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Old February 23, 2008, 04:43 PM
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Now just wait till your cat comes in and chews on those wires there
that would be terriable, i own two cat's and im very glad they can't chew through aluminum
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Old February 23, 2008, 06:21 PM
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I think they can and I don't think the wires from teh psu are made from aluminum
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Old February 23, 2008, 09:09 PM
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here some pics of my tower. i know, i need to do some cable management. Those are old, my OCZ xtc wasn't on at the time.
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Old March 7, 2008, 02:19 PM
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took awhile but here is my finished attemp
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Old March 7, 2008, 03:35 PM
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took awhile but here is my finished attemp
nice only thing id do is get a better cameraXD much nicer than anything id have the time to make.
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Old March 29, 2008, 02:32 PM
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Upgraded from Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 to ASUS Rampage Formula



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I'm hoping it's just my imagination...but are those kink in the tubes?

Other then that, it's a clean setup!
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Old March 29, 2008, 05:55 PM
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Oh dear god no, its just reflection :P
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Old March 30, 2008, 05:22 PM
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My upgrade is pretty much finished after a few months of testing, assembly, and a fair amount of sugar sprinkled on top. The delays were mostly due to me not being able to actually move into the damn thing. My current main rig has all my work on it, in a RAID 0 array, so transferring the data isn’t as easy as jacking the hard drive into the new rig. Over the last few weeks I’ve been sorting and archiving all my work related data, which needed doing anyway. I’ve been knocking around the idea of keeping my old rig as a work system, then the new rig will be a gaming / media system. I’m still undecided on this, so kept that in mind when organizing my work files.

Also, at some point I plan to transfer the new rig into my current case – an Antec P180, and then I have another system to put into the Silverstone TJ04. I’ll put my old rig into a Thermaltake Matrix, which I still consider the Ford Truck of cases (excellent functionality and cooling, plain worktruck look).

My current rig’s specs are getting dated, yet it still works excellent at running any games I play these days. So this upgrade isn’t out of necessity, and rather, simply because it will be faster and should easily carry me to my next upgrade (or beyond if the 680i chipset and bios ever get a handle on overclocking the new 45nm quad cores.

Old Rig Specs: (in sig)

New Rig Specs:
eVGA 680i SLI A1 (122-CK-NF68-A1)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66ghz (SLA9V L723B134 08-03-2007)
w/ Scythe Ninja Plus Rev. B & Antec TriCool LED 80cfm
2 x 1GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC2-8500
2 x XFX GeForce 8600GT’s in SLI
2 x 250GB Western Digital SE16 RAID 0 Boot – will be 4 x 250GB in the P180
Creative SB X-Fi XtremeMusic
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad
120mm Stock Silverstone In
120mm Scythe Kama Bay In
120mm Antec Tri-Cool Out
Notes:
  • Pics are showing 2x eVGA 6800GS’s in SLI, but the system is currently rocking 2x XFX 8600GT’s. Interesting to note that a single 8600GT will beat a pair of 6800GS’s in nearly all the 3D tests and benchmarks I run. My plan is to run my single 8800GT, benching it for comparison to the two 8600GT’s, and soon pick up another 8800GT to run them in SLI in the new system.
  • There is not enough room in the TJ-04 to fit larger vid cards when using the hard drive bay. This is the primary reason the system will be transferred to my P180. When using only two drives, it may be possible to fit but some of the sata cables will be seriously bent and folded out of the way.
  • The PCP&C 750w PSU was quite a challenge stuffing it into the TJ-04. The cable bundle is damn near as thick as a man’s wrist! As you can see in the first pics, there was a lot to stash and hide, yet the TJ-04 did manage to contain it all, stuffing everything up and around the back, or stashed above the optical drive.
  • This is the second 680i I put in a Silverstone TJ-04, the first one sold before I had a chance to consider keeping it as an upgrade. But after finishing it off for the buyer, I was pretty much convinced that this was the combo I wanted. If the board doesn't die, it's a solid runner and a pleasure to work with. I love these TJ-04’s, it just won’t hold all my drives and barely hold two drives when using long vid cards. It’s still my opinion that these cases are the best you can get for around $100, that have a window, and enough room to keep the cables out of view. For $50 more, there are other cases I prefer, and for anything under $100 I stick to the Matrix unless a window is a must. You can’t go wrong with the TJ, solid build quality and will last a few computers’ lifetimes.
  • I put a two stage cold cathode tube (Logisys Day & Night) in the bottom of the case to light up the vid cards better. I usually go with the regular cathodes because they come with a pair of tubes – I only use one tube, the second tube as a spare when the first one breaks or burns out. I went with the 2 stage night and day version which only comes with a single tube, because as this system isn’t completely over the wall with glowy everything, I wanted a more subtle lighting option. In fact, everything is black except for some of the custom sleeving I did on fan tails etc. I am quite happy with the result, and at night with the lower light setting it is just perfect. Anyways, you can see in some of the series of pictures that the light is on low, and then another pic about the same except the light is high.
  • The new rig does 3.7ghz rock solid stable (463fsb x 8), and 3.8ghz not completely stable. It’s also good to 520mhz FSB (2.080ghz) x 7 for 3.640ghz, with the ram flying at 1040mhz (Memtest bandwidth of 5410GBs)! I couldn’t be more pleased, considering there are no mods to the board or chipset cooling.
  • I briefly considered taking eVGA up on their offer to step-up 680i owners to the 780i for around $100. But after the dust settles (for us Canadians), the cost is quite a bit more. And since this board runs real nice at over 500mhz FSB, I didn’t want to send it back to be replaced by a board that may not do 500mhz FSB. The clincher was that for a lousy $70 or so more (don’t recall the exact figure), I could get a new 780i and KEEP the 680i! For those in the USA, the offer is more attractive, much lower shipping costs incurred, and no border crap. For me, I’d rather have both and pay out a little more.
  • By the looks of the 780i and problems with the new 45nm quads, I will probably skip the 780i and jump in on the next chipset release. This will probably lock me into DDR3 ram by then, so hopefully DDR3 prices will be inline at that point.
  • Damn, I wish I could live with just one kit of ram... I always end up with a selection of kits, which then hemmorages into a collection of kits, spilling over into a selection of CPUs... well, you get the idea -- leaves very little money for video and mainboard upgrades. I guess there is worse stuff one would collect, even more expensive stuff, and stuff that doesn't even have anything to do with computers.
  • Slipped the above note in just to who's actually reading this dribble.
Here are the pics! Sorry for the diatribe of notes, it’s so hard to stop once I get going!








































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Old March 30, 2008, 06:59 PM
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Nice rig and great pics Litho, thanks for sharing. And I did read your entire diatribe
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