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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 11:21 am 
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This is a Picture of my near ultimate frankenpad setup:

Thinkpad T60p, as in signature.
AMD Radeon HD6850 as e-GPU.
500 GB USB 2.0 HDD
Advanced dock with DVD drive
LG sourround sound (some cheap 5.1 speakers, nothing in particular)
21.5" Lenovo Thinkvision L2230X (LED, TN)
18.1" Dell 1800FP (CCFL, IPS)
Thinkpad USB keyboard and bluetooth mouse

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Overall im pretty satisfied, but if there are still more upgrades that can be done if i want:

RAM - from 6 to 8 GB
GFX - HD6850 to HD7750 in advanced dock (Can also be upgraded to something more powerfull outside the dock)
Speakers - to something better
Monitors - Higher res, bigger monitor and IPS all the way.
HDD - in the ultrabay in the dock - or even more HDDs
A larger SSD

But ATM i have to sell some of my other parts i have laying around before upgrading :)

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:05 pm 
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If you don't insist on 5.1 surround sound, then consider 2.1.
My all-time favorite is: Cambridge Soundworks PCWorks by HENRY KLOSS.
2 small speakers (2.5" x 2.5" x 2.5") and 1 woofer, as shown here:

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That system is hooked up to my desktop.
I bought such a set last century (in 1999)!
It is far superior to any Bose or Logitech or Creative system.
I got the same setup (used, 2 years ago) in black for my daughter.

Later they also brought out a 4.1 and 5.1 set, but those don't sound half as good.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 2:43 pm 
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RealBlackStuff wrote:
If you don't insist on 5.1 surround sound, then consider 2.1.
My all-time favorite is: Cambridge Soundworks PCWorks by HENRY KLOSS.
2 small speakers (2.5" x 2.5" x 2.5") and 1 woofer, as shown here:

Image

That system is hooked up to my desktop.
I bought such a set last century (in 1999)!
It is far superior to any Bose or Logitech or Creative system.
I got the same setup (used, 2 years ago) in black for my daughter.

Later they also brought out a 4.1 and 5.1 set, but those don't sound half as good.



The 5.1 set was indeed nothing to write home about.

Other people's near-ultimate frankenpad setup are welcome here as well, no?


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:01 pm 
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Cambridge Soundworks manufactures some of the high-end Creative sets, don't they?

If music is the primary goal, then a good 2.0 is probably even better than 2.1, provided that both speakers are full-range (making the separate sub unnecessary).

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:26 pm 
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If you want proper speakers, there is no way around studio monitors. For my college accommodation I use the Samson MediaOne 4a, which are basically one of the cheapest "studio monitors" you can buy. You don't usually expect much for 90€ but they sound better than any of those "PC speakers" or similar junk. I'd recommend getting something in the 200€+ range if you want decent sound.

Thomann is an excellent store which I have visited in person many times for all kind of musical equipment, including my guitars.

http://www.thomann.de/dk/aktive_nearfie ... -last=2000

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:43 pm 
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I migth be able to get some B&O beovox S120 - they will give me quite a quality boost 8)
But i do agree that good monitos don't come cheap.

coolcat37 wrote:
Other people's near-ultimate frankenpad setup are welcome here as well, no?


Show us!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 4:06 pm 
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The KW122, which is available at Thomann, is a nice and durable loudspeaker. 2 of those on the ground and you won't be needing a sub. Fun and listening pleasure guaranteed.

When my ultimate FrankenPad setup will be finished I'll post a picture here. I still need a couple of upgrades in the mean time.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:48 pm 
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Is it Sennheiser HD650 in the picture? :P

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:11 pm 
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I waited about seven years after looking at much cheaper brands and models, e.g. Tannoy and then in 2005 I bought a pair of Quested S7 active studio monitors; handmade and British and used in places like Abbey Road! As mentioned in a previous post, mine also do not require a sub although one is available to buy.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:21 pm 
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QWERTY Andreas wrote:
This is a Picture of my near ultimate frankenpad setup:

Thinkpad T60p, as in signature.
AMD Radeon HD6850 as e-GPU.
500 GB USB 2.0 HDD
Advanced dock with DVD drive
LG sourround sound (some cheap 5.1 speakers, nothing in particular)
21.5" Lenovo Thinkvision L2230X (LED, TN)
18.1" Dell 1800FP (CCFL, IPS)
Thinkpad USB keyboard and bluetooth mouse

Overall im pretty satisfied, but if there are still more upgrades that can be done if i want:

RAM - from 6 to 8 GB
GFX - HD6850 to HD7750 in advanced dock (Can also be upgraded to something more powerfull outside the dock)
Speakers - to something better
Monitors - Higher res, bigger monitor and IPS all the way.
HDD - in the ultrabay in the dock - or even more HDDs
A larger SSD

But ATM i have to sell some of my other parts i have laying around before upgrading :)



I would love to know how you got your Advanced Dock working! :help: I bought one nearly two years ago, along with two graphics cards to try in it. A few details of this are in my post here http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=22358&p=749134#p749134

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 2:55 am 
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RMSMajestic wrote:
Is it Sennheiser HD650 in the picture? :P


HD201 :)

Shredder11 wrote:
[br abp="670"><br abp="671"><br abp="672">I would love to know how you got your Advanced Dock working! :help: I bought one nearly two years ago, along with two graphics cards to try in it. A few details of this are in my post here http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=22358&p=749134#p749134


The graphics card is connected through the Expresscard port. When i have the expresscard inserted i cannot boot. I simply boot, and then plug in the expresscard.
I think it will be the same with the advanced dock: Boot, then put the laptop in the dock :?:

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Custom build ITX desktop (i5 4590, 8GB RAM, AMD R7 260X, custom watercooling)
Thinkpad 8, Fujitsu F-07C


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:45 am 
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Think I may have already tried that but I will do it again to make sure. Are there any particular drivers and applications that need to be installed for this to work? Any version of the graphics drivers that work and some that do not? Also at the moment I only have a VGA external monitor, so hopefully that is ok to use.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 3:43 pm 
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RealBlackStuff wrote:
If you don't insist on 5.1 surround sound, then consider 2.1.
My all-time favorite is: Cambridge Soundworks PCWorks by HENRY KLOSS.
2 small speakers (2.5" x 2.5" x 2.5") and 1 woofer, as shown here:

Image

That system is hooked up to my desktop.
I bought such a set last century (in 1999)!
It is far superior to any Bose or Logitech or Creative system.
I got the same setup (used, 2 years ago) in black for my daughter.

Later they also brought out a 4.1 and 5.1 set, but those don't sound half as good.


Oh wow, good taste RBS. I'll have to back those speakers up as well.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:33 pm 
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QWERTY Andreas wrote:
I migth be able to get some B&O beovox S120 - they will give me quite a quality boost 8)
But i do agree that good monitos don't come cheap.


Hej Andreas,

Nice setup! And a swap for B&O sounds nice, though I wince at what their products cost!
I'm curious--on your keyboards, are they dual-printed for DK/NO layouts (æ & ø printed on both keys) or is it a unique model for Denmark? My HP model I imported is Danish-only (ask me how much fun it was to get that ordered to the US!), but my impression was that one sees a mix?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 6:53 am 
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Hi,

What type of eGPU solution you adopted? EXP GDC or P4EH?

Thanks!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:05 am 
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tudoranadi wrote:
Hi,

What type of eGPU solution you adopted? EXP GDC or P4EH?

Thanks!


On the picture im using a PE4H - but i moved over to the advanced dock 2503, which im currently using with a HD7750

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Custom build ITX desktop (i5 4590, 8GB RAM, AMD R7 260X, custom watercooling)
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