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My Sandy bridge board should ship this Friday, I will add pics of installation and the final setup once I get it. Pics of SB installation will be up by Saturday at the latest.

The very first machine I gamed on was a Dell Dimension 4600 with a 128mb Nvidia card. I played Microsoft Train Simulator and Chris Sawyer's Locomotion.
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For my 12th birthday my parents bought me Realflight G4, and I loved it. In fact I still enjoy sims. This necessitated a graphics upgrade, so they bought a Radeon HD 2600 pro and had some guy down the street install it on the cheap.
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I stuck with that machine for a while, unfortunately I had to share it with my sister and parents. Then at the end of 7th grade I bought a Dell Latitude X200 for $127. It had a 933mhz P3 and 640mb of ram. Naturally I still used the Dimension for games.
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At the end of 8th grade I rounded up my computer funds and bought a Compaq with an Athlon II from Best buy, on sale for ~$480 with a 20" monitor included. Still I was forced to use the Dimension for games because I had no dedicated graphics, and the board didn't have an AGP slot for the 2600 pro.
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A couple months later I bought these:
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I kept this setup for a couple more months.

Then after I got some more money together I bought an Antec 300 and my SSD, which I still have in my sig rig.
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I kept this for a while until I got bored of the OEM board (no pun intended) and bought this:
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It let me jack the Athlon up to around 3.5ghz stable, from 2.8, on stock volts. I also bought my Kingwin PSU at the same time.
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But the dual core Athlon was getting boring. It didn't do much past 3.5, and it certainly didn't get me any bragging rights among my friends. I bought some more stuff in the meantime:
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And asked Santa for a Phenom II for Christmas.

I got my H50 around xmas too, but I bought that myself.
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Then I bought my 6950:
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Which brings us to my last working setup:
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And to Infernalan 2011
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Where I won my 2500k.
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[sorry for bad quality, caffeine + 1.3mp phone will do that.)

Moar pics on Saturday! Fatal1ty P67 Professional, 2500k install under H50, GTX 460 2gb
Edited by railfan844 - 7/26/11 at 9:34am
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subbed! smile.gif

EDIT: Saturday is so far awayyyyy
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Subbed, see you Saturday! thumb.gif
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first pics are up. 56k warning starts NOW smile.gif
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I enjoyed going through this topic, great history smile.gif.

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Guys (and gals) I'm really sorry about the delay....here's the belated pics of the SB parts.


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Aaah it's here!

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GTX 460 not installed yet.

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All lit up and pretty biggrin.gif

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Computer off

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Fan controller, bad cell phone quality :/

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ZIPTIE SCREW!!
Edited by railfan844 - 8/2/11 at 8:43pm
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Looks good! Are you using the 460 for hybrid PhysX, or does that Fatal1ty mobo have a Lucid chip?

Also, did you notice any fps improvement in MSTS when switching from the Phenom X4 to the 2500K? I'm just a fellow rail fan who's curious. ninja.gif
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I like it! Good job!!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jetpak12;14524315 
Looks good! Are you using the 460 for hybrid PhysX, or does that Fatal1ty mobo have a Lucid chip?

Also, did you notice any fps improvement in MSTS when switching from the Phenom X4 to the 2500K? I'm just a fellow rail fan who's curious. ninja.gif

From a phenom to a 2500k? On a game as old as MSTS??? Course not! rolleyes.gif

And the 460 is for CUDA and physx, I dont want Lucid as it is not supported on this board and the scaling is absolute rubbish.
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Thanks for the info. smile.gif You might think I was crazy asking about MSTS, but I've seen some pretty intense debates about hardware for that game elsewhere...
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