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    Post your computer specs!

    Post  TR1 on Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:47 am

    Just for curiosities sake, since I know we got a lot of tech-heads around here.
    What do you do your computing on?

    I have my own-built desktop rig:

    Antec 300 case
    ASUS P8P67LE mobo
    Antec 750 Watt Power Supply
    i5 2500K CPU, running stock
    Gigabyte 7950 Windforce
    8 GB Kingston RAM, 1600 Mghz
    2 TB Hitachi HD, 7200 RPM
    For a monitor I use a pretty run-of-the-mill 24 inch ASUS, 1080p.

    For mobility I recently bought an ASUS Zenbook Prime.

    What about you?

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    Post  GarryB on Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:04 am

    I haven't upgraded in years and right now I am saving up and looking around for the best bits to build a new system around.

    My current system is an ancient AMD chip at about 2.4Gh with a single core with a cheap as 512MB AGP graphics card.

    Although I do have a KVM switch with 4 ports, so I actually have four computers and a network switch to link them all together though I haven't gotten around to setting that up yet.

    I do have cold swappable racks in my main computer and three seperate hard drives set up to run as my C: when I want a change.


    For those not tech inclined a KVM is a Keyboard, Video, Mouse switch, which is a small box about the size of a router with lots of plugs and cables that allows you to connect... in this case 4 computers to one monitor, one mouse, one keyboard, and in the case of mine also the speakers and microphone, so I can get 4 computer boxes and plug them into this KVM switch and then connect one monitor, one Keyboard, and one mouse and one set of speakers to the KVM switch, so I can turn on all four computers and then either push a button (1-4) on the KVM switch to jump between each box. The computers are not linked together so you can't pass data from one to the other it just means I can have 4 different computers with 4 different setups/operating systems/purposes with just one mouse, one keyboard, and one monitor without having to plug in and unplug all the time.

    The Cold swappable rack is like a drive tray that you connect the C: cabling to so that you put in a HDD and set up the computer with operating system and programs you want and then you shut it down and slide out the HDD in its own little tray and put in a new HDD with its own tray and set the computer up all over again but to different specs... so you can have different operating systems, different programs, even different email and internet settings. One could be for work and the other for games and a third could be for when the nieces and nephews come to stay that has very limited internet access and simple games and no dodgy internet history or links.

    It means you can use the same computer hard ware... buy a new tray and new Hard Drive and install the latest Linux distribution and actually give it a proper test safe in the knowledge that all your games and important programs are safe on another drive.


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    Re: Post your computer specs!

    Post  Viktor on Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:29 am

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    Post  Stealthflanker on Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:12 am

    If my Computer specs were S-300.. i'll say it's S-300PM before the PMU-2

    Asus P5KPL AM-SE
    Intel Core2Duo "Conroe" E6420 2,13 Ghz
    2 HDD Drive (Main Drive Seagate 250 Gb, another one is 1 TB drive)
    2GB of RAM
    NVIDIA GTX-560 VGA
    500 Watt of PSU.

    For mobile i get S-300V (Not VM) The Vaio VGN-520.

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    Re: Post your computer specs!

    Post  SOC on Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:46 pm

    I recently decided to stop destroying laptops, so I went with a desktop. Intel i7 quadcore @ 3.4 GHz, 16 GB of 1600 MHz RAM (for now, I'll probably jack it up to the full 32 GB), 1 TB hard drive with a 1 TB external drive for file storage. 24 inch Vizio 1080p display. 2 GB Nvidia graphics card. Between the RAM and the i7 I have an excess of computing power. Plus, it runs Windows 8, which is far more stable (read: I haven't broken it yet) than Windows 7 was.

    Windows 7 was nothing but problems on my last laptop, but Windows 8, once you actually figure out how the hell it works, is excellent. Best version of Windows I've used since XP. Between the hardware and Windows 8, this thing is powered on and at the desktop in about 5 seconds. The monitor actually takes more time to come on than the computer does!

    I was doing satellite imagery work last week with ~3GB .TIFF files and there were zero issues, so it looks like I've found something useful for the long term.

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    Post  TR1 on Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:02 pm

    As far as the stability, speed, and "under the hood" performance, Windows 8 is great.
    I even like some of the minimal design choices on it, lack of Aero - I use it on my laptop, and with a 13 inch 1080p IPS display, it looks amazing.

    They screwed it up by putting in stupid crap like Metro, the annoying app search methods, lack of a start menu, etc etc.
    Then there is the issue of how slow programs are to release Windows 8 versions.

    If they just kept the Windows 7 format, with new hardware underneath, I would have upgraded my desktop long ago.
    Maybe 8.1 will convince me...

    Windows 7 worked great for me on laptops after I did a clean install and optimized my system.

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    Post  GarryB on Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:44 am

    I don't beta test for Microsoft... I am running XP on two of my machines and Windows 98 on the other. The third machine has Vista I think... it was given to me after the owner upgraded because I help him when he has problems.. Smile


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    Post  SOC on Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:09 am

    GarryB wrote:I don't beta test for Microsoft... I am running XP  on two of my machines and Windows 98 on the other. The third machine has Vista I think... it was given to me after the owner upgraded because I help him when he has problems.. Smile
    I wasn't trying to either! The only reason I went from XP to 7 was because I thought, gee, wouldn't a nice, fast new laptop be a cool thing to have for my newfound association with IHS? Turns out, not so much! The only issues I ever had with my XP machine were not Windows related. Never tried Vista, and never tried 98 (back then I stuck with NT as it worked just fine). But Windows 8 appears to be solid, from the perspective of someone who managed to totally incapacitate Windows 7! One surprise I noticed was that out of the box, my new computer was using less hard drive space than my iPod. I'd bet that Windows 8 solves some of the problems with 7 simply by being less bloated.

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    Post  TR1 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:28 am

    On the same laptop, Win 7 ran much much better for me than Vista.

    Idling performance was really crappy in Vista.

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    Post  SOC on Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:32 am

    I do know Windows is partial to Intel processors. AMD always seemed to be lacking. Hence why I went overboard with the i7 attack 

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    Post  Regular on Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:03 am

    CPU- Intel Core I7-4770K
    Matushka- ASUS Z87-pro
    RAM- Corsair vengeance 16GB DDR3
    Video card- GTX 780 3GB
    About 1400 euros in Lithuania and so much better than the ones I would get in Currys.
    OS: Ubuntu 13.04/Windows 7
    I hate Windows 8, buggy as hell.

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    Post  Sujoy on Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:24 pm

    I do not have a Desktop since I have to re-locate from one city to another . I recently bought this Sony VAIO because I got it at a discount .





    Touch operation in the slate mode and regular PC operation in the keyboard mode .

    Intel Core i5-3317U Processor 1.70 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.60 GHz
    Windows 8 Single Language 64 bit
    4 GB DDR3L SDRAM*2 (Max)
    Memory Speed : 1600 MT/s
    Flash Memory 128 GB*3
    Network (RJ-45)Connector

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    Post  GarryB on Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:30 pm

    I do know Windows is partial to Intel processors. AMD always seemed to be lacking. Hence why I went overboard with the i7
    True... and a bit of a shame... cause I prefer AMD chips.

    Current new AMD chips use the same slot in their motherboards so you don't need to keep upgrading that motherboard all the time.

    I am looking at motherboards first and will spend the most money on that... then get a cheap CPU and RAM and GPU. Then in 6 months time I will have saved enough money to splash out on a much better graphics card... it will be top of the line for the money though I wont just buy one because it is expensive... then in another 12 months I will buy another one and it will be much cheaper because by then it will not be state of the art but two of them should get the job done and I might upgrade the CPU by then too.


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    Post  TR1 on Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:57 pm

    If you want to do gaming definitely put the money into a good GPU, it is far more critical than a top of the line CPU (you really don't need anything more than a 200 dollar chip @ most to prevent most games bottlenecking).
    I am also an AMD fan, but Intel has simply been ahead in the 200 $ plus and the gaming market for years now. Thank god AMD bought ATi....

    I actually had Crossfired GPUs before my 7950 (two 6950s) and I had a really mixed experience with them. Whenever you hear of people having issues with a game, its 75% a Crossfire/SLI issue. Some games the scaling was amazing, but in others it barely helped- sometimes a patch would erase any CF gains!
    Now they recently released lots of new drivers that supposedly really help dual GPU setups.
    If I can avoid it however I will never go dual GPU again.
    I'd rather buy a ~300 dollar tops new card, any higher price and the value really starts dropping off.

    Is it true your computer hardware prices really suck Garry?
    I've heard nightmares from Australians, but nothing from Kiwis.

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    Post  GarryB on Sat Aug 31, 2013 11:37 am

    We are on the end of the market chain... everyone seems to get their cut on the way.... Sad

    By buying AMD CPU motherboards I can spend a bit extra now on the best motherboard I can afford with a AM3+ CPU slot and for now get a cheap simple 2-4 core low powered CPU, but later on I can upgrade to an 8 core high power CPU in a years time when they are a couple of hundred dollars.

    As you say, for the most part a good GPU is what makes most of the difference anyway...


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    Post  sepheronx on Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:15 pm

    I have not touched my pc in a while.

    AMD x6 1055t thuban core processor
    MSI AM3 moherboard (completely forgot which model I put in)
    ASUS direct cu ii 6970 gpu
    2X4 kingston ddr3 1600 ram
    2X1tb hdd space, ws green for backup and wd blue for main (gonna upgrade to sdd for windows and games)
    850W antec trupower 3 psu.

    Runs most games on high and great for whatever programming is done. Right now, gotta work on the development of my basement (yaah, another 800 square ft) Then im building a NAS and virtual server for my wifes programming.

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    Post  TR1 on Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:49 am

    Gave in and bought an Eizo Foris FS2333BK monitor. Damn pricy for the size/resolution, but I wanted a good gaming IPS.

    Now time for calibration uncertainty!

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    Post  Austin on Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:13 pm

    I have a Thinkpad Laptop W530  



    Processor: Intel Core i7-3820QM CPU @ 2.70 Ghz 2.70 GHz
    RAM: 16GB
    OS:  Windows 7/SLED (Linux )
    Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro K2000M/Intel HD Graphics 4000

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    Post  sepheronx on Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:32 pm

    Austin, do you do any AutoCAD or graphic designs?

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    Post  Austin on Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:43 am

    sepheronx wrote:Austin, do you do any AutoCAD or graphic designs?
    Not really , Why ?

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    Post  sepheronx on Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:31 pm

    Austin wrote:
    sepheronx wrote:Austin, do you do any AutoCAD or graphic designs?
    Not really , Why ?
    Quadros are built specificially for that, workstation enviornents. They are great cards but unless you are using it for cad based software or 3d modeling, it really is just overpriced.

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    Post  Austin on Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:34 pm

    My use of Laptop is mostly for high CPU and RAM based workload and less of Graphics

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    Post  sepheronx on Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:41 am

    Well, that is a good laptop you got there. How much you payed for it if you don't mind me asking?

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    Post  milky_candy_sugar on Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:23 pm

    I am currently using a laptop (desktop replacement/gaming type) since i have quite a fair amount of video games.
    Screen Size: 14.0″
    - Screen Type: LCD Backlight LED
    - Screen Resolution: 1600×900
    - Aspect Ratio: 16:9
    - Screen Features: Full HD
    - Processor Type: Intel Core i7 4702MQ
    - Processor Cores: 4
    - Processor Clock Speed: 2.40GHz
    - Hard Drive Supplied: 1 x 750GB
    - Hard Drive Size: 750GB
    - Hard Drive Interface: Serial ATA-600
    - Hard Drive Speed: 7200RPM
    - Optical Drive: Super Multi
    - Memory Supplied: 1x 8GB
    - Memory Size: 8GB
    - Operating System: Windows 8
    - Graphics Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
    - Graphics Memory: 2GB GDDR 5
    - Chipset: Intel HM87 Express
    - Audio: Sound Blaster Cinema
    - Speaker(s): 2 Speakers
    - Microphone: Built-in
    - LAN Card: Regular LAN
    - LAN Speed: 10/100/1000
    - Wireless NIC: 802.11 a/b/g/n
    - Bluetooth: V4.0

    All for about 1.5 kg, 1000 usd.


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