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The Family that Games Together...

Posted on 2010.01.11 at 06:50
Current Location: 75409

My first PC was an HP Pavilion 7125. It was considered a "clone" because it wasn't made my IBM. 133MHz processor and 16MB of RAM. 1.62GB harddrive.

It cost me $3200.

A couple of years later I built my own computer one high-end part at a time over a period of six weeks. Damn thing was nearly obsolete by the time I finished it.

Most of my computers since then have been cobbled together from junk parts. drax0r is a notorious early-adopter and had motherboards & CPUs literally strewn across the floor of his house. I would often wade through his useless discarded shit, and fashion entire systems from them.

My longest-lasting computer was a "future-proof" system drax0r and I build for our use at Wild Damn Texan six-years ago, and I'm still using that system today. In fact its 10,000 rpm "Raptor" is in my new box.

More recently glodowg deserves a place of honor in my heart for she unloads untold amounts of technology on me - none of which goes to waste. If I'm not propping up my own systems, I often find myself building systems for those who have none.

My newest computer is an 8MB cache 4 x 3.42GHz (Quad-Core) 64-bit AMD Phenom II X4 965 cooled by a large copper "heat-pipe" style heat sink and 6GB DDR2/667MHz memory in dual-channel mode (expandable to 8GB DDR2/1066) on an Asus motherboard with an "instant-on" web & chat enabled BIOS.

The primary drive is a 7200rpm 16MB cache 1TB drive with a 36GB 10k Raptor hosting VMware clients as well as the system's 9GB swap file and a 7200rpm 16MB cache 500GB iTunes volume. I was surprised to find that the 680W power supply included only a single SATA power connector, but hats off once again to drax0r and glodowg. An Nvidia GT220 with 1GB memory provides graphics and all of this is stuffed into an aluminum Thermaltake "Tsunami Dream" case.

My cost: $500.

But only because I reused existing RAM and harddrives. Yes schpydurx, I know that DDR3 is faster. When you win the lottery, you can buy all the DDR3 you want.

Since this freed up my existing primary box(es), I ran out to Best Buy and picked up a power supply and built each of my children a new Win7 box, enabled Parental Controls, installed all of our games on them, and with enough cajoling, got catttitude to play a couple of games with us! Historic. All four of us, playing Warcraft III and Jedi Outcast. The kids loved it.

My wife bitching because I don't have four scroll-wheels mouses and she ended up on a box with a trackball...and my son fragging her everytime she respawned. My daughter apologizing to her mother for attacking her village, but her brother told her to because they were on the same team.

What more could I possibly ask for?

And now a word about the Windows Experience Index. The computer I just replaced got the same score. Why is that? Because its rated on the lowest sub-score. Forget that my CPU & memory are mere tenths from the highest possible score of 7.9 (Where's your DDR3 now, bitch?) but my new gaming card can't handle ALL THAT DESKTOP PERFORMANCE FOR WINDOWS AERO AWESOME.

I'm not even going to get into how *insane* that is, but I'll tell you why I don't care:

I still run my Desktop in "Classic" mode. With Aero turned off.

Win95 forever.

I do love me some Win7 though :P


mr_dowg at 2010-01-11 15:51 (UTC) (Link)
That is just a thing of beauty!!!!! I am very jealous!!!!
ehowton at 2010-01-11 16:05 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! It doesn't seem to do any one-thing better or faster than my previous boxes. It does, however, let me do more, much more, faster. And with everything I'm usually running all at once...this is a good thing. I think you just need to come over and play Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast with us ;)
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-01-11 17:06 (UTC) (Link)
You need to stop talking in circles. If the box doesn't do any one thing faster, I can't do everything faster simultaneously; the most you can do is process more concurrently. Given your statement, the only way that you could be more advantageous using your new toy is if you can really multitask at the speed of the bus which I assure you that you cannot do so.

Do you see how stupid you look when you talk in maddening, contradictory circles?
ehowton at 2010-01-11 17:54 (UTC) (Link)
Sadly, as usual, you've drawn an incorrect conclusion based on an errant assumption. While I'll admit I could've worded my reply better based on your overly anal deconstruction, what I meant by "faster" was "...faster than running multiple applications simultaneously on single core processors." Not faster than running single applications. And really, while my apology was polite, only an idiot would've misinterpreted that I meant running multiple apps was faster than running one. I'm just saying.

Good luck with your future endeavors in the computer field!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-01-11 17:58 (UTC) (Link)
Your stupidity is not my responsibility. Maybe if you stopped talkin' 'bout "what you is" and learned the language you wouldn't be so frustrated.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-01-11 16:24 (UTC) (Link)
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Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-01-11 17:03 (UTC) (Link)
I think the reason that you got such a high score on the memory is that you have so much and can get large amouts of data across the bus quickly, not because the speed of the memory is faster than DDR 3. Try again.
ehowton at 2010-01-11 18:01 (UTC) (Link)
And IBM built the fastest computer on the earth out of many, many, many 400MHz processors. According to your theory, that's a fail.

You're very mysterious.

And by "mysterious" I mean dumb.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-01-11 18:12 (UTC) (Link)
Currently, the Cray Jaguar is the fastest supercomputer on earth.

Thanks for playing.
ehowton at 2010-01-11 18:13 (UTC) (Link)
That's the site! http://www.top500.org.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-01-11 18:15 (UTC) (Link)
You're not even making sense now. Stop. You're embarrassing yourself.
ehowton at 2010-01-11 18:24 (UTC) (Link)
I know what the current supercomputer is. That's the same site I use. I wasn't talking about the current supercomputer, but you assumed I was. Unless you're going to assume I know exactly what I'm talking about, I'd rather you stopped assuming altogether, because you've proven with statistical improbability of assuming incorrectly nearly 100% of the time.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-01-11 18:26 (UTC) (Link)
The only thing that's been proven today is that you don't know what you're talking about.

Please for the love of God, shut the fuck up.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-01-11 19:39 (UTC) (Link)
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Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-01-11 20:42 (UTC) (Link)
I try. Oh, how I try.
Lelf Treperra
ubet_cha at 2010-01-11 19:41 (UTC) (Link)
Looks like a sound machine. Enjoy!
ehowton at 2010-01-11 21:19 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I'll likely keep this machine until it drives me to distraction with its slowness sometime in 2016.
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