Dream Machine 2009

The WINDOWS team constructs Dream Machine 09 using a CPU that can handle eight simultaneous threads, boasts 6GB of memory and uses two SSDs running in RAID 0. If you’re curious about what other components feature in Dream Machine 09 and fancy taking the machine home, read on…

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Dream Machine 2009
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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  October 6, 2009

Burn it

As DVD and Blu-ray media are the two dominant storage mediums on the market Dream Machine 09 had to have a drive that is compatible with both. After going through numerous options we eventually settled on LiteOn’s fully-featured iHES208 optical drive.

This drive boasts a Serial ATA interface and features 8x read speeds when it comes to single-layer Blu-ray media. When dealing with dual-layer media the drive maintains a 4x read speed, which is still very respectable. Thanks to this you’ll be able to feed Dream Machine 09 Blu-ray discs and, if the content is encoded in Full HD, enjoy this content in 1080p.

The drive also boasts writing capabilities and is able to burn to DVD+/-R media at 16x speeds. Working with readily available dual-layer media, the drive maintains a respectable 8x write speed.

Power up

Dream Machine 09 comprises a number of high-end components, each of which has very demanding power requirements. These facts dictated that we use a high-quality power supply (PSU) and in that regard Corsair has proven to be a new but nonetheless very impressive manufacturer in this field.

The company’s HX line of power supplies has proven very impressive in our Lab tests in the past and after doing a few calculations the team concluded the 1kW or 1000-watt model offers more than enough juice for Dream Machine 09.

This is a top quality PSU that features 80 Plus certification, meaning it will be 80% power efficient under load and can handle multi-GPU setups with ease. From a convenience standpoint this PSU also offers modular cabling so you can disconnect and connect cables as and when required.

On the case

Dream Machine 09’s components are some of the very best on the market and as such we needed one heck of a chassis to house them all. The team decided that a full tower case with tool-free support was a must and that the case should have balanced airflow, meaning an equal volume of air should be entering and leaving the case at the same time.

After sifting through a number of cases, most of which aren’t really available in the region, we ultimately found ourselves looking, once again, at Thermaltake’s Armor+ chassis. We used this chassis to build Dream Machine 08 and amazingly, proved the best fit for our needs once again.

This case offers an enormous amount of internal room, features tool-free parts and boasts killer cooling in the form of one 140mm forward intake, a massive 230mm side intake and a 120mm rear exhaust. This exhaust compliments the PSU’s own exhaust fan. You can fit more fans to this chassis if need be but we found that the included fans provided more than enough cooling for all our components.

3450 days ago
Saptagirish Noshikunte

The Machine looks truly awesome and power packed...I wonder how much it cost you guys in terms of all the components. Could you let me know?

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