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Think fate hates me a little.

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Dox, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. Dox

    Dox L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    As you know I was really looking forward to the new medic enhancements and such... But my computer decided it wanted its motherboard to blow up 2 days ago... gonna have to buy a new computer but on the bright side it seems like my hard drive in my laptop should be ok so I should be able to get my map back.

    Might take awhile for me to get a new one...
     
  2. kimangroo

    kimangroo L3: Member

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    That's a bitch Dox, I know how you feel. My laptop's fan gave up the ghost a few months back and I busted the motherboard trying to fix it! Now the laptop I'm mapping on doesn't even play tf2 so I can't playtest my map... :(

    As for your harddrive, you can pick up a hard drive case for $15 dollars or less, so it's really easy to get that up and running again.
     
  3. ryodoan

    ryodoan Resident Bum

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    Luckily my laptop is still running strong after 3 years, new hard drive (wanted more space), new keyboard (wanted a working spacebar), and a self installed internal bluetooth chip later and its still chugging.
     
  4. YM

    aa YM LVL100 YM

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    might take a while for valve to release those damn achivements anway....
     
  5. Dox

    Dox L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    Wow, I thought I was missing out, guess valve is waiting for my new computer to arrive :)

    Getting an HP. HOPEFULLY the bank verification issues are going to be gone with that last phone call and I can get my comp mailed to me... then it will be 5-7 days till I get it. At which time im taking a short vacation when it gets here ;p

    Edit: Nope, that wasnt it, I need to call them back on monday for a reorder.... this is stupid, really shoulddve built my own...
     
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  6. Armadillo of Doom

    aa Armadillo of Doom Group Founder, Lover of Pie

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    Is it too late to send to it back? I built a freakin-sweet dual core rig for just over 5 big ones. And that included case, psu, and Oblivion DVD.
     
  7. ryodoan

    ryodoan Resident Bum

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    $5k for just a dual core? What the hell did you put in it, and where did you buy it from?

    Over a year ago I built myself this computer for around $600 sans computer case and PSU, but if I tossed those in, it would have been around $730, no where near $5000.

    Specs:
    Core2 Duo @ 1.86 Ghz
    Gigabyte Mobo cant remember all the specs.
    XFX Nvidia 7900 GS
    2 Gigs of Corsair DDR2 800

    Then things I already had:
    DVD-R drive
    320 Gig Seagate SATA hard drive
    500 Watt Ultra PSU
    X-Blade Mid-Tower case

    All in all its a pretty solid computer, it can play oblivion maxed out, the only game so far that has really killed it is crysis which I had to play on low / medium settings.

    I am looking into upgrading to an 8800 GT soon also.
     
  8. Dox

    Dox L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    yeah, but i lacked self control when building my own and dont know what to downgrade. I was looking at about a $1600 system... without a monitor or speakers... on a $1500 budget

    EDIT: That was from newegg, piece by piece... 8800GT graphics, 2.67 quad core processor, and 4 gigs of 800mhz RAM.
     
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  9. ryodoan

    ryodoan Resident Bum

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    Ok, I am slacking off from homework right now but this sounded like an interesting project so I decided to see what kind of computer I could build off of newegg.

    Here is what I came up with (the order of the items is the order that I select them):


    Initial Total: $1,139
    Total Rebates: $75 (newegg listed rebates) + $30 deal website rebates
    Final Total before shipping: $1,034

    Since your budget is $1500 and my final total was essentially $1000, this gives you some options:

    • Buy Mouse + Keyboard + LCD Monitor
    • Go for SLI with 2x 8800 GT's (add $180 to Initial total)
    • Upgrade to a 9800 GTX2 for +$400
    • Switch to 2.5 Ghz Quad Core for +$80
      • Unless you do a crap load of multi-tasking I would stick with dual core. For me its not worth the drop in speed and raise in price. At the moment most programs are still trying to adapt to multi-core systems.
      • Oh, and I picked the 2.5 Ghz over the 2.67 Ghz Quard core because the 2.5 Ghz one has a 1333 Mhz FSB, and the 2.67 Ghz one only has a 1000 Mhz FSB. Also the Cache is bigger on the 2.5 Ghz (I think)
     
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  10. Dox

    Dox L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    Yikes, I only get into the whats better whenever i need a new computer, which isnt very often, so I never really learned which stats to go with. I do know that TF2 can make use of quad core pcs, though
     
  11. ryodoan

    ryodoan Resident Bum

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    Yeah... I am a bit of a computer nerd... I have built 3 of my friends computers, my mom a computer, and my own computer.

    So far I have only had 2 problems, one of which was because I did not read the motherboards manual close enough. Most motherboards I have worked with dont care if you put the RAM in slots 1/3 or 2/4 (or whatever) so I just went ahead and put them in 1/3, apparently it needed to be in slots 2/4, only took me 6 hours to figure that out. The second problem was a bad stick of memory, luckily that happened in my own computer so I did not need to explain to someone else why their computer was not working.

    As for TF2 using multiple cores, I am not sure about that. I have 2 cores and when I play TF2 one core goes up to 100% and the other one drifts around 10-15% running all my other processes. Where as when I play CoD4, both cores ramp up to about 60-70%
     
  12. Dox

    Dox L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    huh, PC gamer said more of valves new stuff uses multiple cores, but I wonder what thier definition of "new" is...
     
  13. ryodoan

    ryodoan Resident Bum

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    If that is built into TF2 then it might use the other cores a little, but it still primarily uses 1 core.
     
  14. Dox

    Dox L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    should be built by MAY 5th, 5-7 days shipping... looking forward to fragging you all again in 2 weeks :)
     
  15. YM

    aa YM LVL100 YM

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    :eek:hmy: you won't be fragging anyone mate, your hand will have srivelled up from lack of use buy then!:p
     
  16. Dox

    Dox L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    ill be doing finger lifts with 2.5 pound weights at the gym :)

    (actually i might try that.... get uber muscles for that lightning fast button pressing... my mouse using hand at least :)

    Additional note: Shipped today!