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G. G. Oct 27, 2008, 11:21pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey all.... I just got back from visiting my brother in Phoenix Arizona.... While I was there, I built two systems, one for him and the other for his wife on his tab. I used some of his parts from his current machine to be used in his wifes new machine... Here are the specs....


His machine:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115042

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128345

Kingston HyperX 4GB (4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104058

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341010

BFG Tech BFGE88512GTOCE GeForce 8800 GT 512MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143118

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive X 2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

Samsung Dual Layer DVD burner

Gigabyte Aurora 3D case (reuse part)

Zalman 9700 cpu cooler

Vista Enterprise 64bit


His wife's system:

Intel E6600 (reuse part)

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128345

Corsair XMS 2gb (4x512mb) DDR-667 (reuse part)

Cooler Master 500W psu (reuse part)

ATI X800XL gpu (reuse part)

WD 74GB raptor (reuse part)

WD 250GB SE16 hdd (reuse part)

LG Dual layer DVD burner

GIGABYTE iSOLO GZ-AA1CB-SNB Black Aluminum Front Panel/ 0.7mm SECC Housing ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811233023

Zalman 9500 cpu cooler (reuse part)

Vista Enterprise 64bit


Everything install just fine and it all runs great. Temps on the Q9450 with a Zalman 9700 is 20C idle and 26 load with BF2 running... The Zalman 9700 fan speed is set around 2K. So now my brother has a good solid midrange system that will last him for the next few years.



As for me, my own new build......

it's coming along... still collecting parts...

So far this is what I have towards my new build:

Intel Q9550 2.83ghz 12mb cache Quad core

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128359

Kingston DDR-2 PC8500 1066 2GB ( 2x1gb )

OCZ GameXstream 700W

Cooler Master CM Media 282 - (self modded) - http://entertainment.webshots.com/album/562792578JsIYZl?vhost=entertainment

Coolit Freezone

NEC Dual Layer DVD Burner X 2

GPU ------ still need to order. as of right now I am looking at a Power Color HD4870 1GB w/aftermarket cooling

hdd ----- still need to order. as of right now I am looking at a Velociraptor 150GB and a WD 640GB SE16.


I'm getting there.... hopefully not too much longer and I can start building my own.....

Isnt it great to build a new system that you know is the last of its generation just before the new stuff arrives? in this case it is Nehalem....




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G. G. Oct 27, 2008, 11:27pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Just finish building two systems for my brother.... much fun
Oh by the way.... while I was there, he took me on a tour at Intel facilities in Chandler AZ. This is where they make their chipsets and cpus. Saw the section where he works.. machines that polishes the 300mm/12in wafers... All I can say is there is some cool stuff going on while making all this stuff. I tried to get a 300mm wafer/disc (or at least a defective one) with quad cores as a parting gift to myself.... but no luck.. LOL.... One thing for sure, the Arizona plant is huge....

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Meats_Of_Evil Oct 27, 2008, 11:43pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Just finish building two systems for my brother.... much fun
Wow, that must have been awesome inside the factory. I've only seen it in magazines and the labs look like a quarantine zone and everyone dressed up in those weird suits. I heard that even the air is filtered intensely since a dust particle causes static which can ruin the process? Is that correct?

Hmm... You've said he works there, so does that mean free products or close to free in prices? Did you managed to grab something for free? :_) I know I would ta least try If i had a brother working there.

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G. G. Oct 28, 2008, 01:14am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Just finish building two systems for my brother.... much fun
Meats,

inside the factory area is a very clean room enviroment. When you are in this area, there is a process of getting from your street clothes to the bunny suits that you see in the clean area. You got alot of filteration going on. The only exposed area on your body is just around the eye area. Everything else is covered. It is not just about the dust but what it does to the process.... a piece of dust is like Mount Fuji on the surface of a wafer. it causes gouges and scratches that will ruin a whole wafer. we are talking smaller than a nanometer. There are like five or six process that a chipset/cpu goes through before we get the final product and then there are a few more before it gets to be a retail package. One thing for sure, there is ALOT of money just to get a fab going just by looking at the layout of the fab, all its tools, all its power requirements, etc etc..... no wonder in this area... it's killing AMD... AMD cant sustain the amount of money that is needed to keep multiple fabs going at one time... wow.... you gotta sell a hella lots of cpus and chipset to keep these mugs running.... its just amazing how all this is put together.


I didnt get anything free ( I really wanted one of those 300mm wafers with Core 2's on them ) unfortunately I was not able to get one in hand, I'm sure they dont want it to get in the wrong hands... LOL.. I joke with my brother that I wish I had a green AMD hat to walk around in just to see what attention I would get... could be funny or not LOL.... .. BUT... i do have a perk as long as my brother keeps working there.

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Suspended User Oct 28, 2008, 02:52am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Just finish building two systems for my brother.... much fun
He works there? And you had to build his system?

Sounds like a cool trip man, good to see you;re back on these forums bud!

Tennessee Oct 28, 2008, 08:21am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Just finish building two systems for my brother.... much fun
"I wish I had a green AMD hat to walk around in just to see what attention I would get"

LMAO!

G. G. Oct 28, 2008, 10:59am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Just finish building two systems for my brother.... much fun
Kieran Blenkarne said:
He works there? And you had to build his system?



isnt that funny..... but its kinda like an engineer that design the machines that makes the cast for building an engine block but dont know how to build/put together an engine from scratch....

The Intel campus in AZ is pretty amazing... it is huge. There are 4 fabs at this location and each fab is huge with multi level/story above and below ground and just to think that they have multiple locations all around the world... geezzz that's alot of dough... The section/process that my brother works is in the polishing process... I saw canisters of 300mm wafers go into machines that polishes them (for you lappers out there, you can only wish in your wildess dreams to even think you can get anything close to what these machines can do. but of course you are not spending millions of dollars to get the polish results... lol ). It is great to be able to see what it is like for these processors go through from being just raw materials to the finish product that we have in our machines. It was a great trip and educational.







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G. G. Oct 28, 2008, 11:01am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Just finish building two systems for my brother.... much fun
Tennessee said:
"I wish I had a green AMD hat to walk around in just to see what attention I would get"

LMAO!



lol.... if I had a AMD hat and walking around wearing it just to be funny... I'd probably gotten escorted of the property by security pretty quickly... lol....

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G. G. Oct 30, 2008, 07:27pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Just finish building two systems for my brother.... much fun
G. G. said:

As for me, my own new build......

it's coming along... still collecting parts...

So far this is what I have towards my new build:

Intel Q9550 2.83ghz 12mb cache Quad core

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128359

Kingston DDR-2 PC8500 1066 2GB ( 2x1gb )

OCZ GameXstream 700W

Cooler Master CM Media 282 - (self modded) - http://entertainment.webshots.com/album/562792578JsIYZl?vhost=entertainment

Coolit Freezone

NEC Dual Layer DVD Burner X 2

GPU ------ still need to order. as of right now I am looking at a Power Color HD4870 1GB w/aftermarket cooling

hdd ----- still need to order. as of right now I am looking at a Velociraptor 150GB and a WD 640GB SE16.


I'm getting there.... hopefully not too much longer and I can start building my own.....

Isnt it great to build a new system that you know is the last of its generation just before the new stuff arrives? in this case it is Nehalem....



Woooottttt !!! just got my motherboard in today - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128359

wow.... this motherboard is pretty heavy... much heavier than my brother's GA-EP45-DS3L motherboard.... guess it is that extra thikness in the copper layer...

Now only two more parts to go.... video card and a couple of hdds and i will be set to start building....

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G. G. Nov 26, 2008, 06:03pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Just finish building two systems for my brother.... much fun
Welllllllll...... I did it today.... this afternoon I broke down and finally placed an order for my gpu and a hdd..... (still need to get a second hdd, sata optical, X-Fi Titanium PCI-e, and misc stuff ... but can wait till later..)

This is what I ordered from Newegg today...........

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801


Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319


Nippon Labs ICR-EE All-in-one USB + FDD1.44" Card Reader w/ 3.5" FLOPPY DRIVE

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820816002


At this point, at least I can start putting her together...... maybe i'll get it by next week's end.....


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Dr. Peaceful Nov 27, 2008, 09:39am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Just finish building two systems for my brother.... much fun
G. G. said:
Oh by the way.... while I was there, he took me on a tour at Intel facilities in Chandler AZ. This is where they make their chipsets and cpus... I tried to get a 300mm wafer/disc (or at least a defective one) with quad cores as a parting gift to myself.... but no luck.. LOL....

That's a huge "oh by the way", G.G., completely turn this thread to a whole another level. ;) A trip for building comps and visiting fab plant sounds a ton of fun.

Free 300mm wafer?! LOL. It's probably costing a fortune, consider that's over 500 CPUs right there! No wonder they're not giving you one for Free. ;) Just wonder do you need some kind of permission to go in there and take a look?

Oops... just noticed the date on your original post... LOL that was last month.. oh well.

Nov 27, 2008, 01:52pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I haven't built a system in almost a year. :X Last year I built two for people, one budget (X2, 1GB mem), and one very nice one for gaming (Q6600, 8GB mem, 2TB hardware RAID5, etc).

Fun. :D

G. G. Nov 30, 2008, 10:20am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Woot..... The time for building my system is almost here.... hdd and 3.5 media reader is set to arrive on tues and Sapphire 4870 1gb is set to arrive on wed.... early christmas for me.. I'm stoked...


Dragon Peaceful said:
That's a huge "oh by the way", G.G., completely turn this thread to a whole another level. ;) A trip for building comps and visiting fab plant sounds a ton of fun.

Free 300mm wafer?! LOL. It's probably costing a fortune, consider that's over 500 CPUs right there! No wonder they're not giving you one for Free. ;) Just wonder do you need some kind of permission to go in there and take a look?

Oops... just noticed the date on your original post... LOL that was last month.. oh well.



Dragon,

it was really neat to walk around the Intel's Fab and seeing all the machines doing their thing and all the clean suited workers managing these machines... put's a good perspective in what goes into our little chips.. I tellya...... there are billions of $$$$ sitting out there on the plant floor.. As for walking around... I was escorted by my brother and I did not get to go in any areas that was considered "clean room" access. But there were alot of windows to see through. As for walking away with a 300mm wafer....
well, that was wishful thinking... Even a defective wafer is closely guarded and gets reused/recycled. Anyhow, the whole trip was great and was really glad to be able to had a chance to see what a fab is about.


McFly said:
I haven't built a system in almost a year. :X Last year I built two for people, one budget (X2, 1GB mem), and one very nice one for gaming (Q6600, 8GB mem, 2TB hardware RAID5, etc).

Fun. :D


yes it is fun to build computers from scratch even if it is not your very own... BUT..... the down side of building a computers for others is that alot of times you become their personalized TECH SUPPORT. Especially ones that can barely operate the power button.



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