Oh crap...it's been talked about!? Better be careful as my ego is too easily inflated.
It's done, it runs, but as of yet is in a good mode to be captured in a photograph. It's a very elusive beast!
I'm too much of a perfectionist bastard in part. The tubing needs cleaned up, the plastic fittings need chaged over to the chrome fittings, my carbon reservoir need perfected (on the 3rd one :p ), and I keep it together long enough to play with some CPU or Memory; then gets put back.
I had hopes of just putting it together and calling it done...but that's not working out too well. But it's no Mecca of PC's, but rather a standard that all of us should take into account when we talk about MPC worthy builds. I've complained for years that the mods we call mods are not mods at all, but rather bolt-on build-ups that turn dudes into hero's with a $12 CCT or bays full of purchased parts. I've set a goal for myself to practice what I preach and put words into action.
I can't talk about how good a 550, 570J runs or how piss-poor the EE is if I don't run it...right? So, that was first. Get a system together that'll be a good testbed. Only up until this point, I could only suggest based on trust what is good and what just plain blows.
Then the modding side comes in to play. Window cutouts, Krylon paintjobs, flashing lights...we've seen it all. But where's the elbow grease or skill involved? I can put a fanbus in just as easily as the next guy. I guess my vehicle attitude has rolled over to my PC. Adding a fart pipe, ground effects, a hood painted black to look like carbon (!?), or a NOS sticker to a car doesn't make it fast. Now those that yank their own engines and work on their own cars...and even race them professionally on the weekend; has always facinated me. Being a privateer roadracer, I have more respect for those that turn out A1 work by themselves vise having some factory endorsement giving a full compliment of parts and personel. Opps...there's a rant!
And in all, manta is more correct than any of my excuses here. I've switched from Comast cable to SBC, and SBC has no real webspace that I can figure out. Comcast had space that I could FTP to and publicly post from. But SBC has space, but no FTP or anything more than a photo album to link you all to. I've just started using Photobucket, so I'll get those pics back up.
And work has pretty much smashed me into the ground. I had worked, slept, worked, slept...it was an aweful period. It even drug me completely from the forum, none the less time to game or mod anything. I've delegated some very large projects to some co-workers that had my same ideas and am now stable enough to get free. They were just too important to me, and felt they'd move the company in a better direction...and it's a product I've loved too long to watch it go the other way...which it was heading directly into left-field.
So...on the project. I have now gained access to a 3.4EE and a 3.46EE to give a shot. I plan on ditching the 570J and sticking with one of these EE's to just get away from a patched up Prescott, then switch to a smithfield DC down the road. I've done my tweaking and experiments, and I'm ready to just settle it down and call this year's "fun" done.
I'm also awaiting a decent card. I'm running a 6600GT which isn't what I had planned on. I've tried the x800XT and an x600 and wasn't happy at all...still not.
I'm running Matrix array on a pair of 740GD's, and am looking for flaws in it over RAID5 through windows or the common RAID0. I may need to add an HDD, but is low on my priorities.
The big thing so far has been the accelerator nozzles on the TDX. Finding the right one or some sort of method to advise others on is a long process. Running for 2 days with one, recording the results, then going to the next one...very long process when you have about 10 to go through:p
At this very second, it's back apart and getting it's final assembly. I'll be posting threads in here on a regular basis (maybe one thread a week to keep in managable) as perhaps a list of How-To's on the most popular questions I get in my PM's. And I get a lot
(don't get me wrong, I don't mind them at all!)
Oh, and look at my 570J on the right...I may be about to burn that baby up by the foolish things I'm doing to it. It's brown!
(one4...get an idea or two! Even though our bet was on longhorn, and I'LL WIN, I'd still like to do another paintjob)