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Unleash the Power of Gaming with an E.G.G.

The Ultimate in Custom Gaming Hardware,
the Extreme Graphics & Gaming project !!

advanced solutions for serious gamers! Personalized Hardware! Multi-Processor, Multiple Graphics Cards with Multiple Monitors, High Definition peripherals (eg, mouse, keyboards, gamepads, specialized controllers, sound, ...), Software Tailoring, Overclocking and Advanced Cooling. All spec'd and custom built to satisfy any demand for performance in Personal Computer gaming, including 3D applications.

We deal primarily with Windows XP 32/64, Windows 7 on Nvidia Graphics and AMD Devices. No two systems are the same. All systems come with exclusive access to the advanced GameGRiD Internet Portal features and a free cotton t-shirt or ballcap. Most systems we build typically play 4 or more generations of gaming software, guaranteed to play 3 gens minimum. Contact Us with the details of your dream machine.

Through our network we also provide Woodworking / Interior Design Services for the gaming room, acoustics and desk furniture. Ergonomic and comfort are also important in personal computing.

Our experience dates back to the early 80's, when gaming was only tiny spark of an idea for computers. We have watched gaming and the Internet grow from text driven adventures, a 2400 baud dialup, 10mb hard drives of the past, to the high-rez, high speed and terabyte systems of today.

Our team includes PC Gaming Enthusiast, Darrel Brooks, a.k.a. KLuWolF, a certified hardware, programming and software guru. The Princess Bride, Tracy Brooks, a.k.a. WolFie, with all the social experience, and, we forget not, the four children at just the right age to provide valuable parental experience into the boring, awesome and wow factors of a PC gaming hobby. With all the necessary censorship and breaks for real-world growth as well.

There are many things to consider when putting together the perfect system, Here are some starter thoughts for you:

  • Always maximize mainboard specs for upgrading later.
  • Gaming produces heat that must be a part of a proactive cooling plan.
  • Stability is closely related to Power Conditioning and making regular Backups.
  • Internet Access and Security are always extremely important.

    and there are definately some tricks to chosing the right hardware.

Carl recently wrote to us, "Never having met Darrel before, I was rather apprehensive to have a complete stranger build me a gaming rig, but after a few eMails and conversations about what I wanted and what kind of budget I had, we settled on the components and the price."

"I have to say that this rig came in just under budget and I love it! The solid-state drive is lightning fast and very quiet. I play Battlefield 3 at full graphics and the highest resolution with no over-heating or hang-ups. The windows experience index rates this rig a 7.7 out of a possible 7.9....I am a happy camper!  Game on!"

"Thanks Darrel!"


The E.G.G. Computer Project v3.5

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Welcome to the E.G.G. computer project! Have you ever thought about where GRiDbugs might come from? For many years the GameGrid has been building personalized hardware for gaming. Each build has unique properties and is always better than it's predessecor. They are refered to as GRiDbugs and given names from science fiction film and fantasy, such as, BorgCube, Galatica and others.

The latest technology is often expensive and unproven, which is why most of our builds lean toward lower budget equipment which can still provide a rich experience. This adventure in hardware building is on display at Country Bug Books & Gifts, 2049 Quilchena, downtown Merritt, starting in July 2011. Meanwhile the GameGrid Group has begun aquiring parts to build the latest Extreme Graphics & Gaming computer from scratch and on a budget. Data on the current status of the build will be updated on the web during all stages of the project. We'll use the Chat to follow the build and allow [users] to offer ideas.

Several things might happen to this equipment along the way. Someone might offer to purchase the project at it's current stage of completion and carry on his/her own finishing touches. If this happens we reset the project and start from scratch again with all new parts, which may be the same or different. Ultimately if the EGG hatches, then it becomes available to the public as a gaming terminal on an hourly rate at Country Bug BooksCountry Bug Books & Gifts. We are hoping to hatch at least 2 EGGs in the next six months.

Purpose

To demonstrate the cool value behind building an AMD Phenom II 6-core gaming super-computer that operates at extreme framerates produced from dual Nvidia SLi Video Cards on a 3D High Definition monitor. See below for workshop registration! The system boots on to a Windows 7 64bit platform from a Solid State, SATA3 6gb/s, Drive (SSD). A minimum sound capability of 5.1 HD audio, a BluRay drive, cool gaming case and Vipre Internet security. The EGG hatchling, or GRiDbug will then be installed at the Country Bug in a cubicle style gaming (desk)pod, made by a local craftsman.


Current Hardware :

NZXT Phantom EATX Steel Computer Case 5X5.25 7X3.5/2.5 With Integrated Fan Controller (shown above)
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 6 Core Processor 3.3GHZ Socket AM3
Coolit Systems Eco 120 CPU Water Cooling System AUTO-REGULATED & Maintenance Free LGA1366/1156/1155/AM3
ASUS M5A99X Evo ATX AM3+ DDR3 AMD 990X 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 1PCI USB3.0 SATA3 GBLAN Motherboard
Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Blue 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit
Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Fermi 850MHZ 1024MB Superclocked GDDR5 PCI-E 2.0 2XDVI Mini-HDMI Video Card
Antec High Current Gamer 750W 24PIN ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC 80 Plus Bronze SLI Power Supply 135mm Fan
Enermax Vegas Trio BLUE/RED/GREEN Combo LED Twister Bearing Speed Control PWM Fan 120MM
  Blu-Ray Drive (currently being installed)

Current Software :

Microsoft®Windows 7 Professional Edition 64BIT
Vipre Internet Security 2012 - Lifetime Subscription

Current Suggested Retail Price is    $1,535.00


Peripherals : (not in SRP)

Samsung S23A700D 23IN Widescreen LED LCD Montor 1920X1080 120HZ 3D 2MS DVI-D HDMI
Azio Levetron KB588U Mech4 Mechanical Programmable Water Resistant USB Gaming Keyboard
Logitech G9X US Gaming Laser Mouse 5700DPI With Adjustable Weights Grip and LED Color USB

Logitech X-140 2.0 5W RMS Black Analog Speakers W/ Headphone Jack & Auxiliary Input
APC Power Saving BACK-UPS ES UPS 750VA 450W 10 Outlet 365J RJ-45/CABLE Protection
TP-Link TL-WN951N Wireless N Triple Antenna Network Adapter Card 802.11B/G/N 2.4GHZ MIMO PCI

NOTES :

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!

If you want to contact me first, please CLiCK Here. Bookmark this page and come back to see how the final components add up before the workshop. Event to be held at,

Country Bug Books & Gifts
2049 Quilchena Ave
Merritt, BC

Register Early for the NEXT Workshop and SAVE!

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,