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About ridgemassey

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  1. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    this makes no sense at allthat psu has 12 sata plugs and from what i can see you are only using 4 two 6950 in cf is fairly straight forward and if your not sure you check the manual there is two cf bridges on in that pick fairly sure you only need the one but i dont think it matters I had the same question on the crossfire bridges...and from what I read, it recommends you use both connectors in case you lose some connectivity (albeit momentarily) in either / or. As to the PSU, I honestly have no idea. Completely outside my area of expertise. I do know that there are: 2 x graphic cards 2 x HDDs 1 x SSD 1 x HDD Drive Caddy 1 x DVD drive all hanging of the PSU...plus of course the MoBo. Anyway, the thing works, it's cool (don't think the CPU has been above 40 degrees yet) and it's fast and it's mine, all mine!!!!
  2. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    Hmmm...did not quite figure that bit out...ah well...
  3. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    It's done! It's finished!! It's built... So, picked up the parts last Thursday, brought them into work. Couple of guys here said they;d help me build the thing...long story short, I was the labour, they were the experts. 2.5 hours later, they stand back and ask me to do the honours and turn the power on... ...nothing! At all!! I am not kidding when I say I practically messed my pants at this point. Back inside they went, into the innard and pressed some things and prodded some others. This time it works. And it's quiet. Windows 7 installs in about 6 minutes - not really timing as by this time I was pretending to work again. 3DMark 11 got about 8,800(ish) which I thought was a poor, poor score...but apparently not. 1 thing for people to note though. The 850W modular PSU did not appear to have enough power for everything I put in the machine and I was 1 x SATA cable short...so had to add that later. The only way the guys could get the 2 graphics cards working was by some minor miracle fiddling and cable magic stuff (that I don't understand). Word of warning, that's all. Oh, and the other thing...if you are cross-firing cards, both monitors MUST be plugged into the primary card. Took me a lot of internet research to work that one out. PLUS, I then did not have the right connectors for the monitors. Should be fixed tonight though. Learnings from a n00b. Pcitures...have some pictures...
  4. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    OK...order now place. I made some late amendments but here is the final, final build: CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Fan: Cooler Master HYPER 212+ Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 Motherboard GPU: HIS Radeon HD6950 2GB IceQ (x2) RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz CL9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 SSD: OCZ Agility 3 3.5in 120GB SSD DVD: Samsung SH-222AB SATA DVDRW Drive Case: Antec P183 V3 Case - almost ordered the P193 by mistake - *phew* Power Supply: Corsair AX-850 850W Monitor: Samsung S24A450BW 24in Widescreen LED Monitor (x2) OS: Windows 7 Home Premium Edition OEM KB & Mouse: Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Combo HDD: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB ST2000DL003 (x2) Extra thingy: Antec Easy SATA Hot Swap Caddy with eSATA Port - used to transfer old data from existing machine plus data backups By waiting an extra day and ensuring I had the right case selected (silly me!) I actually saved over $100. Total price was a little over $2,700 I think...so $200 more than originally budgeted...but I get 2x monitors and 2x graphics cards... I'll try and post some pics of the build once it's completed...which should be tomorrow. No teeth marks on the MoBo...I promise
  5. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    Nah you'll do alright, it's kind of like lego. My lego always used to have teeth marks in it when I was younger...
  6. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    Hehe I never get anything for myself either, but then my wife earns all the money, so seems fair... looking forward to seeing some pics of your build, have you decided whether or not to do it yourself yet? Yep...building it myself. Friend of mine from work who is a certified geek / nerd / lord of all things techie has offered his help. If it was just me, I'd end up with a mess of wires, several snapped and hastily glued on parts and a machine that would then be used to keep doors open. With his help, I will have a kick *ss machine that will practically take of when I git the power button...pics of tte build...since it is a "closed case" (no window), I'll have to take some pics before it's all closed up...good idea...
  7. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    oops...my bad...2 x 6950's (HIS Radeon HD6950 2GB IceQ)
  8. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    Haha gotta love this.. you valiantly tried to hold out but in the end the computer won. I am currently planning a build and as usual am also suffering from this price creep effect: "but this is just an extra $50 and for just an extra $70 I get that" and suddenly you have jumped $600 somehow! But what does your wife/boss think about all this? :) The wife (boss) will tell me to spend the money. I never get anything for myself and give all I earn to the wife and kids. So, she is giving me free reign with the exception of the case. Having said that, sticking with the green HDD's but going with the twin 6850's. Total price = $2,826. No delivery fee since I will pick it up myself.
  9. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    Since this is likely to be a one-time thing, I am leaning heavily towards a pair of 6950's (HIS Radeon HD6950 2GB IceQ) which seem to be pretty good in terms of performance...and at $279 each, will only add $149 to the overall build price. If I leave everything else the same, including using the green HDD's, I can bring the whole build in at $2,826. If I upgraded the HDD's to full speed ones, it will add another $68 to the price - total of $2,894. But for that, I will get a machine that will play everything on ultra-high settings for quite a while to come... Now to check the bank account to see if I have that money...
  10. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    those hdd are slow being 5900rpm but ok for just storing data Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 2TB 7200RPMSATA III 6.0Gb/s, $119 are as close as you will get to fast 2tb hdd under $100 if you looking to save cash drop the cpu back to 2500k and look at asrock ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $145 and maybe save a few $ on the ram go with two 6950 now or just get one and upgrade to a totally new card in the not to distant future unless you find one cheap seconhand its often better to just upgrade after 6 monthsHIS Radeon HD6950 2GB IceQ $279 its just much better value than the 6970 which is going up in price and its not that much slower rest looks excellent to me Get your point on the graphic card - looked at the reviews for the 6950 and could get 1 of those now and upgrade the HDD's to the Hitachi Deskstars. Lowers the price a little overall. Sticking with the i7 and mobo / ram but will definitely consider the GC - with another one to come in a few weeks when I can save more pennies...
  11. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    OK...which is better? 2 x 6950 or 1 x 6970 to which I might add another one in 6 months or so?
  12. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    I have the advantage here - a friend of mine will pick all the gear up for me - therefore removing the shipping cost...
  13. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    OK, it's been a few weeks...but finally the ATO has given me my tax return...so, I am now ready to shop. Final build has a few tweaks from when I last posted...but not many: CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Fan: Cooler Master HYPER 212+ Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 Motherboard GPU: VTX3D Radeon HD6970 2GB X-Edition (not avaialble anywhere until 7-Sep!!!) RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz CL9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 SSD: OCZ Agility 3 3.5in 120GB SSD DVD: Samsung SH-222AB SATA DVDRW Drive Case: Antec P183 V3 Case Power Supply: Corsair AX-850 850W Monitor: Samsung S24A450BW 24in Widescreen LED Monitor (x2) OS: Windows 7 Home Premium Edition OEM KB & Mouse: Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Combo HDD: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB ST2000DL003 (x2) Extra thingy: Antec Easy SATA Hot Swap Caddy with eSATA Port - used to transfer old data from existing machine plus data backups Total price on pccasegear is $2,677. Decided against the Blu-Ray player - I don't have any and not likely to in the near future. DVD drive will be enough - and I have questioned included even that!! Changed the case - Antec P183 over the Coolermaster - this missus over-ruled the case - and since she is letting me spend the money, I don't mind 1TB drives were not big enough and after some thought, changed to the 2TB Seagate drives - but does anyone know if these are any good? Is there a better sub-$100 2TB drives out there? Pushed the boat out a little with the monitors being $289 each but they are 24", 1920 x 1200 resolution - anyone know if these are any good? Going to push the "order" button in the next few days...any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  14. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    1 more question before I lock in the overall components...the case. What do people think...should I be going for the CM 690 II advanced of the antec P193...or does anyone have another suggestion? Both get very similar scores on review...anyone got experience?
  15. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    I have used a few cases with cable management in mind and all you have to do really is just stop and think where each cable needs to go and get a fuck load of zipties from bunnings in different sizes. Good point on the cable ties...I'll make sure I get a load of them before building...
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