9 Components That Didn't Make the Dream Machine

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surfinsam

wheres the SOUNDCARD!!!!!!!!!

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luca35101056

It might run linux this time? WHY, becuase it won't have a dvd drive for the windows dvd. That said, they might just do a usb windows install. Hopefuly that doesn't happen and they just install linux.

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Holly Golightly

I bet, for their 2011 Dream Machine, they are going to use the Asus P67 Sabertooth MoBo, because that is the only motherboard with the revolutionary Thermal Armor. Plus, it looks so damn pretty! A computer is not a dream machine without it!

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thetechchild

Firstly, mouse and audio, are, IMO, irrelevant to the build, unless you're really *that* hardcore about your gaming/music.

Second, a PCIE SSD is a terrible idea. Not only does it use up a precious slot(s), the speed increase delivered, overall, is rather insignificant, unless you're dealing with a production machine for media. Nobody deals with that much data, almost ever, and considering the price point... Plus, SATA 6 Gb/s is not saturated by 500 MB/s; 6 Gb/s = 750 MB/s, so that's only about 2/3 of the way there. Granted, some go up to 580 or something, but the argument stands.

Of course, a lot of other parts are extreme overkill, it is, after all, a DM.

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Caboose

The Dream machine isn't used by someone for office work and to play Farmville and other flash games. It's designed with heavy gaming in mind, and as such, a good gaming mouse is required.

Onboard audio has come a long way, but for the best and pure sound, not to mention the smoothest gameplay, a descrete soundcard is the proper choice. I have a descrete soundcard in my PC (Asus Xonar DX PCI-E 7.1), my wife has my older SoundBlaster X-FI XtremeGamer and we both notice smoother gameplay than when we were running onboard audio. The soundcard offloads the audio processing from the CPU. We can crank up the audio quality to as high as it can go, and turn on all the fancy bells and whistles to give us the best, and richest audio experience possible. Once we move in to our house, I'll finally upgrade my 2.1 audio to a very nice 7.1 set up!

It may cost a bit more, but I like to have certain functions performed by dedicated components. You can game with onboard video, but the best experience will be achieved by a descrete video card. Same goes for audio.

Don't even get me started on people that thing a controller is best for shooters...

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whitneymr

You know they never said they didn't have a 2011 chip and board. HMMMMM.

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deadlift1

Last year's DM was a huge comback after the epic fail of the "recession" machines the year before.  All people want are bleeding edge components and excess in the dream machine and for good reason as 99% of us like to fantasize over hardware pron and see what insane benchmarks and framerates can be achieved.  I know Max PC tries to get creative each year but I feel that half the time they miss the point of the DM.  No water cooling loop cause its too hard to switch out components?  Didn't Dave Murphy just rave about Koolance quick disconnects and how easy they are to use to modify components in a loop?  Besides why the hell are you switching components out of the DM.  Isn't it left assembled as is to compare it against all the boutique machines that come out?  No PCIe SSD cause there are worries about not enough bandwidth???  How can you pass up the OCZ Revodrive 3 X2.  I'm never going to spend $1699 on a hard drive (well, shouldn't say NEVER) but to me that is what the DM is all about.  Order up a Danger Den case, throw a few 3TB HDD, the Revodrive, a couple Xeons, 24 GB ram, a 6990 or two and let it rip.  And use 6 of those NEC 30" screens in portrait mode just for good measure.  C'mon Max PC live up to your name.

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thor fighter

a lot of speculation, and a lot of button pushing. just build it and they will come.

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TerribleToaster

This rig better have at least 3 bigfoot killer nic's or else I'll be slightly moody for a short period of time.

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Omegasupreme80

Not using 4 gpu's because it isn't worth it? Come on, it's the dream machine, dream big!

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Caboose

There's dream big, and dream realistically.

If nothing supports 4 GPUs yet, or not enough to make it worth it, why spend the extra money on something that won't be utilized when it can go in to getting other higher-end components.

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Holly Golightly

Hopefully this dream machine will be playing Alice: Madness Returns... That game is a dream within itself. Freaking love that game. 

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KevFed

my dream machine?

8-core amd fx zambezi - cooled with closed loop w/c or vapochil lightspeed to cool some serious oc.

9XX-series amd chipset board - usual sata 3, usb 3, but with nvidia sli.

3x 580GTX 3072mb/384bit (16x/8x/8x)

16gb DDR3-2000

bigfoot killer nic

*single* IPS or gorilla glass 27" monitor.

 

 

 

this year's DM is prolly an asus 1155 with nf200, i7-2600k on closed loop water cooling, killer bigfoot nic, xfi ti and some 580 gtx and heavy hitting sata 3 ssd's. i think the case they will use will be unique but still, i agree with some, it'sstarting to sound like failboat. 

 

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to0002

my prediction

  1. i7-2600k
  2. asus maximus 4 z68
  3. 3x gtx 580
  4. 2x 3tb hdd
  5. asus xonar
  6. logitech z906
  7. razer naga epic
  8. blu-ray burner
  9. vertex 3 

other stuff

  • 3x3d monitors
  • 8gb ram+
  • corsair case(800D)??
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KevFed

pretty much the same as mine except i went with the asus revolution since they mentioned some nforce chips. 1155 bottle neck failboat.

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to0002

i heard the ws revo, z68 ud7 and this all rock nf200s

 

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gendoikari1

Either MPC managed to score a Bulldozer real early, or the definition of "Dream" Machine has slipped a bit.

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KevFed

i dont think there's a 990FX with an nforce bridge. they need all the help since 115 cant deliver the bandwidth without one.

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kixofmyg0t

They HAVE managed to get ahold of things early.....and engineering samples of Bulldozer are making their way out of fab's in china.....

 

If DM '11 has Bulldozer i'll twitter my yahoo until I google all over their facebook.

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mls067

"If DM '11 has Bulldozer i'll twitter my yahoo until I google all over their facebook."

 

rofl!!

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AudioCraZ

They need all the extra PCIE slots for the USB 2.0 and 3.0 cards they could shove in there! How else you going to build a dream machine without a bunch of thumbdrive animals humping the case?

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frewster

GPUs: I predict dual 6970s since it's been said that there won't be more than two GPUs. This is because 6970s have 2 GB of memory, so it won't be a bottleneck at the high resolutions that will probably be played on. CPU: one CPU and it isn't 1366? That can mean one thing: a 2600K overclocked to hell. For those components I'm very comfident. For everything else I have no idea. Probably a Foreword PSU though. Anyone else have predictions?

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aferrara50

it's going to be a lga 1155 failboat. I guarantee it's going to have 2x 6990s and a 2600k. My wc setup costs more than that ghetto rig. Last year's was awesome. It gave me some ideas for a build, especially the MNPCtech rad grills, but I don't trust this one. Anything less than 48 gigs of ram and dual xeons is fail for a dream machine

 

 

on the other hand, I would like to be surprised with a quad cpu 40 core system, but since there's no xeons.... I suppose there's always opertrons.

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Mastro Antonio

Well it's apparent that Xeons are mainly for server and workstation use, I know they used them in last years machine but that's more like a server master's dream machine. As for RAM anything past 16GB is just overkill anyways, it just seems like a waste if even if your a harcore gamer.

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jackal49

Okay, this is Dream Machine 2011.  Not Dream Machine "What will be the best soon."  That being said, the 1366 chipset may be a dead man walking because of the next Intel socket coming out, but only the top two Sandy Bridges can beat anything past a Core i7 960.  So build it on the best available, and that would be a 1366 six-core.

Plus 1366 has more PCI lanes available than 1155.  So those of us that want more than two Video Cards in our Dream Machine must go with 1366.  I would go with Tri SLI or Crossfire, as four video cards don't scale well for the extra money.  I agree with not using a PCI SSD.  Especially if you're using 1155, you'll need all your lanes.  And Sata 6 SSD are pretty quick.

"That's a good question, and shut up."  I love you guys!  I have a Corsair H50, and it is awesome.  I was going to go with a custom loop, but GPU water block are stupid expensive.  By the way, what Headset is that in your picture?  It looks pretty cool.

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Mastro Antonio

i7 2600K actually stands up to the i7 980X in most benchmarks so I'd say it's a good processor as I own both but 980X of course kicks it's ass in threading and high up applications.

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mls067

"Because we're running five sound cards."

 

huh?

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iceman08

now the best part of this is if they actually DID use 5 sound cards, which would imply an eargasm waiting to happen

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mattman059

I always run 5 soundcards....you know..cause how else are you going to get the total immersion of 35.5 surround sound?

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Caboose

I KNO RITE?! I'm getting noise complaints though... From people in the next town...

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kixofmyg0t

They're just blowing smoke don't worry.

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cookthejosh

I think they made a funny. 

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CloudRider

Seconded.

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