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PostSubject: IT'S ALIVE!   Thu Dec 25, 2008 6:51 pm

Sorry for image quality. iPhone light level sensor is poop.





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AMD Phenom X4 9950 2.60GHz Quadcore (45nm SOI, monolithic)
500GB SATA HDD, 32MB cache, 7200RPM
2GB 1066MHz DDR2 SDRAM (I was a dumbass and bought wrong package, will add 2m GB later)
ATI Radeon HD4870 X2, 2GB DDR5 Video SDRAM, parallel twin ATI RV770 graphics chips
ASUS MoBo, AMD 790FX chipset
Vista 64bit (I'll give it a try...let me know your experience and if I should dump it. Gonna also install a Linux OS at some point and tool around w/ it)
Kingwin 800W PSU


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PostSubject: Re: IT'S ALIVE!   Thu Dec 25, 2008 7:00 pm

*drool* beefy.
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PostSubject: Re: IT'S ALIVE!   Thu Dec 25, 2008 7:09 pm

btw, all bought from Directron (except case which I bought from Newegg b/c directron was sold out of the black version). I've built my last two computers from there. Shipping is super fast (it took 2 days for all my stuff to arrive compared w/ 5 for newegg).

My dad owns a computer business that services public institutions and has used them for years to build his own systems until dell got so cheap it didn't make sense for him anymore, so I can vouch for their reputation.

I can safely say that building your own custom system has become almost totally idiot proof, provided your ground yourself before touching anything. I struggled for days to get my last system operational. Only had one glitch with this box and it was me being dumb and forgetting to connect the 12V power supply to the mobo in addition to the main supply.

This system ran me about $1400.
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PostSubject: Re: IT'S ALIVE!   Fri Dec 26, 2008 8:03 am

grak wrote:
btw, all bought from Directron
Good idea. They are located here in Houston, so shipping w/ them has always been free for me, since I go pick up my order(s) in person. They always have really good deals.

Gratz on the upgrade. A VERY nice X-Mas present. Wink

~ Sean
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PostSubject: Re: IT'S ALIVE!   Fri Dec 26, 2008 9:24 pm

Hmm. Didn't know they were in-state. That would explain why I get everything next day usually. lol

Btw, let me know if anyone gets this particular GFX card or similar (Radeon 48xx series). The default fan settings are retarded and way too low. I almost burned myself touching the exhaust grill before I realized I needed to do some tweaking to the fan software. After tweaking I went from 86C at idle to 45C at idle. Yikes.
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PostSubject: Re: IT'S ALIVE!   Fri Dec 26, 2008 10:53 pm

You guys got me all excited talking about this site out of Houston (I live in Dallas), but it's hella overpriced :\
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PostSubject: Re: IT'S ALIVE!   Sat Dec 27, 2008 12:07 am

Where do you shop online then?
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PostSubject: Re: IT'S ALIVE!   Sat Dec 27, 2008 12:10 am

Newegg of course
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PostSubject: Re: IT'S ALIVE!   Sat Dec 27, 2008 12:14 am

I've always found exactly the opposite.
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PostSubject: Re: IT'S ALIVE!   Sat Dec 27, 2008 12:29 am

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PostSubject: Re: IT'S ALIVE!   Sat Dec 27, 2008 1:11 am

Just repriced my system exactly on newegg:

directron: $1376.91
newegg : $1466.68

And newegg charged 3x for 3-day delivery, being in california and all. Go to newegg if you want the best deal on a $1100 processor I guess, otherwise it's a toss up.
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PostSubject: Re: IT'S ALIVE!   Sat Dec 27, 2008 1:17 am

btw, holy crap, will buy. $53 for 4GB of 1066 DDR2? That's crazy talk.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146785
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PostSubject: Re: IT'S ALIVE!   Sat Dec 27, 2008 3:26 pm

Thats too nice man, I want one Sad

What did just the Graphics card run you?
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PostSubject: Re: IT'S ALIVE!   Sat Dec 27, 2008 7:13 pm

Close to $500. It's top of the line right now. You could easily get a 9800 GTX 1GB (edit: or a GT260/280 even) for a couple hundred less. But I had $650 in company fringe benefit money to burn before Dec 31st, so I splurged.
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PostSubject: Re: IT'S ALIVE!   Sun Dec 28, 2008 2:29 am

grak wrote:
so I splurged
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PostSubject: Re: IT'S ALIVE!   Sun Dec 28, 2008 2:50 am

splurge != splooge
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