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So I finally received some of my new computer hardware. It is taking a little longer to get my hardware together then I originally thought. When I first budgeted this new computer I was not planning to get the best of the best, but I decided not to cheap out and go for gold, or in my case go for broke! I have to sacrifice one more paycheck and then I can finally have this thing up and running.

This was a big shipment. I went with the Cooler Master HAF 932 computer tower. I needed a big case to hold all the big computer hardware. I also needed High Air Flow to keep all the parts cool. I’m very pleased with this case. It is very well designed and there is a lot of room for customizing. I like the look of it and it was also very affordable.

I was told by a lot of people that the Intel Core i7 processor runs hot, so I designed to go with the Corsair hydro H50 CPU Cooler. It’s a simple CPU water cooler with a radiator. It was also very affordable and from what I hear it is very effective.

Next I needed some good RAM. I did a lot of debating on which RAM I should get. I decided on the Corsair Core i7 Dominator 6GB PC15000 DDR3 RAM - Tri Channel, 1866MHz. This RAM is specifically designed to work with the Intel Core i7 processor. It was very expensive, but it is one of the best I could get my hands on.

And finally I got Windows 7 Professional 64bit. Not shown in picture. It is available at a very good price at TigerDirect. I know I’m going to hear people complain how Windows 7 sucks, but really which windows version doesn’t suck to some degree. Actually I was really happy with my current Windows 2000. I found it very stable on my system and it rarely crashed. I have yet to see the dreaded “blue screen of death”. But now it is so out dated most new software will not support that version anymore. Anyway, Win7 is supposed to be somewhat better then Vista and I am trying to build for the future.

So that’s what I have so far. It is really starting to take shape now. Next to come are the 1200W power supply, SSD (Solid State Drive) and a graphics card. Then I can finally fire this bad boy up and see what it can do! I can’t wait! Hopefully in about 2 weeks it should be up and running. I’ll keep you updated on the progress of this computer build. :D
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Krimzon-Guard-001 Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
So far that setup sounds absolutely beautiful.
[Sorry for the late comment.]
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Friso1nl Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
Well, you not only made me impatient but also jealous, well done sir!

Anyway, hope everything goes all right and you will be back to updating soon enough!

Shame to hear about not printing a new run (you could try to bundle more than 1 together and try something like making a preorder thingy to see if you get enough people to buy it)

I personally would love to buy or donate, but seeing how I am a 17 year old student I ain't in the position to throw money around (if only...). Anyways, just hoped to give you a heads up, hoping it would secretly make you guilty and get back at updating faster *MUHAHAHA*

Hope to hear (read) from you soon enough, and good luck! ;)
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Sashasama Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Running your i7 with the stock Intel heat sink should keep it more than cool. But seeing as you already bought the water cooled system you should make sure it has a pump sensor. So that if the pump ever fails it will let you know. Also running your i7 with anything but the stock heat sink voids the warranty on it. Oh and I love the case you got I myself am saving up for the exact case, as well as a i7. But I find myself favoring the Asus mobo.
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Dre-Artwork Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Good point with the warranty, but I am planning to over-clock the i7 to at least 3GHz so that will void the warranty anyway. You’re right, the Intel heat sink is enough to keep it cool in a High-Air-Flow case. But since I’m going to over-clock it, I will need a little more cooling. I also admit I am a computer geek and I just think the water cooling system is very cool. hehe :D

The HAF 932 is an awesome case for a great price. At $150 for a high-end case you can’t go wrong. Which ASUS mobo are you planning to get?
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silvergrenade Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
What gfx card you thinking of going with? I have a feeling youre thinking of a dual top of the range setup XD

also, comics?
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Dre-Artwork Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm trying to get my hands on the EVGA GeForce GTX 285, 2GB version. The 1GB version is very common, but the 2GB is rare, so they are really hard to find. My motherboard can hold 3 of them in SLI and another 9800GT for physics processing. That's my dream, but I'm not sure if I can actually get 3 of those cards. But I'll try. :D

I hope to start updating the comics soon. I’ve been very busy at my full time job.
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silvergrenade Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
ah I was going for the 285 as well but then I ended up waiting for those next gen Fermi cards to come out so now Ive got a gtx 470. I would suggest you go for gtx 480 since it is their best card right and newest card but you've probably already thought about that
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Dre-Artwork Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah the 285 is still a very good card. But I had a very hard time finding the 2GB RAM version, so I decided to go for the new GTX480. :D
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Darcad Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
Nice Comp, Dre! :)
Regarding Windows 7 it's little more than a Vista with better Desktop Toys. People say it sucks because it's new and needs some time before developers develop bug free drivers for hardware devices (video, sound, and such) so it sports problems with hardware as of now. Things like this change fast because drivers can be updated easily, you should just keep an eye for them if you have any problem at all.
I think Vista was a good OS after the beginning rush on its release (that's a time where all problems are going to happen).
Windows 7 being an improved Vista has only the problem regarding Drivers that is going to be fixed soon if it's not already done.
I'm using Vista and I found it more secure and stable than any previous windows os seen before. No i don't work for microsoft but I develop software and because of this I happen to know the common high and low of OSs out there.
Cheers ;)
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Dre-Artwork Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, yes I usually don't buy the newest OS until its been out for a while and they debug it. Windows 7 has a lot of nice features that is suppose to work well with some of my new hardware. So I'll give it a try and see what happens. :)
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fading-justice Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
Sounds like a really awesome computer coming along there!

Also a question, when will you update your comic?
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Dre-Artwork Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! As for the comic updates, unfortunately I’ve been very busy at my full time job. We’re short staffed at the moment. So I can't say exactly when updates will start again, but I am working on new comic pages and I hope to start updating again soon. :)
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