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    Posted: 15 December 2009 at 1:54am
So far I know at least one other forumer is upgrading his PC for Christmas and there have to be more of us on here. If you're planning on upgrading your hardware or building a brand new computer over the holidays, post some specs up in here.

I'll start this baby off with my current setup:
Cooler Master Centurion 5 case
ASUS P5LD2 mobo
Kingston 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 RAM
3.4GHz Intel Pentium 4 Prescott CPU (LGA 775 socket)
ATI Radeon X1900 XTX video card with 512MB RAM
Antec Truepower Truecontrol 2.0 550w PSU
2TB+ of hard drive space
and my old ass Logitech G7 mouse
optical drives are rather unimportant

I just ordered in some new hardware to replace my mobo, RAM and CPU:
ASUS P7P55D LE mobo
G.SKILL 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 RAM
2.8GHz Intel i7-860 Lynnfield Quad-Core CPU (LGA 1156 socket)

My next purchase, some time after Christmas will be an aftermarket CPU cooler, then a new mouse, PSU and finally a new video card (might get two and go Crossfire). I'm normally a Zalman person when it comes to CPU fans but I was wondering what other users here have. Not looking for anything super outrageous as I'm not interested in overclocking the chip, just want to replace the stock Intel cooler because I've read it seems cheap. Any suggestions are welcome, except for which mouse, already decided on the Logitech G9x.
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If you're not overclocking, you really don't need to upgrade your fan, Intel or AMD.  If you are, that's a whole 'nother story.

Also, remember that Crossfire is anywhere between 25-40% more effective, so unless you're getting a really high end card, you'll get more performance for your money by buying a better card.

Antec, PC Power and Cooling, and OCZ are your best bets for good power supplies, especially if you're going to get a high-end graphics card.
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2TB? Holy crap, dude.
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Getting a new:

Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz
4 Gb  RAM
Asus Motherboard

Don't know the exact models right now, will update later.
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Your parts make it in yesterday, Benji?
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Originally posted by High Voltage High Voltage wrote:

Your parts make it in yesterday, Benji?
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4 gigs of RAM
1 TB Hard Drive

Yay!
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geez what could you seriously do with 1TB?
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You guys must download a lot of stuff.
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Or take a lot of pictures.

My dad has multiple hard drives full of pictures.  When you save high quality raw pictures at 4MB a piece, things start filling fast.
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Or take a lot of pictures, rip movies from DVDs/Blu-rays, maintain a large music collection, manipulate HD video and keep backups of my data. Did you just get a computer yesterday or something? Hell, last I checked my father said he was pulling his 1TB drives and replacing them with 2TB drives. I think he has a good 6TB of space with well over half of that taken up. Then the 1TB drives now hold backups.

Oh Pariel, high quality RAWs are a decent 26 to 28MB with TIF copies reaching 150MB.


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Yeah, now that I think about it, 4 MB is the smallest size I've seen for a RAW, that's about jpeg sized.

TIF is new to me.

As an aside to the 4 MB RAW, the only time I've seen RAWs that size was shooting an air show.  Shooting against a blue, cloudless sky seemed to allow the images to compress really well.  Awfully fun experience, definitely want to go to another one soon.  Hopefully get to the Royal Air Tattoo and Oshkosh some day.


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K never knew that, i guess you learn somethin new every day
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I'm getting a new laptop.

While this one has served me well, it is four years old and the battery is shot.

I'm getting a 15.4" Macbook Pro.
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I'll sell you mine (please don't give me a strike!).

I'm seriously getting rid of mine -- it's the last generation though.
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Macs cost too much.
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Frankly, for what you get, they can be worth the money.

If you're a broke college student, or a video gamer, than perhaps not.

But they use the highest quality components of anything I've used or seen, have the best customer support of probably any company, given that they have actual retail outlets, and they've got the best aesthetic package on the market.  So, if those things appeal to you, then it's great.  However, I'm a PC gamer, so not so much.
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Originally posted by Rofl_Mao Rofl_Mao wrote:

Macs cost too much.


It's like saying Mercedes cost to much compared to a Civic

You get what you pay for.
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Originally posted by agentwhale007 agentwhale007 wrote:

Originally posted by Rofl_Mao Rofl_Mao wrote:

Macs cost too much.


It's like saying Mercedes cost to much compared to a Civic

You get what you pay for.
That's debatable.
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