"Sleeper": The budget rig

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Key Features:
Intel CPU AMD Graphics
System Specs:
  • P4 Prescott S478 3.0G - Asus P4P800SE - 2 x 512M Kingston KVR cl3 PC3200 - ATI x850 pro - SB Audigy2 value - 80G WD800BB-00FJA0 + 250G Maxtor 6B250R0 - Samsung CD/RW + LG 16x DVD/RW - Antec Truepower2.0 380W - 2 x 120mm Antec bb case fans - Antec SLK3000B Case - 17" Viewsonic VE710b 12ms
Performed Mods:
Asus StarIce for cpu - Zalman VF700AlCu for gpu - Nikao copper ramsinks - CPU @ 3.6G 1.52v - RAM @ 2.5/3/3/7 (240fsb 1/1) - x850pro 16 pipes, pencil mods @ 560c/580m
This was a gradual transformation from a comp bought at Futureshop and offered to me as a present. I kept the cpu, cd writer and the 80G hd. Not alot of eye candy here... bright lights = 1 year old kid playing with my rig! It's rather a simple build with moderate results but I'm pretty satified. Next upgrade: round cables
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13 Comments on "Sleeper": The budget rig

#1
Anarion
i just wonder, if it was NOT budget then what happpen . ;)
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#2
infrared
That is some seriously neat cable management!!! I'd steer clear of the round cables, since you will have a harder time getting them as neat as that... I'm amazed!!

It's a very impressive rig, especially with a tight budget.

Out of interest, what temperatures are you getting with that cooler, and can you remember the original temps? I don't think my Gigabyte cooler's doing a good enough job, I managed 70c last night @ 4.34ghz, 1.51v with 25c ambient temperature... Not good! Although, saying that, @ 4.2ghz, 1.3v it's 37c idle and 51c max load. In a 9c ambient temperature, i have taken it all the way up to 4.4ghz easily.

Overall, great job! Good choice of hardware, amazing cable management, nice no-frills case. I like it a lot!!
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#3
CjStaal
Dude... you are frying your processor 1.52v o.O
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#4
Clocked
Very nice....

Love the neat cables.... too bad you dont have a nice case to show it off!!! lol jokes...

not much of a budget build.... lol

Very clean build, GOOD JOB!
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#5
infrared
bikr692002Dude... you are frying your processor 1.52v o.O
LOL, i know! it's a very big overvolt! But it's the only way i can stabilize it with these crazy clocks! It's like i've reached a threshold, where it needs a lot of voltage to go any further. The prob is, @ 60c, the temperature's holding it back, so no matter what voltage i put through it, it'l go no further... But...

I just took my pc outside, and managed a 4.7ghz with 1.52v, max temp of 49-52c in a -1c ambient temp :D
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#6
OOTay
Nice rig, love the cable management and nice x850pro i own one as well. you should think getting a bigger case to get that heatsink working a bit better since you dont have direct flow to it. Overall its a nice rig.
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#7
CjStaal
infraredLOL, i know! it's a very big overvolt! But it's the only way i can stabilize it with these crazy clocks! It's like i've reached a threshold, where it needs a lot of voltage to go any further. The prob is, @ 60c, the temperature's holding it back, so no matter what voltage i put through it, it'l go no further... But...

I just took my pc outside, and managed a 4.7ghz with 1.52v, max temp of 49-52c in a -1c ambient temp :D
I can only get 4Ghz on my 650 because of my shittyass ram
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#8
olidude
Thanks to all for the compliments. All I can say is that there are ALOT of nice builds in this thread, kudos to everybody. It's not as neat and tidy as I would like it to be, but I decided to invest into hardware before looks. The case might not be too attractive, but it sure has good airflow!
bikr692002Dude... you are frying your processor 1.52v o.O
Well, actually, The old prescott runs normally around 45°-50°c idle with stock cooling @ 3.0. With the new cooler @ 3.6 it runs around 38°-40°c idle and 49°-51° load (fan @ 1/2 speed:2800rpm)... and that's with a 12h Prime95 torture and right after, 1/2h OCCT torture, one Pcmark05 full run and after that Sandra05 cpu tests and one run of 3Dmark03! The gpu runs around 31°-33° idle and 58°c max at load. It's kind of hot, but ok considering my x850pro isn't a good oc'er and I had to push the voltages high to get those clocks.
Anarioni just wonder, if it was NOT budget then what happpen . ;)
I'm not sure if I fully understand what you mean, but originaly this was a Cicero comp form Future Shop with a crappy mobo, case, psu, ram, crt monitor etc... At the time I was thrilled to have it (who wouldn't, it was free!) and I've been changing parts for over a year now. I only salvaged what I thought was good. And when your 27 with 3 kids, yes you're on a budget! ;)
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#9
zekrahminator
McLovin
pretty good

sure beats my P3 build :P...anyways. I loved the cable management, any PC builder will tell you that hiding all those cables under every nook and cranny in a case is HARD. secondly, you call that a BUDGET build??? what did you do, use an old monitor and find windows off the street? :P. lol just fooling with you, it turned out quite nicely. if I were to change anything, I'd put an Arctic Cooling ATI silencer 5 on that X850. I have an Arctic Cooling VGA silencer for my 9800SE (and thanks to techpowerup, its softmodded to a 9800pro), and trust me, it REALLY does the trick. but otherwise, yeah, good job.
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#10
OOTay
man zekrahminator that p3 must bottlenecking the crap of your 9800!
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#11
Anarion
olidudeI'm not sure if I fully understand what you mean, but originaly this was a Cicero comp form Future Shop with a crappy mobo, case, psu, ram, crt monitor etc... At the time I was thrilled to have it (who wouldn't, it was free!) and I've been changing parts for over a year now. I only salvaged what I thought was good. And when your 27 with 3 kids, yes you're on a budget! ;)
well , this is totaly normal , it seem everybody have problems with my phrases , no body understanding me too though ;) , also my best wishs for ur kids btw keep up good work & populate earth more though ;D (just kiddin)
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#12
Anarion
OOTayman zekrahminator that p3 must bottlenecking the crap of your 9800!
it can name-d! , CLASSICAL
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#13
zekrahminator
McLovin
lol you're pretty perceptive, ootay! Though, I'm working on a new build...its gonna be awesome! I just need to get it to work...
Athlon 3200+ (s939)
ASRock 939Dual-SATA2
Thermaltake Soprano case (black, with window)
1GB PC3200 (PNY and Centon)
Antec 500W SmartPower 2.0
Sapphire Radeon 9800 "pro" with RAMsinks and VGA silencer
Soundblaster Live! 24-bit soundcard
WD 160GB IDE Hard Disk
Lite-On DVD-RW
Samsung 17" LCD Monitor
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