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The Endless Incarnations of Desky; Desky Pro Air

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Ever since I was given my first PC (a Pentium-based IBM workstation), I've christened all of my PC builds with various incarnations of the name Desky. Currently, my sig-rig is named Desky Pro. It even has its own lovely OEM information in the system information dialogue for giggles:


However, this system is showing its age. And I would finally like to be able to play Crysis on ultra.

Here she is as she sits now:


There's an overclock tolerant Q8200, plugged into a Asus P5P43TD Pro motherboard and capped by a dust-ridden $15 Masscool cooler. There's also some RAM and other things in there (such as a GTX 465). But all of that will be irrelevant soon, because I have some plans for Desky Pro in the works that will replace most of what that case holds.

I'm designing my next desktop to be both overly-complex and prone to breaking reliable for several years without any meddling, able to play modern video games with ease, while also holding many gigabytes of porn movies/music/iso's. Hopefully I'll be able to address all these points.

TL;DR, GIVE ME THE PARTS LIST:
+MSI X48 Platinum - ACQUIRED 0$
+Intel Core2Extreme QX6700
+2x2gb Muskin DDR3-1333
+850W Corsair PSU
+Dell PERC 5/i
+EVGA GeForce GTX 465 1gb - ACQUIRED $110 (in addition to the one I already have)
+Dell 1907FP - SORT-OF-ACQUIRED $0 (need to pick it up from a friend)
+HT | Omega eClaro
+5x 1.5tb Hitachi Deskstar
+1tb Samsung Spinpoint F4
+Antec Kuhler 620
+120mm Delta PWM
+3x 120mm Scythe Slipstream - (1 of 3) ACQUIRED $0

If you have any thoughts on to where I should by these items for less, go ahead. However, the list of devices itself is pretty set.

In addition to the listed acquired devices, I have other misc. items for the computer (cables, fan grills, etc.). There are also smaller, inconsequential items to buy. This is just a list of the big ones.

Anyhoo; yes I am keeping that case. It may be generic, big, and heavy, but it's the only case I've found that fits my bill (full tower, steel, very basic). It does need some work, especially in the ventilation and cable management fronts, but that is all to come.

I gots me some money rolling my way in a week or two that'll allow me to cross off all those parts off. So, keep an eye on this thread if you're interested in a less fancy computer build log.
Edited by FrankTheCat - 8/12/11 at 3:16pm
Desky Pro
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core2Quad Q8200 Asus P5P43TD Pro EVGA GeForce GTX465 1gb SC Edition 2x PNY 2gb & 2x GSkill 1gb 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
a lot of them Windows 7 x64 Enterprise 2x Dell 1907FP's Apple Extended Keyboard II 
PowerCase
600w OCZ Mod-XTreme a generic piece of poop 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core2Quad Q8200 Asus P5P43TD Pro EVGA GeForce GTX465 1gb SC Edition 2x PNY 2gb & 2x GSkill 1gb 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
a lot of them Windows 7 x64 Enterprise 2x Dell 1907FP's Apple Extended Keyboard II 
PowerCase
600w OCZ Mod-XTreme a generic piece of poop 
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Going to have to really recommend a step up to LGA 1155. These processors are amazing and absolutely blow the old quads out of the water. Also, an SSD would be an impressive addition.
    
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 120GB 510 + 2x 1TB WD Caviar Black RAID 1 8X Slot Load Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Samsung SyncMaster 2443 [1920x1200] 
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Sidewinder X6 Corsair 850AX Silverstone FT03-B Logitech G9x 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 120GB 510 + 2x 1TB WD Caviar Black RAID 1 8X Slot Load Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Samsung SyncMaster 2443 [1920x1200] 
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Sidewinder X6 Corsair 850AX Silverstone FT03-B Logitech G9x 
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Going to have to really recommend a step up to LGA 1155. These processors are amazing and absolutely blow the old quads out of the water. Also, an SSD would be an impressive addition.
I would go for an i7, but I haven't for two reasons:
1. I got this motherboard for free from a friend that was upgrading (to an i7)
2. I'm getting the processor for free once another friend upgrades.

It may not seem it, but I'm trying to make this 'budget.'

*cough*

And I don't need an SSD. What you think those 5 Hitachi drives and RAID card are for?
Desky Pro
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core2Quad Q8200 Asus P5P43TD Pro EVGA GeForce GTX465 1gb SC Edition 2x PNY 2gb & 2x GSkill 1gb 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
a lot of them Windows 7 x64 Enterprise 2x Dell 1907FP's Apple Extended Keyboard II 
PowerCase
600w OCZ Mod-XTreme a generic piece of poop 
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Desky Pro
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core2Quad Q8200 Asus P5P43TD Pro EVGA GeForce GTX465 1gb SC Edition 2x PNY 2gb & 2x GSkill 1gb 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
a lot of them Windows 7 x64 Enterprise 2x Dell 1907FP's Apple Extended Keyboard II 
PowerCase
600w OCZ Mod-XTreme a generic piece of poop 
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Bit of a setback on the monetary front. For one, my van needs another fuel pump. For two, my school loan isn't coming through until early October.

Guess that means I need to put the 'budget' back in my 'budget build.'
Desky Pro
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core2Quad Q8200 Asus P5P43TD Pro EVGA GeForce GTX465 1gb SC Edition 2x PNY 2gb & 2x GSkill 1gb 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
a lot of them Windows 7 x64 Enterprise 2x Dell 1907FP's Apple Extended Keyboard II 
PowerCase
600w OCZ Mod-XTreme a generic piece of poop 
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Desky Pro
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core2Quad Q8200 Asus P5P43TD Pro EVGA GeForce GTX465 1gb SC Edition 2x PNY 2gb & 2x GSkill 1gb 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
a lot of them Windows 7 x64 Enterprise 2x Dell 1907FP's Apple Extended Keyboard II 
PowerCase
600w OCZ Mod-XTreme a generic piece of poop 
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Well, I did accomplish something today; I started testing the hardware I've collected so far.

I put a spare E7500 in the motherboard, put a stock heatsink over it, borrowed some ram from my desktop, and hooked it up to a spare power supply. End result is this mess:



Pleased to say that the motherboard and graphics card work fine. I did run into a problem with my build plans though; when two floppy drives are hooked up neither are recognized. I seem to remember running across a way to get around this BIOS limitation a while ago. It's something to investigate, because I'd rather like to have an internal 3.5" floppy to complement the 5.25" one.

Yeah, I have a ZIP250 drive going in my desktop too.
Desky Pro
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core2Quad Q8200 Asus P5P43TD Pro EVGA GeForce GTX465 1gb SC Edition 2x PNY 2gb & 2x GSkill 1gb 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
a lot of them Windows 7 x64 Enterprise 2x Dell 1907FP's Apple Extended Keyboard II 
PowerCase
600w OCZ Mod-XTreme a generic piece of poop 
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Desky Pro
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core2Quad Q8200 Asus P5P43TD Pro EVGA GeForce GTX465 1gb SC Edition 2x PNY 2gb & 2x GSkill 1gb 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
a lot of them Windows 7 x64 Enterprise 2x Dell 1907FP's Apple Extended Keyboard II 
PowerCase
600w OCZ Mod-XTreme a generic piece of poop 
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