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Darth Tallis
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Updated Specs...

CPU: Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 2.4Ghz
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6
Power Supply: Enermax Galaxy 1000 Watt
Memory: 4 Gig Corsair XMS2 800Mhz
Graphics: nVidia 8500 GT 512 Meg
2 x SATA Seagate HDD 320 Gig
Aopen DVD Burner DSW2012SA SATA
Sony BD-ROM BDUX10S SATA
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium 32-Bit
Performance Rating: 5.0

I pulled out the Sound Card as the on board sound is better, Hi-Def, and I can hook it up to a sound system via an optical cable. Not to mention it gave me back nearly 300 meg of memory. Vista see' 3.5 Gig of it now.
I'll soon be getting a nVidia EN9600GT 512 Meg Graphics Card.
I'm even thinking of grabbing a PCI-e TV Tuner with HD and SD Digital tuning.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
that's the limitation of a 32bit OS, you could have 16gb of ram onboard though with the 32bit addresses it only see's up to 3.5 gb..
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Darth Tallis
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
redacidman wrote:
that's the limitation of a 32bit OS, you could have 16gb of ram onboard though with the 32bit addresses it only see's up to 3.5 gb..


Yeah, I'm aware of that. 64 bit is certainly an option. But while the memory I've got does the job, then I'll stick with 32 bit.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
ok I just bought a new computer specs are

(MoBo) MSI P35 Platinum
(CPU) Intel Core2Quad Q6600 2.4GHz
(CASE) Thermal take Armour+ Black Steel Case
(KBRD+MSE) Logitech G7 + G5
(RAM)2* GeIL 2GB Dual Channel Kit PC-5300 (2x1GB)
(HDD) Western Digital 750GB SATAII
(HDD)2* Western Digital 74GB Raptor SATA
(GFX CARD)2* Sapphire HD3870X2 1GB
(DVD DRIVE) Samsung SH-S202 Black IDE 20x
(MONITOR)2* Viewsonic VA2226W 22”
(PSU) 560W “SilverStone” SLI, 2x SATA
(OTHER) Netgear WN311B 270Mbps
Logitech X-530 5.1 Surround Speakers
Lian Li 3.5” LCD Temperature Panel Black
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate x64


I need a name for it.
Will decide on its name Wednesday evening.
whats all you suggestions of names?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
CreepC wrote:
I need a name for it.
Will decide on its name Wednesday evening.
whats all you suggestions of names?

Steve.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Cannibal Bob wrote:
[..]


Steve.


Noo call it either
Bob
Barnaby
or Malcolm
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Woah, glitchhunter.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
glitchhunter wrote:
Noo call it either
Bob
Barnaby
or Malcolm

Wow, you weren't kidding when you said you were bored.

On-topic: Pics of Rei-II
Before assembly:


During Assembly, next to Rei-I for comparison:


Haven't taken a post assembly pic yet, and lighting is bad right now. But the CD drive in the last pic has been replaced with a Blu-Ray drive, and the side panel is on.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
That loooks pretty good inmiss, I love the lighting on the watercooling, although you'd never catch me deliberately putting water near my machine;) (yes I know it's generally safe, especially if it's fitted properly and tested fully before powering it on).


As I mentioned in another thread I upgraded my machine.

The Spec is now

Kusanagi*
Intel Q6600
Asus P5K Premium/Wifi
4gb of Crucial ram (might add another 4gb next month)
Asus ATI 3870
Antec Sonata 550
Lite on DVDRW
Lite on DVD
Seagate 500gb SATA drive
Seagate 250gb
Samsung 160gb
Running Vista Business 64bit - chosen because I wanted some of the features of it over the home premium version.

I'm adding a second 500gb drive, not exactly planned but my brothers new 500gb drive (he's also upgraded) started giving errors, so I ordered a spare drive for him, and i'm going to have his replacement when it gets back.
When that happens my old 160 gets put into the spares box, and the 250gb drive gets used for automated weekly backups of documents/emails/pictures.



*Old machine was Motoko, we've also got a Tachikoma, Misato, Chii, and Rei on the network at times
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
My new laptop that is currently on it's way to me.
Damn 7 - 10 day wait for shipping!!!
(Oh, and please keep in mind....I have no idea what half of this means but dad says it'll do what I want it to do...)

- Base System: Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo Processor T5750 [ 2.0GHz, 2MB Cache, 667MHz FSB ]
- Wireless 355 Bluetooth Module
- 15.4" Widescreen WXGA (1280X800) Display with Truelife
- Memory: 3GB, 667MHz SDRAM
- Hard Drive: 250GB SATA Hard drive
- Internal Optical Drive: Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Combination Drive with Dual layer write
- Video Card: NVIDIA(R) GeForce(TM) 8600M GT with 256MB GDDR2 dedicated graphic memory
- Audio Solution: Integrated Stereo Sound
- Wireless Network Card: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945 Dual Band 802.11a/g 54mbps Wireless
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Nice.
I should imagine it'll have Vista. Which one? Basic, Home Premium, or Ultimate?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yes yes. Just Basic...it was cheaper and I was trying to keep the costs down as much as possible.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Oh yeah, specs.

Rei-II
CPU: Intel Core2Quad 2.4 GHz
MBoard: Gigabyte GA-EX38-DS4
Memory: 4GB DDR2/800 (I had to cut costs somewhere)
HDDs: Seagate 80GB SATA2, Samsung 500GB SATA2 (both 7200)
GFX: GeForce 9600GT (512 DDR3)
Monitors: Viewsonic 20" 16:10, IBM 15" 4:3
Optical: Pioneer BD/DVD±RW/CDRW
Audio: Onboard, supports up to 7.1, using 5.1
Capture: Compro Videomate T750 (stolen from Rei-I)
Case: Thermaltake ArmorLCS (Liquid Cooling System)
OS: Vista Ultimate 32b SP1

And I bet it's already outdated.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Inniss 1428 wrote:
GFX: GeForce 9600GT (512 DDR3)


how does the NVIDIA9k series run with Anti-aliasing turned on? have they acually fixed the drivers
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Inniss 1428 wrote:
And I bet it's already outdated.
It was outdated the moment you even thought about buying the parts Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Well I haven't had any problems with the thing yet, aside from Bioshock refusing to run in fullscreen mode. But then again, Bioshock is the most graphic intensive thing I've played on this machine so far, so I haven't exactly had a chance to test it.
I have a Crysis demo on a magazine disc though, I should prolly try it at some point just to see how Rei-II handles it.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 12:49 am    Post subject: Re: My Computer Reply with quote
In the opening post, ^Kat^cassidy^ wrote:
The Dell Precision 330 (2001)
The Acer (2005)
The Compaq Armada M700 Laptop (2001)


OK, it's time to update our info: The Dell died in February 2008 and the Acer actually died in January 2008.The laptop is still with us and is still running the same install of Windows 2000 that we put on it on 14th May 2006!

THE WORKHORSE COMPUTER (Jan 2008, replacing Acer)
Custom built by a local computer shop
Asrock motherboard with onboard everything
Intel Core2Duo 2.1GHz/core
2GB RAM
1x160GB WD SATA2 Hard drive
1x400GB Samsung SATA2 hard drive
Pioneer DVR-115 burner
(and the old CD-RW drive from the Acer too)
Diamondview 15" LCD monitor (was used on the Dell)
Windows Vista Ultimate <-- It actually works!

THE ENTERTAINMENT COMPUTER (Feb 2007 upgraded Mar 2008)
MSI motherboard with onboard everything (upgraded from Asus P5 model)
Intel Pentium D dual-core 2.8GHz/core
2GB RAM
1x200GB WD PATA HDD
1x200GB Samsung PATA HDD
1x250GB WD SATA HDD
LG SATA DVD burner
Viewsonic VA1912wb 19" 16:10 LCD monitor
Windows XP Pro SP2 <-- Vista on this computer was a disaster

Like I said, the ol' lappy is still with us and the specs haven't changed either. Now that I've updated what we've got, I'm off to read the rest of the thread
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Not really much of an update, but I've added another 250 Gig drive to my computer.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
recently got a new computer at work, horray for custom built work machines!

CPU: Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 2.4Ghz
Motherboard: Intel DP35DP LGA775
Power Supply: some Intel certified 400 Watt
Memory: 4 Gig DDR2 667 ram
Graphics: gigabyte nVidia PC8400 GS 256 Meg pci express
Hard disks: SATA2 Samsung HDD 250 Gig
LG DVD/CDRW super-multi optical drive
Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2 ver.2002

the quad core is just awesome for drafting Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
New mac today:

2.66ghz Core 2 Duo
2gb RAM
320gb HDD
Radeon 2600 Pro 256mb
20" screen
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Dante wrote:

Memory: 4 Gig DDR2 667 ram
Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2 ver.2002


That just doesn't make sense. The most you can force XP to use is 3.82Gb memory with a limit of 2Gb per application. why didn't you instal vista x64 with that much memory?
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
If you have the appropriate hardware, then XP and Vista can correctly see all 4GB of RAM.

Vista SP1 actually resolves this problem in a different, but more cosmetic, way, too.
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Just got a Logitech G15 keyboard. Hooray for being able to read my keys in the dark.
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
you can't touch type?
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Nope. I can't drive stick either. I have a general idea where the keys all are, and type at a decent speed, but just use two fingers, and look at the keyboard, even though I could prolly still hit the keys without looking.
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Tolkein couldn't type, either, apparently. Imagine typing Lord of the Rings with only two fingers.

Anyway, I learned how to touch type. Arthritis in my right hand makes it difficult, though. So I don't do it often. Still, it doesn't sting as much as using a pen.

I use a USB LED light to see my keyboard in the dark.
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Darth Tallis wrote:
Tolkein couldn't type, either, apparently. Imagine typing Lord of the Rings with only two fingers.


Well, there's two-fingered typing and then there's two-fingered typing. Some people can put out some decent speed, others spend hours hunting and pecking. I'd imagine Tolkein falls into the former category.
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
System
Microsoft Windows XP
Professional
Version 2002
SP2

Computer
AMD Hammer Processor
1.81 GHz, 1.00 GB of Ram
Nvidia 6200 Grapics Card AGP
DVD Rom
CD Recordable Rom
80 GB Hard-Drive
Soundblaster Sound PCI Card
Fast Ethernet PCI Card
3 Port USB PCI Card
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
My Desktop: (PC) (built back in '03)

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (sucks!)
Processor: Pentium 4 3.2 (with HT!!! lol) (old skool!)
Graphics: Geforce 6800GS 512MB AGP (lol)
Monitor: Viewsonic 20.1" LCD
Hdd: 2TB
RAM: 2GB DDR400 (yes I know)
Mobo: Asrock G775?? or something like that (pretty much the cheapest board you can get it cost like $85)
DVD Drives: Lite-on DVD player 16X I think.. and a LG Superdrive DL DVD burner.
Mouse: Microsoft Wireless Inteli mosue explorer
Keyboard: Microsoft Internet keyboard with the Fingerprint scanner (that still actually works)







My Laptop (Macbook Pro) (2008 model)

OS: Mac OS 10.5.3 (100% better and faster than windows) and Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (on boot camp)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5Ghz
Graphics: Geforce 8600GT 512MB PCI-Express
Monitor: Apple 15.4" LED backlit display (one of the best monitors i've ever seen)
Hdd: 250Gb internal and 250Gb WD passport external drive
RAM: 4Gb DDR2 PC 5300 (667-SoDimm RAM)
Mobo: Some Intel chipset as far as I know
DVD Drive: LG Superdrive DL DVD burner - slot loading
Mouse: Apple multi touch trackpad (like the touch pad on a ipod touch) and a Logitech Bluetooth laptop mouse
Keyboard: Macbook Pro Full size Backlit keyboard.



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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
CreepC wrote:

That just doesn't make sense. The most you can force XP to use is 3.82Gb memory with a limit of 2Gb per application. why didn't you instal vista x64 with that much memory?


we looked at the option of upgrading all the computers in the office to some form of vista but looked at the price and thought we'd hold on to XP for alittle bit longer and plus we arn't sure if vista was, at the time, compatable with the drafting/3d modeling packages that we use.

that and plus i wasn't ready to basic run everyone through vista yet as only a few have used it. and other people have a habit of gagagoogoo stuff up by changing things they're not meant to touch so i don't know the kinda havoc they could do on vista yet.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2008 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I just upgraded, so I thought I’d show off. Very Happy
Although I was a little sad when I shutdown Wirbelwind (the PC this one is replacing) for the last time. Sad

Valkyrie
OS: WinXP Professional SP 3
Motherboard: Elitegroup A770M-A
CPU: AMD Phenom 8450 Triple-core 2.1 GHz, 3.5 MB
Graphics: Powercolor Radeon HD4850, 512 MB GDDR3, PCIE 2.0
Sound: Intergrated 8-channel HD Audio CODEC
Memory: 2 GB
HDD-1 Master: sata 640 GB (Valkyrie)
HDD-2 slv: 150 GB (Wirbelwind)
HDD-3external: 200 GB (Belldandy)
Optical Drive: LITE-ON DVDRW LH-18A1P
keyboard: Logitech G15
Mouse: LX8 Cordless Laser Mouse


And of course my Laptop.

I’m not quite sure what its exact specs are; it’s a HP and I’ve had it for countless years. Smile

MAGI
OS: WinXP Home SP 1
CPU: Mobile Intel Celeron CPU 2.20 GHz
Memory: 448 MB
HDD 40 GB TOSHIBA MK3021GAS (MAGI)
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
You could of named it Wirbelwind 2 or Donnershlag instead hehehe
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2008 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
No Wirbelwind’s guts are all over my living room floor, and her HDD has been set to slave under the new drive, it wouldn’t be right to give the new unit the same name; and I’ve called something else Donnershlag… no Valkyrie is a good name; don’t you think. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
*Bumps thread*

Not really a necro, but it didn't seem appropriate to be writing this in the Highlight thread.

So. Specs for my current machines. Don't know how accurate they'll be, given that I have limited information on at least one of them, and I don't feel like getting Retro out of the wardrobe.

MR SMITH
My main computer. Laptop.
CPU: Intel Pentium M 760, 2.0GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 2MB L2 cache.
RAM: 1GB DDR2
HDD: 100GB, not sure on connection type. Probably IDE.
GPU: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 (Does that sound right?)
OS: Windows XP Home, SP3


Artemis
My storage computer. Also a laptop. Broken screen, so I use a TV and the S-Video connection. It's just a loose wire though, the guy who I bought it from thought that the backlight was burnt out. How wrong he was...

CPU: Intel Pentium M, 1.86GHz, 782MHz FSB
RAM: 504MB
HDD: 80GB, again probably IDE
GPU: No idea.
OS: Windows XP Pro, SP3

Athena
Does not exist yet, but it's the one I'm planning on building. Gaming rig. Here's the list of planned components. Feel free to comment if you really feel like it.

CPU: Intel Q6600
RAM: Kingston DDR2, probably either 1 or 2 2GB sticks
M/B: Asus P5N-D (or, as I've been instructed to do, just ask for a motherboard that will support everything)
HDD: SATA2 1TB
Case: Something that looks cool and will take a couple of decent hits. Hopefully something with inbuilt fans, and 'screwless'. I hate screwdrivers, especially where computers are concerned.
GPU: nVidia 9600
PSU: Coolermaster ~600W
OS: Vista Premium. Like hell I'm paying for Ultimate, when I really don't need that kind of functionality. Then again, maybe...I mean, I'm shelling out for heaps of components, I may as well go the whole hog.
Monitor: Dell 22"
DVD: Whatever, they're all much of a muchness, as I'm lead to believe.
Keyboard/Mouse: Logitech MX5500 Desktop
Sound: Logitech X530 or X540 5.1

It's the sound system that I'm looking forward to the most. 5.1, finally. That, and I really just want something that I can play TF2 and COD4 on.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Soul Master Kaze wrote:
DVD: Whatever, they're all much of a muchness, as I'm lead to believe.

Why not consider a Pioneer Blu-Ray drive? Last time I checked they weren't too expensive, for a blu-ray player, and they can burn DVDs just as well as any cheap DVD drive.

Quote:
It's the sound system that I'm looking forward to the most. 5.1, finally.

Most modern mainboards seem to have pretty good onboard sound. I'm running 7.1 off my Gigabyte GA-EX38-DS4. Then again, I'm not a massive audiophile, so I can't really comment on exactly how good the sound is, but it works for me.


I'm not looking forward to my next upgrade. Not only does Intel's new processor mean I'll need a new mainboard, but from what I hear the boards only support DDR3, so I'll need new RAM too. Fortunately I've only had one game (GTAIV) not run at full settings, so I don't think I'll need to upgrade any time soon.

Recently swapped my Compro T750 for a Vista certified T750, gave the old one to my Dad as a b'day pressie (he still runs XP). I love the new Media Centre remote, it's black casing goes much better with my case than the silver XP remote did... still need a better antenna though, I'm surrounded by trees, and this card is very picky with digital signals.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
@ Soul Master Kaze: Have you considered going for a dual-core chip instead? I can't remember the price difference, but for gaming, my understanding is that you're better off getting a faster dual-core chip instead of a quad core solution; I've got an E8500 in one of my boxes and it's a brill little piece of silicon, CPU-intensive stuff like recent MAME gear goes extremely well on it. I'd suggest looking there, but others may offer an alternative view.

Also, with the video card, have you considered something with a bit more grunt? I'm sure the 9600 will suffice for now, but I wouldn't see much leg room for future loving - maybe go the next tier up, and see what ATi has as well? I'm more of an Nvidia boy myself, but I hear that ATi's mid-range cards are really good bang for buck.

Oh, and for DVD burner/blu-ray, I'd suggest putting the extra moolah into better components rather than a blu-ray drive - last check they were $150 - $250 or something, vs $25 for a DVD burner. With blu-ray being so niche, I wouldn't go there yet. Again though, this is just my opinion Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Well if you'd like to find some component names for me, I'd be happy to check them out. Re: the processor, I'd rather a quad-core. Just because. Re: graphics card, again, if you want to make a suggestion, I'd be happy to entertain it. Names of components, on their own, mean absolutely nothing to me. I've always used computers where everything is integrated.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
it seems that the monitor on our old computer (almost 5 years old) has died as it will not power on. It did it yesterday but plugging it in and out of power strip a couple times worked.

I only turn it off at night by pressing the power button on it, the button works fine but today would not power on at all.

So i'm either thinking getting another power cord for it but i doubt that's the issue, so what would be the cheapest place to get a 17-19" monitor for it. Doesn't really need to be widescreen as the computer has 17" monitor anyway

Also wondering if i could plug it into the iMac and use it as a monitor temporarily with some adaptor cord, as while i can connect it to a TV, none of them are LCD anyway.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
speedfreek19 wrote:
Also wondering if i could plug it into the iMac and use it as a monitor temporarily with some adaptor cord, as while i can connect it to a TV, none of them are LCD anyway.


If it's got a VGA output, that should work.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I had that happen and I got a big new monitor. Then a month or so later I was going to throw the old one out when I for some odd reason decided to try it again and what do you know it worked… so now i have it as my second monitor and it hasn’t given me any problems since (was a good excuse to get a 22” wide though Razz )
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
When you can get 1920x1200 24" monitors for under $400, unless you are horribly horribly strapped for cash, You would have to be an retard with moneys to think anything else is comparable bang for buck.

..says I, who has 7 computers all using the one 8 year old 17" non-flat CRT.. cos I am too tight to buy any more monitors! Very Happy

Actually, I tell a lie. I did buy a 24" LCD a little over a year ago. I never "got around" to actually using it. a few weeks after I got it, I took it to a mates place and hooked it up to his machine (which can play games.. none of mine can) and .. he refused to give it back. O.O
a Few months later he did re-imburse me with the full price.. but that as the punchline makes for a less amusing story. heh
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
HeDanny wrote:
When you can get 1920x1200 24" monitors for under $400, unless you are horribly horribly strapped for cash,


Oooh ooh, me me, pick me Razz

Really though at the moment, it's not worth splashing out as it is in a tight little corner and it's a secondary computer so smaller the better as you have to sit fairly close, really only I use it for interwebs when the mac is in use and for mah downloads, mum uses it just to scan in her time sheets for work and lil bro uses it for internets when mac is in use (lil sis wont even touch the old one now Razz)

So a good cheap, $200 at the very most will do, though $150 would be ace.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
You are looking at second hand then. I am reasonably sure even the cheapest new monitors Start at around $180. I am pretty sure you can get Ghetto 19" ones (chimei, V7, AOC etc) around that price.

few minutes later...

I stand corrected. Seems you can get 1366x768 16" monitors for around $140. If you rekon you can live in such a low res.. you are sorted. Mind you, my laptop is 14" with that same res, and I find it too low. in a 16" it would be frustratingly low. Honestly, you almost NEED a minimum of 1440x900 for web surfing. At that res, you are looking minimum $170.. according to Static Ice, anyway.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
HeDanny wrote:
I stand corrected. Seems you can get 1366x768 16" monitors for around $140. If you rekon you can live in such a low res.. you are sorted. Mind you, my laptop is 14" with that same res, and I find it too low. in a 16" it would be frustratingly low. Honestly, you almost NEED a minimum of 1440x900 for web surfing. At that res, you are looking minimum $170.. according to Static Ice, anyway.

It probably depends what you're used to. For ages (about 8 years ago maybe) I thought that 15" was enough, and people with anything bigger were mad. However not long ago I had a 22" and 19" widescreen on REI_II, and when I went to use REI_I, the smaller screen just gave me such a headache trying to work with.
So I ended up buying a 2nd 22" for REI_II and shoving the 19" on REI_I, I definately can't comfortably work on less than 1440x900 now.
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My lappy just died [posting from the house windows machine; gah].

Recommend me netbooks, cheap laptops, &c.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
well i was using a res of 1280x1024 till we got the mac in may last year, at least on a regular basis, never really worried me.
Of course bigger is always nicer but really 1280 is the lowest i go.

Was at one of mum's friends place and i was interwebbing on their computer, they had their res at 1280x1024 on a 22" wide >_< needless to say i immediately changed it to max res :p

Well i'll keep hunting for sub $200 screens anyway though really i wont be able to buy one till after middle of the year as im saving for sydney trip so i'll either have to use a TV, or find an adaptor and see if i can connect it to the mac.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Nargun wrote:
My lappy just died [posting from the house windows machine; gah].

Recommend me netbooks, cheap laptops, &c.


Asus Eee. Go for one of the 1000 models (10" screen; the smaller ones have keyboards that aren't very comfortable to use, but the keyboard on the 10" models is quite nice). Good Linux support, though I did have to install a custom kernel to get the wireless going. It was trivially easy to do, so not a big deal.
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I have an MSI Wind u100. It's currently running OS X without any problems.
You will want to connect a monitor, keyboard and mouse to this thing though. The screen is just too tiny to look at for prolonged periods of time.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Well the monitor on the old PC magically came back to life again, as i just left it plugged in as i was occasionally checking it, so it's currently plugged back up to the old pc.

Though i did install LogMeIn so i can remote access from the intarwebs
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Two questions since I've fallen out of the loop --

(a) Has anyone given Windows 7 beta a go yet? I'm thinking of putting together a new PC at the end of the year and was curious how much of an improvement Windows 7 will be over XP/Vista. I can't try the beta version on my PC as it's very old and I'm outta HDD space Razz

(b) What's with Intel's Core i7 of whatever it is - I've seen it crop up and read something ages ago about it. Is it the successor to the Core 2 Duo series? And does it suck, or is it ultra-super-awesome?

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