Wednesday, January 9, 2008, 11:29 AM - Everything
Heck yeah it's been, and that means my old bucket of bolts is due for an upgrade!
So I took all the major parts from my proposed high-end Machinima Machine, minus the ones I already own (or deemed close enough, like my HDD set) or don't need specifically (analog video capture for example, I'm an all PC Machinimator, you see.)
And by the Hammer of Thor does this beast roar! I don't mean to knock my old rig, it was plenty strong for 90% of everything I'd ever want to do, but this sucker defaults the once "playable in medium" Crysis at the highest settings without flaw, and UT3 actually loads before the round starts. (It was quite playable before, but the pre-loading streaming nonsense ground the game to a halt until it was finished)
My favorite part has to be the case, the Antec P182
, the layout is unlike any other case I've ever worked with, and makes a lot more sense than I figure a case should make. The only caveat is the bulk, it's large, and it's heavy. On the plus side, it's got room for 6 Hard drives with rubber dampeners to facilitate silent running. It took me a full afternoon to route all the wiring, but it was really worth the effort, and it looks great. Next step is to mount the DoQ logo to one of the side panels.
The rig breaks down like this:
E6850 Intel Dual Core Duo @ 3ghz ~$275
MSI Platinum 650i SLI motherboard ~$130
2 gigs of gSkill DDR2 ram @ 800 ~$50
*Nvidia 8800 GTS 640mb ~$380
**Antec P182 Case ~$140
*I got this last year, and it was a bit more costly