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11-13-11, 1:54 AM

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So yesterday Catpaw tossed the idea for such a thread after a little talk about PC hardware and video playback in the "what are you watching now" thread, so I've decided to go ahead and create it.

This thread will be here for us talk about our current PC's/hardware, tricks to make it work better, tech help, PC build requests (as in, specs! Unless you live near me that is, in that case I can build it physically just fine! I've been building PC's since I was 16), tablets, cellphones, etc etc etc.

Catpaw mentioned yesterday that we should talk about our "battlestations" or something like that, heheh. Well, here they are:

My gaming/decoding PC:

CPU: Phenom II x4 965 BE @ 4.1ghz (Mugen II REV.B cooler, Push-Pull configuration, Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste, 1.450vcore)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3
GPU: Sapphire AMD Radeon 6850 HD
RAM: 2x4GB Corsair XMS DDR3 1333 RAM
Storage: 1x80GB Intel SSD

Sound, network - onboard stuff

My Parents' PC/My NAS/HTPC

CPU: Athlon II x3 445 @ 3.1ghz (runs pretty cool using the Phenom x4 stock cooler!)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L
GPU: XFX AMD Radeon 6670 HD
RAM: 2x2GB Gskill DDR3 1333 RAM
Storage: 1x80GB HDD (from oooooold PC), 2x2TB HDD's in Raid 1

My Laptop
(slightly upgraded Acer 5745G)
CPU: Core i7 740qm
GPU: Nvidia Geforce 420m
RAM: 3x2GB Samsung DDR3 1333 RAM
Storage: 1x500GB HDD

I hope that you like the thread and don't mind the initiative, it's all for usefulness and good fun =D
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11-13-11, 7:46 AM

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Haha well done in opening the thread! My turn now i guess :)
About "battlestations": sometimes on PC forums there's a thread where people post their creations, you see triple widescreens and neon-lighted, liquid-cooled cases. If someone is a fan of the genre, or just wants to show us the place where he/she writes from, please go ahead ^^ (it's not necessary to include anything besides the actual pc/notebook/etc).

Main pc:
CPU: intel core I5 660 3.33GHz 4Mb
Motherboard: gigabyte p55A-UD3
GPU: zotac GTX456 1Gb GDDR5
RAM: patriot ddr3 4Gb (2x2Gb) 1600 VI
Storage: 3x seagate 500Gb barracuda 16Mb (+1 USB 3.0 verbatim 1Tb external)
Tablet: Wacom Bamboo fun medium (2010 model)
Sound: 2x Sony ss-rx88 (80W)

I kept my older pc with winxp just to play Higurashi Daybreak so i have 2 on my desk now since an year or so. I don't remember the specifics, but it's nothing noteworthy xD
My next buy will probably be another 2 external HD's like the one i already have.

@xen20: great machines, even your laptop has an i7! *_*
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11-13-11, 8:37 AM

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@Catpaw:
Thanks! That laptop was initially a straight-up desktop fill-in, which is why I opted for something with an i7 and *decent* discrete graphics and not something more appropriate, like a Pentium based lappy w/integrated graphics. Intel's engineering is truly genius sometimes, because it packs a huge punch, not something that you'd expect from a laptop. The PC that preceded it was a Pentium 4, so it was an enormous leap forward ^_^

Yours is a nice set-up. Socket 1156, is it? You have a nice CPU. At stock, despite being a hyperthreaded dual-core, it performs quite closely behind my Phenom, a true quad.

That NAS box actually dual-boots XP and W7, just for convenience's sake. What's Higurashi Daybreak?

I don't dabble in that case mod/water cooling/triple monitor business though. It's either too expensive or has limited uses. My own monitor is a 24" ASUS VE248H, big enough and great enough (got it rahter cheap as well)
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11-13-11, 1:42 PM

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Thanks! Uhm, to be honest i don't know anyhing about sockets :( i just amateurishly read about components and tinker with programs, but i'm no good at assembling pc's from scratch.

Higurashi Daybreak is a doujin shooting game based on the Higurashi franchise. It's entirely 2vs2 (with AI ally and opponents for the storymode) similar to the Gundam ones because the visual is locked on the enemy. The game has some problems running on the latest machines for processors issues, there is a solution that should work but involves modifying some settings of win7 i'm not familiar with, so i just go with the old pc to be sure : )

Haha i'm not into "tuning" too, but i like watching those strange machines ^^
Forgot to add, my monitor is a 19" Hanns g 1280x1024. I don't like 16:9 at all, but is difficult to find 4:3 nowadays, this was one of the last in the shop ç_ç
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11-14-11, 12:54 PM

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Heh. Myself, I can't go back to 4:3 after so many years of 16:9. I love 16:9!
If you'll ever need to upgrade your CPU... just remember the name: i5 750. That's a truly great CPU.
 
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11-14-11, 1:24 PM

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I have replaced the sticker of the laptop details with Moomin stickers so I don't have any clue about my laptop. But I know it's Acer! I also have Hyundai's 22" screen attached to it + loudspeakers from 90's.

 
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11-14-11, 1:29 PM

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Lumikki said:
I have replaced the sticker of the laptop details with Moomin stickers so I don't have any clue about my laptop. But I know it's Acer! I also have Hyundai's 22" screen attached to it + loudspeakers from 90's.

If you ever need the specs (unlikely, since a laptop is unfriendly to upgrades), use speccy.
http://www.piriform.com/speccy

I also run my laptop with my screen when at home.
My main PC, I never turn on unless I'm gonna game. It's an incredible electricity hog thanks to that OC.
 
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11-14-11, 1:37 PM

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Thanks!

I got:

Operating System
MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
CPU
Intel Pentium T4300 @ 2.10GHz 46 °C
Penryn 45nm Technology
RAM
4,00 Gt Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 399MHz (6-6-6-18)
Motherboard
Acer JV50 (U2E1) 57 °C
Graphics
Generic PnP Monitor (1366x768@60Hz)
N220W D-sub (1440x900@75Hz)
Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
Hard Drives
488GB Western Digital WDC WD5000BEVT-22ZAT0 (SATA) 43 °C
Optical Drives
TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L633B
Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio

 
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11-14-11, 1:43 PM

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It's pretty nice. If I were buying one today, that'd be the direction I'd go in.

My own specs sticker doesn't reflect my PC completely either :P
 
11-14-11, 2:52 PM

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@xen20: thanks for the advice on the i5. I didn't buy anything more powerful because they were too expensive :)
I only have one sticker on my pc, guess they forgot the others... or most probably they're in the box and i didn't bother to search xD
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11-14-11, 2:58 PM

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Mine:


Operating System
MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
CPU
Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T6600 @ 2.20GHz 61 °C
Penryn 45nm Technology
RAM
4,00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 398MHz (6-6-6-18)
Motherboard
Dell Inc. 0C234M (U2E1) 51 °C
Graphics
Οθόνη PnP γενικής χρήσης (1366x768@59Hz)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 (Dell) 52 °C
Hard Drives
313GB Western Digital WDC WD3200BJKT-75F4T0 ATA Device (SATA) 42 °C
Optical Drives
TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-T633C ATA Device
Audio
IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
“In a mad world, only the mad are sane.”Akira Kurosawa
 
11-15-11, 12:02 AM

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Catpaw said:
@xen20: thanks for the advice on the i5. I didn't buy anything more powerful because they were too expensive :)
I only have one sticker on my pc, guess they forgot the others... or most probably they're in the box and i didn't bother to search xD

Sadly, "too expensive" is the general rule with Intel CPU's. Every time I try to assemble an Intel based machine versus an AMD based equivalent, up to a certain point, AMD always ends up either the same price and better, or cheaper and better. Going high-end though, Intel simply outclasses AMD these days. My initial PC was going to be i5-2500k based, but 1) it's too expensive and 2) my Phenom is still damn powerful.

My first two PC's also had their stickers forgotten. Look around =D

@Justice: Update to W7 Service Pack 1. It optimizes the OS and makes it more secure.
 
11-15-11, 12:11 AM

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weee ill join tho i use to care about building powerful machines...then i did build a powerful machine and never used it for gaming, so i stopped caring lol. but i do like having a laptop thats nice since its all i use.

# Intel Core i7-2630QM Processor 2.0 GHz (2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology), 6MB L3 Cache
# Configured with 6GB DDR3 1333MHz (max 8GB)
# 640GB (7200 RPM); Serial ATA hard disk drive with TOSHIBA Hard Drive Impact Sensor,Blu-ray Disc read-only disc drive
# 18.4" diagonal widescreen TruBrite TFT display, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M

^thats my laptop^ and its the first and last toshiba i will buy
 
11-15-11, 5:32 AM

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Thanks! I'll make sure to do that. Didn't know I didn't already have SP1. I want to call my pc technician to do some stuff to my laptop so I'll tell him about that too.
I got also worried about the temp of my CPU.. it was over 60 degrees...
should I worry or not? I don't use an external cooling system..
“In a mad world, only the mad are sane.”Akira Kurosawa
 
11-15-11, 6:15 AM

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My lappy CPU goes to a mighty 87c under load. I don't know how high yours manages to climb, but Intel CPU's are generally quite resistant to heat. 60c is absolutely nothing to worry about. People run several desktop Intel CPU's at a 78-80c load, so you're okay. For reference, here's how my laptop compares (not load, idle ATM)

Operating System
MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
CPU
Intel Core i7 740QM @ 1.73GHz 52 °C
Clarksfield 45nm Technology
RAM
6.0GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard
Acer ZR7 (CPU) 53 °C
Graphics
Generic PnP Monitor (1366x768@60Hz)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 420M
Hard Drives
488GB Western Digital WDC WD5000BEVT-22A0RT0 (SATA) 32 °C
Optical Drives
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT31N
Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio

@Corsair: I hear ya. When fixing laptops, most of the ones I encounter are either HP or Toshiba. Nice specs though.
 
11-15-11, 8:25 AM

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I just bought the cheapest laptop I could get from the christmas sales couple of years ago. I have been satisfied so far, so soft to use and it has a full keyboard.

xen, your computer seems to be quite similar to mine, but what is Windows Ultimate? Never heard of that.

 
11-15-11, 8:29 AM

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It's the same as W7 Home Premium, plus a couple of nifty features like the ability to run a virtual winxp machine inside win7 and switchable interface languages. I run mine in French since I'm studying it right now.
 
11-15-11, 8:44 AM

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Interesting :D what if your computer tilts and starts yelling something in French and you don't understand a shit :'D

My laptop's language is Finnish AND Saami. Yes, my laptop is so genius bc it can handle two different languages in the same time XD But I have also Russian (RuSlav) and Norwegian/Danish keyboard.

 
11-15-11, 8:52 AM

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I'm beyond the point of not understanding shit, luckily... so it can bring... it. I never dropped it though, just tried to hit my mom's cat with it after it decided to jump on a motherboard from a computer that I was assembling.

Funnily enough, there's no Russian on my laptop KB, even with it being my mother tongue.
 
11-15-11, 9:21 AM

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I only have a 7 year old laptop that I do all my crap off of. 1gb of ram, I don't remember or care about all the other specs. Suffice to say, it was pretty nice at the time, but now it is amazing I can even work off of it. Got it running Windows 7. It looks like a war veteran, it has deep gouges in the plastic case, the sound bar is actually rusting (product of my time in Japan, stupid rainy season), the touchpad is worn down enough that the middle part doesn't really work anymore, the lcd has dozens of dead or stuck pixels. I think I need a new computer.... "\ Oh well, I will get around to it.
 
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