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Very nice backpack, Inspector, and that ATI chick should keep your coffee hot! Actually I've always wondered why the ATI chick isn't, umm, hotter. Since she's just an illustration, give her some further 'enhancements', and she really needs to do something with her hair, too. C'mon ATI...you need to do something about this!


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oh_fubar replied on Fri, Jul 9 2010 11:07 PM

nice swag inspector   

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They really haven't changes Ruby for a number of years now.  You would figure they would at least Tessellate her to illustrate the newer cards!
 
To bad for inspector that the coffee cup is not like those pens that remove the cloths when you tilt it, or when the coffee gets hot :P
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Inspector replied on Fri, Jul 9 2010 11:32 PM

LOL animatort tom :D

 

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AKwyn replied on Sat, Jul 10 2010 3:06 AM

OMG.

I got the same backpack as you guys, two prizes in one contest... Well it's a surprise.

 

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sackyhack replied on Mon, Jul 12 2010 9:30 AM

As some of you may have already picked up from my posts, I'm not the greatest expert around here, so bear with my question here. I've only ever used a 1 HDD pc. What would be the proper way to use this pc here, or any like it with 2 drives. The SSD while faster than the HDD, is only 40GB. So would this be used like a 2 partition system, as in having the SSD drive be the C drive and the 1TB drive be the D drive and then only install Windows and the apps I need to run the fastest (example: Powerdirector? I've started getting into video editing) on the SSD while installing others like games and whatnot on the HDD?

Heh, I hope a lame question doesn't disqualify me...

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Optix replied on Mon, Jul 12 2010 10:55 AM

Your plan sounds like a winner, sackyhack.  OS and must have apps on the SSD and the 1TB for storage.  That is exactly how I would set it up anyway.

That's hardly a lame question.  If you had started off on a rant about your SSD only having 40GB and being teh sux0rz!!1!11 then we may have had to give you a little whack.

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AKwyn replied on Mon, Jul 12 2010 1:29 PM

Since the SSD is the fastest. You may want to place games on there also, as they will also run faster then on a regular hard disk drive. You might want to keep all of those big files like video files and music files and whatnot off the SSD and place it on to the 1TB hard drive.

 

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AKwyn replied on Mon, Jul 12 2010 1:31 PM

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Your plan sounds like a winner, sackyhack.  OS and must have apps on the SSD and the 1TB for storage.  That is exactly how I would set it up anyway.

That's exactly is how anybody would set it up. Fastest stuff on the SSD and other stuff and big files on the 1TB HD.

 

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realneil replied on Mon, Jul 12 2010 1:39 PM

Just leave some room on the SSD for the swap file.

I just bought a 60GB SSD and set it up as the primary drive on one of my systems. I also have two 1TB drives. (one for programs and data storage and the other for system backup)

The SSD sped-up up many aspects of an already fast system, by quite a bit. I only put one game on the SSD drive (my favorite one) and every thing else goes on the platter drives.

As long as it ends up being dependable, I like it.

 

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eunoia replied on Tue, Jul 13 2010 9:35 PM

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basila replied on Tue, Jul 13 2010 10:38 PM

Why do i love this website so much??? xD

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acarzt replied on Tue, Jul 13 2010 11:32 PM

Because it's awesome! Duh!

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acarzt replied on Tue, Jul 13 2010 11:33 PM

Should be water cooling with a 240mm radiator.

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Jul 14 2010 5:13 PM

Hey animatortom why don't you update Ruby for them, and do some photos and movies of her in action (with really tight red outfits covering minimum skin, may use a Pam Anderson, SI swimsuit edition hotty, Tyra Banks etc body model. Then send the stuff to ATI/AMD with micro copyright encritption. They might give you some work (or steal your idea, and you can class action them rofl), or even hire you as a freelancer for there crew.

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Jul 14 2010 5:19 PM

Hey realneil you and me have almost the exactly same drive configuration. On the system I won 3 or so contest's back I used the 60 Gb SSD that was in it, then took my HD's (2 750Gb WD blacks) from my old system and made basically the same stack you have. Although each of my Blacks run a 5000Mb VM, one has media, the other Programs and Backup. The OS and system utilities etc reside on the SSD with one game, it has worked great for me as well.

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acarzt replied on Wed, Jul 14 2010 5:33 PM

That's a rather elaborate plan lol... think i'll work? :-P

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AKwyn replied on Wed, Jul 14 2010 6:31 PM

Of course it will, you'd think they let the girl that made the pixy chick look bad go?

 

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I would have been happy to do that Rapid...Except after ATI's crappy response to my customer concerns. All my loyalty and support for them has gone right out the window.

They basically said thanks for being a Chump! It seems that their new business model is now more aligned to what Nvidia and Intel had about five years ago that drove so many of their customers away. They couldn't even answer the question about their crappy marketing and product announcements! They basically said "Thank for feeling ripped off...that means we are doing our job, please buy more:P"

They even had the nerve to say that they will continue to support the drivers? Like I didn't just purchase their newest-Top O-the line? They haven't released a new driver for over three months! It seem like they are still stroking it over the last Ruby, instead of being concerned about the people who support them! Work wise, this card has to many glitches to be effectively fast in a full production environment, to be able to churn out a new Ruby in either Max or Maya without being frustrated every five minutes!

I am just glad that Hot Hardware has included an Intel/Nvidia combo on this system. That way I don't have to deal with ATI any more than I already have to! For better system integration I would even consider trading this 8800 in for the Nvidia 5800, since now I know why the studios chose them over ATI!

So...I would be more inclined to create a new character for Nvidia, that would Frag Ruby in a variety of different situations. Maybe even that Pam Ndrsn type that would Knock her out and put her in a choke hold with her amazing Tesla Cuda Mammories :P

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acarzt replied on Wed, Jul 14 2010 8:54 PM

LOL! Do it!

You should make an HH character that would totally own Ruby :-D

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realneil replied on Wed, Jul 14 2010 9:17 PM
 

rapid1:
Hey realneil you and me have almost the exactly same drive configuration. On the system I won 3 or so contest's back I used the 60 Gb SSD that was in it, then took my HD's (2 750Gb WD blacks) from my old system and made basically the same stack you have. Although each of my Blacks run a 5000Mb VM, one has media, the other Programs and Backup. The OS and system utilities etc reside on the SSD with one game, it has worked great for me as well.

Yeah, but now that I've experienced firsthand what these SSD's do for  a system's performance, I'm spoiled. Now I have to get them for the other two boxes and maybe also the Laptop. I try not to buy into all of the new sh*t that shoots down the commercial feeding tubes, but this is some serious improvement. (I knew it would be too)

So I've been sucked-in again.

Want, want, want,.......

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eunoia replied on Wed, Jul 14 2010 10:16 PM

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realneil replied on Wed, Jul 14 2010 10:40 PM

eunoia:
Sure hope it's the Asetek. 

The System that I won here last year has the Asetek in it. They also make the Corsair H50 for Corsair.

I added another fan to the setup so it's now push/pull through the radiator with a matching 120mm fan on each side.

It really DOES work well.

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AKwyn replied on Wed, Jul 14 2010 10:57 PM

eunoia:

I can't be 100% sure about the cooling, I know I said Asetek 570LX with a 240mm rad right away, just because that seems really obvious to me, but theoretically it could be anything: stock air, H50, custom loop, icepack ducktaped to the cpu.  Fun to speculate isn't it?  Unless they say so beforehand we won't know for sure. 

Sure hope it's the Asetek.  That's about the best solution for someone who wants to OC without going full water loop.

86 the icepack, we don't want people to stop coming to this website for great contests now do we?

 

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eunoia replied on Thu, Jul 15 2010 2:12 AM

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acarzt replied on Thu, Jul 15 2010 3:37 AM

If I win, i'd like to upgrade that 250 to a 460 :-D

Also, I may be wrong but I don't think that intel chip ships with a stock cooler.

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sackyhack replied on Thu, Jul 15 2010 10:24 AM

Agreed, with my current build I'm hesitant to upgrade the 9800GT because I feel like it'd be bottle-necked.  But with this one I can go all out.  I'd probably get replace it with a 460 or 480 if I'm not in a thrifty mood, and replace that 9800 with the 250 before handing it off to my dad.   He'll be playing solitaire at 200000fps.

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realneil replied on Thu, Jul 15 2010 12:13 PM

sackyhack:
solitaire at 200000fps

Ha-Ha!

The 460 and 480 use a lot of power and produce tons of heat.

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acarzt replied on Thu, Jul 15 2010 7:03 PM

Classic picture lol What kind of temps do the 460s run at tho?

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realneil replied on Thu, Jul 15 2010 7:40 PM

acarzt:
What kind of temps do the 460s run at tho?

I have no idea. I know that ATI cards run cool and sip energy like a virgin with her first mint julep.

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AKwyn replied on Thu, Jul 15 2010 10:46 PM

One thing's for sure, the GTX460's definitely run cooler then any of the GTX480's. Unfortunately that also means longer cooking times.

 

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acarzt replied on Fri, Jul 16 2010 12:24 AM

lol... I don't wanna wait all day for my eggs to cook.

I have no clue what temps my GTX295 runs at... But I know it breathes some hot air out the back of my case lol Keeps my toes warm :-D It's surprisingly quiet too :-)

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sackyhack replied on Fri, Jul 16 2010 9:03 AM

That's what microwave ovens are for.  With the slow cooking times of the 460 you can get the perfect slow cooked baby back ribs.  It's actually why Tennessee has so many great bbq places.  They've got  backdoor deals with nvidia.

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If I win this I will give my Computer-less friend my HTPC so he can stop being such a bum! (minus some vital hardware, of coarse!)

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lonewolf replied on Sat, Jul 17 2010 10:20 PM

Still drooling for this RIG...........

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ckaye02 replied on Sat, Jul 17 2010 10:56 PM

it is a very nice system. I wish i had this machine in my apartment. my current i7 processor is ok, but i want the extreme i7, and a better Video card to do serious video editing with my pc. plus video games wouldn't hurt. Yummy. will good luck to the winner of this fine equipment and lets just all be friends.

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Boodrow replied on Sun, Jul 18 2010 12:23 AM

I love giveaways, I also love receiving!

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Boodrow replied on Sun, Jul 18 2010 12:25 AM

I would like a new system to tweak!

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Demogon replied on Sun, Jul 18 2010 5:06 PM

Well whoever wins they're going to have a sweet rig to tweak and mod for a good while, I think it needs a custom paint job! if I win i'll ruby pearl paint it with some Black Chains and Flames.

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mrlarry replied on Sun, Jul 18 2010 9:41 PM

I really need a new rig , now's the time . Vista just doesn't cut it anymore

drooooooooooollllll this 1's hot

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