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I wish I had that kind of money. Great job man.
    
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Originally Posted by GoHigh View Post
The lights used do make it more warmer, but actually it's actually RUST color paint. I painted this when I first bought this house in 2003, so no details on exact color name, other than that it was Sherwin Williams paint. I will say though... While others who see the room at first do love the boldness, after staring at it for the past 8 years, it does kind of get tiring, especially the paint covers about 1200sq ft of the basement area.

I plan to redo the entire basement sometime soon (maybe another build log soon???) with a pool table, 65" Plasma or 80" Front Projection system, full bar/food area, etc. When I first built the basement out, it was a dedicated media room with a 65" HDTV and theater style seating, but since the marriage, it has been converted into a hangout area for friends and family.
I see. I will still go for red, I think it will look great with my small living room. Thanks for info!
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Again, that is amazing... I wish I had that kind of work space to work at !!!!! Your work has definitely paid off !
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Again, that is amazing... I wish I had that kind of work space to work at !!!!! Your work has definitely paid off !
Thanks!
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Thanks everyone for all your compliments over the past year or so. It has been fun to keep refreshing this thread with updates, and I will continue to update as more and more changes come along the way. I have also been pretty stoked to see that many of you are PMing with questions regarding some of the stuff like furniture, paint colors, and etc. I have had fun sharing my experiences with everyone here for the past year or so.

As this was my first thread with so much buzz, and I really have no experience with posting build logs, I am starting to think that the original post is a bit disorganized so I will be trying to clean it up a bit for your viewing pleasure. I just wish I had reserved some spaces so that I could have posted more pictures in series, but oh well.

I posted a small update with my NEW BUILD AREA. For those who have been looking at my thread from the start, you will see that it was the same area which I had a temporary work area setup during my office build. It is working fantastic so far, and I am ashamed to say that I have been spending a bit too much time there, rather than my cave.

Rather than blabbering on about changes since the last major update, I will just post pictures with descriptions. See if you can spot some changes between now and 6 month ago pictures.


First update is the addition of this 30" monitor. It's a DELL 3008WFP. What geek cave would be complete without a 2560x1600 monitor??? I got this monitor from Manyak's sale, and it's simply impeccable in shape and quality. I always imagined that I would never really need a 30" monitor, since 2x 23" 1080p monitors will be good enough, but there is something to be said about the sheer enormous size of this thing, and the resolution of 2560x1600 that a dual monitor setup can't match. The only problem now is that I have a bug to replace all my monitors with this, which will get very expensive... The best investment I made though...




Second update is the addition of this new rig... The impression and specs are posted here. In summary, it's my very first AMD build, and it replaces my 4.4Ghz i3 HTPC. It games and plays movies, and for that intended purpose, it's great.








Third update is the replacement of the 27" Samsung monitor with this LG 32" LED 1080p TV. I realized that I absolutely enjoy using these TVs as my monitors, so I replaced it out. This one is a bit better than my other one, as it's LED and is much much slimmer... HOWEVER, the image quality doesn't seem to be as great as the cheaper and older TV. I think it might have something to do with the LED's bluish lights, but I am having a bit difficult time trying to balance the colors. Still beats the monitor it replaced though...





Fourth update is the addition of a Mac Mini to the new 32" TV above. I thought about getting a small Zotac Ion PC for those times when I just want to get one the web for quick ref or entertainment without firing the big PC, but realized the short comings with ATOM PC just wasn't going to make me happy. So I built a SFF PC using Gigabyte ITX i3-530 system, put it in a LianLi case, but it wasn't small enough to really blend in. So I decided to just go with a Mac Mini instead, and I am glad I did. For all intended purposes, it's silent, runs cool, more power than ATOMs, and it's not too bad for $699. The only thing I upgraded was the RAM to 8GBs...




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Edited by GoHigh - 2/28/11 at 12:52am
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Fifth update is the change to my home server. I thought that it would be fine to use the server as a workstation, since 95% of it's duties were dedicated for file server, but I realized that I wanted a dedicated server again since it's doing more things now than before like VPN, Media Encoding via AirPlay, Media Server, etc. It only took one bottleneck in the system resources for me to quickly abandon ship on the WS/Server idea. I added a 4 Port Intel Raid Card into the mix, and added 4x Samsung F3 1TB HDDs in RAID10. The other HDDs are still the same, 6x WD Green 1TBs in RAID5, 2x 500GB Seagate AS Drives for OS in RAID1. I have plans for major revision though, with a 16 PORT Intel Raid Card and 4x more HDDs. I don't like seeing that drive bay empty...

Currently, it sits on the left side of the TV, without a monitor or even a decent GPU. I just RDC into it for operation.







Sixth and final update is the addition of the replacement WS where my server left. Its a i7-950 4Ghz/Gigabyte UD3R/12GB Corsair/5770CF/Silverstone 80Plus Gold 1000W/Corsair 600D/Noctua D14/3x 500GB Seagate AS in RAID1 build. My initial impression of this case is that from the factory, it's horrible. The freaking mesh where the fans go makes the fans whine like a pig. So, I had to cut off the mesh around the fans, which resulted in better airflow and no noise. Other than that, it's a pretty cool case. Hate the white LED fan though, I wish I could turn it off.





I had a sidewinder X6 KB for this area (By far the worst typing keyboard ever), and either subconsciously or accidentally, I spilled my morning coffee all over it. I could have cleaned it I guess, but I said screw it and just cut the USB cord and threw it away, so that I could finally get one of these...

Freaking love the KB, and love typing on it... Now for that other X6 next to me, I think the OCN Ducky KB would fit very nicely there... Where is that coffee?



This is my "shrine" of my baby boy. I can't get enough of him, and I miss him whenever I am away...



That's pretty much for all the updates. Thanks for watching as always. There are few more planned changes which may happen in the next couple of weeks. Not really a mystery... I am getting better seating in here... Those red chairs have got to go. Until then, enjoy the full updated pics.





















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Edited by GoHigh - 2/28/11 at 1:26am
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My New Build Area













Just For Comparison, Some Old Office Pics.











Edited by GoHigh - 2/28/11 at 2:05am
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Looking good. I love that Dell monitor.
    
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I wish I had 1/10 of the amount of money it costed to do all this **** just to finish my own single one lame gaming pc... wow
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where u live i got a g20 van i can load up 1/2 of your pc stuff in it .
J/k
nice setup .
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