Posted by flashback on Dec. 5, 2007, 6:59 p.m.

I Believe it is time to demonstrate the full power of this station

My system is nearly complete: As in, all I need is my PSU, which I'm picking up tomorrow.

I got my 3870.

My HiS 3870 512mb DDR4.

It's over 22cm long. Should fit in my case without TOO much hassle, even if I have to remove a USB device (And since an HP pocket media drive bay is a bloody useless thing anyhow, I'm in the clear).

That means I'm at:

1.86gHz Core 2 duo processor (E6300)

2gb DDR2 RAM (667mHz)

250gb HDD (Plus 250gb external)

Lightscribe dual-Layer DVD Super Multi Drive (I hate saying that when selling to customers)

HiS ATi Radeon HD 3870 512mb DDR4

700W Rocketfish Power supply (as of tomorrow)

Soundproofed case

Before anyone goes in on the RAM or CPU: Yes, I know DDR2 RAM goes faster than 667mHz. Yes, I know the E6320 is better than the E6300. Yes, I know that 1.86 gHz isn't above midrange. I also know that all of these are going to be solved during the rolling upgrade process over the next few years (and I also know that I can get undisclosed discounts on intel processors due to my job).

NCIX.com is awesome

It's where I bought my graphics card, and they know how to pack and ship.

When I ordered, they had run out of stock: they sent an email saying so, and that stock would arrive on monday, which they were right about: And on that monday, as soon as it was in, my order shipped. I chose UPS ground shipping, which is 1-6 days: 2 days and it was here (might be because it's only shipping from BC).

A word about packaging: these guys pack amazingly. The sides of the package were a bit dented in by UPS, but inside nothing was damaged because the entire graphics card was SURROUNDED by big plastic packing air pockets. Those are kind of like bubble wrap bubbles, but square and the size of a paperback copy of Dune. 8, all packed tightly in around the HiS box, and my copy or Valve's Black Box and Call of Juarez (free with the card).

Yeah, I'm impressed. Go order stuff from them.


Firebird 16 years, 5 months ago

poultry 16 years, 5 months ago

lollool ATI

flashback 16 years, 5 months ago

Better linux drivers and a lower price are more important to me than benchmarks - and regardless, DX10 is not a factor on XP.

Firebird 16 years, 5 months ago

You do realize nVidia linux drivers are far ahead of ATI ones, don't you?

Also, why do you need a 700W PSU for all all that? I'm on a 500W and it supports me just fine.

Then again, I suppose you don't need a good graphics card when all you're doing is stuff in linux.

flashback 16 years, 5 months ago

6 months ago, yes. Now, no.

Because I can get the 700W at staff price for around $60

I dual-boot for gaming. Don't assume that because I use linux I don't game.

Radnom_Games 16 years, 5 months ago

It's over 22cm long.
mine's 23cm long.

Firebird 16 years, 5 months ago

'Because I can' is the worst reason I've heard for overkill. Enjoy your high power bill- oh wait. Your staff discounts even it all out.

You don't game either: I can tell that because you got a e6300. God, the Q6600 isn't that expensive, and your staff discounts should make it even less cheaper.

And if you game, what's the point getting a sub-par GFX card? Oh, it's enough to play most games, but that's not good enough unless you like to play Sim City or something.

I would have gone for a E6600 (at least) or a Q6600, waited for the Penryns and the 780i, and either bought a 8800GT or waited for the D9E's in feb: maybe a bit longer until something like the GT comes along for the D9Es.

poultry 16 years, 5 months ago

i has a Q6600. [:D]

PY 16 years, 5 months ago

Wow, my processor is faster than that. I feel warm and fuzzy now! (That's without winning a contest, I cheated)

Josea 16 years, 5 months ago

Sim City
Correction. Simcity 4 needs a very good computer to play fine.

Oh Firebird, and he play games, that's for sure. If he can't play them at the max graphics settings or whatever is something else.

I've got a simple P4 3.2Ghz HT and DDR (200mhz) RAM, yet I play games fine, at low setting of course.