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Thought you guys might get a kick out of how I have this set up. Everything on top of my dresser with a neoprene mat to protect the top

I got reallly frickin tired of using my Pentium 4 laptop when my main rig was down, so I started buying budget components for a backup computer where EVERYTHING is cross compatible with my main rig, making troubleshooting that much easier. It is also a lot faster than the ol P4 laptop. And the heat of a P4 nuking my crotch is gone as well, so that's a good thing.

Specs:

CPU: Intel Celeron Dual Core E1200
MOBO: ECS G31T
GPU: Evga 7900 GT KO
RAM: G.Skill 800mhz 2x1GB
PSU: Ultra X-Connect 700w. (BIG Thanks to wannabe_OC for donating this to me, everyone please pray for his wife who is in the hospital atm.)
HDD: My 36GB raptor once I get my WD 250GB AAKS in 2 weeks.




Edited by TnB= Gir - 8/23/08 at 12:42pm
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nice setup, is that the stock intel cooler?

also how much did this cost ya?
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Yes it is the 1st gen Intel Conroe stock cooler. The one sent with my E1200 was so puny it's laughable. I used the fan on it for my 780i north bridge. I then used the old stock heatsink I had from a E4300 for this.

Pretty much everything I got from trades, the exceptions being the PSU: Given to me by wannabe_OC, the CPU: Bought from newegg, 50 bucks free shipping, and the motherboard which I got used for 30 bucks on hardforum. So in a way, only 80 bucks for this, plus trades.

The monitor I got for only $4 bucks from a local thrift store, along with the keyboard.
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I see you dont have a case for your flash drive?

If you go to a hobby shop or some sort that has 2 part epoxy in a tube, you can mix that and put it on the flash drive and you pretty much have a waterproof case for it.
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I've seen rigs get built into empty beer/pop cases...just a thought if you happened to have one laying around. But as long as it works what does it matter? Very good budget build btw.
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I see you dont have a case for your flash drive?

If you go to a hobby shop or some sort that has 2 part epoxy in a tube, you can mix that and put it on the flash drive and you pretty much have a waterproof case for it.
That's my wireless adapter. It was overheating really badly with the stock casing on, so I took it off so it can get a bit of airflow now. Works a lot better.
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I've seen rigs get built into empty beer/pop cases...just a thought if you happened to have one laying around. But as long as it works what does it matter? Very good budget build btw.
I've been thinking about doing a cardboard, case, but I'm not sure if I like it or not.

Thanks for the comment, it really is a good build. Those E1200 chips are amazing. 50 bucks for a Core based dual core is very good indeed considering that most people want 30-40 bucks for a Pentium 4 for some reason. Its stock clock is 1.6ghz, but I've been messing with it and got a stable overclock of 2.2ghz on stock volts
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I actually have one in my wife's pc. I only oc'd to 2.0 though. Haven't messed with it a lot but I've read that some have been able to get it to 3.2 on air. Not sure about that but either way I agree, it's an incredible cpu for the price.
Edited by KC_Flip - 8/27/08 at 4:27pm
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In honor of Repo_Man, I did a ghetto mod for my 7900 GT KO today.

The heatsink is from an old 8800 GT of mine. I had to hack it up a tiny bit in order to get it to fit on the 7900 GT, but it worked. Along with a fan that I got from repo, and another fan I got from Jek3, I used screws to install the fans into the fins on the heatsink. Works really well actually. Idles at 38-40C and loads at 50-55C, which is a ton better than what the stock heatsink did.


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