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Current Update : 30 Dec 11 - The E.G.G. hatched on schedule! It took almost 3hrs. to fully immerge from the shell. After a short time of streching it's legs, the boot was good and we began to upload the software from a temporary DvD drive. It was discovered that the intended BD Drive had gone missing in action. A few people had some great questions and insights on some of today's technology. It was fun to talk all about the different components that went into building this gaming computer. There was a big smile on everyone's face when the boot messages begin to appear on the screen. Success! Days later it has a full operating system, Internet security and all updated. Amazing to see how fast the SSD works! The windows experience index is 7.5 which is awesome since 8.0 is maxed out. Temperatures on the CPU went to 53o during the burn-in period and 81o on the graphics card. After about a week both dropped 10o when the thermal paste had sealed properly with the heatsinks. I later hooked up an extra couple of fans that came with the case to the on-board fan controllers. There is a noticable decrease of several degrees on the CPU when the fan set to support it is run at maximum speed. The graphics card, not so much. Only a couple of degrees was dropped, but I don't consider the fan placement for supporting the graphics card optimal. There are better options such as an open design triple fan heatsink for the graphics processor and a large case fan directly beside the card itself. All of the additional fans can be regulated on the case's fan control panel. We found the BD drive and it will be installed shortly. Four games have been installed for public use, Batman Arkham City, Metro 2033, The Game of Thrones and The Book of Unwritten Tales.
25 Nov 11 - The date is set, Saturday the 17th of December, 8pm to 11pm! 3 or more hours of Q&A with a professional programmer. Let's hatch this E.G.G., or two, and bring some personalized Extreme Graphics & Gaming to life! Snacks and drinks will be available. I'll even open the floor to the smart meter debate? Anyone who pays the fee, gets in the door. No boring presentation. no bullshit, no yelling, no screaming and definately going to be lots of fun.
02 Sep 11 - [CHaT] Anyone can be resourceful aquiring parts, NewEgg has some great pricing sometimes, free shipping on the small stuff, etc. but we both have other sources I'm sure. I love some of your choices and curious why you picked others. So lets break it down, Seagate vs. Western Digital, ok I can live with that, SATA III most definately, however there is actually no plans to even add a HDD, blah! We could eliminate that cost and play directly from the SSD with an upgrade to 120GB. I missed out this week on getting an OCZ Solid 3 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SSD for $120, I'll keep watching for the next deal. The $210+ for the Intel i5 Quad-Core seems a bit pricey for this budget. I had my eye on an AMD Phenom II 1090T Black Edition 125w Six-Core processor for under $170. With the extra heat dissipation of the 125w Black Edition paired with the liquid cooling unit, overclocking should be cheddar for the 6 cores, perhaps even as high as 4.0GHZ. Everyone knows that AMD has always been the budget processor for gamers. Granted there may be a higher failure rate of systems, but in my experience it's usually because the builder fails to refer to QVL and CPU support parings. In this case I would go with a $200 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ DDR3 SATA3 SLI USB3.0 GBLAN Motherboard and gladly pay the extra $50, over the similar EVO version, just for the military grade 5 year warranty and all the ceramic coated, TUF stuff, maxx components. This badAss MB will upgrade to an 8 core in the future too. G.Skill & MSI are both great picks! Would you consider a pair of MSI GeForce GTX 550 Ti Cyclone II OC 950MHZ 1.9GHZ 1GB GDDR5 DVI PCI-E Video Cards at $140ea. and 8GB of G.SKILL ECO (2x4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (PC3 12800) 1.35v 8-8-8-24 for $99. Total price $869. Room to spare for my 'shiny' components, eh? Can you really fault me for wanting a cool case and a vegas fan? Have you seen the Phantom case I got? I'd like to post OC'd stats for each week, down @the Bug, if the idea hatches.
[extra] we still need to add basic peripherals, monitor and accessories. Perhaps we could find a cheaper secondary smaller monitor to show operating values such as the current OC'ing stats, tempurature, cpu usage, etc. for live info. We also endeavor to keep it simple enough for the average user by trying not to geek out about tech. Do not take this the wrong way..., I TO GEEK out with the rest, it's just not what the public wants.
29 Aug 11 - NZXT presents an Enthusiast Steel Full Tower with sleek, pristine contours, the Phantom radiates personality and quality. This case delivers high performance cooling advantages with 7 preinstalled cooling fans, dual radiator support, quad watercooling cutouts, and five 20W per channel fan controls. This case has an innovative 5.25” screwless system with vast space for 7 hard drives, five 5.25” bays for customization and expanability. Establish your power, your presence with this unique, unprecedented and inspired design.
29 Jul 11 - Found some very nice 120mm fans that include PWM 4-pin speed modulation that will give the system excellent airflow characteristics and implement energy savings when the system is idle. The awesome thing about these fans are the 14 mode RBG LED combo, twister bearing for long life, quiet operation and detachable blades for cleaning. With this we plan to add some hepa filtration to reduce the need for dusting out the system.
The Workshop :
Participate in assembling a top-notch Personal Computer for gaming, with a Certified Professional Programmer at the helm. A great presentation for any age that would help anyone understand their system a little bit better. There will be submissions and a vote to give the newest GRiDbug a name from science fiction lore and door prizes based on number of registrants. Learn valuable tips such as tweaking your Microsoft Windows based system to perform better and ways to avoid malicious software. Listen to the stories and gather to hear the wisdom of technology!
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Country Bug Books & Gifts
A door fee of $25 is required for early registrants and door crashers pay $35. Everyone who attends the workshop will receive an additional coupon for $15 towards any computer service labour charge. There will be some awesome doorprizes and refrshments, so grab your friends and sign-up now at Country Bug Books & Gifts, 2049 Quilchena Ave., Merritt, BC or pay online with PayPal below,