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I am kind of weird in the sense that I built my first custom computer without a cause in mind, moreso with the purpose of just building the best machine I could with the latest technology possible and making it powerful as can be. I tend to just want the best and enjoy having it there, not necessarily always utilizing it. This is how I ended up with a Samsung LED monitor, bose 2.1 speakers, a razer mouse, a logitech G19 computer, and an insanely fast computer even though I am not even a PC gamer. So, with all this gaming gear at hand and a beast of a machine (triple SSDs in RAID 0 being the beastliest part of it) I am wondering, what can I do to take advantage of this machine? I temporarily enjoyed pushing it to its limits via overclocking, but I got lazy so I let the computer auto OC it to 3.2ghz. After that, I put it aside for a few months. I just recently turned it on again, as I am typing on it this instant, and cleaned it up, realizing a computer of its stature need not be snubbed, although I must say my Macbook Air is mounds more convenient. Nevertheless, I have played a couple of PC games and I must say, they bore me too quickly. I ran Crysis 2 on "hardcore" yesterday, surprised by how I could run it so smoothly, but the gameplay was not as interesting as the graphics. Likewise, I have played Portal 2, and wasting my time in such a manner just didn't appeal to me. I have tried playing mmorpgs, but they bore me as well. The concept of hitting, waiting to be hit by a monster, then hitting again just so you can continue to do that forever isn't exactly rational enough for me. So I am stuck here. The only games I do enjoy, anyway, happen to be on consoles-games like GTA4 and GT5-that I have.

So from all of this, I can conclude that the real joy of building and tuning my own power-hungry PC is just having all of that power lying around. It's kind of like my love for powerful sports cars like the BMW M3; you don't (and cannot) always exploit the power that is available to you. A lot of the satisfaction just comes from knowing that it is there. So what I seek to do now is take my metaphorical BMW M3 to the track; anyone have any suggestions as to what that track might be?
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Benchmarking is fun I think as is tweaking and tuning to get the last bit of performance.

I do a lot of photo work, an drawing/rendering with photoshop, illustrator, light room. A little bit of encoding. Where I really notice a difference though is compiling packages on Linux and it is one of the things that takes the most advantage of the power.

I like to test things and try things like Linux distros etc.
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i cant afford monster gaming rigs so i have to wait for Christmas and birthday but as soon as i get a new part for my pc its already obserlete
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Gaming? Why else would you want a high-end system, besides 3D-work, heavy rendering and the like? I suggest you make a post on the PC-Games board.
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I really need to upgrade my cpu/mobo/gfx card

On a related note I do video editing, gaming, and photoshop.

You should try linux!
 
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Honestly, I have no idea why you would build a machine with no purpose in mind. Even if you are just building it to build it, that is the puprose in itself. Some people just like to build the machine and make it look nice, or just like the thrill of building something.
Its kind of like that M3 you have, it looks nice, but thats it. I would never own one myself, as I have seen to many BMW and Mercedes sitting on the side of the road waiting for tow trucks. Although if you have to sit there and wait, at least it they look good sitting there, kind of like that computer you have, sure its fast, but it's not getting used and just sits there.

Do you like movies? Maybe turn it into a HTPC for your living room or something. Or maybe you just haven't found the right game yet?
post #7 of 28
Benchmarking, Overclocking, 3D Rendering, CAD/3D modeling, Testing Software, and folding.

Edit: also some gaming and making my schoolmates learn that consoles are inferior to well built PCs.
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post #8 of 28
PORN! LOTS AND LOTS OF IT.

well that and gaming, and watching movies/tv shows. And the occasional schoolwork.
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Maxing Metro 2033 with Physx and beating it for the first time. Then I am lost with no direction in mind.
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I am an average gamer and photoshop user and my Intel dual-core is serving me fine but I still built my computer just because. I don't have any real purpose for this new one but I want to have that peace of mind and knowing that it will not choke when I throw a game at it or edit large videos/photos AND still browse porn.

Also, I always have very limited budget and I think it is fun to try to squeeze out a decent build on limited money.

Haha I think I posted something serious.
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