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It's been a hard, long road to get to the top.

We are the Lamborghini of personal computers, we are VIP!

The 690 GTX is the best of the best, but what did it take for us to get here?

Do you have any old tech you are proud of... or ashamed of? Post it.

Tell us your story, no matter how sad or true.


My story started with my first build back in 2002 with a 800mHz Pentium 3 and a Riva TNT 2 graphics card. It was built from my buddies donor Compaq case. I later upgraded to a Geforce 4 ti 4400.


In 2006 I inherited a store bought HP Media Center m1160n with a GeForce FX5200 and AMD 3400+ from my brother and best friend (may he rest in peace). This PC barely played Half-Life 2, and I was soon to upgrade again, though I still have the computer for sentiment's sake.


Later in 2006 I built a budget ($350) backup system with an LGA 775 with a Pentium 4 D 945 and ATI 4550 (my one true mistake... LONG LIVE NVIDIA!). This was my first attempt at overclocking and I managed to get the P4 to 4.9 Ghz on air conditioning.

In 2007 I bought a cheap thermal tech case and stuffed it with another LGA 775 Intel board with a q6600 and 8500GT. It wasn't until Doom 3 came out that I decided to upgrade my system, and the BFG 9600GT OC did the job well enough... and yes it played Crysis.

Skip ahead a few frustrating years (ahem...q6600).... I hear about Elder Scrolls 5 coming out on my birthday. I decided the perfect present to myself was a budget Zotac AMP edition 550Ti... well, that was a mistake. Skyrim bottle-necked my q6600 so bad I cried.


So I started ordering parts... whatever looked good and got good reviews. I ended up with a HAF X, an i7 3770k with some of the best parts I could afford, including the 670 FTWs that I still own.


I then decided to go all out. I put in my order for my first 690 GTX two days before Christmas, and after I got power hungry, my second arrived a month later.


Whatever road you took to get here, no doubt, it was worth it; and through shame or pride, we still hold our heads high to the fact that we've made the right choices, because after-all, even a mistake can have good ramifications.

We are techies, hear our fans roar, and our silence as we water cool.

We are forever building to the future.

Our breed will never die, we are forever Nvidia!

Here is my "Road to Success"


What's yours?
Edited by jhager8783 - 3/3/13 at 5:25pm
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A nice road to the top indeed thumb.gif

Way too long to post here. I had at least 20 different configurations with in the last 10 years, and since 1997 I had 117 graphics cards through my different setups (I have a list of every single make and model GFX I have owned).
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Very nice
wish i made a System instead of buying a laptop

i have Dell's Inspiron 15R
i5 2.90 ghz
4Gb RAM
Nvidia gt 525m
costed me 900$, one and half year ago

biggest mistake ever

will make a system with Nvidia GTX Titan or whatever G.card is latest next year
cause no matter what gt 525m will make do for all the games this gen.
and i like PC gaming better than consoles
i had ps2 ps3 and wii too
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A nice road to the top indeed thumb.gif

Way too long to post here. I had at least 20 different configurations with in the last 10 years, and since 1997 I had 117 graphics cards through my different setups (I have a list of every single make and model GFX I have owned).

Nice, and I thought I had had too many cards. You are an aficionado indeed.

What was your favorite configuration if you don't mind my asking?
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Very nice
wish i made a System instead of buying a laptop

i have Dell's Inspiron 15R
i5 2.90 ghz
4Gb RAM
Nvidia gt 525m
costed me 900$, one and half year ago

biggest mistake ever

will make a system with Nvidia GTX Titan or whatever G.card is latest next year
cause no matter what gt 525m will make do for all the games this gen.
and i like PC gaming better than consoles
i had ps2 ps3 and wii too

PC gaming has it's charm, yet can be very expensive. So I completely understand people's love for consoles. You bought your Dell because it's what worked for you at the time, and you'll work out building your system in time. The trick I learned is that you plan on one part at a time when you can afford it. You won't always achieve the "best" system as tech improves quickly over a short time, but you'll have something built by your own hands to fit your needs.
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I will try to write my own, although I have no pics of all the crap which passed onto my hands...

My passion for PCs started back when I was like 13/14 y old. At that time I really was into videogames, but I never thought a PC would be suitable for them.

One good day my father brought home a leftover PC from his workplace, and it revealed to me in all its Pentium II, 4GB HDD storage glory. Ewww.
Not really the best starting experience for me, especially cause in the quest to free some space of the disk, I kept deleting those “useless files with no use” in the system folder. Smart move.
No need to say that I ended up with a mess, and no idea on how to fix it.

As a Xmas present later that year, my godfather gifted my a brand new Philips PC, Pentium 4 with 1GB of RAM. That was my dream! It had integrated graphics but I could play my favorite games on it, I still remember Postal 2 and Warhammer (Shadow of the Horned Rat, lol).

As the knowledge in games creation advanced throughout the years, the demand of raw power increased, and I was forced to break the piggy bank again! After a long summer of hard work, I bought an HP DV5 1080el entertainment laptop, dual core, 4GB of RAM and a GeForce 9600M. Hell was I happy!
I could move it everywhere, work and play my games with ease.

But I wanted more. I realized that no laptop could match the performance of a desktop PC. I spent months planning on my build, eventually making the final step and buying it! And that’s what you see in my signature right now, watercooled and capable of maxing out any game smile.gif
One thing is clear though, the road is far from ended!
I wonder where we will all be in like 20 years, thinking about the past. All I got from my passion for IT is joy and good memories.
post #7 of 11
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"One thing is clear though, the road is far from ended!
I wonder where we will all be in like 20 years"

That's a good question. I don't think many people have an inkling of an idea. I think the biggest advancements of the future are going to be related to our interaction with hardware such as virtual reality and holographic projection. The hardware is always improving, we know that, but what people really focus on is the experience we get from it. I look forward to see what the future brings.
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Any and all, post your past rigs. Whatever it took for you to get to where you are today... anything worth mentioning, anything not. All roads lead to somewhere and are usually never ending, where did your journey start?
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I don't remember absolutely all the specifics of my first build as it was so long ago, and I was young. I built it in the 4th grade with the assistance of a friend's mom. My parents gave me a budget, and she helped me pick out the parts to make sure everything was compatible. I can't recall the mobo model at all, but I do remember it had an Intel Celeron processor, 32MB of RAM, a 400W PSU, 40GB HDD and ran Windows 98. I put it together myself as I had learned that much already, and it was both the first PC I had that was strictly mine, and the first one I built with my own 2 hands.

Cut to 2 years later and I was ready for an upgrade. I wanted Windows XP, and 32MB of RAM and a Celeron weren't going to cut it, no sir.

I got an A-Bit Bh7 mobo




With a Pentium 4 1.8GHz processor and 256MB of Kingston SDRAM. I also got a new 450W PSU, but for the life of me I can't remember the brand or model. I also decided a new HDD was in order and got a 50GB IDE Seagate drive. Probably should have gotten a bigger drive but oh well, I was still learning. What was really exciting about this build though, was that I wanted to start using my PC as a gaming rig. I was getting older, and games were getting more serious.

Discrete GPU's were starting to become more mainstream and I decided I needed one. I went with a Radeon 7000


Yeah, like most GPU boxes it tried to make itself look super awesome, but the actual card itself...well:



It was a bit puny, lol. Still, with 32MB of VRAM and being AGP, it was better than no card at all.

Still, that card was kinda the weak link. As I gradually started putting more and more legit games on that system, it was clear that the 7000 just wasn't holding up well. The move to upgrade it culminated when it began overheating and artifacting when playing Need for Speed: Carbon, not to mention with rather poor framerates most of the time. Playable, but poor.

So I decided to get a new GPU. Having not yet discovered the joys of online ordering I was still forced to shop locally. I found the Diamond Radeon 9550 with 256MB DDR RAM. While I was there, I also picked up 2 more 256MB RAM sticks for a total of 768MB in my system



Boy, what a difference! Just about everything was playable now. I was enjoying NFS: Carbon as well as Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike: Source and all my other games at very good framerates

Still, there was soon to be a huge step forward in processor architecture: multiple cores

Come 2007 and Intel released the Core2 Duo family featuring dual core processors. Unlike hyper-threading the Core2 family could process multiple threads using 2 physical cores rather than 2 virtual cores on a single physical core. Sadly, my P4 was beginning to feel a bit slow, mostly in the applications department. I was starting to understand how PC's really worked, what made them tick, and who made good parts. I was more confident in my PC building skills at this point, and I decided and upgrade was again in order.

Through the power of online ordering, I completely ditched my old rig. AGP was out, PCIe was in so I hunted for a brand new mobo that would have PCIe and an LGA 775 socket. I settled on the Intel D975X BX2. Don't ask how I remember that exact model number, lol.



Featuring not one, but THREE PCIe slots, dual channel memory and some pretty kickass looking heatsinks, I was in love with it, and what a board it would turn out to be. I also went with a Core2 Duo E8500, 2GB PNY XLR8 DDR2 RAM, 320GB Seagate SATA HDD and, in a first, Nvidia 7600 GS. I also got some no-name brand 550W PSU, but luckily that decision never backfired on me. All of this was wrapped up in my first ever flashy looking gamer case. I can't even remember who made it, but it had a cool looking steel shield for the door, some blue LED fans and a caged wing design down the sides. Things were looking awesome.

That rig was perfect for my needs until I bought Bioshock. With all those fancy water and particle effects, it was tearing my poor 7600 GS a new one. I was still learning new things at this point. Still, I had practically just built this thing, so I just dealt with it A year down the road though, and some of the poor framerates were starting to bother me. However there was an absolute catalyst to this all: Crysis.

I was ready to make another upgrade, and using Ebay I was gonna sell off my old parts to fund the new ones to cut down on costs. That part worked beautifully, but unfortunately I hit a stumbling block in what I was learning. I fell victim to the Hype Machine

Intel had released their X38 Chipset, which boasted x16 speeds across 2 PCIe lanes in Crossfire/SLI. That was mistake #1 as it really made no difference. Mistake #2 was that I had got it in my head that Crossfire and SLI had near perfect scaling on this architecture. I spent a large chunk of my savings on this next upgrade (I was still in High School. Had a couple grand saved up from odd jobs throughout my lifetime) as my parents refused to fund it because the build was still so new. I now regret doing this immensely.

I ditched my Intel board for an A-Bit IX38 Quad GT sporting an X38 chipset. Nice looking board, but it would later be a problem. I also knew my PSU was likely to be underpowered for a multi GPU solution, so I went overkill and bought a Silverstone OP1000 1000W PSU. Yeah, not cheap. Lastly, I bought not one, but TWO Diamond Radeon 2900XT's to use in Crossfire. Both were fast, had 512MB of GDDR4 RAM and looked awesome. However they also had a hefty $600 price tag. Ouch.



Despite falling victim to the hype machine and grossly overpaying for everything, it ran like a dream. Even Crysis was playable maxed out. It was only later that I discovered that some sites had benchmarks, reviews and the like that I realized my huge folly. Still, what was done was done, and something new was to crest the horizon soon.

In 2008, ATI was brewing something big, something awesome and something...cheap. Nvidia had held the performance crown by a good margin for a while, and as a result had inflated their prices to match. However ATI was prepared to give them a wakeup call with their R700 chipset. After bouncing in my PC chair like a giddy 8-year-old for months, they were finally released: The Radeon 4850 and 4870. Still bent on making Crossfire work, I snatched up 2 of them with the money I got selling my 2900XT's not long before. Talk about bang for your buck! A flagship GPU for under $300 and the performance rivaled Nvidia's flagship which was selling for over $100 more. Needless to say, Nvidia slashed their prices shortly after.

They 4870's worked rather well in tandem, and could beast through almost any game out there. Things were looking pretty steady until my first ever hardware failure.

Remember that foreshadowing on the A-Bit mobo? Well, one day I was surfing the web and my system just locked up. Everything stopped responding, but there was no blue screen or anything. Confused, I hit the reset button to attempt to restart the system. Attempt is the keyword here. When trying to reboot it would simply power on for about a second then just shut down. No POST no anything. After some troubleshooting, I concluded that it was the mobo. Luckily it was still under warranty! Except yeah, about that. Turns out A-Bit went out of business shortly after producing the IX38 Quad GT. I was basically SOL. With that, I went looking for a new mobo. I had heard good things about ASUS online, and I decided to check them out. It was love at first sight.



The ASUS Formula Rampage. It was a slight upgrade with an X48 chipset, looked awesome, and had a kickass name. What's not to love? I also decided to sell my Core2 Duo E8500 for a Core2 Quad Q9400 while I was at it.

That was the exact rig I stayed on until 2012, when I upgraded to the rig in my sig. However I did go through a bit of trouble. I was originally planning to get a Sapphire 7970 Dual-X but after going through 4 defective ones and horrible customer service from Sapphire I gave up on that. Then I went through 2 7970 Lightnings and MSI ran out of 7970 Lightning's to give me a replacement, so they gave me a refund and I used that to get the 680 Lightning I have now. It seems to be going strong so far. Guess I just wasn't destined to have a 7970, lol.

Anyways, yeah it's a wall of text and yada yada but I hope it was at least a somewhat enjoyable read XD.
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I remember building my first rig back in 2005, it was a socket 939 DFI LanParty board with an AMD San Diego 3700+ (THE budget CPU of its time), and a top-of-the-line 7800 GTX.

Next came my college rig upgrade, I didn't have as much PC-building money at the time, so, I went with a DDR2 budget build: Abit IP35 Pro, Q6600, and an 8800 GTS 320MB (should have waited for the 8800GT 512MB that came out like a month later, DOH!). I later upgraded this build with some faster RAM and a GTX 460.

Now that I'm out of college and a single afc, I've got nothing BUT money to burn on anything the heck that I want, so, I build higher-end gaming and benchmarking rigs. My current one is in my sig: ASUS Rampage III Extreme, i7 920 D0 @ 4GHz, and GTX 480 SLI to name a few of the components; all water-cooled, of course.

I will be upgrading to GTX 670 2GB in 3-Way SLI as soon, hopefully by the end of this week!

My Nvidia roadmap:
TNT/RIVA 2 Model 64 (OEM in the PIII 800 Compaq Presario 7000 series from Staples) -> 7800 GTX -> 8800 GTS 320MB -> GTX 460 -> GTX 480 SLI -> *SOON* GTX 670 2GB 3-Way SLI.

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