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April 20, 2009 1:40:06 AM

I have been playing with my SkulTrail Rig trying to bump my 3DMarks (06 & Vantage) above 20,000. I am a little dissapointed that my best mark in 06 is 18,640 with a 4870x2 & dual E5420's OC'd to 3.21GHz. I am adding another 4870x2 in Crossfire tomorrow and I am hoping for a 3,000-5,000 bump in my score. I know it is a pointless benchmark but I find that my choke point now is with my CPU's. Granted I have no reason for another 4870x2 except that when I am not working I am always tweaking my rig. I am looking @ upgrading to a couple X5460's and trying to get a 4.0 OC out of them. I would assume with the the addition of the 2nd 4870x2 I should hit at least 21,500 in 06 and if I get the new CPU's I should be able to hit 20k in vantage.

Let's hear from the i7 guys about how stuipd I am by dumping another $1,000 into a SkulTrail but I dont see a dual i7 platform coming out anytime soon.

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April 20, 2009 1:54:37 AM

What do you do with that thing?

It just seems like a ridiculous amount of power im guessing the system wasn't to cheap either :sweat: 

Do you just have cash to burn or what?
a b U Graphics card
April 20, 2009 2:14:30 AM

Thats alot of unnecessary power. Current "software" wont use any of those extra cpu/gpu cores.
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April 20, 2009 2:21:19 AM

I would have stopped @ over 9,000!!!!!
April 20, 2009 2:24:45 AM

radiowars said:
I would have stopped @ over 9,000!!!!!

I felt cheated at spending 300$ all together on my signature pc :sweat: 
April 20, 2009 2:27:09 AM

I think thats an insane amount of money to spend since anything over 10,000 in 3dmark 06 should be able to play any game currently out, i score 12,000 with a 7750@3Ghz and a single 4830@800/900. And i have no problems playing crysis.
April 20, 2009 3:04:12 AM

WAY more RAM but the most important thing is an SSD. Get one of those to load Windows onto and your games and even 3DMark Vantage. In a computer... 90% of what you wait on is the hard drive.
a b U Graphics card
April 20, 2009 3:19:16 AM

I get 16.5 k with core i7 and 1 4870, my buddy gets 25xxx with core i7 920 @ 4.2 and 2x 4870.
April 20, 2009 3:54:52 PM

My 3DMarkVantage jumped by 4,500 points to 20,008 but my 3DMark06 didn't even increase 1,000 points. It barely hit 19,500, I need new CPU's.
April 20, 2009 7:08:12 PM

Sever Bords don't count, not enough tweaking ability.
a b U Graphics card
April 20, 2009 8:22:23 PM

rewindlabs said:
I felt cheated at spending 300$ all together on my signature pc :sweat: 


How is that possible? You GPU and Power supply alone would've cost you $300...?
April 20, 2009 8:46:51 PM

I spent 150$ on my gfx card new of course off of newegg..after rebate and farcry 2 + a free 20$ off as well....
PSU was 60$ after rebate..
Ram was 40$
Cpu cooler was 30$

The rest of my pc was free...case/mobo/cpu....its a super budget build :love: 

Still i feel slightly cheated....i never like to spend money

Hopefully my PSU will be back soon as it was doa...freaked me out for 2 days straight i had just bought everything for nothing
April 20, 2009 8:59:05 PM

rewindlabs said:

The rest of my pc was free...case/mobo/cpu....its a super budget build :love: 


Where can I get a free case / mobo / processor?
April 20, 2009 9:18:40 PM

Il gladly give you my mobo/case/cpu for free if you give me your cpu/case/mobo for free

Its such a great deal..you get all of those parts for free :heink: 

I got extremely lucky thanks to circuit citys liquidation and iv got atleast 10 working pcs for free or under 10$....got my 22" lg and a nice 20" lenovo for free as well

One of my 10$ pcs is a perfectly working lenovo a60 without the hdd and ram....the pricks wokring at circuit city stole the ram and hdd out of it...assholes

AMD 4400+ @ 2.6GHZ
Foxconn mobo...
2GBs 800mhz ram...pulled from the free pc in my signature
Cheapo 300w psu...
and il be adding one of my 160gb sata drives laying around
as soon as the 4770 is released it will be the next upgrade for the system :D 

Nice cheap little gaming rig :na: 



so yeahp.....are we all in agreement that the op has to much cash :sweat: 
April 21, 2009 1:45:52 AM

I have to laugh at this post, and a sorry for laughing my A$$ off, but I hit Right at 16,000 with my Phenom II 940 oc at 3.6 Ghz on water, and a single 4870. I spent around $1500 dollars for all my parts, including a 28" monitor, water cooling, custom put together from the den and other places.

It is a bench mark, and If that is all a skull trail can do then It was way overpriced. I forget how much they say they cost to build when they first came out, but I know it was alot, like $4000-5000 grand I think. I could buy two 4870x2 and run them in Quad crossfire on my Asus M-79-T motherboard and hit atleast 20,000... all for around $2000.

You have to much money to spend, lol.
April 21, 2009 2:32:37 AM

Ahhh; let me break it down: RMA'd SkulTrail board off eBay $400, Dual E5420's out of a server on eBay OC'd to 3.21GHz $420, 8 Gigs of Corsair Ram from same build $250, Used 4870x2 on eBay $400, 2nd Used 4870x2 on eBay $340, Kick ass Case $120, 1000kw TurboCool PSU from Newegg discontinued $219. $2149 Total plus after market coolers for CPU's, Ram, NSB and Case fans were probably $150 or so. So with the HDD I have about $2,500 in a machine that hits 20,028 in 3DMarkVantage. I do acctually use it for work and it does act as a server/workstation so it's not a total waste of money. If I had to do it againg though, I would have probably waited for i7. I have another sever that is runing two Xeon 5050's and I would like to drop my E5420's in that and get some X5460's or higher for my SkulTrail just to try and break the 25,000 mark on air.

April 21, 2009 2:41:56 AM

toledo_speedo said:
Ahhh; let me break it down: RMA'd SkulTrail board off eBay $400, Dual E5420's out of a server on eBay OC'd to 3.21GHz $420, 8 Gigs of Corsair Ram from same build $250, Used 4870x2 on eBay $400, 2nd Used 4870x2 on eBay $34, Kisck ass Case $120, 1000kw TurboCool PSU from Newegg discontinued $219. $2149 Total plus after market coolers for CPU's, Ram, NSB and Case fans were probably $150 or so.

April 21, 2009 2:53:34 AM

Typo, I fixed it and the math was still right. Also, rewindlabs I found a used 8800GTS that I bought for $100 with a new E8500 OC'd to 3.8GHz for $180 and a $59 Gigabyte MATX board and I hit an 11,500 3DMark06. $339 total excluding the parts I had lying around, not to bad for a budget build.
April 21, 2009 3:20:35 AM

toledo_speedo said:
Typo, I fixed it and the math was still right. Also, rewindlabs I found a used 8800GTS that I bought for $100 with a new E8500 OC'd to 3.8GHz for $180 and a $59 Gigabyte MATX board and I hit an 11,500 3DMark06. $339 total excluding the parts I had lying around, not to bad for a budget build.

Indeed not to bad...i would upgrade to a e8xxx but its getting so close to the rising of the quad il be investing in a phenom x4 soon enough....il most likely reuse my ram/psu/gfx and other bits and pieces on the phenom....shouldn't cost me to much in the end....and il be able to rebuilt this amd 6000+ with the 4670 and other parts i have around...
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