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Mathieu's Workstation
08-05-2011, 08:11 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-05-2011, 08:13 PM by MathieuB.)
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Mathieu's Workstation
I've been using my Workstation since last year, after getting help from many of you to raise funds for it. It's currently being used as my Workstation to work on Hardware Revolution, edit pictures on a regular basis (Photography is a big hobby of mine), play video games here and there and it also serves as an HTPC, by hooking it up to the HDTV in the living room. Only con is that it's not convenient to bring from the office to the living, it's pretty heavy and large after all.

It has seen some changes over the months, it's now in its most powerful and most well equipped state. I'm considering an upgrade to an AM3+ Micro-ATX motherboard + Bulldozer + 8GB of RAM + a smaller Micro-ATX down the road, but I rather wait to see how well (or not) Bulldozer performs. Besides, I'm trying to save up money, not trying to spend more haha.

See my signature for the components.


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Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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08-05-2011, 08:26 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-05-2011, 08:26 PM by Phrosty.)
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RE: Mathieu's Workstation
Looks nice. Smile How is that new sound card treating you?
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08-05-2011, 08:34 PM,
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RE: Mathieu's Workstation
Great, I can definitely tell the difference in sound quality from onboard. Then again, I'd hope so, with a $130 pair of headphone. That's also why I bought the card in the first place.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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08-05-2011, 08:46 PM,
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RE: Mathieu's Workstation
Nice, but that's one big HTPC!
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU TIM: Thermalright Chill Factor III GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6970 VGA Cooler: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus SSD: Crucial M4 256GB HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 RAM: 4x4GB (16GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X PSU: 550W Kingwin Lazer 80 Plus Platinum Fan Controller: Scythe Kaze Q12 Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000 Cherry MX Blue Mouse: Logitech G500 Monitor: Sceptre 27"
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08-05-2011, 09:16 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-05-2011, 09:18 PM by MathieuB.)
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RE: Mathieu's Workstation
Yeah, hence why I plan to shrink it in size eventually. Maybe even go all the way with a Mini-ITX build.

I won't do it just for the size factor though, but I know that I'll be upgrading eventually, so when I upgrade, I might just do it all at the same time.

Then again, I might just get started with the RAM, considering how dirt cheap it is right now. I could also sell and upgrade my SSD, which wouldn't cost me much. I'll wait though, both for Bulldozer and for long-term reliability of the latest gen SSDs.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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08-05-2011, 09:43 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-05-2011, 09:44 PM by Brian.)
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RE: Mathieu's Workstation
Just when I thought RAM couldn't get cheaper, it got cheaper.

You should use that mini-ITX Lian-Li case. I use it for my (cheap) fileserver. Other option is to get a Cooler Master HAF 932 since it has wheels (but it's HUGE). Big Grin I'd really love to get an HTPC eventually, probably a small, low voltage one, not for gaming.

Currently my laptop (HP Envy 14) is my HTPC.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU TIM: Thermalright Chill Factor III GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6970 VGA Cooler: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus SSD: Crucial M4 256GB HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 RAM: 4x4GB (16GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X PSU: 550W Kingwin Lazer 80 Plus Platinum Fan Controller: Scythe Kaze Q12 Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000 Cherry MX Blue Mouse: Logitech G500 Monitor: Sceptre 27"
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08-06-2011, 11:38 AM, (This post was last modified: 08-06-2011, 11:38 AM by MathieuB.)
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RE: Mathieu's Workstation
Yeah, RAM IS incredibly cheap right now. This just made think of an article that I should write Wink

Yeah, that's the deal, I sold my laptop which I was using as my workstation (hooked up to the screen + keyboard + mouse when I was home) and my HDTV.

I'm tempted to get another laptop right now, but I want to be patient and see what happens with the "Ultrabook" class of laptop that Intel wants to introduce to the market. I've got to say, there are some very nice E-350 designs out there, but the E-350 is just too slow for my own tastes.

IF and that's a big IF Intel can introduce something even better, that is offering a dual-core CPU with very low power draw and still good performance (Think Core 2 Duo/Athlon II level), with an outstanding battery life, all within a thin and small laptop, I'm definitely in. I simply love small, thin and powerful laptops with long battery life and I hope that the trend keeps going that way.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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08-06-2011, 01:07 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-06-2011, 01:23 PM by Brian.)
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RE: Mathieu's Workstation
I have a ThinkPad X220. It's weighs about 3.5lbs, has a 12.5" IPS(!) display, and an epic 15 hour battery life. It's got a Core i3 Sandy Bridge at 2.1GHz, so it's relatively speedy. It got it for around $780. Plus it's got that awesome ThinkPad keyboard. I have a mechanical keyboard, and I find that the ThinkPad keyboard is REALLY good. I hardly use my HP Envy 14 now (glossy display + bad keyboard (relatively speaking) + bad trackpad (relatively speaking) = headache). My HP has been relegated to HTPC status.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU TIM: Thermalright Chill Factor III GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6970 VGA Cooler: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus SSD: Crucial M4 256GB HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 RAM: 4x4GB (16GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X PSU: 550W Kingwin Lazer 80 Plus Platinum Fan Controller: Scythe Kaze Q12 Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000 Cherry MX Blue Mouse: Logitech G500 Monitor: Sceptre 27"
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