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I made a computer.
« on: May 31, 2008, 09:05:40 AM »
Read this, I spent hours on this stupid post. Literally.



Here's the tour, first off, it starts with this case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112169
Read the specs. 8 places for hard drives, 7 places for cd rom drives, etc.
Take a look at the internals:
http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=208&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=61&g=f
http://lian-li.com/v2/tw/product/upload/image/V2010/V2010s1.jpg
or check out:


It has room for two power supplies, and the hard drives are stored in their own special place at the bottom. Seriously, look at the thermal benefits of this.

This is the motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131274

Given the structure of the motherboard, I can fit two 9800 GX2's onto it, as well as the included pci-e soundcard, a pci video card, and, since the motherboard lacks RAID support, a 16x pci-e sata raid controller card. The motherboard also supports up to 8 GB of DDR3 RAM @ 2000 megahertz.

Ok, so let's load 'er up with two vidya cards:
2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130355

These will be in SLI, and since I plan on using two monitors, I'll need a second video card to display the second monitor and tv output, since an SLI setup is for one monitor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143110


Anyway, I'll also need 8 GB of DDR3 memory, found here:
2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145185


Quadcore 3.2Ghz processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115051

Power supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341014

Great thing about that power supply is that it can deliver all 1000 watts on a single rail. Why would that be important? Well, power supplies don't put all their wattage on each rail, it's so much wattage per rail. If you have a high-powered system, it's a serious problem should one rail be overloaded. This single-rail system allows for ALL wattage to be used when needed, which is incredibly crucial when trying to feed two monstrous video cards in SLI.
This is a video of it:

Anyway, I'll have two of these, and this will have several benefits: 1) It will be able to power the entire rig 2) it will improve the airflow on the bottom half of the case.

Continuing on to storage...

For the C:\ drive, it would be a RAID array in RAID 10 (1 + 0) of four 300GB disks at 10,000 RPM. What this means is 600 GB in a theoretical 12 GB/s read speed, 6 GB/s write speed. (Think about it, four ungodly fast 10k rpm drives reading information at once) Also included is redundancy, so should one drive ever fail, it may be easily swapped out with a new one with no data lost.
This is the RAID card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816103086
And this is the hard drive:
4x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136260

For the X:\ drive, it would also be in a RAID array of RAID 10, but this time with four disks of 1 TB each. Again, 2 TB at a theoretical 12 GB/s read, 6 GB/s write.
4x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148278

Next, two blu-ray burners attached via SATA on the motherboard:
2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827131055

As well as two lightscribe DVD burners, (SATA, mobo):
2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135156

Both setups should allow for sufficient bluray/dvd/cd copying. (make 3 copies from a dvd at once, even)

Next, the computer will be displayed by two 24" LCDs:
2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009125
Obviously, the left one will be in SLI, while the right will be powered by the GeForce 6200.

The keyboard will be able to have a special LCD screen on each key (fucking epic, no doubt [for an epic computer]):
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=23205

As well as the mouse, that apparently does special shit when you wave it around like a wiimote or something:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104089

Of course, we can't forget our good old friend Arctic Silver 5 for greasing our heatsink:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

Ok, ok.. Heatsink? Well, what heatsink? Would I really settle for the heatsink/fan that came with the processor? Of course not!

We'll be watercooling this one.

First, the pump. It's a big, beefy one, as it should be: it has lots of water to push:
http://www.dangerden.com/store/product.php?productid=142&cat=26&page=1#tabs

Shortly after being pumped, our water needs to be cooled down first. Let's cool them down with 7 120mm radiators. Two of these:
2x http://www.dangerden.com/store/product.php?productid=260&cat=90&page=1
and one of these to mount to the 120mm fan in the rear:
http://www.dangerden.com/store/product.php?productid=255&cat=90&page=1

To cool down the radiators, we will add six 120mm fans to the radiators, and switch out the stock rear fan for a new one of these:
7x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185054

Since these are extremely high-performance fans, let's add a fan controller to tone the radiator fans down a bit when we don't want things to get so loud:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811999172

Since we don't really like noise, let's go ahead and get some attenuators to polish the line connection:
7x http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=127&products_id=4612

So, now the water is nice and chilly, ready to go to our CPU through our water block:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=199&products_id=23665

And then to the northbridge on the motherboard, which was handily already included with a waterblock. From there, it will pass through one of our two 9800 GX2's through these:
http://www.dangerden.com/store/product.php?productid=336&cat=48&page=1

Then to this to cool down that 6200:
http://www.dangerden.com/store/product.php?productid=150&cat=48&page=1

And then back to the other 9800 GX2, back to the pump.

Along the way of the whole loop, we'll need 8 feet of tygon tubing (a little extra never hurt):
8x http://www.dangerden.com/store/product.php?productid=172&cat=33&page=1

Twenty-Four clamps to secure the tubing to the barbs (4 for spares):
24x http://www.dangerden.com/store/product.php?productid=62

A fillport for our tubed-style reservoir/T line:
http://www.dangerden.com/store/product.php?productid=56&cat=95&page=1

And lastly, a T-line tree fitting:
http://www.dangerden.com/store/product.php?productid=239&cat=95&page=1

Wait, don't forget the water non-conductive formula:
http://www.dangerden.com/store/product.php?productid=311&cat=63&page=1

Here's the Specs:

3.2 Ghz Quadcore
8 GB DDR3 1600 RAM
2.6 TB Total storage, split via:
   600 GB RAID 1 + 0, 4x 300 GB 10k RPM
   2 TB RAID 1 + 0, 4x 1 TB
SLI'd 9800 GX2's. (Dual-SLI)
2,000 Watts power potential (damn near)
2 bluray burners
2 DVD burners
8 120mm fans, 140mm fan, (6 120mm's in a fan controller)
GeForce 6200 PCI
Two 24" LCD monitors
Extensive watercooling, including 6 120mm radiators for 3 video cards, north bridge, CPU.

And that's about it, I think. Thanks for reading.

Is it sex, or is it love? Either way, I might actually kill someone for this setup.
« Last Edit: May 31, 2008, 09:31:04 AM by Zakamiro »


We pressed on. Shortly afterwards, we arrived in a poisonous, post-apocalyptic hell - a sprawling, toxic dumping ground stretching for a mile or two. This is the final resting place for your old TV, computer or mobile phone.

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Re: I made a computer.
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2008, 09:26:47 AM »
Add up how much that actually costs, lol.
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Re: I made a computer.
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2008, 09:27:22 AM »
about $13-14k. also, you didnt read the whole thing. do it over, asshole.


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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2008, 09:27:48 AM »
Goddamn.
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Re: I made a computer.
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2008, 09:29:09 AM »
not really, I remember going to dell.com as a kid and maxing out crap.. It came out to 15k, this is actually less. Even with extreme-performance systems, cost is going down.


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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2008, 10:54:51 AM »
True, but slowly, in the case of high performance. Now, the savings really come into play on low end and mid end computers. I remember my Geforce 5200 FX 256 MB graphics card. It was one of the first 256 MB cards out there, and cost us $300 when we got it. Of course, the FX line was a lot slower than it should have been, but nowdays you can get a card that is a match for that thing for what, $50?
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Re: I made a computer.
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2008, 11:08:21 AM »
Yeah, about $50. I remember when I bought my 32 MB AGP card... I was like, OMG WTF DEAL! $30 STEALLL

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« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2008, 01:09:02 PM »
but nowdays you can get a card that is a match for that thing for what, $50?

you can get a card that quite succeeds that card for probably under $50.00 now a days


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Re: I made a computer.
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2008, 03:16:10 PM »
Bah, those displays suck balls.  Here's what you need: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001098

Also, I'd definitely get four of them -- two on your SLI setup and two on your 6200.  Just having two is seriously just weak.  You call yourself a nerd?  I CALL YOU A L4M3R.

Yeah, about $50. I remember when I bought my 32 MB AGP card... I was like, OMG WTF DEAL! $30 STEALLL

Pfft, I bought the ATI Rage Fury when it was new.  It cost a cool $160.  Nowadays, your typical onboard Intel GMA chipset can easily beat it.  The video quality blew my old Voodoo2 (which I paid about $120 for, I think) away, and it was AGP ZOMG.

The ATI Rage Fury was unique when it came out, as it was the first card in the consumer market that could do 3D rendering with 32-bit color without much of a performance hit.  Yay 1998.

you can get a card that quite succeeds that card for probably under $5.00 now a days

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« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2008, 04:41:07 PM »
Fixed.

yea, i don't think i could get rid of my 256mb geforce 7800 for $20.00 when get the cash money bling bling to upgrade my card.

fucker cost like $320 back when i got it, now i see a 512mb 9800 for $300.  i mean, one of those will last me till the next generation.

what i might do is wait till the geforce 10's come out, then the 9's will drop in price and maby ill pick up that same card for $200 or less.

BTW ZAKAMIRO

in stead of buying a 15k machine

buy a 3k tv, and a 5k machine, then spend the rest of it on crack.  sell said crack to make back the money you spent on the tv and machine.

i am smart.
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Re: I made a computer.
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2008, 12:38:02 AM »
now i see a 512mb 9800 for $300.

I see one in my computer.

:D :D :D

But anyway...I think you'd be able to get at least $50-75 out of a 7800.  That chipset still has quite a bit of life in it.
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Re: I made a computer.
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2008, 11:09:11 AM »
I lol'd @ the description of that monitor:
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The max 2560 x 1600 resolution makes "anti-aliasing" redundant
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