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« on: 29 Mar 2006, 10:38 »

Hello all!

In advising JJMitchell on what to get for an upgraded PC, I was thinking about what I would get if I had absolutely no monetary restrictions...

SO I decided to make this thread where we can post what our dream rig would be, and then argue about who's is better!  :P

My dream rig:

Case:

Screwless lightweight aluminum chassis with three temperature display meters, low-noise 1100RPM fans, carrying strap and USB2.0/firewire/audio front-mounted ports.  Three fans total (side, top, rear).

Motherboard:

Asus A8R32-MVP Deluxe w/ DualDDR400, Audio, Dual Gigabit Lan, 1394, Crossfire Dual PCI-E x16.
Supports dual PCI Express x16 slots to run two video cards together via ATI Crossfire Xpress 3200. Supports AMD Athelon 64FX... which brings me to...

Processor:

AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 Dual-Core w/ 2x1MB Cache.
Frequency: 2.6GHz
HyperTransport™ Technology Speed: 2000MHz
Integrated Memory Controller: 2.6GHz
L1 Cache Size: 2x 128KB (128KB per core)
L2 Cache Size: 2 x 1MB (1MB per core)
L2 Cache Speed: 2.6GHz
Core Voltage: 1.35-1.40 V

Memory:

Corsair 2048MB TwinX PC3200 CAS 2 Dual Channel Kit (2 x 1024MB).

Video Cards:

Two of these badboys.
Chipset: Nvidia GeForce™ 7800 GTX
Interface: PCI Express™x16
Memory: 256MB GDDR3
Memory Inteface: 256-Bit GDDR3
Core Clock: 460MHz (vs. 430MHz standard)
Memory Clock: 1300MHz (vs. 1200MHz standard)
Geometry: 920 million vertices/sec.
Memory Bandwidth: 41.6GB/second
RAMDAC: Dual 400MHz

Hard Drive:

Maxtor 500GB DiamondMax 11 7200RPM SATA II w/ 16MB Cache.

DVD/CD/R/RW/ROM:

Plextor PX-716SA 16x16 Dual Layer CD/DVD+/-RW, Serial ATA.

Power Supply:

Enermax Liberty Modular Power Supply, 620W.

This system would rock your (and your mom's) socks off.
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« Reply #1 on: 29 Mar 2006, 10:46 »

Looks good to me.
I'd buy that for a dollar.
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« Reply #2 on: 29 Mar 2006, 10:57 »

duuuude, where did you find that case?

ADDITION: Nevermind, I just figure it out.  Although, other people might want to know.

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« Reply #3 on: 29 Mar 2006, 11:58 »

What's the cost on all that? Not that I have the money, but a guy can wish...

What about a monitor? Should I start the CRT / LCD debate? Would you go single monitor or double or even triple? Or widescreen? What sizes?

My current monitor. I want to have its babies.

ViewSonic VP2030b Black 20.1" 8ms gray-to-gray (avg); 16ms black-white-black (typ) LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 0.255mm Pixel Pitch - Retail

clicky for specs.
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« Reply #4 on: 29 Mar 2006, 12:49 »

BenQ has very reasonably priced 17"LCD monitors with 5ms response (great for gaming) which retail for around $290.00 (CDN).  I'd go with a triple-setup, considering how I already have two of em.  :P

That total setup I noted above would cost....

Case: $169.95
Motherboard: $249.95
Processor: $1,229.95
Memory: $309.95
Video Card 1: $559.95
Video Card 2: $559.95
Hard Drive: $359.95
DVDRW/CDRW: $164.95
Power Supply: $184.95

Then add three of these (though with the above setup you could have FOUR!!!):

BenQ FP71V+ 17" Digital LCD (DVI Connect) 5ms response:
$299.95

and the total cost (not including a mouse and keyboard, or speakers) is:

CPU: $3,789.55
Monitors: $899.85

Total:$4,689.40.


Don't forget the fun peripherals too (these are the things I either have or want):

Belkin Nostromo SpeedPad - 'have':



Logitech Cordless diNova Media Desktop - 'want':


Logitech Z-4 2.1 Speaker System - 'have':

(Good GOD the sound that comes out of those two speakers is awesome... better than any 5.1 comp-speaker system I've ever heard!!!)

Incidentally, all of this stuff (prices and availability) is courtesy of Memory Express Computer Products & Electronics Inc. - which is only in Calgary, AB, Canada... sadly.
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« Reply #5 on: 29 Mar 2006, 13:30 »

There's nothing I can say to improve on that. Nothing.
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« Reply #6 on: 29 Mar 2006, 13:51 »

Meh, it'll be obsolete in 18 months.

/glass half empty
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« Reply #7 on: 29 Mar 2006, 18:19 »

My ideal pc is somewhat in the vicinity of Sideways's rig there, but with a few little differences.  I'm going to lunch right now, but I'll have to remember to post my "perfect rig" once I get back.  I'll be scouting about to get pc part prices for a friend at the same time, so this will be a fun addition to that exercise :)
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« Reply #8 on: 29 Mar 2006, 19:27 »


Click for specs
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« Reply #9 on: 29 Mar 2006, 19:38 »



YEEE-ah.
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« Reply #10 on: 29 Mar 2006, 23:59 »

Hey Sideways, my friend Nat just built himself a computer with pretty much those exact specs. HL2 on maximum settings take 1.5 seconds to load... *droool*
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« Reply #11 on: 30 Mar 2006, 00:47 »

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Meh, it'll be obsolete in 18 months.

/glass half empty


There's a difference between "obsolete", "behind the cutting edge" and "worthless"
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« Reply #12 on: 30 Mar 2006, 07:35 »

I know, switch, that's why I said "/glass half empty".

Hell, your rig'll be good for at least 4 years. Although you may need to upgrade the DVD burner to either an HDDVD or a blu-ray DVD, whichever eventually wins the war.

(Btw, what the hell freaking company thought that DiVX was a good idea?! ...morons)
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« Reply #13 on: 30 Mar 2006, 22:05 »

Ok, so to get my dream rig take Sideways' example there, replace the motherboard with an ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe (nForce4, dual gigabit lan, etc),  the video cards with GeForce 7900 GTXes, up the ram to 4gb (I know I know, but this is a dream rig, remember?).  I'd also use a Seagate 500gb 7200rpm SATA II drive.

Not sure about the case, but that doesn't really matter, does it?  For the monitor/s I'd go for a couple of 20" NEC Multisync 20WGXs.  Widescreen, big enough to be impressive, 6ms grey-to-grey response.  Pretty decent monitors for gaming, and as a bonus each of them have 4 USB sockets for convenient plugging.



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« Reply #14 on: 31 Mar 2006, 02:11 »

Hell... as long as price is no problem.

This would be nice:
http://filebox.vt.edu/users/plastk/research/quake3/quake_front.jpg">
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« Reply #15 on: 31 Mar 2006, 08:44 »

My shit is pretty much as good as it gets.  I would probably switch up from my X2 to an FX 60, but I already have two 7800GTXs and 2GB of PC4000 DDR.  Not much more for me to do until Conroe comes out.
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« Reply #16 on: 31 Mar 2006, 11:51 »

If price was no problem, I'd have that uber-screen build.. without seams between panels.
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« Reply #17 on: 31 Mar 2006, 12:53 »

I want that case in the first post. It's purrdy.
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« Reply #18 on: 31 Mar 2006, 13:08 »

Quote from: Jenno
Hell... as long as price is no problem.

This would be nice:
http://filebox.vt.edu/users/plastk/research/quake3/quake_front.jpg">


I can't help but wonder if this pic was photoshopp'd... how is that kind of setup even possible?!
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« Reply #19 on: 31 Mar 2006, 13:41 »

Sure it's possible, if you're friggen Bill Gates.
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« Reply #20 on: 31 Mar 2006, 21:14 »

It's definately real Sideways. 12 linux servers running a distributed X-Server.

http://www.plastk.net/">Linky.
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« Reply #21 on: 01 Apr 2006, 08:42 »

My dream PC is a thin-tower Dell.


Anyway, our MHSS instructor told us the other day he built a PC with one of those AMD64 processors - he said that Windows XP installed in seven minutes.

I think my computer can load Adobe Illustrator CS in seven minutes (maybe a little faster).
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« Reply #22 on: 01 Apr 2006, 17:43 »

Jenno, pity it runs games like shit, though.  I read about that.  The FPS was so abysmal that it wasn't funny.
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« Reply #23 on: 02 Apr 2006, 03:00 »

It seems pretty playable in the videos on that site. Provided you only want to play Quake 3 of course.
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« Reply #24 on: 02 Apr 2006, 03:02 »

It's not worth starting a new thread over so I'll derail this one. If I were to buy a new graphics card (geforce 6800gt) in the States and bring it back to NZ it would work in my machine right?

Then my computer would be basically a dream rig. New soundcard maybe but everything else is good as.
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« Reply #25 on: 02 Apr 2006, 23:22 »

Yeah it'll work Rizzo. Computer parts in the USA are exactly the same as everywhere else :)

Also... I need one of these.
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« Reply #26 on: 03 Apr 2006, 02:51 »

By the way, Dells Flat panels simply stomp all over every other flat panel I've seen on the market. Price, quality etc... nothing better.

Oh and I ahve an X-Fi Pro, they are VERY worth the money. I upgraded from an Audigy Platinum and the difference is very noticeable. I've got it pushing through a set of Logitch 5.1 speakers, its a truly awesome system.
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« Reply #27 on: 05 Apr 2006, 20:49 »

I'm going to dump in here, my ultimate gaming rig will be a MacBookPro with Bootcamp.

*that sound you hear is Aspyr's Mac division all getting laid off at once*
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« Reply #28 on: 05 Apr 2006, 22:11 »

I dunno, Mnem.  I've been looking at http://forum.osx86project.org/index.php?showtopic=12286">a bunch of 3dMark benchmarks from the new MacBooks & Mac Minis running WinXP using Boot Camp and despite having a decent cpu and graphics card (x1600 is pretty good) they are really lacking.

If I were seriously interested in buying an Intel Mac I'd be waiting until the end of this year when Conroe comes out to see if there is any improvement.
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« Reply #29 on: 06 Apr 2006, 08:14 »

Ok, est, that is probably the best avatar I have ever seen.

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« Reply #30 on: 06 Apr 2006, 10:33 »

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Logitech Z-4 2.1 Speaker System - 'have':
[picture of speaker system]
(Good GOD the sound that comes out of those two speakers is awesome... better than any 5.1 comp-speaker system I've ever heard!!!)


Why bother with computer speakers, if money is no object?
Just get a bunch of these:

(Martin Logan Summit)
One of these:

(Martin Logan Cinema i)
One of these:

(Martin Logan Descent)
To decode the signal:

(Mark Levinson  Nº 40 Media Console)
Preamp:

(Mark Levinson  Nº 32 Reference Pre-Amplifier)
And finally, the amplifiers:

(Nº 33H Monaural Power Amplifier, one for each speaker)

Now, the problem is the sound card (because I would cry if someone put a SoundBlaster output into that setup), but I don't know anything about high-end sound cards.
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« Reply #31 on: 06 Apr 2006, 12:22 »

Holy friggen crap. I think I just came.
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« Reply #32 on: 06 Apr 2006, 12:54 »

How much for all that, bassist?
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« Reply #33 on: 06 Apr 2006, 13:20 »

Well, assuming we're going for a 7.1 system (in USD)
Full range speakers: 6x$10,000=$60,000
Center channel: 1x$1,295=$1,295
Subwoofer: 1x$2,795=$2,795
Total cost of speakers: $64,090

Now, I just chose a brand that I like and is actually affordable by normal (i.e. not the richest person ever) human beings (i.e. after saving and making a good living, one can afford a pair of them).  I didn't go for the uber high-end that stereophile always reviews, just because I'm not as familiar with them.  With the signal processing, I kind of did.

Media Console: $30,000=$30,000
Amplifiers: 4x$33,000/pair=$132,000
(pre-amp is included in media console)
Total cost of signal processing: $162,000

Total: $226,090
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« Reply #34 on: 06 Apr 2006, 13:37 »

Shit, if I had that kind of money, I'd totally buy the stereo system. My ears would orgasm every time I played music.

(And have you ever seen an ear orgasm? It's like a normal genital orgasm, only through your ears. And with the ears being so close to your brain, not to mention TWO of them, it's like the ultimate orgasm ever.)
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« Reply #35 on: 06 Apr 2006, 13:38 »

We in the music world call it an "eargasm," and yes, I've seen it a bunch.
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« Reply #36 on: 06 Apr 2006, 13:41 »

EARGASM! HAH! My vocabulary has been increased today! Awesome!
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« Reply #37 on: 06 Apr 2006, 14:37 »

I just use headphones.
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« Reply #38 on: 06 Apr 2006, 14:44 »

On purpose?  I'm sorry.  Headphones are okay, but for really good sound, they just don't cut it.
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« Reply #39 on: 06 Apr 2006, 14:51 »

Ever used Sennheisers?
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« Reply #40 on: 06 Apr 2006, 14:56 »

Yes, I've used their mics and their headphones.  Not bad, certainly, but they honestly can't compare to a high-end audio setup.  I mean, quality/price is better than the speakers, but the elements are just too small to really get it right.
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« Reply #41 on: 06 Apr 2006, 15:18 »

Big setups are good for big sound.  The environment I live in is loud enough that I'd never get any use out of anything that costs more then $2000.
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« Reply #42 on: 06 Apr 2006, 15:23 »

Yeah, and unfortunately the apartment where I live has shitty walls, so anything I get sounds pretty poor, no matter how amazingly awesome it may be (not very, as of now due to my status as a pauper).
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« Reply #43 on: 06 Apr 2006, 16:19 »

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Now, the problem is the sound card (because I would cry if someone put a SoundBlaster output into that setup), but I don't know anything about high-end sound cards.

I'm gonna have to suggest the sound card I'm running these days. The M-Audio Delta 66. I guess it's more for recording and whatnot, but it just sounds so friggen good.
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« Reply #44 on: 06 Apr 2006, 16:21 »

I'm actually running the 66 through an omni-studio break-out-box, and it does sound amazing.  However, it only does two-channel stereo.
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« Reply #45 on: 06 Apr 2006, 16:47 »

I know. That kind of sucks, but you can always send a digital signal from the 66 out to something that will make it a surround signal. I think the reason it doesn't have anything more than stereo is that anyone using the omni for recording isn't gonna want to mix with a 5.1 (or whatever) signal pre production. I'm sure they also assume that if you can afford the Delta/omni, you can afford something to split your signal into 5.1, 7.1 or whatever.
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