MY PC, Part 2:

9 05 2008

… Continuing with the brag:

– A good gaming rig would certainly be incomplete without a descent sound system. My sound system consists of a Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic sound card coupled with Creative Inspire 5200 5.1 speaker system. Now, I know that Creative isn’t doing well at the moment, and it’s turning to be a magnet for negative press, but I can’t deny the fact that they have made a great sound processor. The X-Fi processor is a revolution actually, I don’t really know much about it, but I DO know that the sound is like nothing else I have ever heard! Even on the modest speaker system I have. It’s literally pushing the speakers to their limits. I can’t tell you how much I’m satisfied with that sound card, you just have to go buy and see for yourself!

– 580 GB of storage space comes from two SATA2 HDDs: The WD 500GB AAKS with 16 MB of internal cache. And the Samsung 80 GB SpinRite with 8 MB of cache.

– Two Samsung CD drives: One is a combo drive, the other is a DVD-RW drive.

– One could never realize how important the power supply unit until one starts to get CTDs and random restarts. So, to extinguish the power thirst of the system I have bought a respectable FSP PSU, with 350W (effective) of raw power. It has 2 +12V rails, and a 12 CM fan.

– The case has 2 fans: one Arctic Cooling 9.2 CM on the back, and a Zalman 3000RPM 8 CM on the front.

– A 17″ Hyundai ImageQuest L70S+ LCD monitor. Native resolution: 1280*1024.

And to sum it all up, here’s some facts about my rig:

Temperatures (24 C. room temp.): – System: 35 C – CPU 45, 57 C (Idle, Load) – GPU Core 54, 72 C (Idle, Load) – HDDs ~32 C.

3DMark06: ~7600 3DMarks (~1750 CPU, ~3000 SM2.0, ~4000 HDR/SM3.0).

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If you have read so far I would like to thank you for your time. Some of the information here might be useful to some people who like to compare system performance with similar hardware.

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