Future Tense: The Star Trek PC

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Neel Chauhan

"Thirty years ago, you bought a 386 machine, with a VGA card and a Sound Blaster, so you could play Wolfenstein 3D and Flight Simulator, and a year later, Doom."

I think that was 20 years ago not 30.

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ARTISTWKG

 You could have switched the ram up to 24 gigs, SLI'd in a GTX 580 and with the money saved ordered up a second 30 inch HP Fine Sir. 

 

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

So when publishers stop PC gaming development, what happens to PC sales? What happens to sales of the Windows operating system (even Microsoft didn't anticipate this when they developed the XBox?!?!)?

Yeah, stop making PC games because of "piracy."

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bautrey

My dream machine is a machine that has absolutely no problems what so ever.  If you have a computer that meets all your standards but has a few kinks in it, then that ruins the experience of a dream computer.  A dream computer is problemless!! 

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LatiosXT

Good thing it's only a dream, because that's impossible.

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bautrey

Yea...  I like things to just work how their supposed too.  It annoys me so much when they dont.

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avenger48

Y'know, if you put that computer in a vacuum it would be silent...

Just saying...

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phoenixjc

Why would you want to put a computer in a Dyson?  "My computer never looses suction"

=P

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pearson101

Nice machine and a great article.  Particularly enjoyed your comparisons between your old computer and the new, facts and speed tests are always welcome but it was nice hearing how each computer felt to use in contrast to each other. 

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benpack101

On a kind of unrelated note, are you David running Folding@home on this machine, because if you aren't you definitely should be (its for a great cause)!

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Raswan

Sweet-looking machine. I'll take one of those, thank you very much.

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aarcane

I yearn for 3D accelerated (read: NVidia Friendly) windows 7 in a nice virtual machine with a linux underpinning to ensure that my storage is optimal (zfs anyone?), my system is secure (iptables + shorewall) and stable (linux), and everything just continues to work.  My experiences so far with windows 7 have been awsome, but I miss so much of my customary linux desktop.  THe power, the performance.  But so much of windows 7 is just simpler to work with for my daily tasks, which include gaming.  My ultimate desktop is basically my desktop, but with the processor switched out for a non-K model, because intel, for some absurd reason, removed the vt-d instruction set from the K serries of core i processors.

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kixofmyg0t

My "Dream Machine" isn't "Maximum" by pure horsepower standards, but is what I WANT...therfor is my "dream". 

 

Quad-Core or better AMD(and only AMD) CPU

8GB DDR3 1333

Radeon 6850

Crucial M4 64GB SSD(Boot)

Patriot Wildfire 240GB(Programs Files)

WD RE4 2TB(Media)

 

I'm not much of a PC gamer, as all I would play on it would be C&C Red Alert 2, StarCraft 2 and Diablo 3.....thaaaaat's pretty much it. I'm actually in the process of building this machine.....except for the RE4 hard drive cuz it's like $350 right now.

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bautrey

I don't understand your logic of have an SSD for your boot and one for your program files.  Just have one SSD for your boot and program files!  240GB I think is plenty of space for your OS and programs.  

Not to mention the Wildfire SSD is faster than the Crucial one, but crucial is definately cheaper (at same size)

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kixofmyg0t

Because if you read up more about how the M4 stacks up against other SSD's you would understand.

 

I chose the M4 as a boot drive because it would have just Windows on it.....that's it. It's cheap, destroys asynchronous SandForce drives in real world tests and is WAY cheaper than synchronous or toggle mode SSD's.

 

Meanwhile the Wildfire is a toggle mode drive. Having Windows on one SSD and programs that Windows loads on another basically amounts to having SSD's in RAID 0 when booting and some other tasks, but you keep TRIM.

 

Understand now?

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limitbreaker

I was thinking the same thing, there's no advantage of having two seperate SSD unless.... he already owns the 64gb one and plans on getting more space for games and such.

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Gezzer

My current "dream" machine is one I've had for a couple of years now and have been slowly upgrading as needed. I just need to upgrade the video card and it'll be a kick @ss system for a long time to come.

It's a i7 875K @4.15 on a MSI P55-GD65. I'm using a Swiftech 3x120 rad WC kit. Forgot the name of the kit but it does a great job of cooling. My boot drive is a 2nd Gen Intel 80G SSD with a 1TB WD Black and a 3TB Seagate as my "storage" drives. A Soundblaster X-Fi platimum, HD 4870 512MB, 8Gigs memory, and a Cosair AX 1200 PSU round out the build.

As far as I'm concerned except for the 4870, there's really no reason to go with newer tech for a gaming system. A 4 core 8 thread CPU @ 4.15 (I can actually get to 4.22 stable, but it's really pushing it.) is more then enough for current games, and most anything to come. Same with the SB X-Fi, considering how most developers are designing their sound engines with host solutions in mind it's overkill.

My display is a HP LP2475w which is really nice. I decided to "upgrade" to an eyefinity system so after much thought I got two more, and they now sit dark and neglected on either side on my center one. The final piece to this puzzle is a couple of WC 7970's and I'm set. I've got my eye on Sapphire's Atomic WC.

http://wccftech.com/sapphire-nonreference-radeon-hd7970-models-listed-flex-6g-edition-hd7970-feature-6gb-memory/

This of course will be whenever they get around to releasing them. But pretty much any WC 7970 with the same or better specs will be fine, and hopfully I'll be able to push them a bit farther.

Till then I'll be less then patiently waiting, and waiting.

P.S. While the link I supplied (the first one Google gave me) says a custom liquid cooling system for both Atomics it's wrong. The RX is a custom air cooler, the WC a waterblock from everything I've read so far.

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Zoandar

I was unsuccessful trying to Google the meaning of the word "drde" used in the article, yet I have seen that word twice this week. What does it mean?

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tmh43

Absolutely beautiful. A perfect tribute to one the greatest shows ever written and aired. Going to have to go by the 1st book in the Chtorran invasion series. Looks very entertaining :)

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tmh43

Absolutely beautiful. A perfect tribute to one the greatest shows ever written and aired. Going to have to go by the 1st book in the Chtorran invasion series. Looks very entertaining :)

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chucknorrisforpres

Did MNPCTech build two Star Trek systems? Because I thought they gave one away in a contest and the guy was trying to sell for tax reasons (the value of the case pushed him into the next tax bracket.) http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ultimate-Star-Trek-PC-featured-Comic-Con-and-Magazine-/270866050891?pt=Desktop_PCs&hash=item3f10dfef4b#ht_500wt_922 <-- The ebay listing. Just wondering if I got super confused...

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alexw1234

Seeing such a computer for sale on ebay makes me sick.

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Gezzer

yes they did.

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ABouman

Nope, you're right. There were two - one for David and the one that was given away in a Comic-Con contest and is now up on eBay.

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chucknorrisforpres

Thanks, Amber. I was really confused for a minute there ;)

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