I ordered a custom made pc online

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  1. Joaquin Sleuth Registered Senior Member

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    The Specs

    Processor (CPU):
    Intel® Core™2 Extreme QX9770 (4 X 3.2GHz) 1600MHz FSB/12MB Cache

    Memory (RAM):
    4GB CORSAIR XMS3 DHX DDR3 1600MHz - LIFETIME WARRANTY

    Motherboard:
    ASUS® STRIKER || EXTREME: DUAL DDR3, S-ATA II, 3 x X16 VGA

    Operating System:
    Genuine Windows Vista™ Ultimate 64-bit Edition + SP1, CD

    USB Options:
    CORSAIR SURVIVOR 8 GB USB 2.0 PEN DRIVE

    Memory - 1st Hard Disk:
    1000GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 32MB CACHE (7,200rpm)

    2nd Hard Disk:
    1000GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 32MB CACHE (7,200rpm)

    3rd Hard Disk:
    1000GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 32MB CACHE (7,200rpm)

    RAID (HDD 1 & 2):
    RAID 0(STRIPE)

    1st CD/DVD Drive:
    16x DVD-ROM & 52x CD-ROM Drive

    2nd CD/DVD Drive:
    6x BLU-RAY Writer & HD-DVD ROM Drive, 16x DVD ±R/±RW

    Graphics Card:
    1024MB GEFORCE GTX280 PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT

    2nd Graphics Card:
    1024MB GEFORCE GTX280 PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT

    3rd Graphics Card:
    NONE

    Sound Card:
    Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ Xtreme Music 7.1:

    Modem:
    NONE, I WILL BE USING BROADBAND:

    Network Facilities:
    WIRELESS 54Mbps NETWORK CARD

    Floppy Disk Drive:
    NONE

    Memory Card Reader:
    INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (READS XD, MS, CF, SD, etc)

    Case:
    CoolerMaster Cosmos S Black Aluminium Case

    Power Supply & Case Cooling:
    1010W Quiet Quad Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan

    Processor Cooling:
    ASUS SILENT KNIGHT II PURE COPPER ULTRA COOLER

    Firewire & Video Editing:
    2 x IEEE 1394a FIREWIRE PORTS (1 onboard, 1 at back panel)

    TV Card:
    NONE

    Monitor:
    LG W2452T 24 inch Wide: HDMI/D-Sub/5MS/1920 x 1200

    2nd Monitor:
    NONE

    DVI Cable:
    NONE

    Keyboard & Mouse:
    Logitech® Cordless Keyboard & Rechargeable Mouse(Black)

    Mouse:
    Logitech® G5 2007 Edition Corded Laser Gaming Mouse

    Speakers:
    CREATIVE INSPIRE 7.1 T7900 SPEAKER SYSTEM

    Printer:
    NONE

    Surge Protection:
    2 x Belkin 4 Socket 2M Surge Protector (8 Sockets)

    I'm just waiting for it now. It was way cheaper than any other website that could give me the same specifications.
     
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  3. nietzschefan Thread Killer Valued Senior Member

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    I sure hope that was for bragging rights(about spending lots of wasted dollars). You made quite a few mistakes. Did you do some research first?
     
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  5. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    What is this for anyway, gaming only or??? Seems an interesting choice of components. How much did you pay if I might inquire?
     
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  7. John99 Banned Banned

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    It sounds pretty good at first glance but i have been out of the loop afa PC buidling for a year or so. Funny thing is that so many people kep asking me to build their ystems so i should be building one in a few weeks for a friend.

    First question is whaere did you buy from? I usually just go to newegg but open to suggestions too.

    Asus mb's are my favorite so youi probably made a good choice there.

    The only thing i really find interesting is the 3 TBs of storage, that seems like overkill but i guess you know what you need.

    Speaking of HD's how are the 10k RPM SATA's coming along? are they reliable because i think instead of the 7200 maybe you should have went with 10K.

    *1600MHz FSB/12MB Cache......yowza.
     
  8. Joaquin Sleuth Registered Senior Member

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    Well it's in processing still so i can change a few things but yeah right now i'm doing well moneywise and just had a big payment(housesale, will) recently. So the money factor wasnt an issue and i havent really gone overboard in the price sense. It was better than all the other quotes i had from rival companies to be fair.

    If i built this myself it would likely cost more because of shipping of the parts, vat...etc...anyway.

    I went with PcSpecialist in the end after days of looking for the best possible price and getting quotes from the places near me.

    Well with the hard disks but they had a special offer on a third so i thought i'd get another. It's just being prepared at the moment so i can change a few things.

    If i went with a cheaper cpu i wouldve saved 500 but i heard this quad core was probably the best for gaming terms.

    All in all i came to just over 3k with vat.
     
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  9. nietzschefan Thread Killer Valued Senior Member

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    If you go for velociraptors - you'd better get 2. 2 7200 Raid 0'd beat a 10K drive. So you get one 10K drive you get 2 and raid 0 'em.

    Now that's about 6X the cost of 7200 drives - for nearly no difference, except seek times and throughput on big files. Even tech fiends would require benchmarking to notice a difference.

    The OP might as well have done it though, if he is going to waste money on DDR3, massive PS to power two overpowered cards, that are for a DX not even created yet and probably never will.
     
  10. John99 Banned Banned

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    Thats true but i dont care for RAID 0 dut to the fact if one drive fails then there goes all the data so basically you are doubling the risk. Sometimes you need to use RAID though.

    Also, i agree that the PSU seems to be ridiculously overpowered.
     
  11. nietzschefan Thread Killer Valued Senior Member

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    Well then you have a 3rd(big) harddrive to store data you want to keep. Run OS and programs on the raid'd drive and then it doesn't even have to be that big(and shouldn't be too big - so it remains extra speedy).
     
  12. John99 Banned Banned

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    One thing i would look for is 1394B on the mb.
     
  13. nietzschefan Thread Killer Valued Senior Member

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    Pretty standard. You can get cases that will hook up the port to the front of the case. I have the striker II Formula(kinda a mistake myself - not so great for overclocking) I hooked a sata port on the front of my case to the sata on the MB. Hot plug sata. Antec makes great cases.
     
  14. John99 Banned Banned

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    That is good to know. Antec cases are my favorite too.
     
  15. Joaquin Sleuth Registered Senior Member

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    I made a mistake there actually. I asked for a Raid 0(stripe) yesterday just didnt check the quote. I picked it for speed to be honest. It'll be best speed and capacity wise even though it uses all the hd's. Velociraptors would be much faster but they havent got enough space for me.
     
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  16. patriziocado Registered Member

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    Just ordered the same from pc specialist!

    Hi mate, just came across your discussion and realised its exactly the same spec as what i have ordered but i got the 10k velociraptor HD. I was wndering if you had received your beast of a machine yet and wondered how you were getting on with it, mine should be arriving next week...

    Thanks
    Pat
     
  17. darksidZz Valued Senior Member

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    Can we say insane? That configuration is so massively crazy he must be hacking into supercomputers or programming a virtual girlfriend! lmao

    Can we say XBOX 360 & Projector Screen?!

    haha

    Seriously I'll tell you what's been done wrong here....

    Memory is fine, I have 4 GB too, infact windows vista sucks without it

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    Mobo is fine

    Vista x64...... now that's where I just had major issues with alot of software and hardware not working right. I tried playing Morrowind but the video would playback with skips and stuff, heck after awhile I gave up and tried XP SP3, that made x64 look like a dinosaur itself. But I'm on x32 now and it's much, much better.

    Graphics cards :\ maybe good maybe bad.. I mean 2 increases risk for failure right? Limit components and limit failure rates that's always been my take. Sam with your HD's but there my friend I'd have done one better....

    I would really have gotten extractable bays for the HD's, that is so cool and simple, you can then pop one out after the other and try different configurations with linux, vista, hell anything. Much simplier than having it screwed in :|

    Best of luck, luV !
     
  18. Norsefire Salam Shalom Salom Registered Senior Member

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    Nice one. I bought a new PC only a few months ago. I was gonna build but meh. It runs most of my games well enough so I'm not complaining.

    Have fun, mate.
     
  19. redarmy11 Registered Senior Member

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    Yes have fun, your new PC sounds sexy. It'll be a toothless old hag two years from now though.

    I am presently failing to see the good sense in paying top dollar for ultra-high-end systems that are obsolete before you've paid off the bank loans.
     
  20. Joaquin Sleuth Registered Senior Member

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    I've been really cheesed off lately as the order has taken more than 15 days and has yet to come. It has been built and it's testing now. It should be with me sometime this week. It's all been bought and paid for. It was actually built in under a week. They have a policy though that each order takes 15-20 days.
     
  21. Xelios We're setting you adrift idiot Registered Senior Member

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    I spent one summer at VoodooPC putting together $5000+ machines (way overpriced I might add). Turnaround time for a computer was 2-3 weeks, but a lot of work went into them (don't even ask about the custom built notebooks...). Cases were custom built and airbrushed on site, cleaning up the cable salad inside was a pain and water cooling had to be hooked up on most of them. Putting all the components together was by far the easiest part of the job.

    Then Windows gets installed and someone spends a few hours tweaking everything and overclocking the thing. After that it gets several hours of intensive testing with Prime95, memtest, Furmark etc. Sometimes at this stage a component would turn out to be bad (usually memory), which sets everything back a few days.

    But at the end of all that, you get a very overpriced Ferrari of the computer world. Even the box it comes in plays music when you open it.
     
  22. Joaquin Sleuth Registered Senior Member

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    It's all come spot on, but their are minor problems. Everytime i restart it gives the safe mode, starts windows normally options everytime and then it doesnt load into windows. Probably simple to fix just dont know how to do it. I reinstalled vista twice and wiped the old files. When i rang the company they just arent specific. They just give me simple answers to the problem. Fuck i've paid alot for this pc and they wont even walk me through it.
     
  23. John99 Banned Banned

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    That is really weird because i wonder how they tested it. Have you deleted\installed video card driver or looked for an update.

    You probably did this stuf al;ready but if that does not help than try with just one video card. Of course you casn just use the warantee. (SP)
     
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