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OS: Windows 7 x64 ultimate ed

CPU: Intel core i5 3570K @ 3.8 GHz (via Asus OC utility)

MB: Asus P8 H77-M

RAM:  8Go kingston HyperX DDR3 @1333MHz

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2To @7200 rpm - 64Mo cache - SATA 6 Gb/s

SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 500 Go

GC: MSI GTX 560 Ti twin frozr II 1Go DDR5 (OC with Afterburner : Core Clock @880 MHz, shader clock @1760 MHz, memory clock @2100 MHz - stabilized configuration)

SC: Asus Xonar D2X pciE (SNR in/out of 118 dB, 7.1 channel Dolby digital + DTS  S/PDIF pass through & fly-by encoding up to 192 KHz@24bits, EAX 2.0, DS3D GX, ASIO 2.0

with 10 ms of latency under fruity loops, input & output S/PDIF combo coaxial/optical - EMI shield)

I can't make a good pic, so :

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Midi-USB Keyboard controller: Behringer UMX490

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I'm really happy of this keyboard for its touch sensitive and it's high manufacturing quality.

 

Speakers:

Pack Home Theater Eltax composed by : 2 Monitor III, 2 Monitor I & 1 Monitor Center. (Eltax is a Danish manufacturer)

2 columns Eltax Symphony 14.3

 

Eltax Monitor III :

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(left to right) Eltax Monitor I, Symphony 14.3 + Monitor III and Monitor Center :

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I've just receive this pack (this is my Christmas present offer by myself ahah), this tiny speakers sound soooo good, it's the best price/quality you can find!

This is a review of the Monitor III : What Hi-Fi ?

 

Eltax Symphony 14.3 :

it's an old pic, I've got this 2 Monster speakers (24 Kg, 1 meter height, 250W RMS, 2 woofers 250mm each! ) since 7 years now,

the bass who come from it are close to an earth quake lol :

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Amp: Yamaha RX-V450 6.1 ch (6x85 W RMS - 20Hz to 20 kHz - S/PDIF in coaxial + optical) :

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 I've got this baby since 7 years now and I'm still happy of its sound & its power.

 

My DAW :

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I've got also a Korg ESX-1 (sequencer, sampler box with lamp amp, it's sound like a hell !!!) :

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And a last overview of the living room (the place where I spend a lot's of time ahah!) :

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Sorry for these crappy pics, my old phone is a hell to take pictures...





-- Edited by NOVA on Wednesday 23rd of January 2013 11:15:33 AM



-- Edited by NOVA on Friday 19th of December 2014 04:54:13 PM

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Just to say that I'm a bit busy with redo all my pc.

New main HDD, new sound card, everything to reinstal...

I'm back to buisness soon biggrin



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NOVA wrote:

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will be updated soon with pictures and description ;)


 kewl!...finaly another pc freak....héhéhéhé ">devil.gif



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lol no, just a lil upgrate according to my needs for DAW, Home cinema, HI-FI and game applications ;)

edit: @Blitz, could you give me a link to a free bench soft ?





-- Edited by NOVA on Friday 7th of December 2012 12:10:15 PM

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yeah, depending what u want to stress or test :

stability:
OCCT cpu stress (1 hour)
IBT intel burn test (20 runs /normal)
Prime95 (1 hour)

KEEP AN EYE ON TEMPERATURES WHILE USING THESES TOOLS ....wink (it push hard^^)

performances:
Cinebench ("general";3d gfx cpu ram)
Aida64 (cpu ram mainly, overall stability & HDD)
Uningine heavenD11 (GFX, overall GFX performances)
futuremark: 3DM06; 3DMVantage; 3DM11 (GFX & CPU)

AS SSD Disk Benchmark

CrystaldiskMark Disk Benchmark

Atto246 Disk Benchmark

 

Monitoring:

CPUID HW Monitor

HWiFO64 (the best monitoring tool imho...a must have!)

 

validation:

CPU-Z

GPU-Z

 

i hope u ll find the one that fits to your needs biggrin



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Bl!tz wrote:

yeah, depending what u want to stress or test :
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i hope u ll find the one that fits to your needs biggrin


 Hehe, thx for the among of test lol !

I just need a general test to see the enhancement of the perf, or not lol



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Wow, this is a really nice gaming rig my couzin !!!



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Well it's not the top, but it's not bad !
The main goal of this config is to obtain a workstation who can handle quit easily my multimedia activities, I mean games & mapping of course, but also play HD movie in hight quality sound via S/PDIF and my AV Yamaha receiver, and also and mainly, have a solid DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).

For this last point, my first test with the Asus Xonar D2x are really impressive !
Before, with the on board sound card, I had an awful latency of 70 ms (which mean, when I hit a key from my Behringer keyboard , the sound took 70 ms to be heard - I.E. bad)
Now, I run under 10 ms of latency, which is good !
And the the sound is amazing clear, with crystal treble, and powerful bass.
The only bad point to this card is the weird drivers, they seems very unstable actually (I need to wait a fresh install of the OS on the new HDD to confirm that because I have a lot's of audio drivers from creative, realtek still on my pc so...) and the fact that you have to change manually the source you play (I.E. 7.1 or 2.0 channels) to hear something via the S/PDIF coaxial, it's a shame because other manufacturer like realtek or creative drivers do that without any intervention from you...)



-- Edited by NOVA on Friday 7th of December 2012 07:33:15 PM

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NOVA wrote:
Bl!tz wrote:

yeah, depending what u want to stress or test :
...

i hope u ll find the one that fits to your needs biggrin


 Hehe, thx for the among of test lol !

I just need a general test to see the enhancement of the perf, or not lol


 

There is no general performance. Totally depends on what you want to test and this is why Blitz posted a nice list for very different components (e.g. CPU, GPU, HDD, Memory...)

 If you want to cover all in one test have a look at PC Mark. Well, or windows Performance Index, haha.

 

Btw, you should really consider to get an additional SSD for OS and certain progs. It will really improve your 'experience'.



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mAlkAv!An wrote:
NOVA wrote:
Bl!tz wrote:

yeah, depending what u want to stress or test :
...

i hope u ll find the one that fits to your needs biggrin


 Hehe, thx for the among of test lol !

I just need a general test to see the enhancement of the perf, or not lol


 

There is no general performance. Totally depends on what you want to test and this is why Blitz posted a nice list for very different components (e.g. CPU, GPU, HDD, Memory...)

 If you want to cover all in one test have a look at PC Mark. Well, or windows Performance Index, haha.

 This is what I want, a all in one test just to have an idea ;)

Btw, you should really consider to get an additional SSD for OS and certain progs. It will really improve your 'experience'.

I have already consider that point !

Actually the main things who stop me it's the ratio price/Go.

I would use it only for the storage of my sounds banks, but I need at least 500 Go...


 



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Yeah the price per Gb isn't that crash hot but I also highly recommend a SSD for your OS drive!
It's like running dual screens...once you do dual screen, you can go back...once you go a SSD based OS...you can't go back! Muuuuch smoother!! aww



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DAMN !
2 days I try to install Win7 on my new HDD...without any results !

The HDD (sataIII 6g/s) is connected on a specific SATA III port (a grey one) on my asus mobo.
I have first try to set the bios properties to AHCI for the HDD but win7 don't want install on it, it say this drive is not supported or something like that..
I have try in IDE, I obtain a black screen and the HDD led light continuously, and the pc looks frozen...
I have try to connect the HDD with a USB external box and win7 see it properly...

So WTF ??

There is a setting I miss on the bios?
Do you think my HDD is defective ?





-- Edited by NOVA on Sunday 9th of December 2012 01:28:07 PM

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try to connect to another sata port, not sure how it work on yours but on my asus i have different sata "managers" (AMD for some and intel for the others....) i remember some wasnt working properly for the windows install and on some others it was working nicely

of course u will not have AMD on your mobo but perhaps one port isnt activated or need some "driver"...or is simply broken...verify that no sata is working with this HDD...

it can be defective , i have a raptor here that can be used as storage and work ok for that but i cant install windows on it....dont ask me why ...lol^^
tough...if u cant get any port working i m scared your HDD is defective...

perhaps am i missing something on intel boards, i m an AMD freak ...i m sure someone will help 

 

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I will try to connect it on the other sata port to see.

I have launch a full check disk to see if there is a trouble with the disk. it's take a lots of time !

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AHCI probably won't work because the Win 7 drivers don't support your mobo chipset. The usual way would be to install win7 with IDE mode and then switch to AHCI afterwards. Since this is not working you can try to load the drivers on Win 7 install setup.
These links might be helpful:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itproinstall/thread/87adffb0-e498-4834-abca-cae6905492e2
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/68505-sata-driver-load-windows-7-vista-setup.html


Also try a SATA-II port in IDE mode. In fact the HDD won't benefit from SATA-III anyway.



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Ok, it's finally work with SATA II port in IDE mode !
But now I have another trouble win the activation of my Win7...
THX guys for the help !

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I just edited the first post with some pics ;)

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Awsome M8! Very very nice!

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yup the sound stuff is kicking arses!!not easy to try to spend less time on the PC with such a nice "trone" héhé

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Very kewl! I had a feeling you were a clean / organized perfectionist with your home like you are with other things, this all makes sense. ;)

Love that keyboard / Midi and the Korg, i'm surprised you don't remix or mix your own music (maybe you do) - looks like you have a good quality of life there bro.

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That is a very sweet setup Nova! Might we be hearing some custom UT music tracks in the future??biggrin



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THX guys !

I tend to be more clean in my home (it was not by past lol) but it's true I'm a perfectionnist with sound, I'm an audiophile since many years now and I like pure sound (I've collect or do a lots of albums in FLAC format, the best compressed digital format because it's lossless, MP3 suck!).

Yes I do my own music since about 10 years now ;)

And there is already 2 maps with my own music track on it, DM-Aero-NE and DM-TowersArena-2k9.

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THX guys !

I tend to be more clean in my home (it was not by past lol) but it's true I'm a perfectionnist with sound, I'm an audiophile since many years now and I like pure sound (I've collect or do a lots of albums in FLAC format, the best compressed digital format because it's lossless, MP3 suck!).

Yes I do my own music since about 10 years now ;)

And there is already 2 maps with my own music track on it, DM-Aero-NE and DM-TowersArena-2k9.


 I was wondering about that.  That's good music in there.  I guess I should actually read readme's more often. smile



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thx! and yeah, readme's are helpful sometime ;)

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By the way I have added some custom musics to d/l in my portfolio page - see my sig- (more to come)

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