I'm a huge football fan, that has always been and always will be my biggest love (other than the family of course). I played 8 years of football (4th-12th grade, skipping 6th). My second love is computers, I used to play a lot of console games, but I've never been into computer games and probably wont. I do a lot of video rendering which is why I built my computer. I only put in about $100 of my own money into it as I used Christmas money and online surveys money to fund it. I have always loved computers, I'm 6 classes away from completeing my associates in Computer Science. I wanted to get a degree in computer technology, or as a computer repairman or something like that, but they only offer certificates for that. And If I'm going to be using TA while I'm in the military, I might as well use it for a degree. I'm obviously not on the same level as a lot of people on here, but I consider myself pretty knowledgable in computers. Everyone at work comes to me for computer issues (as we dont have an IT specialist at our base).
This is my "rig":
Intel I7-2600k with Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Cooler
Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3
1 750GB and 1 500GB Hard Drives
PNY Quadro FX 3450/4000 SDI
Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 Motherboard
CD/DVD Reader/Writer pulled from my E-Machines ET-1831-07
NZXT Guardian BL Case
Dual Monitor setup with 1 20" Silver Monitor and 1 20" Black Monitor (I kept the silver monitor from my computer of 3 years ago and just bought the black one, when I have money to put more into this I will be getting another black monitor)
As I said, I do mostly video rendering on here (along with normal day to day programs). I record NFL and NCAA games from my Hauppauge TV Tuner through Clear QAM. With my emachines Handbrake took 7 hours to encode a 720p x264, now with this computer I get a game done at right about an hour. On the Custom Builds thread someone mentioned Lucid Virtu and to use MediaConverter 7, I did that, and it finished at game in 40 minutes, but it doesnt do 60fps like Handbrake does (at least I didnt see an option for it). So Handbrake it still is. My next purchase is a Gigabyte GTX 460. I know, I know, I dont need a new card for what I do. But I "WANT" one and for me thats good enough. I just want to have as powerful machine as I can get for my budget. I dont care if I don't have a need for it. I would rather save up money for the computer and upgrade parts, then spend it on going out to eat or any other frivilous things.
PS. Just because I'm curious, how much do you think I could actually get for this setup? I have ZERO interest in actually selling it, but I was wondering since I've put about $850 into it.