for all you computer up some specs

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by gamehunter, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. gamehunter

    gamehunter G&G Evangelist

    Hey guys I guess there alot of you on here that build your own computers I have been doing it for a while thought it would be great to compare some system specs along with planned upgrades ETC.

    My current system to replace my old acer aspire some of the parts are out of the acer so it is a mix of new and old

    Motherboard: Asus M4N68T-M mATX
    CPU: AMD AM3 Sempron140 2.7GHZ
    RAM: 2GB Transcend Jetram DDR3
    Drives: Liteon SATA DVDRW, Seagate 80GB SATA HD(Main), Samsung 160GB IDE HD (Storage)
    OS: Win XP Home

    Planned upgrades

    Graphics card: still deciding what brand based on Nvidia GPU
    Ram: 4GB DDR3 Corsair or kingston branded Dual Channel kit
    OS: Windows 7
    Monitor: definitley change to LCD and lose the CRT
    CPU Cooling: Possible watercooling setup or improve air cooling to aftermarket heatsink
  2. Rex_Lee

    Rex_Lee G&G Regular

  3. I don't do Intel or Microsoft, I run a dual AMD and Linux. The one Rex Lee suggests looks good.
  4. FortyXDM

    FortyXDM G&G Evangelist Staff Member

    I am a photographer and had a lightning strike last year. Learned a lot about lightning protection as well as building a computer. (I have helped a few others before this venture)

    My Build
    Antec 900 case with whoopee do blue lights.....ha
    MOBO:............ Gigabye 58 ud4p
    Processor........ Intel I7 quad (8virt cores) @2.67
    Ram ............... 12 gig of DDR triple threaded Black talent
    2 DVD .............. 1 internal, 1 lite on external
    2 .................... 500 gig HD
    1.................... 160 gig external HD for backup
    GT 9800 Card (no gaming)
    Vista 64 bit OS
    Dual Monitor 1 23 in VP 2030B Viewsonic Pro Monitor and 17 in dell
    APC 700 power supply .........that lightning will teach ya.

    This is probably more than I really need, but is huge in rendering out 400 large raw files into JPGS and doing fairly heavy batch work in Photoshop.
    It also spoils me rotten.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2010
  5. gamehunter

    gamehunter G&G Evangelist

    My motherboard does support it but me being a budget minded person used the sempron 1MB L2 cache can't complain, I do not play games etc so why go for high end when a low end can do the job I want it to do. If I were gaming etc then I would go for a higher end CPU but I do not need that for the G&G arcade lol.
  6. FN FAL

    FN FAL NOT a new member Forum Contributor

    Knowing that the Intel i7's were going to be out fairly soon when I built my computer I went pretty low budget on the mobo and cpu. I trolled fleabay for several weeks and finally picked off an Asus P5B-E mobo and a Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0ghz cpu and had about 120 bucks in the pair. I have found that for what I do they are more than sufficient and until the i7's come way down in price I am not even considering upgrading.

    overall specs are

    Thermaltake full tower case
    Antec 650W power supply
    Asus P5b-E motherboard
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 CPU
    8gb's G.Skill Ram
    PNY 8800 GT video card
    1 - 150gb Western Digital Raptor 10K rpm main drive
    4- 1tb Seagate hard drives (playing with the raid thing)
    Light-ON 20X DVD
    HT Omega Claro Plus+ 7.1 channel sound card
    Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1800 TV card
    Floppy Drive (I know but I have an old Sony 91 camera that uses phloppies)
    Media card reader
    I have acouple other adapter cards in the mobo slots one to put the laptop
    type aircard into(which I ended up going USB on that anyway) and also a
    USB expander card to put in if I can fit in between other stuff.
    Vista 64 Bit although I live run Ubuntu at times.
    2- Gateway 24" LCD's but currently only running one of them.
    Logitech wireless MX mouse
    Keyboard from an old HP I bought 12 years ago, cause it just feels right.

    I also have two other tower computers I bought used a year ago last march in a buy one get two deal. I was going to put one out in the shop but have yet to get around to it.

    Both computers are totally identical.
    Antec mid tower case
    Asus mobo (one of their first 775 series boards with 6 ram slots 4 for DDR
    and 2 for DDR2 Ram, but not at the same time)
    Intel P4 3.4 ghz CPU
    2gb's of ddr2 6400 G.Skill Ram
    1-37 gb Raptor HD
    2-250 GB Seagate HD's raided to back each other up for data storage
    450 watt power supply's
    DVD burner
    Floppy drive
    6200 Series video card
    XP professional 32 Bit

    and things I can't remember right now. I have one of these computers hooked up to a TV in a spare room and have put an ATI All in Wonder Video/TV card in it. Overall for what I have in them they are excellent and fairly fast computers.

  7. gamehunter

    gamehunter G&G Evangelist

    here's a pic of one of my old builds from a few years back took it while I was bleeding the air out of the water cooling system

  8. DWFan

    DWFan Handgunner Forum Contributor

    Both my computer and my wife's were built two and three years ago for less than $250 total out of salvaged trade-ins. We run thru a Netgear router.
    My computer...
    2.4Ghz Pentium 4 cpu , 1Gb RAM , 40Gb x2 harddrives, DVD/CD-RW , 64Mb 4X AGP video, 17" CRT monitor , Dell keyboard , Microsoft cordless optic mouse , Ubuntu 8.04 OS
    Her computer...
    2.4Ghz AMD AM2 cpu , 2.0Gb RAM , 60Gb harddrive , DVD ROM , 256Mb 8X AGP video , 19" flat-panel monitor , Dell keyboard , Microsoft USB optical mouse, Windows XP Home

    Nuttin' fancy; they just work.
  9. Chris

    Chris G&G Evangelist Staff Member Forum Contributor

    Well this was my build from about 2 years ago now. Still going strong.

    Antec 1200 case
    EVGA 780i FTW mobo
    Intel Q6700 2.66GHZ overclocked to 3.01GHZ
    8GB of ram
    8 TB of of storage
    Windows 7 ultimate

    I use this one computer for entertainment, school and G&G "work".
    I think I built the whole thing for less than $600 because of where I used to work and the things manufactures would give us.
  10. lynxpilot

    lynxpilot Constitutionalist Forum Contributor

    Ava, MO
  11. danf6975

    danf6975 G&G Newbie

    just built 4 identical computers using

    CPU: Intel I7 960
    Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate
    Motherboard:ASUS P6X58D Premium
    Memory: 6GB (3x 2GB) Patriot PC2000MHz
    Video Card: ATI Radeon 5870
    Hard Drive: Intel 160 Gigabyte X25M SSD & Western Digital Black Caviar 1 Terabyte
    CPU Waterblock: Swiftech Apogee XT
    GPU Waterblock: EK 5870 Acrylic/Nickel + Nickel Backplate
    Reservoir: Primochill Typhoon III Rev A.
    Radiators: 2 x Black Ice SR-1 240
    Pump: Swiftech MCP655
    Fittings: Mostly Bitpower
    Temp Monitoring: MatrixOrbital MX4 with probes that are custom piped
  12. lynxpilot

    lynxpilot Constitutionalist Forum Contributor

    Ava, MO
    What, nobody's got SSD's in RAID 0. Why get an I7 and a bunch of memory when the drives are going to bottle neck the whole thing anyway?
  13. danf6975

    danf6975 G&G Newbie

    actually i built a VERY expensive raid array setup not long ago using a ARECA ARC-1680IX-24-4G and 24 !!!Intel X25-E Extreme Drives on a rampageIII platform with a I7980x .
    the whole thing cost about $27,500.
    once the raid array initialized what ever program you click on was literally instantaneous opened.
    had to wire 2 PSU together ( well didnt have to but i did anyways) and talk about some wiring .

  14. FortyXDM

    FortyXDM G&G Evangelist Staff Member

    When you drop a large number of raw photos into Photoshop (CS4), by having extra memory, you avoid memory swap. You can allocate the memory requirements in the PS program and the HD is not required. Much faster.

  15. Chris

    Chris G&G Evangelist Staff Member Forum Contributor

    SSD's are nice but not all they are cracked up to be. I'll support 10k RPM in raid 0, SSD's have a little more advancing to do for me to adopt them.

    Apple is far from supporting TRIM with SSD's, and SSDs do have a certain number of writes.