Jin the PC version 2.0

So after 3 years Jin the PC is starting to show his age. With the new DirectX 10.0 games coming out and me learning the value of data backups and redundancy it was time to get a new upgrade. So here we go…….

But JonnyKu I’m a woman, my brain is 1/3 the size of men; it’s a proven fact. Just show me the pretty shiny colors already

JonnyKu, I am all that is man, I can handle your techno jargon so I’m going to read on.

The Goods
So here are the parts I picked out.

DFI Infinity P965-S Dark Motherboard -$145
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.13 GHZ) $235
RaptorX 150 Gig Drive (Primary OS) – $150
2X Seagate 320 Gig 16 meg Sata Drives (Raid 1) – $160
Seagates 320 Gig 8 meg Satat Drive (For non performance based Apps. – $80
Corsair XMS2 6400C2 2 gig Ram – $155
Corsair 620Watt Power Supply – $60
Evga Geforce 8800 GTS – $330
Asus DVD-Rom – $30
Sony NEC Optiarc 16x DVD-Burner – $60
Antec 900 Gaming Case – $40
Tuniq Tower 120 Heatsink Fan $55
EL Sata Cables – $20
Meteor LED lights – $15

$1500. Not bad

The Cables
Next up I decided to spice things up with EL lighted Sata Cables.
the EL Sata Cable
As you can tell the EL Sata cable is connected to an invertor which requires it’s own seperate molex All I know is, after a couple of these plugged in for each of my harddrives, dvd-roms and other SATA devices, cable management is going to be quite a mess.
DFI Inifnity Dark P-965S
This here is the DFI Infinity P965-S Dark motherboard. I waited 3 months for this thing to come back in stock as it is one of the most stable and easiest overclockable motherboard currently available at the time.
Intel Core 2 Duo E600
All the power of the last two decades of technology in the tips of my finger. The Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 cpu chip. Runs cooler and more effeciently than previous generations, has dual core and the reason why I had to wait 2 freaking months before I could finish assembling my PC since I have to wait for a Intel Price Cut for 3 months.
Tuniq 120 Tower Heatsink and Fan
And to keep my Intel Core 2 E6600 chip nice and cool even when I overclock it to the screaming torture point is the bad ass Tuniq Tower 120 MM heatsink and fan. This thing weighs 1.75 pounds. Look at the size of this thing compared to the wimpy OEM heatsink that came with the Intel Chip on the right. Sometimes size does matter.
Arctic Ceramique
So apparently a lot has changed in the past years in the advancement of thermal grease. Out with the trusty Arctic Silver 5 and now on with this new thermal grease, Arctic Ceramique. I follow the direction and squeeze out a line unto the CPU chip once we have it in the socket on the motherboard, spread it a bit and mount the Tuniq 120 tower on top of it.
The Busted Screw
And here we go with the first snag. As I mount the Tower 120 on top of the CPU and started screwing it down. I couldn’t believe my eyes when the top of the screw just popped off. I thought I broke it with my super macho power. Guess I didn’t know the strength of my own arm.
What a stupid design
Upon closer inspection I realized a huge design flaw. Apparently the screw Shaft and the Screw Head are two different pieces. And they aren’t attached through threading but rather pressure, meaning the Screw Head was hammered into the Shaft. So after a while when it loosens the top just pops out. What a retarded design. They should’ve just made the screw one piece.
Man’s fix for everything.
So a quick run to the hardware store and $2.40 later for some Krazy Glue, the screws are back to one piece and we can continue on our way.
The Huge Tower
Tada. The finished assembly. You can see how incredibly large the Tuniq 120 Heatsink is. It’s going to put a lot of pressure on the Cpu socket once I have the motherboard installed in the case hanging vertically. But it’s all in the good name of performance. The cooler the better.
Corsair Ram
And here we have some bad ass Corsair 2 gigs of ram. It runs at default of 1.9 volts which allows for some headroom in upping the voltage for some more overclocking. And knowing me, I won’t stop until it provides me with screaming performance.
The new Home for Jin the PC 2
Here we have the insides of the Antec 900 gaming case. The new house and home for all the parts for Jin the PC 2
Perfect Fit
And now with the Motherboard mounted inside. I can’t stop noticing how large that Tuniq 120 Heatsink is. It barely fit inside the case and the top of it had maybe 1/4 Inch before it would touch the side of the case when closed up.
The Corsair HX620
Next up we have one of the best available power supply on the market. The Corsair HX620 power supply, with one of the most stable voltage rails out there, runs very quitely and silently and most importantly effeciently. A good power supply like a Motherboard or Ram, is the foundation of your system. A poor quality one will provide for very unstable systems.
Modular Power Cables.
And one of the reasons of what makes this power supply so great are modular cables. You just plug in whatever power cables you need and the ones you don’t need, put them aside. Provides for better cable management. Too bad I’ll be using all the power cables so this nice feature is pointless for me.
A nice snug fit.
And now with the Power supply installed. As you can see I’m quickly running out of room in here. An interesting note in this case is the power supply is installed on the bottom of the case. Whether it provides better thermal dissipation (heat rises up and gets sucked out by the fans), or better access to the cables I’m not sure.
The Antec 900 Gaming Case
And here is the case standing up right, once again you can see the monstrous 1.75 pound Tuniq Tower Heatsink almost flushed against the side of the case. And yes this is one bad ass yet ultra coooool case. We’re talking Two 120 MM Front Intake Fans, a Rear 120 MM Fan and a 200 MM, yes 200 millimeter Fan on top. It’ll keep even the toastiest components to a nice icy chill.
120MM fan integrated. Good move.
And now we start installing the accessories into the Antec branded gaming case. First of the case has internal 3.5″ drives in removable bays. As you can see the one bay contains a 120MM fan and can fit 3 drives inside. The 120MM fan will keep the harddrives cool so good design move Antec.
Raptor X sitting in it’s home.
Here we can see the Raptor X 150 gig harddrive installed. You can also see the small black switch to control the fan speed.
Stupid design flaw. A hole within a hole.
So with the nice fan cooled drive bay design here comes a stupid flaw. As you can see to screw in the harddrive to the drivebay you have to insert a screw inside. Obviously you’ll have to use a magnetic screw driver, which your suppose to keep all things magnetic away from the harddrive. Granted a small magnet screw driver theoretically shouldn’t do any damage to the drive itself because of the weak magnetic field it generates, nevertheless stupid design. Add to the fact I don’t even have a magnetic screw driver means for some fun time balancing the screw on the screwdriver for insertion into the enclosure.
This is what will make my eyes bleed.
Here we have the Evga Geforce 8800 GTS 640 meg addition. Perfect bang for the buck and one of the best video cards available next to the slightly faster GTX version. With directX 10.0 built in, it should provide a few good years of gaming during it’s life span.
Geforce Video Card in the middle
Here we have it installed in the motherboard. As you can see things are starting to get real tight and messy inside the case. The Geforce 8800 is a huge video card eating up quite a bit of space
The Green EL Sata Cables
And now we have the EL (Electroluminescence) Sata Cables plugged in. As you can see not the cleanest wiring job compared to the previous Jin the PC version 1. However I can use the excuse that I purposedly let the wires hang around to show it off once it’s Illuminated.
So pretty
And now with the Case closed up. Starting to look pretty nice and diesel.
It’s Alive!
And now like the mad scientist from Frankenstein I must bring my creation to life. By installing the operating system, Windows Vista Ultimate in this case. Yes I am going to take the plunge before SP1. I like to live dangerously. And the roomba my other creation looks on.
Out with the old in with the New
And here is Jin the PC2 next to the old Jin the PC1

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After installing Vista and letting it run 24/7 for 80 hours and having the Thermal Grease settle in and burn in. It’s time to overclock this baby.

Right now the default clock speed is 266 x 8 = 2.13 Ghz. Best practice is to increase the Front Side Bus 10% at a time, but I’m a effing cowboy and decided to shoot it right to 400 mhz FSB with a 8x multiplier for a 3.2 ghz clock speed.

Default 2.13 ghz (266 x 8) = 84 degrees Fahrenheit IDLE.
Overclocked 3.2 ghz (400 x 8) = 116 degrees Fahrenheit under Stress

Not bad huh? These Intel Core 2 Duo have a lot of headroom for overclocking and still run cool and effecient.

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The highest I got on my overclock is 480 x 8 = 3.6 ghz. I probably could raise the voltage on the CPU core more but I didn’t want it to hit over 140 degrees Fahrenheit in heat. I think I’m happy enough with 3.2 ghz. Over 50% performance increase. I think if I used better Ram with tighter memory timings I could push the FSB up to 500 mhz but alas my bottleneck is my Ram and I can’t go any higher than 480 if I want to keep the FSB and Memory speed in 1:1 ratio.

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Here are my SuperPi benchmark scores.

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And now my 3dMark06 scores. These are on the default clocked Geforce 8800 GTS 640 mb. I feel like with a little overclocking I can hit a little over 9,000 but not breaking the 10,000 mark without sacrificing stability.

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Here are some HD TUNE benchmarks on the harddrives. Thanks to the mature Intel ICH8R you can see I got very good performances out of my harddrives. The Raptor X 150 gig harddrive is right on with specifications. Performing exactly how it is rated. Even the dual Seagate 320 gig in Raid 1 using the onboard Raid controller performed admirably and there is barely a performance loss even those I’m not using a dedicated hardware raid controller

So what does all this mean? With the overclocked CPU, the fast Raptor X 10,000 RPM harddrive, the special Motherboard? What does this all equate to in real world performance.

Well, Ripping and Burning a DVD use to take me 3 hours from start to finish, Now it takes 30 minutes. Encoding videos for JonnyKu.com use to take 45 minutes to an Hour for a 5-10 minute clip. Now it takes 5 minutes, to encode a 5 minute video. Almost 1:1. My games run smoother, my cards get dealt faster in Solitaire, and just about any application opens in a blink of an eye.


Well enough techno babble for now. Let’s check out the shiny photos!
Shiny
It’s Alive. The green EL sata cables looks amazing, and mixed in with the blue LED lighting makes for some impressive looks. I’m sure the ladies will totally be impressed with this.
Dual 120MM intake font blue LED fans.
Check out the twin 120 MM Font Intake Fans. Suffice to say I had to put an Air Filter in front of those two fans unless I want to have massive dead skin and hair sucked into the case.
And here’s a shot with the Meteor LED lights lit up. Blue on the bottom, Green on top.
And now to show off the Meteor LED lights in Jin the PC v2.0. The Meteor LED lights can flash in 16 random pre-set variations or it can be set to also be sound reactive based on whatever music is playing.

So without further ado, Jin the PC 2 in action set to the music of Jin the MC’s “Learn Chinese” followed by some Propeller Head’s “Spybreak”

And now 8 hours of hardwork squeezed into a 1 minute and 49 second time lapse music video set to the tune of “Popcorn Song – Instrumental”