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KC
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MY PC

USA
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Posted - 11/08/2006 :  9:13:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cool.
A long time local business customer is ready for some major upgrades.
He bought the Intel based xPC I have listed on the Buy a PC page pretty much at default configuration.

He also wants to to upgrade his CAD machine with all the new parts I bought for my machine just a few months ago.

That means (you guessed it) my main parts will be replaced with the main default parts of the AMD machine listed on the Buy a PC page.

Since I'll be buying thousands of dollars worth of hardware all at once and not on a timetable to finish I'll be able to bench test both platforms with 2GB untra fast DDR2 RAM memory, 10,000 PRM clean fresh sata boot drive, fast dual core CPU's, and a PAIR of 512MB DDR4 PCI express video cards (1 GB DDR4 dual GPU video!) so it should be awesome.

Benchmarks and pics of all configurations I test to come over the next few days.


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[RCG]Balthazar
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Norway
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Posted - 11/08/2006 :  10:11:39 PM  Show Profile  Click to see [RCG]Balthazar's MSN Messenger address  Send [RCG]Balthazar a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
It'll show in the My Computer section?

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KC
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Posted - 11/09/2006 :  08:14:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by [RCG]Balthazar

It'll show in the My Computer section?

Ya, three new machines will be added.
Actually, this is the box getting my old stuff
http://vales.com/elite/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=204

I was going to go with ATI x1950xtx video cards for the new ones and test them in crossfire (running both) but it looks like a single GeForce 8800 GTX (just released yesterday) is even faster than the crossfire 1950's and about half the price.

Looks like I need to do some reconfiguring ;-}


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[RCG]Balthazar
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Norway
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Posted - 11/09/2006 :  11:54:55 AM  Show Profile  Click to see [RCG]Balthazar's MSN Messenger address  Send [RCG]Balthazar a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Faster, half the price and dont forget: Hardware DX10 support
http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/11/08/geforce_8800/index.html

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KC
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USA
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Posted - 11/09/2006 :  3:11:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, that was frustrating.
I deposited my payment check and went shopping at Fry's and was denied...

I know the bank don't release all the funds right away but they usually release a few hundred (well, I was spending a grand hehehe).
I couldn't get anything good I picked out

So, I have to wait until tomorrow I guess. No biggie.

I did some more research though, and considering what I can afford to get is based on what my customer can afford to get I had to make some sacrifices.

A single G80 X is $640 so it was out of our reach.
The G80 S which Fry's had plenty of was $500, but it's a lot slower than than the X and still pretty steep.
The ATI x1950xtx video cards with DDR4 are that price or a little less.

What I setteled on for me was:

1. A 500MB DDR3 gForce 7950 GT (KO version) video card for $350.
Thats the factory overcloked version of the already fast card.
It supports SLI (dual cards) and I'll be testing that in both our machines ;-}

2. 2 GB DDR2 PC6400 (800MHz) Dual Channel RAM (2x1GB) for $270.
I'll be benchmarking the difference between both machines with 2GB vs 4GB installed.

3. 74 GB 10,000 RPM Raptor SATA-150 Boot drive.
Before you start, yes I know there are SATA-300 drives out, but they are all 7200RPM and from what I've seen the "SATA2" really don't make any real difference where small super fast 10K RPM does for a boot drive.

4. MSI K9N SLI Platinum NVIDIA® nForce™ 570 SLI
Socket AM2 ATX Motherboard and AMD AThlon 64 X2 4600+ CPU for $377.

Grand Gross Total for my upgrade around $1,100 as prices change from day to day at least a little.

With the other system work and selling of my parts I actually Net Profit about $200. on the whole deal.
Not the kind of money you can live on for the work involved, but it beats a poke in the eye with a sharp stick and I move up a notch or two on the "PC Power" food chain hehehe.

Pictures and benchmarks, a good review of working with the xPC small footprint form factor when I build his, the difference between comparably priced Intel and AMD systems as is and with double video cards in SLI and double memory (4GB) installed.

It should be fun ;-}





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Stampede
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USA
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Posted - 11/09/2006 :  7:02:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I guess yo get that upgrade you've been wanting kc.


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KC
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Posted - 11/16/2006 :  10:10:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Stampede

I guess yo get that upgrade you've been wanting kc.

Ya, she turned out pretty good.



I'm a happy camper ;-}


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