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New PC build
« on: February 27, 2009, 01:29:01 am »
Thermaltake Armour LCS+ case (with watercooling)
Thermaltake toughpower 1500w
Asus P6T6 MB
Intel i7-940 2.93 Ghz
Corsair 3x 2gig DDR3 ram
2x Inno O/C GTX 280
WD 300gig Raptor HDD
Samsung 500gig HDD
Thermaltake HDD cooling fan
LG cd/DVDr
NZXT Sentry LX fan controler
multi card reader
Logitech G15 keyboard
Razer Diamondback mouse (+ one for the old computer)
Razer Barracuda headset
Samsung 275t Monitor  (27.5cm for old racing computer)
4 x Coolmaster silent 140mm fans (blue)
1 x Coolmaster long life 120mm fan (blue)
Green/Blue led lights

Suffice to say I am "pleased" with its performance...... to say the least    more like    :excited:

A friend was able to supply the parts , wholesale, and construct it for me for the price of a green drinking ticket ($100 aus note). I also had a run in his Sim Con Motion set up, which was interesting...

The cooling system comes with an adjustable 120mm fan for the radiator and the case has a standard 220mm side fan. I replaced the front fan with a 3 pin version and added the 140mm fan to the rear of the HDD case to pull air through,and feed the top GPU, as well as the HDD fan on top of the raptor. The two fans on the bottom intake air along with the side and front so I think it all should stay cool enough.

The case has cable management which keeps it all tidy and the MB is mounted on a sliding tray which opens rearward for easy access if needed. The case is huge, and heavy though, pics are taken on my desk infront of the 275T....

The Sentry LX is a nice addition, I have set the temp probes as
1/ on CPU water block
2/ bottom GPU
3/ top GPU
4/ on Raptor HDD
5/ hanging in case just under cooler hose.

1/ rear exhaust
2/ bottem rear
3/ bottom front
4/ rear HDD
5/ front HDD

Whislt not giving the exact temps of everything they do give a reasonably accurate picture overall of whats going on. The unit has overheating alarms and automaticly adjusts fan speed to compensate. The clock is a nice feature and saves space on my racing rig. It does however only take 3 pin fans for the automatic variable speed controler to work correctly.

The only "slight" downside to the MB is that whilst having 6 PCI-e slots, there is no PCI slot. The Razer AC-1 which goes with my headset, is only manufactured in PCI and tech support had no idea if a PCI-e version will appear. Reviews show it to be superb card with Vista drivers that actually work. So for now I will keep using the onboard realtek sound which is still pretty good.
The other point of interest is that there is some review reported problems with the MB being able to utilise tripple SLI, there is a beta fix available, but you wouldnt expect Asus to release thier flagship MB with a problem in one of the boards main features.

And as for the green and blue led's, well a bit of bling never hurts.

On the screen side I am extremely happy, the monitor has PIP and direct media input abilities along with removable speakers, counter weighted height adjustment, 90 degree swivel base and 4 USB slots. Its only downfall, is it now makes my 3 x 22" racing monitors look small, which inturn will lead to thier replacement with monitors of this size "one day" in the future....

Just for the record its named HAL II after "2001 a space oddessy

« Last Edit: February 27, 2009, 01:37:24 am by [SJ]mixfloors »


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Re: New PC build
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2009, 01:42:32 am »
So... it stands a fair chance of running GTA IV? :)

Seriously, great looking rig .. proper envious here :)


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Re: New PC build
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2009, 01:45:49 am »
this is what I hook it onto


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Re: New PC build
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2009, 03:03:21 am »
Good stuff Mike, looks like that PC is th business ;)

[SJ]Peter Enqvist

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Re: New PC build
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2009, 06:26:26 am »
 :o  Holy crap, that's awesome!


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Re: New PC build
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2009, 07:56:30 am »
 :excited: :excited: :excited:

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Re: New PC build
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2009, 08:37:57 am »
DAMN I need some adjustments to my rig I see.

You lucky son of a ....


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Re: New PC build
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2009, 03:14:52 pm »
Nice :) Now you've given me some ideas for lolpit mkII lol


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Re: New PC build
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2009, 09:28:35 pm »
Thanks guys, The full set of how I came to built the cockpit is on TWIP Grim, from go to wo(w), the above pic is an older one before I got shuffled out into my corner as so may of us do....
Its made the experience of online racing so much fun. Although once you build one, you start thinking about how to do the next one and I have a design in my head for the next build when I replace the G25 for frex gear, if they ever release drivers for more than XP. Otherwise it will be SST and CST pedals and shifter with G25 wheel.
After having a run in a simcon motion I am not convinced that I want one. Its settings were at 25% and to be honest it was rough in its reaction, the seat didnt fit me and my back got hammered on a smooth Indy car oval. I found the movement of the seat in relation to the wheel also a bit off putting. And the noise of the actuators would keep the house awake at night, deffinatley not conducive to late night harmony of "my sweetheart who lets me race".
 Whilst the owner of it is a legend for speed, and was before he had it, I think it only enhances your experience, once you get used to it. The Frex pedals he has on the other hand are fantastic for feel and deffinatley on the shopping list if the AUD rises back against the yen.
By far the best thing I ever got was a Th2go (digital), that just adds so much, and although you never really look at the two outside screens the addition of peripheral vision lets your eyes pick up the slightest movement on a wider scale or see into a corner so much better. You just cant beat it for immersion.



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Re: New PC build
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2009, 10:11:56 pm »
very nice rig Mike  :yes:


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Re: New PC build
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2009, 11:33:02 pm »
pucker kit m8 :o


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Re: New PC build
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2009, 02:36:44 am »
I still want to get one of those three way adapters in order to have three monitors.  Are they still manufacutered?  Matrox hasn't come out with anything lately, have they?

Lookin' very nice then with the I7 setup, great jorb!

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Re: New PC build
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2009, 04:19:27 am »
Yes mate they are still manufactured, Matrox Tripplehead 2 go "digital edition" (not the analouge one) is what you are looking for and they have updated its firmware to now run each screen at 1680x1050 so 3x 22' screens can be accomidated. (5040x1080) I had to D/L that but it might be included as standard in thier install disk now. Its part of the reason why I built "Hal II", my twin 8800gt's just wouldnt pump out enough grunt to get that res, and the cost of the updating of parts was half the price of a new computer so I bit the bullet and built a new one, still worth it IMO as I now have something that can be upgraded chip, ram and GPU wise in a year or two and provide top performance for several more years after that.

Just be sure your 3 screens are happy doing that res at 60 ghz or you will have to go to the control panels and adjust them manually yourself to get native res. Best money I ever spent for racing, once tried, you will never go back.....