The Dream Machine Revealed--Part Two of Three!

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Thrall

Naw, BFG is making 'em right now that only take up one slot w/ the block installed ( http://tinyurl.com/5zmnp5 ). Hasn't there often been problems, overclocking wise in this case, with running tri-sli due to drivers?

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hogkill

cool, maybe they will use those

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hogkill

BTW if you guys are planning to stick three 280s in SLI, judging by
that mobo you wont have a soundcard in the rig. And only two 280s isnt
really a dream rig. You'll be able to run Crysis on the highest possible settings at 2560x1600 at OVER 40 FPS with those CPUs and three 280s. If you only use two you are probably gonna get about 30.

Im guessing that mobo has nice enough onboard sound though.

 EDIT: lol u guys arent thinking about 4x4850s are u? Dont get me wrong, im an ATI fan but that would be just plain weird.

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Talcum X

 I'm guessing from what you said that Intel board was the only choice you had to do this config.  Cant be from the results of the Mobo showdown from a recent issue as the Intel board was one of the slowest in the challenge.  I'm surprised that it doesnt have PCIe 2.0 slots.

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njedwardz

because they're going to be using Vista because XP is going to be dead in a year.  and because i think service pack 3 enabled the system to see and use more than 3 gigs.  maybe they're going to use a 64bit OS.  you never know

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franktank

yep, I'm betting Vista Ultimate 64 bit on the OS.

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vistageek

I think so too...Vista ultimate 64 bit. Just like what I am running.

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pellier

I think that there gonna do

vista 32bit+ Vista 64bit+ linux

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Budgetperson

Its nice, I like it, you couldv'e put 16gb ram... but theres really no point. Umm.. the optical drive... HD-DVD is dead. But neither is dvd! You couldv'e at least put in another optical drive for 22x dvd burns (the new samsung optical drive has that speed).

 Can't wait to see the video cards and the hard drive! 

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marudd2002

Although it seems like adding a second Optical drive for the 22x burn speeds sounds nice, there's just not very much media out there for it so it wouldn't be money well spent. Dream Machine's still need to keep some practicality in check.

As for the RAM.......Agreed that 16GB would be nice, but it's unnecessary. 8GB doesn't seem like overkill to me considering how drastically technology changes over the years. Even though the 2GB sticks are FB-DIMMS, I still think calling 800MHz sticks "speed-demons" is more than a slight exaggeration considering the MHz speeds currently available from both DDR2 and DDR3.

PCIe 2.0 is what the Dream Machine should have because the extra bandwidth could (and should) be utilitzed in both gaming and non-gaming applications. If there is no dual-socket Intel mobo that supports Quad Core CPU's and has PCIe 2.0 then the decision is understandable. Otherwise, horrible mobo choice.

And lastly: If anything other than Vista Ultimate 64-bit is used I will cut off my pinky. That is how sure I am of that  ;)

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csturner

They should have a contest!  Everyone sends in a body part they would be willing to trade for the machine.  Whoever sends the most body parts wins, and the organs and tisues could be donated to charity, for transplants!  

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whisp

 Good signature, I agree.

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X1300 Pro

Why are you guys going for 8bg of ram when last year you limited yourself to 2 because it "wasn't beneficial"?

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franktank

Even if they do, as I expect, dump xp and go Vista 64 bit ... 8 GB does seem like alot. I'm curious to see if they are just maxing out the board beacuse they can or if they have some benchmarks that will show games on Vista 64 with 8gb run more better???

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hogkill

this year is not last year

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TheMurph

X for the win!

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brokenmoth08

last year they were dual booting XP and vista and XP wouldn't register all that RAM. Mabe this year they aren't dual booting with XP because Microsoft pulled the plug on it last month.

This years dream machine looks awesome! Too bad they are taking it apart.

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vistageek

What do they do with it when they are done?

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brokenmoth08

If I remember right they take it apart, and send the parts back yo the manufactuor. Sad isn't it?

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Caboose

 They should auction it off and give the money to Child's Play or some sort of charity. That'd be an awesome thing to do with the Dream Machine. I'm sure they'd get a shitload of money for it to!

 

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Skiplives

That would be nice, but if they send the parts back they don't own them.  Now if they manufacturers would give them the parts to auction off, that's different.

And 8Gigs of ram actually helps Vista 64 run faster.  Considering the OS eats 1Gig all on it's own; it really shouldn't be surprising.  Which is mindboggling ... my first PC had a full meg of RAM, and it was tricked out.  Yes, I am old.

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brokenmoth08

I think they should give them the parts. Having parts in the dream machine is very good advertiseing, so they really wouldn't loose anything, but then again if they did that then the people at MPC could only use what companies gave them, and thoose may not be what they want/need. IS THERE NO RIGHT ANSWER?!

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