Memebag build a PC

Discussion in 'Windows' started by memebag, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    Are you posting to the DRC from it yet?
    Tick Tock Tick Tock!

    ;)
     
  2. MAJ Badmotherfarker

    MAJ Badmotherfarker is drinking a beer.

    Very true. Only takes about an hour to put the hardware together. Everything is made to just snap right into place.
     
  3. memebag

    memebag Top Brass, ADVP

    Not yet. Last night I stripped and cleaned the case, then mounted everything but the power supply. I've still got to route the cables, and I want that to be pretty. There's a giant window on this case. I'll start that tonight, probably.
     
  4. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    Excellent. Have fun. I haven't done any of that stuff in years. It was kinda fun.
     
  5. Casual Fan

    Casual Fan Surprisingly nice

    Legos? Fire? Where are my kids?!
     
  6. memebag

    memebag Top Brass, ADVP

    I'm not liking how SATA cables look. They are thinner than IDE, but stiff and difficult to route. Right now it looks like blue fettuccine is exploding out of one end of my mobo.
     
  7. MAJ Badmotherfarker

    MAJ Badmotherfarker is drinking a beer.

    This is your first SATA build? Must have been a while!
     
  8. memebag

    memebag Top Brass, ADVP

    Yup. I haven't built a PC from scratch since 1998 or so. Any suggestions for elegant SATA cable routing solutions?
     
  9. MAJ Badmotherfarker

    MAJ Badmotherfarker is drinking a beer.

    I don't try to make them pretty, just functional. I usually bundle/zip tie all the cables to one side of the MOBO to keep them from blocking air flow. If you're interested, I can send you a single tweek that should put your processor up to 3.8 GHz. Shouldn't need cooling for that.
     
  10. memebag

    memebag Top Brass, ADVP

    Sure, send me the tweek. I'm wary, though. A 35% speed bump has to produce a bunch more heat.
     
  11. memebag

    memebag Top Brass, ADVP

    It's up!

    It took a long damned time to install Win7, but now that it's on, it boots in about 10 seconds. The Windows Experience Index is good. Processor and RAM are 7.5, hard drive is 7.4 and both graphics are 6.0 (because I bought last year's model video card for cheap).

    Total price: $1171. I may add one of those 60-in-1 card readers in the floppy slot.

    I named it "Baphometron".
     
  12. MAJ Badmotherfarker

    MAJ Badmotherfarker is drinking a beer.

    I'm liking window 7.
     
  13. memebag

    memebag Top Brass, ADVP

    I'm getting sick of the see through borders. I'm on the verge of telling it to look like Windows 3.1, like I have with every other copy of Win7, Vista and XP.

    iTunes is still a dog on this system. A faster dog, but still a dog.
     
  14. MAJ Badmotherfarker

    MAJ Badmotherfarker is drinking a beer.

    I never even realized there were see through borders!:idunno:
     
  15. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    Congrats!
     
  16. memebag

    memebag Top Brass, ADVP

    Here's proof of Bapho's prowess.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qmmOzb0HZU]YouTube - bapho_zoom-1.mkv[/ame]

    This is an animation of a zoom into the Mandelbrot set. I wrote the software that produces it, and watching it light up both halves of all four cores was wicked cool. I didn't clock it, but it rendered in less than 10 minutes. My old PC would have taken hours.
     
  17. MAJ Badmotherfarker

    MAJ Badmotherfarker is drinking a beer.

    What MOBO did you go with again?? I'm thinking you can get to 3.8Ghz just by changing the multiplier, but I need to double check. I've done 3.8 with stock fans many times.
     
  18. memebag

    memebag Top Brass, ADVP

    GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R. It comes with overclocking utilities. EasyTune6 will bump it to 3.36Ghz just by clicking the red button.

    I just want to get everything stabilized before I break it. Intel just dropped the price on the 950 to $300, which was the price for the 930 when I ordered, so burning up this CPU might not be a bad idea. Don't tell Mrs. Bag I said that, though.
     
  19. MAJ Badmotherfarker

    MAJ Badmotherfarker is drinking a beer.

    Those overclocking programs are horrible. Don't use them. And you're not going to "burn" your CPU. Computers shut down if they detect error. Let me see if just changing the multiplier will overclock you.
     
  20. memebag

    memebag Top Brass, ADVP

    I can burn a CPU. I've done it. There are fail-safes in place to try to prevent damage, but they can't keep your from shortening the MTBF.

    The EasyTune utility looks fine. It just sets the multipliers and voltages for base clock, memory and PCI-e. This BIOS can keep 8 configurations in CMOS, so there's an easy way to recover if it fails to boot.
     

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