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Old 09-22-2006, 02:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone have any advice on doing this?

I found a machine I was thinking of bidding on and the seller seems pretty legit with 100% feedback.


edit: I have thought about building my own machine, but I have never done it before and I wanted the overclocking/adjustments done professionally, like the item I am bidding on.
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Old 09-22-2006, 02:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here are the machine's specs:


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Memory (RAM): 4.096 GB
Hard Drive Capacity: 500 GB
Processor Type: Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional X64 Edition
Primary Drive: DVD+/-RW
Processor Speed: 2.67 GHz
Condition: New



Windows Vista Ready!



MOTHERBOARD: Asus P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe nForce4 SLI Intel Edition Core 2 Duo Xtreme/P4/ Pentium Processor Extreme Edition/ Pentium D/Celeron 1066FSB LGA775 DDR ATX Motherboard w/Audio, Dual Gigabit LAN, RAID/Serial ATA, 533/800/1066FSB, ATA/133, 4DDR2 DIMM, 2 PCI Express x16, 2 PCI Express x1, 1 x PCI Express x4, 2PCI, USB 2.0/1.1, IEEE 1394

DUAL CORE PROCESSOR: Intel® Core 2 Duo E6700 Conroe Processor 2.67GHz, 1066FSB, LGA775, 4MB Cache, Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology supporting 64-bit computing, Intel Virtualization Technology

VIDEO CARD: Nvidia Geforce ASUS EN7900GTX/2DHTV/512M Geforce 7900GTX 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card w/Dual DVI-I, HDTV & TV-Out, Core Clock Frequency 650MHz/Memory Clock Frequency 1600MHz, 24 Pixelpipelines - * KEEN MACHINE OC - Optimized & Stabilized* ForceWare Drivers - WHQL Certified - Latest Release Installed

DUAL CHANNEL MEMORY: 4GB OCZ Gold GamerXtreme DDR2-800 PC6400 Dual Channel Xtreme Performance Ultra Low Latency Memory w/Heat Spreaders *KEEN MACHINE OC Timings-Optimized & Stabilized*

HARD DRIVE: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000KS 500GB Serial ATA 7200RPM Hard Drive w/16MB Cache

HARD DRIVE COOLER: Coolermaster Cooldrive 5 Hard Drive cooler w/floating pin style temp & HDD activity guages backlit by 7 optional LED Light colors

DUAL DVD+RW DRIVES: x2 18X Internal Dual Layer DVD±RW Drives [Black]

MULTIFUNCTION PANEL: LOGISYS Computer FP208BK 3.5" Black Multi Function Super Panel w/Card Reader [Black]

FLOPPY DRIVE: 1.44MB 3.5 Floppy Disk Drive [Black]

AUDIO: Realtek AudioXtreme Hi-Definition 8-hannel 7.1 Surround Sound Ready High Performance Audio For your Games, Movies & Music


POWER SUPPLY: Ultra ULT31564 X-Connect 500W ATX Power Supply w/2 80mm Fans (Blue w/UV Orange)

**DEDICATED GRAPHICS POWER SUPPLY: *** NEW *** FSP BoosterX 3 - 300 Watt Supplementary Graphic Power Supply Unit - 300W Supplementary Graphic Power Supply Unit dedicated to support high-end Multi-GPU Graphic interface card power requirements. Easy Installation to an available 5.25" drive bay, the BoosterX 3 provides customized power-boost configuration upgrade (in addition to the standard ATX) to support and stabilize your ultra-high performance multi-GPU graphic cards power requirements such as single, dual or quad SLI platforms. It features true 300W output, high-efficiency / low power consumption Active-PFC, dual PCI-Express 6-Pin outputs (150Wx2), dual internal 40mm front-intake cooling fans, full-range input, gloss-black front panel with clear blue LED, *Power Cables Red Neon UV Custom Sleeving w/Red UV Reactive 6pin connectors!

COMPUTER CASE: 100% Laser Cut Red/Orange UV Reactive Acrylic ATX Case (Clear), Actual Dimension: 18.5"x8.2"x17.5"(LxWxH), Rear 80mm Red UV LED Exhaust Fan, Front 80mm Red UV LED Intake Fan, Side Panel Dual 80mm Red UV LED Intake Fans, x4 5.25" Drive Bays, x2 Front Panel 3.5" Drive Bays / x6 Internal 3.5" HDD Bays, ATX Form Factor (Case Glows in the day and at night)

CASE LIGHTING: x4 12" Bright Coldcathode UV Lighting w/ x2 Power Inverters (hidden) / Internal: Zalman Fan Bracket w/Attached 80mm UV Reactive Orange Fan w/Cold Cathod Circular UV Light - *used as secondary CPU Cooling Fan, forces cooler air from outside case to Intel Core 2 Duo heatsink assembly for Twice the cooling performance

IDE/SATA/FDD CABLES: High Quality Red UV Reactive IDE/FDD & SATA Cables

OPERATING SYSTEM: Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition - Full Version OEM [installed, activated, all current updates, optimized, product key + disk included]
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How about a link to the auction so we can check it out or at least the price. To build your own brings much more knowledge than to buy. but buying is much easier.
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I didn't know if links were permitted for such sites so I witheld, here you go:

http://cgi.ebay.com/GAMERS-SLI-7900G...QQcmdZViewItem
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wow $1600 and reserve not met buy it now of $3500 with no monitor keyboard speakers or mouse. Says its Sli but only one vid card listed. Sure its sli ready but... The only thing Oc'ed is the Ram. Sure it is a nice system but what do you need a computer for and you could get something cheaper.
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Shows both of the cards here:

"Experience it Now with Two Nvidia 7900 GTX 512MB Video Cards Joined together w/Nvidia's Revoluionary SLI Technology."

And I play a lot of FPS, as well as many other MMOs with programs running in the background.
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ok I see it there. Interesting he or she did not put that in the specs. Hey If you have money to burn that is a screaming setup with no work invovled. email them and make sure there are two vid cards. then go to www.newegg.com and price everything out to see what it would cost for you to build and then make your decision. That computer has a ton of power you could play every fps at full settings with less but again it looks like a sweet rig.
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I priced everything out and it was less than the buyout price, but I don't know how high his reserve is.

Also, I found this computer, I priced it out at Dell's website and it was $3,600 from Dell (Which means you could probably build it yourself, minus the case, for around 2750).

http://cgi.ebay.com/Dell-XPS-700-Jet...QQcmdZViewItem


Can you give me your opinion on how much your max bid would be for either?
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Well it depends upon you. I enjoy building computers so my max bid would be what I could buy the parts for plus $100 for my time. If you do not enjoy building it may be between $200 to $300 over the cost of the parts.
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