Angry_Games Posted October 17, 2005 Posted October 17, 2005 well...with all the new things I am doing lately, namely making vid tutorials, I have finally realized after the last vid (which at one point was taking up 1.8GB of memory to make...), that it is now time to move away from a single core cpu (my beloved, trusty, supa ovaclocka San Diego 4000+) and 2GB of memory and into a professional workstation. Since i don't have the money for a Mac (after blowing almost $2000 on Adobe Premier Pro 2.5 and Camtasia Studio), I am going to have to rebuild my main rig with an X2 4400+ and 4x1024 of OCZ PC4000 Gold. I'll probably also toss in the XFX 7800GTX card (waiting for my case-cut guy to arrive to cut me a second fillport hole for a second, separate loop just for the big giant 7800 waterblock that I snagged from DangerDen), and leave my Audigy2ZS Gamer card in...and I am trying to decide whether I want to move up to THREE Raptor 36GB hdd's in RAID-0, or go with 2 Hitachi 80GB SATA II drives... I will also be dropping in my OCZ Powerstream 600w power supply HOPEFULLY...this is a good enough upgrade for the software I will be using (learning lol) as well as fragging you monkies in Day of Defeat: Source and other games (got to have my playtime) Normally I would just drop a new cpu in and add some memory...but this rig has been going since January, and I feel its time to finally format and reinstall, and just adding a dual-core cpu is a hassle on an existing WinXP install that is set for only a single cpu. Doing it the hard way (reinstalling) should allow me to come away with a good clean install without any problems (unlike dropping a dual-core cpu in on a single-core XP install). I never dreamed when I started this job that it would take me this far, and make me learn so much crap that I didn't really want to learn (but now that I am learning it, I am eating it up and asking for more). A lot of you guys get to build your 'DREAM MACHINE' and I always am supportive of it, and it makes me happy that I've done my little tiny part to help you all along on your journey. Normally I just build whatever I have and use it and upgrade bits and pieces as they come in. I have not done a total revamp of everything since the NF3...even the NF4 was not really a total revamp...I just used most of what I already had and it was not a big job like this is going to be (thankfully I have a CM Stacker case with mega room inside to mess around!). I would also go with the Oskar Wu Crossfire board...but it is just too new, and my trusty, original, pre-production SLI-DR has been nothing but a total workhorse...I have beaten it to death to the point where it takes almost 60 seconds to even post from a cold start now, but still every day, 16+ hours a day, it does everything I ask it to do and never complains, and has froze-up maybe a total of 3 times since January. It would normally take only a couple hours at most to redo everything, but this is one of those important builds where I MUST have a rock solid, 110% stable rig, and the X2 4400+ @ 2200Mhz is going to need to be clocked to it's usual 2650Mhz...that cpu has been sitting in a test rig for months and months, and it always amazes me when I test out things like dvd ripping, audio encoding, all the great things that the Pentium4 w/Hyperthreading normally does for me...my X2 is like a Delta III rocket...it whips my P4 in every respect...and it is finally time to get with it as this software badly needs the dual core power (along with 4GB of memory geez...who woulda thunk it?) so this is my little blog, and also to let you know that I probably won't be available for at least 2 days as I have to make sure this rig is everything I need it to be, and won't crash the first time I power up Adobe to bust out a 1GB video for production lol. during this time, I will be watching the tutorial videos on how to use the entire Adobe suite...which means that I will be still overwhelmed to the point of probably wanting to bite down on that cyanide capsule in my hollow tooth lol. The mods here should be able to take care of your every need for a while (we built this forum so that it could run by itself if we all decided to take off to Tahiti for a month long vacation). If you have sent me a motherboard to test, don't worry...I will still be working on them during this time...I just won't have access to my main rig to do email, forum stuff, etc (I do have enough computers, so you might see me around a bit...but I've kinda got myself in over my head with all the customer machines that have been sent to me lately so I need to focus on knocking those out and getting all the way back having zero around to fool with so I can concentrate on this Crossfire and NF4 Expert tutorial/support stuff that is going to be ultra important to everyone). also note that our local pro hockey team's season begins on Wednesday...so I MUST get everything done and soon!!! /end blog for the day Quote Share this post Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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