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Re: My latest voodoo projects

Post  Seamaster on Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:17 am

I would extend my condolences, but being overqualified to purchase property doesn't really strike me as a reason to feel sorry for you!

Are you purchasing in SoCal? And is this an investment purchase? Wondering if we have a property developer or real estate tycoon in the making . . . .
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Re: My latest voodoo projects

Post  Iago on Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:08 pm

Pics? Review?
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Post  East on Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:14 pm





camera battery died just after i snapped the 2nd one, I put it on to charge but its going to be a while.

As far as a review.
Evga x58 ftw3
Initial impressions:
The board posts every time and is perfectly stable. All of the features work as they should (Which is more then can be said for my asus p5n32-e, powered usb ports were flaky right out of the box)

I have not done any overclocking with the board yet so I can not comment on that.

Patriot sector 7 24gb ddr3 PC12800
Great ram, so far no problems. perfectly stable

Intel core i7 960
Nice fast cpu, No complaints so far

Zalman CNPS9900 MAX Red

Keeps cpu idle temp around 34c. (haven't gamed with it enough to get a tempature, only have about 1.5 hrs ingame on it as of typing this)
Red lighting is dimmer then what i expected before ordering it. Dim lighting gives it more of an elegant look
Cooler is extremely quiet
Cooler is extremely large (I had fears that it would hit the chrome tray, Which it is about 1mm away from)

Cooler master slient power 1kw bronze
I was fairly limited as to what psu I could buy for this case, This seemed to be about the best one around that would fit

Initial impressions
As the name implies this power supply is very quiet
Modular cabling is a welcomed feature
Despite the silence the psu seems to run nice and cool
Short cabling makes it impossible to route cables properly in the maga chassis (Going to be making up some custom cabling to make it work)

Evga Geforce 285gtx classified
I have had this card a while, although antiquated it serves my purposes for now.
Quiet, when it gets noisy you know its time to clean out the dust.

Hitachi 2tb drives
Had these in raid 1 in my lian li for about 3 months prior to building the omen
Good drives, a bit nosier then seagate
Historically hitachi has made very durable hdds (I still have one of there 20gb ide ibm branded drives in my closet, functioned perfectly when it was last used a couple of years ago)

LG GBW-H20L Bluray writer
Good drive, I have had it a while and only used it to write a few blurays. Has yet to make a coaster

My current hardware project is the cable management. I just found an old fan with a shot ball bearing to donate its male molex connector for my custom 5.25" bay sata power harness. Now I just need to track down a fried psu to donate its sata harness and some other wiring for an extension.

My current software project is backing up and rebuilding my raid 1 array. (Its not playing nicely with the new controller)

Over all I am very satisfied and am happy I was able to bring it to life as an omen Instead of using the corsair obsidian which seems to have become the norm.

A future project will probably be making a ghost image of the hdd and burning a vdrs disc


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Re: My latest voodoo projects

Post  Iago on Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:22 pm

Actually, I was teasing PO to provide pics and a review of his new house, but thanks for the detailed update!
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Post  Seamaster on Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:37 pm

I'd urge you to ghost now, while everything is still clean and fresh, unless you are planning on making further performance tweaks.

Machine looks nice. Great job, EastT.
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Re: My latest voodoo projects

Post  PhotoOtaku on Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:59 pm

I can do a review, ...but as of today I still don't own it Sad

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Post  Iago on Wed Mar 02, 2011 3:57 am

Think positive.
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Post  Seamaster on Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:06 am

And there are always other homes.
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Post  East on Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:53 pm

I successfully created a custom VDRS disc.

The old version of ghost (7.5) Has an odd bug in it that allows it to read sata drives for backup but does not allow the image to be written to a sata drive (I was using a separate drive, Not trying to write to the one that was being imaged)

I updated VDRS with ghost 11.5 and injected my own image. It works fine other then the fact it broke the -ws- parameter and I am too lazy to figure out how to manually edit VDRS.IMA. It still works you just have to manually load the image off the dvd.

It does work so I cant complain too much. (I even tested it out, Not like I have anything important on here yet) And it restored windows without issue.

Only thing to do now is to finish up the cable management and put the finishing touches on it (Maybe some white case lighting like it originally had, Alternatively I would substitute red)

Should the opportunity present it self I may do a New Omen or HeXx build in the future. (Most likely a lower end to midrange HeXx media center)

Going to play some TDU2 on it as soon as it finishes downloading. Ill be sure to take some temp readings and post them here (the first gen g15 almost makes it too easy
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Re: My latest voodoo projects

Post  Seamaster on Thu Mar 03, 2011 2:55 pm

I remember being obsessed a few years back with managing temperature. I did all sorts of things to find a cool yet quiet solution. Sad but true.
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Re: My latest voodoo projects

Post  PhotoOtaku on Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:36 pm

If your not running SLI and you have enough cabling, why not put the GPU in the 3rd slot (farthest from the CPU), ...the card gets hidden when the side panel is on. Looks a little more streamlined.

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Post  East on Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:26 am

PhotoOtaku wrote:If your not running SLI and you have enough cabling, why not put the GPU in the 3rd slot (farthest from the CPU), ...the card gets hidden when the side panel is on. Looks a little more streamlined.

Slot 3 is 8x only according to the documentation.
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Post  Seamaster on Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:44 am

I think it's cool to see the card.
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Post  PhotoOtaku on Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:53 am

EastTunerz wrote:
PhotoOtaku wrote:If your not running SLI and you have enough cabling, why not put the GPU in the 3rd slot (farthest from the CPU), ...the card gets hidden when the side panel is on. Looks a little more streamlined.

Slot 3 is 8x only according to the documentation.
True that.

Seamaster wrote:I think it's cool to see the card.

Sometimes "un-busy" is precious.

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Post  Seamaster on Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:39 am

Indeed. But we're talking a card, not a rat's nest of cables.
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Post  East on Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:46 am

Even though the omen is not finished to my standards (Still hunting down the a failed sata ready psu to hack apart) I am happy to say that it is running great and dose everything I ask it to without breaking a sweat.

Today when I was cleaning my basement out I found this beast. An ASUS P2B-S With a Genuine Intel Pentium II 350mhz processor and 256mb of micron pc100. The board was top of the line back in 1998. (Back when asus knew what they were doing and made quality boards) I was quite surprised to find it because to my knowledge I didn't have anything this old around.



It was fairly easy to test considering it was stored away with the ram and chip. I just added the ati 9700 pro and a 800w psu for testing. With the exception of a failed cmos battery it posted without issue and seems stable.

I am thinking when I am done with the stuff I am working on now it might be time to build a new windows 98se retro gaming pc. (The exact way it would have been built back in the day) (Maybe I can even dig up my old windows 98 wallpaper) (finding a compatible hdd thats in good health might be a problem though)

I had a pic of the monitor too of the board in the bios menu but it came out blurry (I was in a hurry )

At any rate this is proof that there is too much crap in my basement
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Post  Seamaster on Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:34 am

That is a blast from the past.

After your retro rig, you should go real retro and build a 486 DX2 with a whopping 8 MB of memory!
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Post  East on Thu Mar 10, 2011 1:46 pm

Yeah I would love to build something even older but the most thats probably down there is a 486dx cpu and some (probably unpaired) sticks of simm memory. I doubt id find a board. All of my pre pentium 4 stuff is gone (thats why finding the asus really surprised me)

I have not been down there today but ill keep you guys posted what i come across.

There use to be some awesome stuff down there but most of it is gone. Replaced with modern age equipment parts. I know there WAS a box full of vintage processors down there including a cyrix II, several pentium pros, An amd version of a 486 and a couple of Pentium overdrive chips.

On the upside I know for a fact there is an obedience of ibm 486 based laptops down there.
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Post  Seamaster on Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:17 pm

Until not too long ago, I had an old 286 and 386 lying around. Both would boot. But those have since been recycled.
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Post  Iago on Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:30 pm

Who was the Commodore fan on the old boards? Not you ET, I presume?
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Post  Seamaster on Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:39 pm

Pretty sure that was Freak.
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Post  East on Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:58 pm

Iago wrote:Who was the Commodore fan on the old boards? Not you ET, I presume?

Not me but I do own one tv printer and all
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Post  Iago on Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:17 am

Freak? That may be, but I believe that I am thinking of someone else. Perhaps there was two?
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Post  Seamaster on Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:24 am

Freak used to go by another screen name, though I can't recall what it was. So, you're right. There were two screen names, but only one person.
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Post  Iago on Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:50 pm

No, I know that, but somehow I thought that there was someone else. Senility, what can I say?
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