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Customizing Computers
Sep 14 2007, 6:58 pm
By: Echo  

Sep 18 2007, 3:53 pm Dr. Shotgun Post #21



www.rentacoder.com

Real jobs FTL.



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Sep 22 2007, 6:35 am l3lack-l3ahamut Post #22



Instead of wasting another post, I guess this belongs here. I ran a diagnostic of my comp and it came up as Intel Pentium 4 3.00GHz (2 CPUs)

My question is why does it say 2 cpus, I was under the impression that I did not have dual core so...



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Sep 22 2007, 2:57 pm ~:Deathawk:~ Post #23



Your processor has Hyperthreading.



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Sep 22 2007, 5:34 pm l3lack-l3ahamut Post #24



oh, alright thanks for the info I didnt know there was a pre dual core kinda thing going on to help run stuff better but you learn something new everyday.



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Sep 23 2007, 5:38 pm Echo Post #25



Is it better to just buy a customized gaming computer on ebay? I've seen many gaming computers that has been customized and sold on ebay for atleast 300$ and good ones for like 500$. I think it is better to buy those instead of customizing my own.



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Sep 23 2007, 5:55 pm ~:Deathawk:~ Post #26



eBay can get you some nice deals, but A LOT of the computers I see on eBay are junk.. :\
If there is a good deal on eBay, jump on it, but I wouldn't count on it anyway.



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Sep 23 2007, 6:07 pm Sael Post #27



I refuse to trust eBay because people are dumb.

For power supplies, I've used Enermax and Thermaltake in the past. Silverstone makes good ones (I believe Falcon-NW uses them in their computers), and they make awesome cases. My SST-TJ07-BW is both the sturdiest and the most beautiful case I have ever used. Of course, I poured $330 into buying the thing and then probably another $50 for the window decal, sound dampening foam, and extra fan for three of the seven 5.25" front bays (still had 4 left). It's a real monster, but I'd say that it's probably one of the best, if not the best, cases out there right now. The thing's built like a tank.

I guess that's not in your budget though (it was only in mine because I won a $500 scholarship from the local VFW :lol:). iBuyPower makes cheap computers, but I've heard some nasty stories about customer support.



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Sep 23 2007, 10:25 pm Echo Post #28



Aren't there some sites where they make customized cheap gaming computers? I'm getting a job soon where I get about 50$ a week (Lol). How much are those hydro water coolers for the computers?



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Sep 23 2007, 11:06 pm MasterJohnny Post #29



Quote from EcHo
Aren't there some sites where they make customized cheap gaming computers? I'm getting a job soon where I get about 50$ a week (Lol). How much are those hydro water coolers for the computers?

I think the cheapest computer you can get is the one you build yourself. Liquid cooling can cost up to $400 usd



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Sep 23 2007, 11:11 pm Echo Post #30



Building it by myself would cost more. And I doubt a liquid cooler cost more than half of a good computer.



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Sep 23 2007, 11:40 pm ~:Deathawk:~ Post #31



Depending on what type of watercooling you get, a decent set that beats high end air can run you from 200+ up, very high end can definately cost 400+ dollars.

Don't bother with liquid cooling if you're
1.) already having trouble getting enough money for a computer
2.) don't have the know how to set one up sucessfully. It's not that hard, but you wanna be cautious of leaks, etc, and inexperience could end all your fun :(

But, please, for the love of god, don't buy a retail watercooling kit.. they suck :X www.petrastechshop.com has decent kits, though.

There are some sites that make customized computers relatively cheaper, but they're more expensive than building it yourself.



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Sep 24 2007, 5:45 am Echo Post #32



Kind of off topic, where do I get those custom Tool bar/ task manager, those things on the bottom that has Windows Start and pops up when you press the windows button.



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Sep 24 2007, 1:39 pm ~:Deathawk:~ Post #33



I'm not entirely sure what you mean, do you think you could attatch a picture?



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Sep 24 2007, 6:52 pm Echo Post #34



For example, when you get a zune, you get a custom task bar color, which is orange and black. Like mine currently is green and silver.



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Sep 24 2007, 7:00 pm ~:Deathawk:~ Post #35



Oh.

I use Windowblinds 5.



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Sep 24 2007, 9:47 pm Money Post #36



You have to replace a file dxtheme.dll with an undated version then put your theme files in your theme folder and you can set them like any other theme.



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Sep 25 2007, 1:03 am shooter1231 Post #37



Quote from EcHo
Building it by myself would cost more.

No, it wouldn't. My compputer parts cost me around $1500 USD, and buying it from retailers would cost from $1800 - $2400 USD



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Sep 25 2007, 4:22 am Echo Post #38



I never mentioned buying from retailers. The only things I mentioned was building it by myself or buying it custom made from ebay.



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