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  1. #61
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    Re: kinda miss the old ways

    Let's see -
    I have 3 2600M CPUs, a couple of Bartons - 2200 & 2500, and an Opteron 148.
    Gave away 2 146 Optys, a Winchester 3000 and Venice 3200 last year along with some mobos.
    Still got 2 DFI NF4 Ultra-D boards all ready to fire up.

    Bill
    My HTPC

    ASRock 970 Extreme3
    AMD FX-4100 w/Coolermaster GeminII S cooler
    M Station HT-1100 HTPC Media Center case
    Antec 480 NeoPower PSU
    Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX
    Gigabyte GV-R467ZL 4670/1GB video card
    Hitachi HDS721050CLA362 500GB SATA hd
    Windows7 Ultimate x64 & Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (partitioned)
    Pioneer DVR-215D SATA DVD burner
    Samsung 40" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV LN40C630


    You can teach an old dog; it just takes longer.

  2. #62
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    Asheville, NC
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    Re: kinda miss the old ways

    While we are going back in time, my motherboard of choice used to be Micronics. I lived near their HQ at the time and the product was reliable. Only once did I have a nagging problem with one of their boards, and after talking to their tech support, they agreed to replace it. I drove by their office on the way to work and the young lady who was in charge of RMA's swapped the boards for me. That was nice, but she was a hottie!

    On board LAN or sound? Gimme a break.

    Mentioning drivers, let's not forget how much easier a Windows installation is now. I don't know that Windows95 EVER installed right the first time, even if you had the correct drivers. I'd usually budget an entire afternoon just to get it installed and running. Sometimes it would surprise me, usually not.

    Windows 2000 was probably the first installation that was not a torture (NT wasn't awful, but you knew upfront some things just would not work). XP was fine, especially if you mastered the art of slipstreaming or used something like nLite. Windows7 pretty much installs without bothering anybody.

    I also don't remember the last time I had a DOA component. I probably only build 4-6 systems a year for people anymore and the worst failure I've had was the LAN port on a motherboard dying after a year. Unless somebody is using garbage, components have gotten pretty reliable.

  3. #63
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    Re: kinda miss the old ways

    Gosh, this brings up some old memories..Radiohead over in the old
    Albatron forum helped me so much with a Alby KX18D Pro II in making
    my first ever choice for a build. The BIOS went bad on it, but I found
    a Pro mb to replace a number of years ago. So just for the heck of it
    I dusted this old unit off, blew the innards out so dust wasn't hanging
    around, plugged it in, waited a couple minutes, and hit the start
    button..

    By golly, if it didn't lite off. Told me i needed to update XP, and all
    the other anti-malware programs, etc, but its running right now and
    I'm just shocked at that. It was strange to see what programs I
    had on it. I had not bothered with it since 2005/6.

    So yes, I can understand that things needed changing here, but I
    still would like to thank Radiohead and others on the old sub forums
    for some great help.

    Back then, this place was like the 1st service center for the new owner
    of a brand new Henry J ! Like as in " Ok, now I have the thing, how do
    I make it go ? ".

    Yep, fun days.

    Merry X-mas, da*n it.










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  4. #64
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    Re: kinda miss the old ways

    Good to see some of the old croanies are still above ground and3suckin air around here. Can't even remember my sig can hardly wait.
    DFI T2RS, Q9450@3.4, 2X1gig Ballistix, EVGA 460GTX
    Gigabyte EP45-DS3L, Q6600@3.2Ghz, OCZ 6400 DDR2, EVGA 9850
    ASUS P5K-E WiFi, Q6600@3.2ghz, 2X1gig Mushkin XP2 6400 DDR2, EVGA 260GTX
    ASUS P5Q-Pro Turbo, Q9450@3.4Ghz, 2X1gig Mushkin HP 6400 DDR2 EVGA 9850
    ASUS P5K Prem WiFi Q9450@3.4Ghz, 2X2gb OCZ DDR2 800, MSI 460GTX Cyclone
    Gigabyte EP35-DS3R, Q6600 , 2X1gig Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800, EVGA 9800GT
    ASUS P5K Prem WiFi Q9450@3.4Ghz 2X2gb OCZ DDR2 800, Asus 9850GTX
    Gigabyte EP45-DS3R, Q6600@3.2Ghz, 2X1gb Corsair XMS 12-4-4-4, BFG9850GTX
    Gigabyte EP45-DS3L, Q9450@3.4, 2X1gb Corsair XMS 12-4-4-4, BFG9850GTX

  5. #65
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    Re: kinda miss the old ways

    Yep... I'm here looking for info for a new build and I have to say the mobo section is a jumbled mess. It's really not very helpful in the currect format.

    FYI: I have never and never will type pcperspective. I type amdmb and hit enter after all these years.
    _(`._.[neo]._.)_
    i can ride my bike with no handlebars

  6. #66
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    Re: kinda miss the old ways

    ^ Gosh, that's right ! It WAS amdmb back then and before. I'd clean forgotten !
    speaking off oldies, I was looking for something in one of my cupboards and was
    totally surprised when this came tumbling out and almost killed a big toe..

    Remember ever having one of these ?



    Thermalright SLK-900U heat sink. This thing is heavy.I'd forgotten
    that as well.
    Last edited by no2guncntrl; 01-08-2012 at 01:27 AM.

  7. #67
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    Re: kinda miss the old ways

    still got 3
    Asrock 990FX FX8120 8G Gskill 2133 2x WD2T 6.0 pc p+c 950w
    Asrock 890FX 1090t 2x4 Gskill 1866 RipJaw WD 1T 6.0 mushkin 850w
    DFI 790FXB M3H5 PII 965 8 Gskill RipJaw 1866 WD1T 6.0 ocz 750 w
    DFI 790FXB M3H5 PII 965 2x4 Gskill Rip Jaw 1600 Ocz evo720
    DFI 790FXB M2RSH PII 955 2x1Gskill 1600 Saph 4670 Ocz Evo 720W
    DFI LP Jr 790GX PII 720 2X1Gskill 1600 Sapph 3650 Seas 600w
    DFI 790FXM2RS PII 720 2x1gig Gskill 1600 Sapphire HD3400
    DFI Lp ultra D SLI Opti 148@300x10 @33c 1 gig Crucial ballistix 4000

  8. #68
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    Re: kinda miss the old ways

    How about one of these . The Dragon orb. I have one and it is heavy as hell. It is new in it original package as I though that thing could only do damage because of it's weight.
    And Radiohead, talking about old sigs. I just happen to find one of my old ones from way back in the day before the Nforce boards.



    I still run the first system in that sig as a file sever.

  9. #69
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    Re: kinda miss the old ways

    I wonder why they didn't make better and bigger versions of it. Also, from what I know, the clip could have been more secure and heatsink bigger and more efficient. I guess maybe more efficient/bigger/superior designs somewhere.
    Last edited by 3dfxrain; 01-08-2012 at 07:40 PM.

  10. #70
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    Re: kinda miss the old ways

    Cool stuff there allright, I dont know if we will ever see the same level of user/enthusiast involvement again like we had in the past.

    I see very few hardware issues with my clients, an occasional power supply perhaps but even those are lasting longer than ever.


    Thanks for the memories gentlemen

    Laterz,
    dafanman

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  11. #71
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    Re: kinda miss the old ways

    Actually it's kinda obvious looking around, superior heatsink fans out there. Much better contact with socket/cpu/motherboard and other things.

  12. #72
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    Re: kinda miss the old ways

    I would love to see this place start booming again like it was back in the day. I just doesn't seem like people are putting the level of pride and passion into puters like we did back then. It's been awhile since I have seen someone just do simple case mods and take alot of pride in what they just put together. Don't get me wrong we still have a few on here that are into building and really get into it. But I think when pc's drop to below $1000 for a decent system that took alot away from us. People can now buy a complete system cheaper then building one, compaired to back in the day when it was cheaper to build then buy. It almost like it has turned into a blackart again. I still love building and have put a few together these last couple months (for myself). And as DaFanMan said thank you all for the great memories and I hope to see more in the future. And 3dfxRain that thanks goes to you too buddy.

  13. #73
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    Re: kinda miss the old ways

    besides money being tight, i've run out of room.

    with last year's build, i had to dig out my 2 ps/2 kvms so i could daisy chain them to run 5 rigs at one location.

    i'm kind of glad bulldozer was a bust. it would have been tempting. 3 spots left on those kvms.


    ud
    Last edited by uddarts; 01-10-2012 at 09:22 PM.

  14. #74
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    Re: kinda miss the old ways

    Quote Originally Posted by UDDARTS
    i'm kind of glad bulldozer was a bust.
    Please enlighten. I thought this was going to be the
    next biG deal regarding AMD chips ?

  15. #75
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    Re: kinda miss the old ways

    we were all hoping.

    Any Bulldozer rumors?

    not the bump in overall performance that we had with phenom. i might have been able to justify(in my mind ) to update my folding rig but....

    CPU folding on the new AMD FX 8150

    windwithme has a nice comparison.

    AMD Phenom II X6 1100T versus FX-8120 Performance Guide


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