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Old 03-10-2011   #51
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Grazie, Alessandro.

Joves, let us know the specs you decide on.
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Old 03-31-2011   #52
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Update:

- The SSD is 100 instead of 160 GB. My cousin thought the price difference is way too much to go for the bigger capacity.
- The motherboard didn't accept one of the memory sticks, so the PC has 8 instead of 12 GB ram now.
- Been having trouble installing some software (hresult: 0x8007371). Ironically, one of them is MS Office.

Other than that...man, this thing is fast!
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Old 04-07-2011   #53
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Having built hundreds of systems for myself and to sell in my store I sometimes have to innovate to get what I want.
I had a lot of parts for a new system but couldn't find a suitable case for my new "water cooler" system. I mounted the parts in a new small case but it overheated almost immediately so I knew I needed a larger case. The Motherbord is a 4 slot MSI-SLI board, AMD Black Edition quad core CPU (unlocked), 8 gigs of Gskill ram, 320 primary HD and 2 TB external so I utilized an older full tower case I already had.
Because the ambient temperatures approach 80 deg F. daily for most of the year I decided on an ECO-water cooled CPU cooler and Gskill ram with heat sinks and the primary H.D. sitting 1/2" under a large fan (140mm) and lots of air flow. ATI 5770 video card with a giant heatsink and a 120mm fam mounted on the side of the case blowing directly onto the video card. I had a local fab shop make me a couple of "mesh" panels to fit the fans and provide adequate ventilation. I cut the old case and fitted all the parts then painted and reassembled it.
I am really pleased with the operation as it lowered the temperatures on the CPU, HD and video card by 15 deg C., quiet and cool now. I originally had bought the full tower case 10 years ago from a local guy when I had my store and wasn't using it 'til now.
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Old 04-08-2011   #54
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Very resourceful, aren't you, Sidebyte

I bet it was fun doing all the modifications there.
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Yes, when you are retired you look for projects.
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I've been building my own for nearly 30 years but my last one I had custom built for me. The reason is the installation of the operating system as well as setup & testing. A few months after purchase I had a cd/dvd drive quit on me. Back to the shop with it and they replaced a faulty hookup cable. Total cost, zero. It cost me $25 for them to assemble the hardware, install the software & RAM and warranty the whole thing for one year. Can't beat that with a stick for the assembly price.
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I've been building my own for nearly 30 years but my last one I had custom built for me. The reason is the installation of the operating system as well as setup & testing. A few months after purchase I had a cd/dvd drive quit on me. Back to the shop with it and they replaced a faulty hookup cable. Total cost, zero. It cost me $25 for them to assemble the hardware, install the software & RAM and warranty the whole thing for one year. Can't beat that with a stick for the assembly price.
Wow $25 that's good.
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See my post. This is what I just built. It is very fast. A always build my own.


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