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Dream Machine 2008 by HP, 17,000$ U.S

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July 26, 2008 2:47:55 AM

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CPU: Two INtel Core 2 Extremem QX9775s ($3,000)

Memory: 8 GB Corsair FB-DIMM Corsair Dominator Fan ($350+$20)

PSU: PC Power and Cooling Turbo Cool 1200 ($530)

Motherboard: Intel D5400XS ($650)

Cooling: Black Ice Pro2 Xflow Radiator ($40)
Danger Den Reservoir ($30)
DD12V-D5 Pump ($90)
Feser One UV-Reactive Coolant ($20)
Two D0TEK FuZion v2 CPU Blocks ($140)
Two Enermax Everest Fans ($40)

Video Cards: Two ATI 4870 X2s ($1200)
SoundCard: Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium ($200)
Optical Drive: LG Super Multi Blue GBW-H20L ($280)
Speakers: Axiom Audio Audiobyte ($530)
Storage: Two Western D. Velociraptors ($600)
Thre Samsung HD103UJs ($1200)
Case: Blackbird 002 ($1,000)
Chroming: Smoked Nickel Plating ($5,000)
OS: Vista Ultimate x64 ($320)
XP Pro ($225)
Keyboard: Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 ($60)
Mouse: Logitech G5 Rev. 2 ($60)
Display: Gateway XHD3000 ($1,700)


GRAND TOTAL: $17,285

Sources: MaximumPC August 2008:) 

Benchies: @ 1920x1200 4x

Compared to Maximum PC Test Bed Computer (CPU: Q6700, 2gb Crosair 800mhz, sli 8800 GTXs, Evga 680i Mobo, 150 gig Raptor)

Crysis - 26 fps
Unreal 3 - 83 fps

Premiere Pro CS3: 1260 seconds
Photoshop CS3: 150 seconds
Proshow: 1415
MainConcept: 1872


BlackBIRD 2008

Crysis - 26 fps
Unreal 3 - 145 fps (+75%)

Premiere Pro CS3: 547 seconds (+130%)
Photoshop CS3: 80 seconds (+88%)
Proshow: 577 (+145%)
MainConcept: 1353 (+38%)

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July 26, 2008 4:26:54 AM

ya know, I posted a link to a 9000$ computer, and I thought that was beyond cracked out.

This is so over the top that if you were rich enough to buy it; theres prolly no way you'd have the time to use it O_O
July 26, 2008 5:26:57 AM

nope, and 1 month later its outdated:D 
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July 26, 2008 6:06:54 AM

???Chroming: Smoked Nickel Plating ($5,000)???

For 5K one should be able to have a stainless steel eATX case platnium plated to 0.001" thick with jewelery grade finish.
July 26, 2008 8:32:10 AM

crysis: 26 fps???

they should go for GTX280 SLI SUPERCLOCKED!
July 26, 2008 4:20:26 PM

and the theory holds true

as price goes up, performance increases only fractionally after about $3000USD
July 26, 2008 4:59:17 PM

concrum said:
crysis: 26 fps???

they should go for GTX280 SLI SUPERCLOCKED!



Dude give it up.

CrossX 4870s will kill the 280 GTXs in SLI and in tri.

the Resolution was 1920x1200 at 4x AA.

NO ONE CARES ABOUT CRYSIS, its the only game it has problems at, and its still Beta.

Oh yeah, the GX2 kills the 280 GTX in Crysis.

Please don't start that sh!t in my thread.

Anyways, to the rest.

Yeah i think its overkill to the max, but its nice to see that soo much money can do such little improvement. :p 
a b U Graphics card
July 26, 2008 5:14:48 PM

GRAND TOTAL: $17,285 !!!!!
geeez i would just blow all that cash on lifetime supply of cheesecake!
xD
a b U Graphics card
July 26, 2008 5:37:06 PM

Down payment on a house anyone?
July 26, 2008 5:50:02 PM

**** dude.. i would rather see nVidia 280 gtx in SLI.. no offence , but i really do think that nvidia 280 gtx is more powerful. Dont use a xp64 or shista ultimate x64.. get on next step with Windows 7 xD

17 k? hmmm. Rather invest it.. so i can perhaps 2 of those computers :p 
July 27, 2008 12:47:52 AM

fyrexia said:
**** dude.. i would rather see nVidia 280 gtx in SLI.. no offence , but i really do think that nvidia 280 gtx is more powerful.


Well, you're wrong. A single 4870 has 1.2 TFlops of power, while a GTX280 has 933 GFlops. A 4870x2 has 2.4 TFlops of power, leading the above system to be around 4.8 TFlops. This means you'd need over 5 GTX280's to match that kind of raw power.

It does get kind of murky if you take into consideration the other factors. In ATI's favor, Crossfire communicates better, has DX10.1 support for a potential 10-30% FPS improvement on upcoming titles, as well as various other little bells and whistles. In Nvidia's favor, they are experts at getting developers to detune games against ATI, and bleeding consumers dry of their money with mad marketing skills.

For my money, Nvidia can take their glorified DX9 super toasters and shove them up their butts.

But anyway, nice computer.
July 27, 2008 1:10:57 AM

No need to even debate between ATI or Nvidia here. The system is overpriced and a total waste of money, period.
July 27, 2008 1:44:15 AM

is there a point on buying extreme speaker that cost more than 500 dollars ...
that stupid...
July 27, 2008 1:53:50 AM

Heh....good catch on the speakers I just noticed that.

I looked them up. They sell for $350 straight from the manufacturer. They are 2.1 and only 55W. Be it $500+ or $350, its a ripoff.
July 27, 2008 2:01:21 AM

eklipz330 said:
and the theory holds true

as price goes up, performance increases only fractionally after about $3000USD


For consumers!!

New products are continually tested that will never see the light of day.It's a combination of lack of investment, which cuts profits, and therefore shareprice.
a b U Graphics card
July 27, 2008 4:25:53 AM

Malovane said:
Well, you're wrong. A single 4870 has 1.2 TFlops of power, while a GTX280 has 933 GFlops. A 4870x2 has 2.4 TFlops of power, leading the above system to be around 4.8 TFlops. This means you'd need over 5 GTX280's to match that kind of raw power.

It does get kind of murky if you take into consideration the other factors. In ATI's favor, Crossfire communicates better, has DX10.1 support for a potential 10-30% FPS improvement on upcoming titles, as well as various other little bells and whistles. In Nvidia's favor, they are experts at getting developers to detune games against ATI, and bleeding consumers dry of their money with mad marketing skills.

For my money, Nvidia can take their glorified DX9 super toasters and shove them up their butts.

But anyway, nice computer.



LOL!~ Glorified DX9 super toasters ???? I love you! Nvidia really is dirty, im going ATI next round ( just upgraded to X38 for soon-to-be crossfire)
July 27, 2008 5:03:23 AM

Exactly^, I'm already saving for a CrossX mobo, and 2 4870s in CorsX:D 
a b U Graphics card
July 27, 2008 7:12:24 AM

2 4870's in Crossfire won't be much better than your 9800Gx2 ( a fine card.) You should be aiming for 1 4870X2 and 1 4870. That I think will justify an upgrade from GX2. It is what I hope to get. Assuming my Zalman 850 can handle all that Power Req.
July 27, 2008 4:16:21 PM

I meant The 4870s X2, not the 4870s lol:p 

It would cost less than 3 280 GTXs, not drain as much power, and in theory perform better.
July 27, 2008 6:21:31 PM

L1qu1d said:
Dude give it up.

NO ONE CARES ABOUT CRYSIS,

Please don't start that sh!t in my thread.


LOL! You and me both! The guys just whack!
July 27, 2008 8:44:57 PM

yeah really, he has not sense of money value, I'll assume his parents pay for everything, so he doesn't know the value of the $$$.

the 4870s are 250 now here, and the 280 GTXs are 449.99. Double and only 10-20% faster sometimes, and sometimes it looses (GRID is one I can remember).

:) 

Who ever has a 280 GTX, its an awesome card, and you shouldn't be ashamed but it is true that there are other solutions that could've bought you More HDDs, CPUs Memory ETC.

I think for Nvidia users the 260 GTX is the best Performance/$ out of the Nvidia cards, and I saw the Palit 1s here (I think they were palit for 225$
a c 355 U Graphics card
July 28, 2008 12:23:02 PM

I think the moment you remove that PC from the box it will depreciate down to half the "retail" price. Another month later it's value will drop by another 50%, so on and so forth...

July 28, 2008 1:36:41 PM

Wait... This is MaximumPC's Dream Machine for 2008? I can see some of the evidence... PC Power & Cooling's best PSU (MPC has *always* included that) for instance... But what's with the speakers? What happened to their contunuous use of Klipsch's ProMedias?
ovaltineplease said:
This is so over the top that if you were rich enough to buy it; theres prolly no way you'd have the time to use it O_O

Trust funds actually *do* afford "free time." as we can see (i.e, Paris Hilton) WAY too much free time.

zpyrd said:
???Chroming: Smoked Nickel Plating ($5,000)???

For 5K one should be able to have a stainless steel eATX case platnium plated to 0.001" thick with jewelery grade finish.

Indeed. Or for less, I'd go with an artistic flair and have a solid copper and bronze case that'd serve as a radiator for the liquid cooling system. Would also mean no one would have the strength necessary to lift the thing to steal my precious, either. :kaola: 

concrum said:
crysis: 26 fps???

they should go for GTX280 SLI SUPERCLOCKED!

...Which would thus be beaten by that setup; what you mention would only get what, 20-25% above 4870 Crossfire? They'd be utterly trashed once you changed that from 4870s to 4870X2s.

invisik said:
GRAND TOTAL: $17,285 !!!!!
geeez i would just blow all that cash on lifetime supply of cheesecake!
xD

I admire you; you're a man (or woman) of good taste. And you might be a small person if you couldn't consume more than 17 grand worth of cheesecake in a lifetime. :p 
July 29, 2008 1:16:31 AM

Based on a price of $20/lb of cheesecake (silly, I know, but it's from Amazon and the first hit on my google search http://www.amazon.com/3-lb-Pumpkin-Cheesecake/dp/B000CB...), that's 864lbs of cheesecake, or at the size of the cheesecake on amazon, 288 cheesecakes. Sheesh, that's a lot of cake. And it still won't play Crysis :D 
July 29, 2008 1:38:45 AM

This year's maxpc dream machine was doomed the minute they decided to go skulltrail. The only thing it adds is cost.
July 29, 2008 4:49:43 PM

LOL $5000 nickel plating, thats just friggin funny. Conrum, you are and epic fail as usual
July 29, 2008 4:56:52 PM

fyrexia said:
**** dude.. i would rather see nVidia 280 gtx in SLI.. no offence , but i really do think that nvidia 280 gtx is more powerful. Dont use a xp64 or shista ultimate x64.. get on next step with Windows 7 xD

17 k? hmmm. Rather invest it.. so i can perhaps 2 of those computers :p 



Yes yes, and I also still believe that the world is flat, even though we have the means to easily prove me wrong.

How can you possibly think that 280 is more powerful when the prove is documented all over the freakin, place.

Once again I get the opportunity to flame another Super-Retard!
!