Intel i5 2500K (4.5 GHz) | Asus Z77 Sabertooth | 16GB Corsair Vengeance LP 1600MHz | Gigabyte Windforcex3 HD 7950 | Crucial M4 128GB | Crucial M550 256GB | Asus Xonar DGX | Samson SR 850 | Zalman ZM-Mic1 | Western Digital Caviar Black 2000GB | Noctua NH-U12P SE2 | Fractal Design Arc Midi | Corsair HX650
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Cloud Backups wont work for me, I have many RAW/JPG pictures from photography and with all those files + the edited versions etc. it is a huge amount of data to backup.
I just saw the pictures from your "Project Red Piranha" and the clean build with all those hidden cables just looks outstanding esp. with the red/black theme.
In comparison my own gaming PC was put together in 60 mins and all I did was to make sure everything is well connected. The inside is full of loose cables, oversized cooler for CPU/GPU for a silent system and nothing more. Maybe I should spend more buildtime for my next gaming pc.
Cobian and Drive Bender, both on my server. I back up practically everything, including stuff like games from my main rig, which are easily replaceable, but only because I have the storage space. I'll start making sacrifices once I get a bit closer to running out, but as of now I'm at 1.17/5.91TB free. I also selectively use Crashplan for irreplaceable files (music, photos, books), as a secondary remote backup solution.
I keep my documents, photos and other images like wallpapers, avatars and such on Dropbox.
For backup I have everything going to a 3TB Time Capsule (Windows just mounts it as a network share and use the built in software, the macs use Time Machine).
In the garage I have a drobo that stores media connected to an airport extreme. Every night the Time Capsule gets backed up to the drobo (using rsync). If a hard disk dies I can restore from the Time Capsule, if a house fire happens then my garage will probably survive because it's not attached to my house: I can restore from the backups there losing < 24 hours of data.
Roughly ever 4-6 weeks I backup the drobo drives using one of those 'hard disk toaster' things (made by nextar, nexar, something like that). The total is 12 TB so I have to manually swap disks roughly once every 4 hours as the USB transfer speed is horribly slow. The backup disks are kept at my parents house about 50km out of town. If there's ever a regional disaster like a flood that destroys my neighborhood then I'll have a copy I can get from them. Most of the drobo data is media but it would take forever to redownload the music from itunes and I'm sure as hell not re-ripping the documentaries/movies: I don't even have most of the discs any more. Even if I could get it all from pirate websites it would still take a month or more to download several terabytes of data so it's worth the few hundred bucks to have a good quality back.
For anything super important like work I keep a copy or two on USB disk and a copy stored on AWS S3 (50gb is only ~ $50/year)
New desk, new chair, new gaming setup complete!
I5 2300, 6GB DDR3, ASUS HD 7850, Antec 520W PSU, BitFenix Merc Alpha case.
LG E2060T on the right, E2442 on the left.
Razer Goliathus Extended Speed edition, Razer Carcharias, Logitech G710+, Logitech G600 and Altec Lansing VS4621 2.1 speakers.
Sony PlayStation 3D display, PS2 & PS3.
All the cool kids were posting their tablets, I figured I'd put up mine.
I probably do more gaming on it than my PC because I'm able to carry it with me. It's also able to run wow via splashtop well enough to check the AH while I'm on the train which is cool. If anybody has an Olympus Pen (EP3), maybe you can explain why the hell mine is stuck taking 'square' pictures. I lent it to my brother and he brought it back "weird".
what desk is that roberts? looks nice to replace my current desk (dual screen 27" so stuck with 2 desks to keep my setup running XD)
Case: Modded Chieftec Dragon remake(Full tower)(currently Blue) | MB: Gigabyte P67A-UD4-B3 | CPU: i7 2600K
CPU Cooling: Noctua Nh-D14 | PSU: Corsair AX 1200 | GPU: EVGA GTX 680 Superclocked Signature 2GB
Network: Bigfoot Networks Killer 2100 | RAM: 8GB Kingston HyperX 1600mhz | Screen: Samsung Syncmaster P2770 27" x2
I got bored at night, so I took some pictures and went crazy with the blur tool.
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 945
MB: ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6770
RAM: 8GB Kingston HyperX Red
HDD: 600GB Western Digital SATA
SSD: 128GB Intel 300
OS: Windows 8 64-bit
Case: NZXT Source 210 Black
Mouse: Razer Naga
Keyboard: Razer Lycosa
Monitor(s): 2x Acer S230HL 23"
Speakers: Logitech X530 5.1
Mouse Pad: XTrac Pads Ripper
CPU: Intel Core i7-3630QM 2.4GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
RAM: 8GB DDR3
Display: 15.6" 1920x1080
HDD: 750GB SATA
OS: Windows 8 64-bit
Last edited by Sphexy; 2013-03-26 at 04:57 AM.
This blurring bothers me. >_<
Please do what everyone else does.
AKA don't blur. =S It just doesn't even look right. x_x
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Bokeh has it's uses but it needs to be done carefully for good effect, and that's an example of doing it horribly wrong :S
@Sphexy thanks for posting pics! Your hardware is alright (the laptop is nice!) but the photography...has a long way to go. I see what you tried to do there, but don't let the effects get the better of you
not as clean as what most of you guys do, but I lack patience and space (or skill)
cpu : i7-2600k (corsair H100 cooler)
mobo : Asus Sabretooth Z77
case : CORSAIR Vengeance C70 GunMetal
Memory : 16 GB patriot Extreme masters
GPU : Asus 580 GTX
sound : soundblaster Xi-Fi titanium Fatality
hdd's : Intel SSD 320 120GB and 2x 1TB WD Caviar Black in Raid 0
Keyboard : Logitech G510 (might replace it soonish)
Mouse : Steelseries Sensei
It's really not that hard to hide your wires... just make sure you run everything behind the MoBo tray and only push through the amount of wire needed then zip tie it all up and you have a beautiful build. I would've opted for black memory however.
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Reliable, good quality components
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Technically you do get lower temps on the board but granted it's nothing that really matters.
Either way you're right, besides all that there isn't much extra you get for the extra ~$50 you pay (Sushi for two equivalent lol)
CPU: Intel i7-4790k 4.7GHz MB: ASUS Z97 Pro Gamer
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 970 G1-Gaming 1519MHz Boost RAM: Corsair Pro 16GB 1866MHz
SSD: Samsung 850-EVO 500GB PSU: Corsair RM550 CASE: Phanteks Enthoo Pro Monitor: 1440p Dell U2515H 1080p LG 237L-BN IPS
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