One of the biggest reasons I’ve been neglecting my blog is the recent influx of computer building adventures
I present my sister’s new gaming machine: Mystique
Processor: Intel E8500 @ 3.17 GHz
Video: EVGA 9800GTX+
RAM: Corsair XMS 2x1GB (CAS latency 4)
Storage: WD 640GB SATA
Update: Note that I initially used the stock heatsink, but we quickly decided to upgrade it to the tried and true Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 which, as always, brought peace of mind that the CPU was in good hands.
Ignore the dazed looking fool in this pic…
Bottom cage out to accommodate the gargantuan proportions of the 9800GTX+
Behind the door: two quick-access covers for the intake filters.
Note the required removal of the bottom hard drive cage. This actually worked out well for two reasons. First, the 9800GTX+ is massive, and wouldn’t have fit with the cage installed; also, use of the additional front intake fan forces the “sacrifice” of a cage so it worked out quite well!
9800GTX wants all your PCI-E powers!
Final setup, wiring complete.
All your base belong…
Here are the 3DMark06 Scores:
SMS2.0 — 6513
CPU — 2992
SMS3.0 — 6409
Return to Proxycon — 54.19 fps
Firefly Forest — 54.35 fps
CPU1 — 0.94 fps
CPU2 — 1.52 fps
Canyon Flight — 62.26
Deep Freeze — 65.92
3DMark06 Composite Score — 13759