Dream Machine 2011: How We Created the Best PC Ever

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steven4570

last years dream machine they went balls to the wall with everything, if you would have read previous dream machine coverage, you wouldve know that they were going to tone it down a bit.  And how can you build a machine with parts that re not available? 

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deadlift1

+1.  Remember, water cooling is too much of a hassle for them now:

 

"Cooling
Not Using: A Full Custom Water-Cooling Loop
We can hear you now: how can you possibly consider anything a Dream Machine without a full custom water cooling loop? That's a good question, and shut up. The simple answer is that it makes upgrading and swapping out parts (especially video cards) a pain in the butt. And there's nothing dreamy about that. Plus, if we did the same thing every year, we'd get bored."

Nothing like an air cooled Dream Machine!  Wow!

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kixofmyg0t

No Bulldozer......I has a sad.

:'(

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ssmithT

I don't really think the graphics cards are practical. They're way too close together and running all three of those at near 100% usage would probably overheat them and cause them to reset and down clock. The 2010 dream machine was a powerhouse and I loved that it was fully water cooled. (without it, the noise of two 580's at 100% fan speed would be a nightmare)

Other than that, I really like it. The case is very sexy and the cable management is superb!

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tony2tonez

I love the case. I am using the Cosmos S and its amazing. Everyone comes over and says what the hell is that? I tell them its my computer!

This new cosmos looks bad@ss. And the system is great. I just dont love the monitor setup. I didnt like it when you introduced it a couple of months ago.  Everything else is amazing. 

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joeyjr

Thanks for posting this, I was having a hard time waiting this year. Very nice system!!! You really get alot for the money this year in looks, style, and performance. Also, the build can be upgraded in the future easily. Most, people would not need all that power to play games but what a gamer it is. One could build a slimmed down version and still be very satified on any buget. What the Dreeam Machine defines is the best avaialble now, more or less, and it is what it is, so, if September is the month for the Dream for all time, then so be it and keep them coming. It is not exactly what I would have built, but I like it very much. I would have used a sound card and a 5.1 speakers because I like suround sound. The 2011 Dream Machine  lives even in this economy!! Whats your dream?

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bautrey

I was hoping that would just get a prototype Bulldozer chip in there.  I guess not...

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Number Six

Yes, but will it play Quake MMXVIII?!??

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Phrish

I wonder if they've invented a computer yet that will play Crysis 1. ;-)

... Crytek swing and a miss...

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TerribleToaster

Called it with Smooth Creations (me and what feels like half the people who posted, anyway).

I knew you guys would go the sports car route after last years DM being a monster truck and the article about the the 9 components not included. Everything was suggesting a more slim and sleak performance build over raw muscle; and I must admit, it is quite a beauty.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I pay for the magazine because I don't have a computer in the toilet. The magazine versions of these articles are usually (but not always) deeper. And I like reading magazines.

I think it's cool to read about the ultimate computer and all, but I think it's in everyone's best interest that the wrong idea isn't being promoted. A few years ago, before the economy really crapped out, video card makers and the media were clearly working together to sell hardware, and it was common to find multiple graphics cards being recommended as standard equipment.  This magazine in particular promoted the idea that we simply had to have two and three video cards to play the newest games. I saw the price of a high-end PC shoot from $2K to over $5K in the space of a few months, because we simply had to have three $600 video cards, RAID drive arrays, and high-end sound cards.

Game developers were in part responsible for this, as a few titles were almost unplayable on anything less. Developers called it future-proofing. I think commercial suicide would be more accurate.

Anyway, no one needs a $12,000 PC to play video games. Anyone who buys one either has more money than sense, or is just an idiot.

These dollar figures only help drive people toward consoles, and I don't think that's good for either the computer or gaming industries--or this magazine, for that matter.

I hope these builds are kept in perspective, and that we never return to marketing gear no one can realistically afford as standard or necessary equipment.

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mattman059

It's not a $12,000 PC...it's a $5,000 pc with $7,000 of peripherals...

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Phrish

LOL... oh snap!

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Willers

MaxPC is meant to entertain. That's why its not a System Requirements section of a manual.

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TerribleToaster

Dream Machine, mate. Dream Machine.

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deadlift1

I don't have a pc in the bathroom either, at least, not yet.  The articles are posted verbatim from the magazine.

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naxself

Great article. I always look forward to this one.

PS. The Razer link is wrong; it's www.razerzone.com (the link omits the Z in zone).

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rawrnomnom

that case is SEXY... now coolermaster, be good and don't screw us on prices.... $150 is the perfect point. You did it with the HAF series... 

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boodiespost

THAT IS ONE BAD ASS COMPUTER!!!!!

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dcrail

Glad to see I'm not the only one wondering why I pay for a subsciption.  The last couple of months, I get my mag in the mail, open it up and get pissed off.  Realize that there are a couple of new articles/reviews, but can count on them showing up on the web in a day or two.  

I wonder who thinks "yes it's a technology magazine, but what are the odds that these readers will go on the internet?"  My guess is that person has nothing to do with what's in the magazine.

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Humpfester

Beautiful Job and always a inspiration for my next build.

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stringboi

Hmmm...seems my sub is no longer needed.  I've been getting everything I want to read up on right here, before the mag hits me in the mail, and FOR FREE! 

Thanks MaxPC....I'm so happy you dont need our money anymore.  You done good my friend....you done good!

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phatbody

Great job. 

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Raswan

By far the best line in the article: "WE SAY FILL ALL THE SLOTS AND LET GOD SORT 'EM OUT"

 

And the one about that ass-clown, Justin Long. Well-written article, gents.

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deadlift1

Remind me again why I should subscribe to your magazine??  Last month half the reviews were posted online before I received my copy in the mail.  Now DM is online before print?  I understand you have to move at a brisk pace to keep up with all the changes in the world of technology but is anything going to be left for your magazine?  This is a slap in the face to your loyal subscribers.  Take my money and then take what should be exclusive print content for the first 30 days and give it away for free?  Letters to the editor and user questions about how to upgrade the ram on their HP machine are great though.  Thanks and keep up the honest work.

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devastator_2000

Why am I paying for my magazine subscription?  This article is to be in the September issue and is one of the most anticipated articles of the year.  So why am I seeing it in July, on the web, before I get the magazine in the mail?  As a paying subscriber you expect to see the really good articles first. 

 

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JCisKing

I have to agree with Devastator 2000 on this one.  As soon as I saw this posted my heart both skipped a beat (because the Dream Machine is my favorite thing you guys do) and sank a little (Dream Machine is also the major reason I subscribe).  I even went down to check the mail in the vain hope that the new issue was crazy early.  Now all the people who don't directly support you financially get to see the major event of the year at the same time or before we do.  I just makes me a little sad.  Way to reward your loyal customers...

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iceman08

This is straight sex

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iceman08

If you guys ever want to get rid of this bad boy, I am perfectly willing to take it off you all's hands. And desk.

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alexw1234

Me To!! Might have to make room for those moniters though. . .

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