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  • #91
    Originally posted by Grovestand View Post
    Nothing special, just what's in my sig until I get new gear.
    The reason for all the fans is that the airflow in this case sucks which makes my video card fan run very loud and hot. I figured that if I added many large slow fans it would help reduce noise and temperature, I was wrong... sort of. My dremel is in Virginia, but when I get it hopefully I will be able to hack the HDD cages away from where they are now...

    blocking the intake fans. And move them elsewhere.

    The finished system will hopefully have:

    i7-860 Aftermarket Cooler
    HD5850 Reference Cooler (if OS X ever supports it)
    4 x 2GB G.Skill 1600mHz
    4 x 1TB Samsung F3s in Raid 5 on RocketRAID card for Storage/Apps that won't fit on SSDs
    2 x X-25M 80GB (1 OSX, 1 Windows 7, Rest of space partitioned for Apps/Games)
    1 x Blu-ray/DVD/RW Combo drive (if OS X ever supports it)
    1 x Bluetooth dongle
    1 x IR port for apple remote (controlled via Logitech Harmony ONE).
    Apple announced a new MacPro the other day with an HD5870, so you might be in luck

    Why are you using an HTPC style case?
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    "SANDY ELITE" - Intel Sandy Bridge 2500K w/ XSPC raystorm waterblock - ASUS P8P67 Pro B3- 8GB G.SKILL Sniper - Sapphire HD7970 w/ Heatkiller Core LC waterblock - Fractal Define R3 Black - Seasonic X460FL Passive - 2 Samsung SSD830 128gb RAID 0 - XSPC RX360 - XSPC Bayres w/ D5 pump - Rosewill Hyperborea fans - Dell U2713HM - Klipsch Promedia 2.1

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    • #92
      Oh you're right!!! How did I miss that?!? I will have to order one of those. I'll wait for a couple testimonials to make sure it works then I'll return it to the Egg.

      Edit: I want an HTPC case because my primary monitor is a 42" TV and the logical place for the computer is right below the TV amongst my other A/V components. I just want it to look good and fit on whatever A/V rack I end up buying.


      EDIT: Crap!

      "# VGA Replacement Only Return Policy

      1. Summary
      1.
      * Return for refund within: non-refundable
      * Return for replacement within: 30 days
      2. Detail
      1. Products that state "This item is covered by Newegg.com's Replacement Only 30-Day Return Policy", or items labeled as “Non-refundable” (or similar labeling) must be returned to Newegg within 30 days of the invoice date for this policy to apply. Products covered by this return policy may only be returned for a replacement of the same or equivalent item. “Return” constitutes receipt of the product by Newegg, and not the mere issuance of an RMA.

      The following conditions are not acceptable for return, and will result in the merchandise you have returned to Newegg being returned to you:
      * Cards exhibiting physical damage
      * Cards that are missing the manufacturer label containing model number, part number or serial number
      * Cards that are missing the manufacturer warranty label
      * Cards returned without all included accessories, bonus games, and documentation"

      Damn fine print. I guess I will hold on to this for my Dad's Hack.
      Monitor: Dell u3011h, Dell u2211h
      Rig: i7-875k @ 3.2Ghz, GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P Rev 2.0, XFX HD5770 1GB, Corsair H70 cooler, G. Skill 4x2GB 1608Mhz 7-8-7-24,
      CORSAIR 850HX, Intel X-25M 80GB v2 (OSX), 2 x Spinpoint F3 1TB, 3 x Spinpoint F4 2TB, 1 x Seagate Barracude 500GB

      OS: Windows 7 Professional 64 bit and OS X 10.6.7
      Laptop: 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo Macbook Pro

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      • #93
        Originally posted by Grovestand View Post
        Oh you're right!!! How did I miss that?!? I will have to order one of those. I'll wait for a couple testimonials to make sure it works then I'll return it to the Egg.

        Edit: I want an HTPC case because my primary monitor is a 42" TV and the logical place for the computer is right below the TV amongst my other A/V components. I just want it to look good and fit on whatever A/V rack I end up buying.
        Yea I read mac announcements even though i'm never going to buy a mac. Helps to know your enemy.

        It sounds like this is going to be a relatively noisy rig for your home theater. Personally, I would rather a larger case that offers much quieter cooling. Once you lose the small form factor, you can improve the overall acoustics.
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        "SANDY ELITE" - Intel Sandy Bridge 2500K w/ XSPC raystorm waterblock - ASUS P8P67 Pro B3- 8GB G.SKILL Sniper - Sapphire HD7970 w/ Heatkiller Core LC waterblock - Fractal Define R3 Black - Seasonic X460FL Passive - 2 Samsung SSD830 128gb RAID 0 - XSPC RX360 - XSPC Bayres w/ D5 pump - Rosewill Hyperborea fans - Dell U2713HM - Klipsch Promedia 2.1

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        • #94
          It's not really a home theater. It's just my desktop that serves double duty as an HTPC. Someday if I'm going to actually build an HTPC I will transfer the guts of this machine to a different one. And this case is not small at all. I think with a couple of modifications it will be quiet and cool.

          Apple's OS is great. I only have a problem with their pricing and refusal to allow their software to be run on proprietary systems. For music/video Logic and FCPro can't be beat. AFAIK. And for gaming you can dual boot Windows... Moving to the 5850 and aftermarket CPU cooling will quiet the case down a bit. Maybe I won't need as many fans then. Also, like I said, moving/removing the HDD cage (which may be necessary to accomodate the larger GPU anyway.
          Monitor: Dell u3011h, Dell u2211h
          Rig: i7-875k @ 3.2Ghz, GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P Rev 2.0, XFX HD5770 1GB, Corsair H70 cooler, G. Skill 4x2GB 1608Mhz 7-8-7-24,
          CORSAIR 850HX, Intel X-25M 80GB v2 (OSX), 2 x Spinpoint F3 1TB, 3 x Spinpoint F4 2TB, 1 x Seagate Barracude 500GB

          OS: Windows 7 Professional 64 bit and OS X 10.6.7
          Laptop: 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo Macbook Pro

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          • #95
            Steam and many Steam games support Mac OSX now. The only games worth playing anyway are Valve games like Left 4 Dead and Team Fortress.
            http://steamcommunity.com/id/apetech

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            • #96
              Just an update, I returned the 5870 ($400 is too much money) and got an X-25M another F3 1tb and an HD 5770. I haven't cleaned it up or purchased an aftermarket cooler, but I will posts pictures when I do.
              Monitor: Dell u3011h, Dell u2211h
              Rig: i7-875k @ 3.2Ghz, GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P Rev 2.0, XFX HD5770 1GB, Corsair H70 cooler, G. Skill 4x2GB 1608Mhz 7-8-7-24,
              CORSAIR 850HX, Intel X-25M 80GB v2 (OSX), 2 x Spinpoint F3 1TB, 3 x Spinpoint F4 2TB, 1 x Seagate Barracude 500GB

              OS: Windows 7 Professional 64 bit and OS X 10.6.7
              Laptop: 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo Macbook Pro

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              • #97
                Hey all,

                I have built several systems over the years, also cleaned a few of them up, bu rebuilding them like my Dual Pentium 3 from 2000 , just to relive that 2CPU dream of back then hehe.

                So here they are incl the VGA table

                Blue Leader SMP 2009


                Dual Quad Core AMD OpteronDP 2380 C2 Shanghai HT1.1 8x 2500Mhz, 8x 512KB L2, 2x 6144KB L3
                4x 4096MB PC2-6400 ECC Reg Kingston Value Ram in Quad Channel DDR2-800 mode [Two Dual Channel DDR2-800 Pools in system one per Quad Core CPU, hence two CPU's, thus Quad Channel DDR2-800]
                Supermicro H8DAE-2 NVIDIA NFORCE 3600 Professional + MCP55 Pro + IO55
                1x Supermicro SIM LP-B IPMI 2.0 Card 16MB SDRAM
                1x EVGA GeForce GTX 295 Red Edition PCI-E 1792MB 896Bit GDDR3 [in practical 2x 896MB 448Bit GDDR3]
                In 32 Lane Quad SLI with
                1x EVGA GeForce GTX 295 Red Edition Golden Sample PCI-E 1792MB 896Bit GDDR3 [in practical 2x 896MB 448Bit GDDR3] 1 of 20 known worldwide, of all 103 GTX 295 RE's made]
                Onboard Realtek HD Audio
                2x Broadcom 1Gigabit Ethernet Adapters
                4x Western Digital Caviar 500GB RE3 24/7 series 32MB Cache RAID0
                Antec True Power Quattro Series 1000Watt EPS12V + 2.3V
                Lian Li PC-A7010 Black Server Tower
                iiyama ProLite B2403WS-B1 24" TFT

                And then I have this system as ATi / 3dfx system, also a test system for all PCI,AGP x4 & AGP x8 cards in my VGA Card collection and this is the one I used for FS 2004:

                Sveta SMP 2004


                Dual AMD OpteronMP 850 CG Sledgehammer HT1.0, 2x 2405Mhz , 2x 1024KB L2
                2x 1024MB PC-3200 ECC Reg Kingston Value Ram in Dual DDR-400 mode, on one ram pool for the main CPU with this system]
                Micro-Star International MS-9130 K8T Master2-FAR VIA K8T800 chipset
                Hightech Industry Systems ATi Radeon HD 3850 ICEQ3 Turbo AGP 512MB 256Bit GDDR3 aka HIS HD 3870 AGP as Main VGA
                3dfx Interactive Voodoo5 5500 PCI Macintosh 64MB 256Bit SDR [in practical 2x 32MB 128Bit SDR] PC Flashed to Bios 1.18_LCD as Secondary VGA
                Onboard Realtek AC'97 2.1 sound
                1x Broadcom 1Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
                1x Intel Pro 100/S Desktop Adapter as secondary network device
                1x 250GB Western Digital Caviar SE 16MB Cache UATA 133 Main HDD
                1x 320GB Western Digital Caviar RE2 16MB Cache SATA II 300 @ SATA I 150 Secondary HDD
                Enermax Modu82+ 525Watt PSU EPS12V + 2.3V
                Addtronics 6896-A Entry Level Server Tower aka High Tower
                Compaq S710 17" CRT

                This is my lanbox and test system for all my PCI-Express cards in my VGA card collection, it also will be used to test the upcoming GTX 480 with FSX+ SP2+ REX 2.0HD:

                Firefox X58


                Intel Core i7 930 D0 Bloomfield Land Grid Array 1366, 4x 2800Mhz, 4x 256KB L2, 1x 8192KB L3
                3x 2048MB PC3-12800 Corsair Dominator in Tri Channel DDR3-1333 mode at the moment.
                EVGA E758 X58 3x SLI Motherboard with the Intel X58 Tylersburg Chipset
                1x Hightech Industry Systems ATi Radeon HD 4870 ICEQ4+ PCI-E 1024MB GDDR5
                in 32 Lane 2-Way CFX with:
                1x Pine XFX ATi Radeon HD 4870 XXX Edition PCI-E 1024MB GDDR5 [Limited 12 Layer PCB Test Sample, "Card 019" of 032 made in the world]
                2x 500GB Western Digital Caviar RE3 24/7 series HDD's in Raid 0
                Antec True Power Quattro Series 850Watt EPS12V + 2.3V
                Lian Li PC-60 MK II + PC-65USD Side window
                Gold Leader's Hangar Bay Mod + Gold Leader's Koensayr BTL-S3 Y-Wing Starfighter
                2x 30CM Sharkoon Blue CCFL's
                2x 30CM Sharkoon Yellow CCFL's
                2x 80mm x 80mm x 25mm Antec Tri Cool Red / Green / Blue Tri-Led Fans, 1 in rear & 1 in ceiling
                1x 120mm x 120mm x 25mm Antec tri-Cool Green ledded fan in front as intake.
                Samsung SyncMaster 943-BW 19" 720p HD TFT max reso 1440 x 900 x32 @ 75 Herz Contrast = 2000:1 Dynamic Contrast is 50.000:1 good for the marketing that last one xD

                Here a shot of it with the Dual Opterons left and right of it:


                Then there is te Emergency system, just if all goes wrong I can always fall back on this system, it's powered by NVIDIA & 3dfx, which I did run Falcon 4.0 and Flanker 2.51 on sometime in the past

                Gradinko SMP 2000


                Dual Pentium!!!/EB 1000Mhz Coppermine, 2x 998,5Mhz, 2x 256KB L2
                ABiT VP6 Raid Ver 1.0
                4x 256MB PC-133 Micron Crucial
                Leadtek GeForce 6800 AGP 128MB 256Bit DDR1 @ AGP x4
                3dfx Voodoo5 5500 PCI 64MB 256Bit SDR Rev.A1 2900 [in practical 2x 32MB 128Bit SDR]
                Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 Platinum eX
                Intel Pro/1000 MT Fast Ethernet Adapter
                ASUS NEC 4 ported USB 2.0 PCI 32 bit card
                1x Maxtor Diamondmax 10+ 160 GB 7200 rpm Ultra ATA 133 HDD @ Ultra ATA 100
                1x Seagate Barracuda V 10+ 80 GB 7200 rpm Ultra ATA 133 HDD @ Ultra ATA 100
                1x NEC DVD-RW ND 1300A Ultra ATA 100
                Addtronics 7896A Server Tower
                Enermax EG365VE 350 Watt PSU
                EIZO FlexScan T662-T 20″ CRT

                WinXP Pro USA + SP3
                DirectX9 August 2009 Release
                Forceware 81.24 WHQL for GF 6800 AGP
                SFFT Alpha 41 Modified by ps47 for V5 5500 PCI

                And for on the go I have this one which is powered by ATi, which I used for FS2004 on the go, it ran fine @ 1280 x 800 x32 max settings + FSAA x4 and AF x8:

                Yoda


                Dell Inspiron 9100 Xtreme Limited Edition [1 of 2000 Made Worldwide]

                Intel Pentium4/E 3400 HT @ 3400Mhz 1x 1024KB L2, 800Mhz FSB
                Intel i865 GE Mobile Chipset based Motherboard
                2x 512MB PC-3200 CL3 Infineon in Dual Channel DDR-400 Mode
                ATi M18 Mobility Radeon 9800 AGP 256MB 256Bit DDRII
                1x Hitatchi 100GB ATA 100 4200 rpm HDD
                15,4" WUXGA TFT Max Reso: 1920 x 1200 x32 @ 60 Herz, most usable Reso: 1280 x 800 x32 @ 60 Herz

                So yeah that is all my hardware, since this was a hardware thread for hardware freaks or nerds hehe, the cards that have been tested in all of these systems except the laptop of course are these:


                Here it stands in my living room with a B747-SP44 from South African on it, this aircraft is named: HANTAM, it was SA's last operating SP44 til October 2003:


                All of them are perfectly functional also, including the 1 NVIDIA & 3 ATi Engineering Samples:

                ATi Radeon HD 2900 XTX PCI-E 512MB 512Bit GDDR3 Rev.A11 0639 [Year 2006, Week 39, Black Cooler]
                ATi Radeon HD 2900 XTX PCI-E 1024MB 512Bit GDDR4 Rev.A13 0705 [Year 2007, Week 05, Red Cooler]
                ATi Radeon HD 4870 PCI-E 512MB 256Bit GDDR5 Rev.A12 0824 [Year 2008, week 24, Red Cooler]
                NVIDIA GeForce3-Ti500 AGP 64MB 128Bit SGR Rev.A00 4401 [Week 44, Year 2001, Lime Green Cooler]

                All of these have had their fight sim runs as well, the HD 2900XTXT 1024MB was very interesting, it loved FSX alot somehow, The HD 2900 XTX cards werre never released to the market, the HD 2900 XTX program was canned in Q3 2007, because of it's complexity qua cooling design and memory leakage when FSAA and AF were combined, it seemed to be similar to the hardware design fault the Matrox Parhelia's had.
                Tylosaurus Proriger, a 12 to 14 Meter Mosasaur that ruled the seas of the Late Cretacious.
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                • #98
                  Whoa, nice coffee table!
                  Desktop: Intel Core i7 860 Lynnfield 2.8 Ghz @ 3.40 Ghz | Gigabyte P55-UD5 | 4 GB DDR3 G. Skill Ripjaws | Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 | OCZ Vertex 2 120 GB | Creative X-Fi Platinum | Corsair 750TX PSU | Antec 900 Case
                  Laptop: Dell Studio XPS 16
                  DJax Music Blog: http://djaxmusic.blogspot.com/

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                  • #99
                    Damn that's pretty cool. It would be cool to have a table like that but I could never have anything like that my self. If I had that many graphics cards they would all be on eBay asap. xD
                    Desktop:
                    Core i5 2500K @ 4.4GHz / TRUE120 / 8GB DDR3 1333MHz / Z68A-G43 / Samsung 850 Evo 500GB / Fractal Define R4 / R9 290X (Kraken G10 + H80) undervolted-50mV @1080MHz / GS600W / X-Star DP2710 @ 80Hz

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                    • Obi... that coffee table has style!
                      Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast.
                      Wooden HTPC Build

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                      • Originally posted by jplum1556 View Post
                        Obi... that coffee table has style!
                        Core2Quad 9550 | ASUS P5Q Pro | 8GB DDR2-800 | HIS IceQ Turbo 6970 | SeaSonic X750 Gold | Antec P180B | Windows Vista 64-bit
                        Phenom X2 7750 | MSI K9A2 Platinum | 4GB DDR2-800 | XFX Radeon 5870 |

                        SeaSonic X750 Gold | Thermaltake Shark | Windows 7 64-bit
                        Athlon X2 5600+ | EPoX MF570SLI | 4GB DDR2-800 | 8TB RAID 10 | Thermaltake ToughPower 700W | Apple PowerMac G5 case | TBD Linux distro
                        Athlon XP 2800+ | MSI KT4V-L | 2GB DDR-333 | HIS Radeon 3850 AGP | Antec NeoPower 480W | custom painted case | currently broken
                        Athlon 1.333GHz | MSI K7T266Pro | 1.4GB DDR-266 | 3dfx Voodoo 3000 PCI | generic 250W | custom Lexan SFF case | Windows 98SE
                        Preshottt 3.2GHz | Gigabyte GA-945GCM | 2GB DDR2-800 | Intel GMA 950 | FSP Saga+ 450W | Systemax Tiger μATX case | Linux Mint 8


                        No pun intended, no punishment. If I offended you, you needed it.

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                        • hehe thanks for your kinds replies everyone as for the VGA cards asap on ebay? heh that never, too many rarieties in there, as a collector I see such things to a much different perspective, but yeah, I have to admit they bring alot of colour to my living room, the rarest card in there is the Black HD 2900 XTX Engineering Sample, which does attract most attention with the Red HD 2900 XTX Engineering Sample, these two are like magnets to most of my mates, even asking me how on earth did you get those and where!!! I was like have patience and search off ebay 3 times a day, and wait for the right moment.

                          I have tested all cards in the computers and workstations I own and none of them are defect, as for selling them I don't think they are worth selling, I really wanted all of them,and searching for some isn't just worth selling imo, took me a few years to obtain these odd balls.

                          But yeah we all have our own styles which is a good thing, it's good to be different me thinks and hey CapnBFG, you avatar remnds me of Magnum P.I. [Private Inspector] from 1986 to 1989, I always watched this show haha , he drives a Ferarri Testarosa from 1986 and a Black Modified Huges H500 Helicopter rofl. Always had good action that show, owning the streets of Miami Vice, Magnum P.I.'s name was Tom, although dunno his sirname though.
                          Tylosaurus Proriger, a 12 to 14 Meter Mosasaur that ruled the seas of the Late Cretacious.
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