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Want to talk pc gaming? (or i guess even mac gaming now that alot of steam stuff is working heh)
do you use a chat / game service? if so post up what and what your ids are
want to talk about your gaming rig, looking to upgrade, want opinions etc. etc. etc.

post it up!


heres what i got:
Antec 900 case
850w 80%+ coolermaster semi-modular psu (only semi, cause the main board cable is integrated)
intel Q9550 quad core 2.8ghz running @ 3.6ghz thanks to a Thermalright HR02 (google it, its awesome BUT.. ITS LOUD!)
8GB Ram
10k WD Raptor 160gb Boot drive
1TB 7200 seagate (games drive)
1TB WD Green variable speed (download drive)
pioneer dvd-r v111 (Holy Grail of dvd burners)
pioneer 206 Blu Ray burner
2x Nvidia GTX 470s in SLI /w 3x Dell 4:3 19" monitors setup for Surround gaming


Just got second card and monitors last week. 3x widescreens wont fit on my desk, so i had to go with 4:3 ones. Fit Great, and look awesome, monitors were all second hand though so definitely not perfection. if you havnt experienced surround gaming, its pretty sweet. Not all games support it, but most new stuff does.

i removed the plastic bezels on my monitors and am using them edge to edge with only the metal around the panel itself as a separator, its nearly a 50% bezel reduction.


I use both Xfire and Steam, and i leave both up all the time.
xfire: Ugzz
Steam: ugzz
Im ugzz on pretty much everything except stuff that doesnt allow 4 char names.. and on those im usually just ugzzugzz, keep it simple or i risk forgetting my nick lol. Hell i even had Ugzz on AIM way back when aim was pretty new.

Fun fact: my nick used to be U.B.Ugly in the early 90s. but thats kinda long and in online games people just started calling me uggs. which turned into uggz. then ugzz. That was around 95 when i got really big into quake and made the top 20 on heat.net, segas attempt at an online community for gaming. Heat.net was based on mplayer, which later was bought by gamespy and integrated through their system. Oh nostalgia. Sega really pioneered the whole community thing though. they have the college leagues on there and over 1000 schools had registered members. so it was huge.
 

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my current pc that ive had for a few years now is a:

core 2 duo lga775 2.14ghz? idr it was a budget cpu
6 gigs of ddr2 ram
some 550watt psu
intel mobo
8800gt
7200rpm hdd

new computer will be:

MSI 890FXA-GD65 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

and....

EVGA DS SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP


i cant wait for everything to come in so i cud put it together and play bf3 on ultra settings xD
 

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My old build (3 years old now), that I hardly ever get to use:

Biostar TP43D2A7 mobo
C2Quad Q6600 - standard clock of 4x 2.4GHz
2x2GB OCZ Platinum DDR2 1066
Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3
Veliciraptor 10K OS drive.
Samsung & WD 7200rpm storage drives

I built it originally with Modern Warfare in mind. Many hours were spent with the original modern warfare - it's still my favorite of them. Bought COD World at War (hated it), and played through 80% of the single player of MW2, but never did multiplayer (my "version" didn't work online, lol). I have built newer computers, but they are mostly HTPC-minded, and not for gaming anymore.
 

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^im interested in your htpc builds actually.
i have a few year old business class lenovo im using as an htpc now, but im thinking about getting something better. the quadro card in it is so terrible, but supports everything.. so everything tries to run on the card, even like video and such, but runs like ***. I was able to turn off gpu acceleration on most stuff and the cpu handles it fine, but its still an annoyance. thinkin of doing a mini desktop of some type next
 

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Gaming rig/desktop:
Antec 1200 case (3x 120mm adjustable fans front, 2x 120mm adjustable fans back, and 1x 250mm adjustable fan top and all intakes have mesh filters)
Corsair 700w PSU w/ 3 color adjustable LEDs
W7 Pro
AMD Phenom II X4 810 Deneb CPU
MSI 790FX MB
Sapphire HD4870 1gb GPU
Mushkin 4gb DDR3 1600 RAM
WD 150gb Velociraptor HDD
WD 450gb Velociraptor HDD
Seagate 320g Barricuda HDD
LG CD-RW drive
Sony DVD-RW drive
Acer 22in WS Monitor
Acer 19in ST Monitor

Web laptop:
13" Macbook
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0ghz
1gb Ram 667
80gb HD
OSX 10.4

Entertainment/travel laptop:
15.6" Acer Aspire
AMD Phenom II X4 N970
4gb RAM
320gb HD
W7 home


STEAM: Jedisilentwolf (Tho its not up like it use to be)
XFIRE: Jedisilentwolf (also not up much)
BATTLELOG: Silentwolf_RS

Playing mostly BF3 right now and not paying for MW2.3
 

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I just upgraded to an 850 watt PS and bought 2 PNY overclocked invidia 460's. Throw in theHauppauge 2250 tv card if it's worth mentioning. even though it doesnt have to do with gaming. Once i put the PS in, when it comes in tomorrow via fedex, im gonna put the second card in and sli the cards. I also just upgraded the memory to 12 gigs. Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
Processor
CPU_Name: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz overclocked to 3GHz
2 terabite drives
Memory Module 12 gigs total (3 modules)
Mem_Type: DDR3
Mem_Bandwidth: PC3-10660 (1333 MHz)
Mem_Frequency: 1284MHz
1 - 42" flat screen TV as the main monitor (phillips Ambilight backlit technology) and (2) 20" second and third monitors
Soundblaster X-fi titanium with optical output running to a surround receiver
oh and it has red LED's and other lighting, interior lights to work on it even if the cord is unplugged and it "breaths" as it heats up. the vents on the top open and close as needed. oh and it's water cooled

Alienware of course as i'm sure most of you remember. I have not used it for gaming yet but plan to. I thought about starting with Witcher 2 since it is supposed to be so graphic intense. Good test for the new cards

steam - Isamu Dyson
 

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witcher 2 is a good game. im playing through it now. but it has all kind of graphic scaling issues, so if you get it, make sure you update it. they released a witcher 2 2.0 patch that makes a big differance with that.

still no good fix for 3x screen gaming though.. and thats what i wanted it for :p

and i think all of the cod games and such have just been more of updates than a new game. i mean its realy just more of the same, but some (lots actually) realy dont care, and will buy it anyway. and thats exactly what they count on.

they also usually have pretty good SP stories, and some are into that. meh, ill still just keep my black ops and cod4. both are still fun. only temptation for me is that mw3 will support 3x monitors, whereas with black ops i have to use ahack to get the aspect right. hack works 100% perfect, but since its a straight hack its not recommended to play online with it
 

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Anybody have an LGA 1156 motherboard laying around that they don't want/need? I have a surplus Core i5 750, 4GB of DDR3 1333, and a Radeon HD4350 sitting on my desk doing nothing.
 

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thats too new to be in my junk pile hah. i have a 775 mobo and chip.. and an older gpu actually. i might make that into my htpc to replace the laptop. i know my old 1.8ghz core2 was able to OC up to 3.0 with one of those insane thermaltake coolers back in the day hah
 

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Irony... I was at home on lunch and was looking at how full my drives were on the desktop to consolidate over to a Windows Home Server. *poof* screen goes black. Hmm. Open the cabinet door and push the power button - nothing. Look closer and smell the tell-tale sign of fried electronics. I'm hoping it's just the power supply.
 

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uh oh!
good luck!
if the psu did cook hopefully it didnt surge anything.
 

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Things definitely smelled cooked, which leads me to think PSU. If it was getting hot enough to cook something in there, the PC would have shut itself down (BIOS set for safety at 65c). Fans and heat-sinks did look pretty-dusty though.

Worst case, $40 for a LGA 1156 board and this i5 stuff I have will turn into my new desktop.
 

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wow. i bought a new psu and didnt realize that it is such a process. im scared to do it myself to be honest. the alienware is cool a hell though. it has a little pop out handle that clicks out of place and acts as a handle to just slide the old one out. Hope i can mount the new one the same way. Is there any way to see what wattage of PSU i am taking out. I never bothered to check. I just assumed it was smaller cause it has less plugs.
 

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It should have a sticker on the side of it that will show the wattage. If the psu cooked, make sure to check over your mobo very carefully for any blown capacitors. A machine can still boot with blown caps, but will be flaky at best.
 

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why did you buy a new psu for your alienware? 1. its an alienware so i would think it came with plenty of juice? 2. arent those things warranty'd for like 3 years or something?
 

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I borrowed a 350w PSU from work and popped it in last night. All is up and running. It's slightly undersized for my machine, but should work to keep it running until I order a proper replacement. My cheapo raidmax 450w is what died after 3.25 years. Not bad for a PSU that came with a case.

Can actually see scorch marks in the top of the case:

 

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Glad its fixed!
you know.... last time i had literal scortch marks (more black coloration than yours) it fell under fire insurance, since there were signs of flames. So they replaced my whole computer.. but let me keep the old and a few peripherals still worked, and they really didnt care lol. win one for the little guy. (this was many years ago tho)

Also i can't belive one of your primary systems can run off a 350 lol. at work i have a 900 and at home an 850. i have a 750 laying around as well. my old 450 is hacked apart with all 3 rails wires together and i was using it for a car amp lol


hey, so whats everyone playin?
i know there alot of new releases coming out in the next couple weeks, and mw3 just dropped. but ATM heres what im messing with:
COD Black Ops: i never finished SP so im going back and playing through
Dead Rising 2: getting really annoyed at the stupid timed missions. like when they end and im in the middle of them, and i cant find a good trainer to stop it :p
Witcher 2: liking the game, but nvidia surround support isnt working right, and that makes me want to play it less.
saints row 2: pretty fun, but with 3 coming out so soon im sure ill just stop playing it and move to 3
Rage: i had such high hopes for.. but honestly i really just dont think its that fun, so im prolly gonna drop it
Dead island: was great for a while, im in the middle of Chapter 2, and i am so bored with the mechanics, i doubt ill play it again. MAYBE some light MP.
 

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Customized iBUYPOWER Gaming PC

Currently hooked to a 32" Philips TV in the bedroom

The only thing I play on it at the moment is Battlefield 3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Gigabyte MB
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Processor 3.40GHZ
ATI Radeon HD 5860 w1GB VRAM
8GB DDR3
Blu-Ray Burner
DVD-Burner
2TB SATA HDD


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why did you buy a new psu for your alienware? 1. its an alienware so i would think it came with plenty of juice? 2. arent those things warranty'd for like 3 years or something?
i dont have enough plugs for the 2 PNY geforce cards. They each require TWO 6 pin connectors
unless i missed some plugs that are tucked away
to save money, i depended on past experience with dell reliability and opted for a 1 year warranty
 
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