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Finally


Posted by Non-Hamster on May 12th, 2012

The adventure of my computer build that started over a month ago has finally come to a close.  A successful one at that.

After Hardtsonfire sent his old motherboard, cpu & ram, there was a long delay because the Danish post office chose for some unknown reason to route it through Argentina.  To say the least, they handled it "roughly".  To be more precise, when it got here the box looked like it had been drop-kicked all the way from Argentina to Arkansas.

In any event, I started looking around for the things I'd need to get a system built around it.  Windows 7, hard drive, power supply, graphics card, etc.  It was around then that Ronniemac73 contributed an Nvidea GeForce GTX 295, which I learned quickly is a beast of a GPU.

The last few things arrived and I put the system together.  As I started I noticed that two of the capacitors on the motherboard near the CPU were broken, probably due to the beating they took in shipping.

I got some replacements and took care of that, then finished the build.  When it came time to power it up, the only thing that appeared to work was the CPU fan.  I tried various things from resetting the CMOS ram to removing the GTX and putting in an old Diamond S3 PCI video card and re-seating the memory.  No matter what I tried it simply would not boot.

Ronniemac73 came to the rescue with the contribution of another motherboard.  This one is a ASRock A780GXE/128M complete with an AMD Phenom Quad core CPU.

Put simply, it worked great.  I finished the build, connecting the DVD RW drive and the new Western Digital Caviar Green 2 Terabyte drive that I'd found on Amazon.

Because I intend to dual boot the system I got out a Linux Live CD and used it to partition the hard drive.  a shade over 1.5TB for Windows 7 Professional 64bit, the rest is set aside for 64bit Kubuntu Linux.

Last night I installed the 64bit version of Java 7 and moved my Minecraft installation over to it.  It's fantastic.

Where I once would get 15 to 20 FPS (frames per second) while playing minecraft and maybe 7 to 15 FPS while recording it, I am now getting 60 to 200 FPS while playing and 60 to 150 while recording.

Not only that but I have of course also turned on fancy graphics for the first time and set my render distance to "Far" where I used to use "normal" and "short"

To say the least, the quality of my videos is going up.

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