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Mate's Rig, cause I'm just that kind, and he's too lazy to post =P
Zazev 
6/9/08 9:52:16 AM
Serf
Hey everybody!

I just want to give a quick thanks to you all for helping me with my build! Thanks to the low price I've almost got the cash! Cheers again! Anyway onto the reason for this post.

(Note: I will note be naming names due to the fact that it seems a bit rude to name names.)

Now my mate likes to overkill when it comes to components alot! So I gave him some help with certain parts. Also this isn't my other overkill friend with the DDR3 ram and all that =P Anyway! Onto the build! =) Also this is just the Tower since he has a 30" monitor and Razer Tarantula Keyboard and a Razer Lachesis Mouse.

Main body: (Scroll down for Summary)
Case: Antec Twelve Hundred
Price: $215.00

Reason: My mate and I have had a rivalry ever since the CoolerMaster Cosmos S came out between that and the Antec 900 but with Antec's new Twelve Hundred there is no competition with it's Space, cooling, and half decent looks.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
Price: $225.00

Reason: Well simple and the same one you all gave me with my build it's not worth shelling out an extra $100 AUS for only .16 GHZ.

Graphics Card: HIS ATI Radeon HD 4870X2 x2 Crossfired
Price: $1,278.00

Reason: $1,278 AUS!!! I don't know why he was just so Adamant on it and I don't think there is a way to change his mind. With this kinda power under his belt he is just going to be fine for the next couple of years with this kinda of power.

Motherboard: Gigabyte X48-DS4
Price: $237.00

Reason: It's just an all round good motherboard, sometimes I think you could have 16 GIGs of Ram and have two HD4870X2 and it wouldn't miss a beat.

Memory: Team Xtreem Dark 2x2GB DDR2 1066Mhz CL5 x2
Price $318.00

Reason: Well it's good Ram and it's cheap, not as cheap as the Generic stuff but we just can't seem to find any Generic 1066Mhz but this is just going to fine =) with 8 GBs of Ram he isn't going to be slow anytime soon.

Hard Drive: 3.5" Samsung 750GB x2
Price: $230.00

Reason: Well he needs space, his entire Video Library, and Music Library are on his computer so he need the space. Simple as that =P

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S223F DVD RW
Price: $30.00

Reason: Well he needs an optical drive I don't know why he didn't go with Blu-ray if he is willing to fork out $1,278.00 for two Graphics Card. But yeah he needs one to burn his large amounts of crap onto his computer.

Power Supply: SilverStone ZM1200M 1200W
Price: $330.00

Reason: At this rate hs is going to have more power than America in one box :| But anyway back on track he needs something to power those two whopping cards and this is going to generate the power he needs. I am not the smartest man when it comes to Power supply, but I think that we could go down abit in this department.

Fans: 120mm Antec TriCool x2
Price: $50.00

Reason: Well we need something to cool those monstrous cards and hopefully this will do it.

Total: $2,918.00

Final thoughts: Well there you go my mate's hell of an overkill Machine. I'm glad he's been saving since he started work for this he is only one pay check away.

Summary:
Case: Antec Twelve Hundred
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
HIS ATI Radeon HD 4870X2 x2
Motherboard: Gigabyte X48-DS4
Memory: Team Xtreem Dark 2x2GB DDR2 1066Mhz CL5 x2
Hard Drive: 3.5" Samsung 750GB x2
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S223F DVD RW
Power Supply: SilverStone ZM1200M 1200W
Fans: 120mm Antec TriCool x2

Total: $2,918.00

Well any thoughts! How to make this better? Also I am worried about the heating with those two HD4870X2 do you think those two fans will be enough? Anyway have fun =)

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tantryl 
6/9/08 10:12:52 AM
SuperHero
Immortal


Considering the 4870X2 Crossfired I'd be getting a good quad core processor. While it's not going to make every game better it's going to just about draw even in games where it's dual support only, and anything that natively supports quad (not just tacked on) it's going to pwnt the shit out of the dual.

See http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=770&p=3

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maxamatosis 
6/9/08 12:09:36 PM
Master

Yeah either drop one of the cards or spend more money on a better CPU because you will get bottlenecked there. So either grab like a Q9550 or save money and just get one 4870X2 or an nVidia 280GTX.

Go for 640GB hard drives - not only are they the sweet spot for $/gig they're also faster since they're 2x320GB platters instead of 3x250GB platters like the 750s are.

The twelve hundred looks over the top. The nine hundred is monstrous enough already, does your mate really want a wind turbine pointing at his head? Sure he wouldn't prefer something a little less grotesque? If he wants his PC to look expensive he should get something in Brushed Aluminium like a Silverstone Temjin or a Lian-Li.

You could drop 300-400W from that power supply but the Silverstone is a solid choice.

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tantryl 
6/9/08 1:33:29 PM
SuperHero
Immortal


Quote by maxamatosis
You could drop 300-400W from that power supply but the Silverstone is a solid choice.



I wouldn't advise this unless you only plan on having one of the 4870X2s.

Two of them in crossfire draw around 510W under load, a Quad core draws around 90W and up to 140W overclocked, plus the rest of the system adding 50W or so put you up to at least a 650W load.

Hmm. So I suppose a 900Wer would do the job fairly well, running a little high at the 70-75% load range, but the good ones are solidly built and should hold up to that.

I take it back, 900-1000W should be fine.

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- US Senator Hugh Scott

maxamatosis 
6/9/08 2:03:19 PM
Master

Quote by tantryl
I take it back, 900-1000W should be fine.


As long as he sticks to quality PSUs like the Silverstone I think so too.

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Master_Scythe 
6/9/08 2:47:47 PM
Titan

Quote by maxamatosis

Go for 640GB hard drives - not only are they the sweet spot for $/gig they're also faster since they're 2x320GB platters instead of 3x250GB platters like the 750s are.



whered you pick that up? :P <3

lol

and agreed. even an 850W good brand PSU should be fine.

Personally id drop one of those GPU's.

it'll be cheaper to upgrade to a better single one in 2 years than try and get 2 in SLI\Crossfire working for a long period.

And if you do that, then the PSU is DEFINATELY enough.
of either Silverstone, Corsair, Seasonic, Antec


Edited by Master_Scythe: 6/9/2008 2:48:24 PM

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Vanne 
6/9/08 3:56:25 PM
Champion

sounds like a bloody nice rig! dunno about it having enough Horses for the next couple of years though. Tech ramps up massivly, and sure itll be a usable box in about 2 years time, but wouldent be betting on running the newest games maxed out, thats fer sure.

Anyways, back to the topic, unreal setup and tell yer mate hes a lucky sod! :P

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eckythump 
6/9/08 6:16:54 PM
Champion

Hmm.

Re: power consumption of 4870x2 cards.

While looking about here and there, I've seen reference to the amount of power these cards use as always being ~450W each under full load.

Not meaning to question anyone here, 'specially not you, tantryl, but I'd like to get this clarified so I don't under/overdo PSU recommendations. Got any links I should look at?

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tantryl 
6/9/08 6:18:54 PM
SuperHero
Immortal


That sounds like a whole-computer-AC figure, not a single-card-DC figure.

See http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/forums.asp?s=2&c=7&t=9354 for all your linky needs.

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- US Senator Hugh Scott

TheFrunj 
6/9/08 6:49:01 PM
God

Make sure you get some fucking powerful fans (or just a lot of them) to move the heat away from those 4870X2's.

I had two of them running on a X48-DS5 doing a run of 3DMark Vantage, and they got to over 90 degrees, then crashed the system. At stock speeds. The whole mobo heated up too (and even the USB connectors for the mouse/keyboard), so make sure everything has exceptional cooling.

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Master_Scythe 
6/9/08 10:03:32 PM
Titan

Seriously. drop a GPU.

save smoney

saves heat

saves power

saves stupidity

My system still runs stuff above 'medium'. Its 3 years old (see tag).

I consider a system to be time ot upgrade when you cant go above 'low' graphics.

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