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I built a Super (ly fast) Computer, we named it HAL.

I am glad to announce, we have built a super computer. I'm serious, 8gb DDR2 ram, AMD Phenom 9600 Quad Core,500gb SATA hard drive, Dual ATI Radeon 4670 DDR3 512mb Graphics cards, Asus M3N78-VM AM2+ Motherboard. It's so fast, if i was chatting on yahoo, i can see what you are typing before you type it. If ANYONE takes this picture, i will know because the chances of someone with this same set up is pretty slim. Or at least give me credit and let me know.

http://www.computersonics.com/

Pictures, Well, now!

ben_k4 years ago
I spot 2 different motherboards. How do you do Crossfire with the two 4670's if neither have 2 PCIe X16 slots, or are you using a different motherboard?
Yerboogieman (author)  ben_k4 years ago
1 is built in, 1 is PCI express.
 There is no such thing as a motherboard with an integrated  4670, and your motherboard has an integrated nVidia Geforce 8200...  
With that motherboard I believe you could do hybrid SLI, if you had an nvidia card, but you can't SLI or Crossfire a HD 4670 and a GeForce 8200.
ry259205 years ago
Can you... Play Frontlines: Fuel of war, browse Instructables, AND chat at the same time?...???
Yerboogieman (author)  ry259205 years ago
Lets put it this way, i can run Call of duty 5, 6 times, and Rainbow six, AND browse instructables.
Click on my name, and in the column to the left, I have all the details of my Gateway super computer. The only speed restriction I have is medium speed wireless internet...
Yerboogieman (author)  Arbitror4 years ago
Why gateway?
They make good desktop PCs. My computer was only $1500.
Eeew. No offense, but Gateway sux: too much bloatware. And $1500 is terrible.
bloatware?
Ya, never heard of bloatware? Software and stuff that you don't need or want? Not to mention Gateway changes a bunch of the OS's stuff, like a different control panel in XP. . . Either get a different manufacturer's computer or reformat to get rid of that icky memory-hogging bloatware.
My PC came stock with Vista Home Edition. But, I almost right away installed Vista Ultimate on my main partition, and Ubuntu on the second. So I never really "witnessed" the bloatware...
That's EXACTLY what you want to do. Bye-bye, bloatware, hello faster OS. . . Ubuntu pwns too; it runs WAY faster than Vista. I've only got 1GB of RAM, and Vista's just a big memory hog. Sorry if you like Vista, but I had plenty of issues with the original (before SP1) and it certainly has made a first impression on me. Fortunately, as far as Build 7000 (beta) and Build 7100 (RC) of Windows 7 go, speed has been vastly improved. You'll definitely want to buy it if you like Vista's interface and XP's speed.
Vista Ultimate runs faster than Ubuntu, with my 9GB of RAM. But, I am looking forward to Windows 7.
Yerboogieman (author)  Arbitror4 years ago
Only? Mine was only $500
I've seen others almost identical to mine priced at $3800.
Yes, but can it sing Daisy?
lol
Yerboogieman (author)  Labot20015 years ago
In the clearest 7.1 surround sound.
Milk.
Yerboogieman (author)  Labot20015 years ago
Water.
LIMEADE
POWERTHIRST
POWERTHIRST ROCKET EDITION
no, POWERTHIRST Rawberry!
tech-king4 years ago
heres my system as i choose parts: amd phenom Ii x4 940 blac edition overclocked to 4 ghz asus m3n72d zotak geforce gts 250 amp (might get a second) corsair tx-750 ram is currently 4gb ocz gold xtc but is probably going to be come 6gb of ddr-1066
Win7Maniac4 years ago
Bah, nothing. Check this out, and I bet its cheaper than what you spent
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4689367&CatId=31
This thing is way faster: ***12GB of DDR3*** and 1TB. They make 2TB now days, you probably want to go for that. And no offense, dude, but a supercomputer is with like 100 processors. That's how they make supercomputers now. Nice try, though, but the computers of today are way better than even the computers of 2007.
dla8884 years ago
Only 500gb HD. Make it a super-super computer, Go for the 2terabyte.
Some super computers have more RAM than that, go for 2 petabytes of HD.
I was referring to the hard drive, not the RAM.
I know that, I was just saying that some supercomputers have more than 2 Terabytes of RAM.
gmjhowe5 years ago
Nice work, lets hope you got some good quality stuff (seagate HDD etc) What have you got running on it? (it better be 64bit, or your gonna get slapped :P ) One suggestion i have, you need a second 500gb drive, to set up as a mirror, so you can survive harddrive fail.
Yerboogieman (author)  gmjhowe5 years ago
Well, my brother won a vista disc on a microsoft website, and it wasn't 64 bit, but we are looking on how to change it, so it detects all of the ram. Western Digital hard drive.
Try OpenSUSE. Yea, I know Linux. Run and scream in fear of the command line.
Yerboogieman (author)  dla8884 years ago
Phshh, command line. Try FreeBSD.
Actually some people don't use Linux for fear of the command line.
Yerboogieman (author)  dla8884 years ago
I dunno, it makes a feel that you are actually doing something. It's nice.
unless you want to get illegal vista, you're stuck with it
It was probably OEM then, sorry, you're kinda screwed. Also if it is OEM it's stuck to that motherboard.
If its one of the top two versions, it should come with a 64bit disk, or you can send off i think. It has to be 64bit to detect all the ram.
How good is it at Crysis? and you should get a better cooler and OC it, maybe get 2 4890 (new) graphics card as well instead of the 4670's.
Also, Cable management? And what case are you using?
Yerboogieman (author)  venomireland4 years ago
I wanted it to look as generic as possible, although it looks nice.

http://www.rpcrepair.com/images/inside.jpg

http://www.rpcrepair.com/images/outside.jpg
outside.jpginside.jpg
Yerboogieman (author)  Yerboogieman4 years ago
Also, not a super-computer, the PS3 is a (very) tiny super-computer (has 8 cores) but most super-computers have a minimum of 3 cores (lets see XP handle that multi-threading.)
Minimum of 32* cores.
Yerboogieman (author)  venomireland4 years ago
Sorry i haven't gotten back, I Will not overclock it, i don't need to nor want to, also i risk the chance of burning out a perfectly good, perfectly fast running computer. Plus it would void the warranty.
Padlock4 years ago
I just bought a new computer for 5 times the price of yours. 8gb DDR3 Ram 3.06 GHz Intel quadcore processor ATI Radeon 4850 w/ 512mb memory Pretty similar? I'm defiantly having buyer's remorse now...
Yerboogieman (author)  Padlock4 years ago
Well i already had the OS and mine is all custom with a more trustworthy brand of processor.
Oh. Well mine's an iMac - wait! That's it. Apple makes it.
Yerboogieman (author)  Padlock4 years ago
Intel makes the processors. Up until 2002-03 Motorola made them.
Intel>AMD
Punkguyta5 years ago
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Yerboogieman (author)  Punkguyta5 years ago
?
We're jealous because we're on dial-up. BTW, trivia for you - if you shift all the letters to the next one HAL, you get a famous computer maker. Lots of good stuff from Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
We're jealous because we're on dial-up.

Instructables works on dial-up??

I ask because I just got a phone with dial-up speeds that I can tether to my computer. I use it on car trips etc.
No, that was just a /sarcasm remark to the original comment now deleted. Even a supercomputer wouldn't help much if you have a slow connection. I think Killerjackalope was once on ibles with an iphone though.
I go on instructables with my iPhone all the time.
Darn. The only good 56k is for checking email and IM. Sometimes I'll read news, but I have to disable ads, Java, and images, which makes it less exciting.
My highspeed package amazingly enough comes with 10 hours of dialup access, in the event I'm away from home or power outage (use my laptop). The few times I have used it at home, make me want to crawl inside. My poor thinkpad pretty much died before I downloaded msn just so I could talk to someone I was having an important conversation with and then the power went out on me.
My phone will do it, at 3G speeds it loads fast enough to be the same, on GPRS it's a little bit annoying but still not too bad, the phone acts as a modem and automatically compressed images to speed loading... iPhone loads 'ibles fast on wifi and 3G though...
Yerboogieman (author)  caitlinsdad5 years ago
I use instructables on my PSP anywhere i have WiFi.
I'm on a 17945kbit/s adsl line. It usually has some kickass pickup and go
IBM
CRM-114 L
Yerboogieman (author)  caitlinsdad5 years ago
Well, i just blame it on bad economy for the dial up so, nothing to be ashamed of. lol, i've heard that many times, IBM. My favorite book and movie, 2010 was also good, i'm still looking for 2063 and 3001.
Good question too, that comment is so old I have to wonder what I said to make it get removed.
Can it warp the fabric of space time, or at least play master chess?
Punkguyta4 years ago
Can I have your computer?? I will give you 1000 shiny semprons in exchange.
Oh yeah nvm, did anyone care to notice he doesn't even have a video card installed? Onboard video suxxors.
Yerboogieman (author)  Punkguyta4 years ago
No, I have TWO graphics cards.
Then why aren't they in the photos.
Yerboogieman (author)  Punkguyta4 years ago
I take it you do not read the yellow boxes huh? not very bright?
You just changed that, I know it. Either that or I missed the box yesterday because you make it so Fuc*kin small.
Yerboogieman (author)  Punkguyta4 years ago
No it's been there for a long while.
aramedes4 years ago
i gotta ask what was the pricetag on this
Yerboogieman (author)  aramedes4 years ago
$400 to $500 or so.
Derin4 years ago
OMG,that thing would run FSX at nearly 40fps. THE VIRTUAL AVIATOR'S DREAM PC
Yerboogieman (author)  Derin4 years ago
And call of duty 4-5 with absolutely no twitching or anything. But this kid broke my really nice joystick a while back.
agreed
Sandisk1duo4 years ago
get a server motherboard, those things can run like 4 quad-cores, with 64GB of RAM
Goodhart4 years ago
Very nice....I'm still stuck at 2004 speeds and abilities ;-)
Yerboogieman (author)  Goodhart4 years ago
2002 took a dump, out came my laptop i use everyday.
sublime_404 years ago
I built a computer very similar to this one in January (even has blue RAM heatsinks as well), super fast at everything as well as a multitasking guru. I made sure to put Vista Ultimate 64-bit on it so I could get full use out of my RAM, first time ever dealing with vista and have had no issues other than the occasional search for 64-bit drivers which is easy to find online. I put mine in a completely clear case with lots of blue lights. I'm going to scrap the clear case though and completely custom build one for my needs, since it is plugged into my 46" TV via HDMI so I can sit on my couch and do whatever with a wireless keyboard/ mouse combo.
Yerboogieman (author)  sublime_404 years ago
Hmm, i went with the 32bit version before i knew the difference but it shows up in the system properties. We built a computer almost just like this a month or so ago, about the same setup you said.
yourcat5 years ago
I'm speechless!
Doctor What5 years ago
Does it have minesweeper?
D: D: D: D: What happened to your face??
You mean my avatar? Got tired of FEED SPIDER. I went for my new favorite cute/scary image. Nothing beats a black loco roco with fangs and spiky hair.
I Love that Roco, I forget his name but his song is awesome.
lols, loco roco. I remember when I played that when the PSP first came out. Oddly addicting. I must say you have good taste in your avatars, my good sir.
Yerboogieman (author)  Doctor What5 years ago
It has frets on fire and pidgen...
110100101105 years ago
*thinks of huge enermax power supply with 3 phase ac input cable*
whatsisface5 years ago
And yet it won't run doom.
Yerboogieman (author)  whatsisface5 years ago
How so? my PSP runs doom.
No Doom?! (criminal) L
Too true.
CameronSS5 years ago
Ooooooooooooooooooooooohhh....

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh...
Nice specs, but not quite a supercomputer...although it is a super computer!
Can you play NetHack on it?
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