desk..I remember just looking at it and saying "Omg, it's huge!". lol

edit: Turns out I won the case! So give me about 2-3 weeks and I'll make a build log thread featuring it!

EmoHz
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Lol i knew you won the case, but yeah please post up your build. Ive been drooling over that case since it came out. I have a few client builds to do (i dont make much profit) but id say in about a month i should be able to throw some more money towards my pc. Im planning on getting that sabertooth 990 board and sli some 570s if i ever get the money.

Allen86
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Too rich for my blood haha, I'm just throwing together the most basic system I can wrapped around a i5-2500k :P
I'm going to try to get the black phantom if possible, I really wanted the white but my dell tower is white and its impossible to keep clean. I might eventually paint the interior of the phantom white, just because I think it looks nice. Although I wish there was a blue, I'd pick it in a heart beat..never know maybe one day I'll get bored and sand it down ;) heh

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

thinking about getting that board, full featured, usb 3.0, pci-ex 3.0, looks nice black with gold caps. Not sure about asrock though, I know they used to be like the cheaper version of Asus boards but since have went independent from Asus. I might play it safe though and just get a reasonable ASUS p67 or something. However, It's hard not too overlook all those features on the Asrock board at that price...

EmoHz
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Wow, i love the color scheme on that board! Im too cheap for intel, going AMD x6 until the 8 cores come out. Is Pciex 3.0 backward compatible with 2.0? I am not sure when we will start seeing 3.0 cards but i am trying to future proof as best as i can.

Allen86
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3.0 is going to be backwards compatible with the previous 2 generations. So, you can use your 2.0 card in a 3.0 slot with no issues. The AMD 7000 series are planned to release with 3.0 support, which is just around the corner.

EmoHz
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Hmm , im not sure how im going to cope. just got my 570 and ive never had an amd card but ive heard so many bad things. Heat, noise, drivers etc. total turn off

dhlord64
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Well you have heard wrong.. AMD cards are just as good as Nvidia ones, and cheaper too. The drivers are better on the Nvidia side though.

EmoHz
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Proof? Find me two cards that cost the same, and the benches for them.

Allen86
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One thing I can say, I bought my 4850 when they first released and I've literally never had any issues. I think I might have had an issue once and I just reinstalled the drivers as something got corrupted, was probably my fault to begin with. Beforehand, I owned an Nvidia and had nothing but problems from my drivers, constant driver crashes resulting in BSOD's. Some games would only run with certain drivers (was constantly having to uninstall and reinstall drivers when I wanted to play certain games), others would run but have graphical issues, random odd stuff. Granted this was on a Geforce 6200 years ago, but today I don't let that tarnish my view of Nvidia. They make great cards, as does AMD.

As for the cards themselves, its basically what features they have. When buying a card, you should look more toward the features they provide and what you're going to be using them for rather than the age old Nvidia VS ATI/AMD stuff. (Physx, Cuda, 3dvision, eyefinity, AMD Stream, etc etc)

ATI (now AMD) cards haven't had driver issues in years, it seems when they did have driver issues, that reputation has seemed to linger on with no help from the Nvidia customers :P Go on any forum, anywhere, Nvidia users have just as many problems as AMD users, however most cases are a result of user error which the cards or drivers can't be blamed for.

Personally, I go for whatever has the best bang for buck at the time I'm purchasing. If I were buying a 2GB card, I'd buy a AMD 6950, if I were buying a 1GB card I'd buy the GTX 560 ti at the moment.

EmoHz
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Yeah the 6950 is a great card, but when i do run sli i will probably be getting another card just for physx. The newer cards are what ive been talking about driver wise and heat problems.

Allen86
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All the cards at the moment to my knowledge run very cool and have lots of overclock headroom.

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Here's my setup:
Core i7 960 OC'd @ 4.1GHz
12GB DDR3 1600 OC'd @ 1866MHz 8-8-8-24
2x 7200rpm Sata 6 GB/s 500GB in Raid 0
2x Nvidia 560Ti 2GB OC'd @ 1.0GHz
1000 Watt PSU
3x 27" LED Acer Displays

On the Right is an Acer Laptop with:
Phenom II x4
8GB DDR3 6850m GPU
2x 7200rpm HDD's in Raid 0
Companied with 2x 24" Acer LCD Monitors

Behind the desk, is a server with:
AMD Phenom II X6 OC'd @ 4.0Ghz
16GB Corsair Dominator RAM @ 1600 8-8-8-24
2x Sata 6GB/s 500GB in Raid 0 with a 1TB backup Drive.
850W PSU

Enjoy!

P.S I don't know why that image doesn't show up in a nice little expandable box like the first one.

EmoHz
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My god you have a sick setup! Dont you think your server is a bit too powerful? Or need more memory?

Btw how are those screens working out for ya (27 led), looking for something to replace my 28 lcd.

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The reason my server is the way it is... is because it was my old gaming rig. But I don't think its "Too powerful" Because a server doesn't have to serve 1 thing, right now I'm running a file server, including a subsonic media streaming server, 2 websites, including forums and a mumble server.

I like my screens, they're great! I don't think I'd go over 30" with a 3 screen setup, otherwise its to much to look at. I can comfortably see all three screens by looking at the middle one. My friend though it would be a good idea to run an Eyefinity setup with 3 40" TV's, I don't like it, because you have to move your head a lot.

EmoHz
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Oh, thats a good reason for it to be so powerful. Was wondering because usually when you build a server you want it to use less power and last longer. Im in the process of building one just for memory server on my network. Bet its nice to have two gaming rigs though, all my friends are still stuck on consoles....

I love my 28" but this 19 inch next to it is just for small things like looking at the time while im gaming etc. Main screen is for gaming although id love to see what it looks like to game on dual monitors.

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Dual Monitors isn't as good, you have a line right through the middle of everything, with 3 monitors, you see everything you normally see, then you have extra vision on the sides.

It's perfect for Race Sims!
http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/8203/20111008210449.jpg

and shooters!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUM-vt5wbGM

EmoHz
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Wow, i think thats what im going to do now then. would 3 way sli and a extra card for physx be a good combo?

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Well, I think anything over 2 way SLi isn't good because you can look at benchmarks with 2 way vs 3 way and there is no gain. The games don't utilize 3 cards. You could get a PhysX card, I had a Geforce 220 doing that at one point, but I didn't notice any difference. It's now in my work computer. I'd say buy another 570 and you'll be set as far as graphics goes, but then you'll run into other problems..

You'll need a new PSU
Your CPU will bottle neck like crazy, you'll want to upgrade, or OC it to at least 3.6Ghz

The reason I say that is, I had a Phenom II x4 955 and a single GTX275 at one point. And My CPU would bottle neck when running demanding games like Crysis. Once I got it OC'd to 3.6+ the bottleneck went away. Ever since that point, I've always OC'd my CPU's. It's hard to tell if you're being bottle necked and people think its other issues with their computers.

You can tell if you're being bottle necked by opening a demanding game that your computer seems to run poorly, like I used Crysis at the time. Then you use a command to show FPS or a third party program to show your FPS. Run the game at the highest resolution for your display, record the FPS. Then run the game at a lower resolution, like 1024x768, record the FPS. If the FPS doesn't change much, or no change at all. You're bottle necked. Because you should get a MASSIVE performance gain going from 1920x1080 to 1024x768.

If it didn't change, then your GPU is clearly being bottle necked by your CPU. Nothing else would bottle neck FPS real time.

So then I had to OC it to a point that this test showed a performance gain on the lower resolution. I ended up at 3.6 as the sweet spot.

Hope that makes sense.

EmoHz
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Yeah makes perfect seense. I already knew it was a bottle neck, but i didnt pay for the 570. I dont plan on going sli till i get a new case and mobo anyways, then overclocking goes from there.