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Scrapyard Wars Season 3 - With Scrappy Guest Austin Evans!

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I just re-watched the latest ep again to make sure I didn't miss more price talk...

17:16 Luke: I spent $310.
17:20 Linus: I spent $218. (understandable how he probably left out the 6850.)

Official build cost:
Luke: $290 (not a single clue lol...)
Linus: $238

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Hey, put down that 730 series SSD again?

*klunk*

Yeah, that doesn't sound right. I don't think that's a 730 series SSD.

I love that part, and where Linus is "describing" his system in Ep6. :) I think it would have been fun if he would have described things like...

Now here's my dual socket LGA2011 Asus board, and here are my two review samples of the 6950X, now my two Quadro M6000's (I have 4 but I need room for my three 4TB Intel PCI Express SSDs), my Super Flower 2000-watt Titanium PSU, my Corsair 900D Case, my eight 5K monitors (or however many would result in using all ports on the GPUs), my 256GB of DDR4-4266 CL12 RAM, etc. :)

And, for the "junk" system, an 8088-4.77MHz CPU, 256kb RAM, 360k 5.25" floppy drive, CGA graphics, etc. :)

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Hey, put down that 730 series SSD again?

*klunk*

Yeah, that doesn't sound right. I don't think that's a 730 series SSD.

I love that part, and where Linus is "describing" his system in Ep6. :) I think it would have been fun if he would have described things like...

Now here's my dual socket LGA2011 Asus board, and here are my two review samples of the 6950X, now my two Quadro M6000's (I have 4 but I need room for my three 4TB Intel PCI Express SSDs), my Super Flower 2000-watt Titanium PSU, my Corsair 900D Case, my eight 5K monitors (or however many would result in using all ports on the GPUs), my 256GB of DDR4-4266 CL12 RAM, etc. :)

And, for the "junk" system, an 8088-4.77MHz CPU, 256kb RAM, 360k 5.25" floppy drive, CGA graphics, etc. :)

 

lol where's the liquid helium cooling?

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Next scrapyard wars :
Used vs. New => best system for 400$ (ie. one person can only use new parts, and other one can only use used parts).
PC only (ie. Monitor, OS, mouse/keyboard, etc. - stay the same).

Best PC for 100/200$ => When all new is too high priced, what can U get (+ what can it do) ?


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The card was originally offered for $25

 

Again like you said, we don't know that. I checked the timestamp and it sounded to me like Linus was surprised at that reply email. So here's what I suspect, Linus haggled him down twice: once down from an unknown asking price to $25 (remember, he was sending lowball offers all over the place), and then again down to an "arranged" $20+a free shirt deal as a fan follow-up with the intention of being "nice" in case he needed a refund. Like you and LAwLz mentioned, probably not a big deal...if the original haggle was done over an anon craigslist email. That's definitely something we need clarification from @LinusTech


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lol where's the liquid helium cooling?

AAAHH How could I forget that?! What about encasing the entire build in helium ice... :)

Speaking of liquid helium, I wonder how much some much older CPUs, or low-wattage mobile CPUs, could be overclocked with that? (I'm mostly thinking Y-series recent CPUs, or older 286's, 486's, original Pentium/Celeron, etc. :)

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How about next time demanding a minimum quality to the build? What I mean is, this tim all three builds had at least one iffy component which gave me the impression that if I was to use such a system for my daily use, something would break down which would increase costs and leave me without a computer.

Why not include a proper usage test?

Like the next time you do scrap yard wars you would have to use your build as a daily driver for a period of time and, everytime you at the resort to your everyday computer you would lose points and add the time it took you to fix it (as well as the money) to the final score?

Obviously any sorts of editing work would be exempt from this but things like gaming, sending emails, browsing the internet would have to be done using the computer you built.

This would make the builds more indicative of what a normal person would buy.


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Next scrapyard wars :

Used vs. New => best system for 400$ (ie. one person can only use new parts, and other one can only use used parts).

PC only (ie. Monitor, OS, mouse/keyboard, etc. - stay the same).

 

I like this idea. The end result would be already known, for the most part (used system will crush the new one), but would still be interesting to see. not sure if this would be good as a scrapyard wars video, maybe just a regular comparison video.

 

Like the idea of either fixed budgets or the best performance per dollar aspects. Keeps things interesting and from not getting too crazy. 

 

How about this: Best performance per dollar, max budget of $500 and add a new element: lowest CPU/GPU temps. ;)


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I disagree, Austin was the most entertaining of the three. Luke and Linus are almost too good for it, it's starting to become a routine for them. Austin was running around like a kid in a candy store and it was absolutely amazing to see his enthusiasm.

And in the end he build the best computer of the three. Yes he overspend on it, but he has a fully working computer which is pretty amazing when you see his crazy dual power supply setup.

 

I agree with you. This Scrapyard's concept was kind of plain. Austin made it entertaining. To see him stress out, make mistakes under pressure and desperation was what made the series for me.


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I agree with you. This Scrapyard's concept was kind of plain. Austin made it entertaining. To see him stress out, make mistakes under pressure and desperation was what made the series for me.

Agreed.

He did redeem himself in the end, and was a good third party. Having guests like that would be a great addition to both SW and other series. (Yes, you should do more series?).

I still do not agree with "get a real computer guy next time" statements. You already have two real computer builders... Why do you need a third. Wondering what he would do wrong, next, kept is fun!


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I kind of think if they do it again they shouldn't have Luke/Linus as part of the competition. I'd rather see some of the other LMG members being involved.

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At this point I really like to know how this performance per dollar ratio compares with second hand PS3/PS4 or used Xbox360 without controllers and games.

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Scrapyard is the least superrace series I can imagine (and because of that, sexiest. It's not what you have, but how you use is :P) and therefore highly recommended to all enthusiasts and noobs alike. So big thumbs up again to all participants. 


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I kind of think if they do it again they shouldn't have Luke/Linus as part of the competition. I'd rather see some of the other LMG members being involved.

They kindof did that in the moving Vlog. It was "build your own editing rig" competition. 

 

They all lost.

 

(well, most of them). 


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Wow Austin got rekt hard.

It was brutal.


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awesome scrapyard-wars  ^_^

 

for me the "only" number that matter is the Tomb Raider 2013 number  :rolleyes:

 

(and Luke won)  B)

 

- - - - 

 

would be awesome see one Athlon X4 860k machine with these cards

 

(numbers and system stability will be way way better)

 

- - - - 

 

Austin = HD 6990 = 3072 (sp) and DX11 = Tomb Raider 2013 = 83.2 fps

 

Linus = HD 7970 = 2048 (sp) and DX12 = Tomb Raider 2013 = 64.8 fps

 

Luke = R9 290 = 2560 (sp) and DX12 = Tomb Raider 2013 = 100.0 fps - (winner)

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Honestly, I love Scrapyard wars but this episode count is now just silly. Why can't it be condensed to 3 episodes?

 

Episode 1- Finding the parts

Episode 2- Buidling the PC

Episode 3- Benchmark and finale

 

7 parts? C'mon LTT Team.


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I kind of think if they do it again they shouldn't have Luke/Linus as part of the competition. I'd rather see some of the other LMG members being involved.

 

Problem being that most of them can't build a PC and would probably over spend on parts! Maybe other LMG members with assistance from Linus and Luke on what is a good deal, also would need to have Dennis!

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maybe they should have one legged one eyed midgets? or nuns and ugly red haired debutantes wearing lipstick you wouldn't find on a goat.......... you guys listening to your self. cmon, the show is pretty entertaining ... TOO LONG and drawn out ( 7 episodes ), but it's a decent thing. I don't see a need to change the main characters. it's nice to know that at least 2 people on the show have a real good sense of how to do something.

 what would I change? in the end, ALL machines, regardless of time over runs, and yes, even a few dollars more spent - get to be tweaked to run to their full potential. 25-30 minute videos. that's pretty much it. That's not too much to ask.

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For those wondering what type of case Linus had for the ScrapHole, it's a Foxconn 436.

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the btx model he had. what was that?........ i think it was the case he had all the junk parts in and showed everybody before he went and got his real build.

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