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    Your Computer

    Figured I would start a thread to talk about and show off our computers whether we are proud of them or not!
    This is my first computer build. Cost me $530. Had it for about a year now and it has served me well. It consists of:

    just to save space
    Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103681

    Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122

    Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073

    DVD Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335

    Vid Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150450

    Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128395

    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119047

    Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817702010


    Just this past christmas I added a new side panel, and two blue cold cathodes to light it up
    Here's a couple of pictures:

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    RE: Your Computer

    Without going into so much detail, my laptop is:
    • 1440x900 screen.
    • 500GB HDD.
    • 4GB RAM.
    • NVIDIA 9800M GTS (1GB VRAM).
    • Other stuff that pisses over 99% of recent 'recommended' requirements for games.
    • Stupidly heavy for it's size.
    • Looking like Frankenstein's Monster with several USB and other cables everywhere.


    So I won't be upgrading anytime soon, unless DOOM 4 really, really demands it.
    "It turned out that the ghost was just Mr. Finley, who ran the amusement park. The spooky part is that, as soon as the ghost appeared, the teenagers' dog began to speak! And it spoke in a tortured parody of human speech: 'relp me, Raggy,' it would say. 'I am an abomination and rould re rilled. Rill re, Raggy.'"

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    RE: Your Computer

    Dell Vostro 430. A mini tower, so it's pretty small for a PC. Packs a punch though for its size and price. It cost me around the £500 mark and that was just over a year ago. The only thing I'd really want to upgrade is the graphics card to an NVIDIA card. In short...
    • Intel i7 CPU
    • 3GB RAM
    • 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4350 GPU
    • 320GB HDD (Plus 1.5TB HDD I added myself)
    • Ten USB ports
    • Windows 7 Professional x64
    • Samsung 19" HDTV at 1440x900
    • Small secondary monitor used for instant messaging, etc.

    I'm also getting a laptop soon that may be more powerful in some areas, so that would be nice. Nice pics, by the way. I'll try and get some of my setup when I return to my dorm.

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    RE: Your Computer

    I have a Gateway Windows Vista black laptop with 14' screen hooked to an extra fan underneath so it doesn't decide to shut its self off from over heating. I think it costed my about $430. Its my second computer. My first one was stolen dued to a break in at my old apartment. Never gonna live anywhere near that place again; that is for sure. This one actually works so much better than my first one. I had so many problems with it. I don't think (besides my brother jamming in the power button and spilling Sprite on my damn keys) that I've that many problems with this one. I love it, I may even marry it! lol Just kidding!

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    RE: Your Computer

    I have two stationary computers, three laptops and one netbook.

    I know, so many, hahah. I would just have one laptop, but the two first ones crashed completely, but I fixed them now that I know a little more about computers, I knew nothing at all one or two years back. The netbook was for school and Microsoft Office, so that I didn't have to bring a heavier and bigger laptop that overheats after five minutes.

    I never built my own PC before, I always bought them finished in the store.

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    The one I am typing on now is one of my stationary computers. It is a ... Uh ... Well, it does not really say anywhere on the front other than being HP, and if I drag it one more centimeter out of there, all the cords will unplug. It consists of the following - OS: Windows XP Home Edition, CPU: Intel Pentium 4 - 2,56 GHz, Graphics: Nvidia GeForce4 Ti 4200, RAM: 512 MB, HD capacity: 120 GB.

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    This here is one of my laptops (HP Pavilion ZT3000), the one I use the least actually, since despite it being repaired and I recently did a fresh install on it, it still often just keeps freezing completely real soon after start-up. Screen looks extremely fresh though, great sound too. It feels extremely good to play old SNES games on it using a SNES emulator. It consists of the following - OS: Windows XP Home Edition, CPU: 1 500 MHz, Graphics: ATI Radeon 9200, RAM: 512 MB, HD capacity: 38 GB.

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    This is my second laptop, which also was for repairs. It used to run Windows Vista, but the harddrive died. Thus I am unable to recover my Vista license since I did not get the OEM DVD with the computer, and I did not make one myself with the preinstalled software. I also have a thing against using pirated licenses, so for now it runs Linux since it is free. It however cannot load it anymore, screen gets strange colours, then the screen crashes completely, and then the whole computer crashes, all shortly after start-up. Probably the graphics card, because the problem started off in World of Warcraft all of a sudden. It consists of the following - OS: Linux Ubuntu 10, CPU: 1860 MHz, Graphics: NVIDIA something-something!, RAM: 1024x2 MB, HD capacity: 120 GB.

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    This is the laptop that actually works and that I use daily for my stable needs. In fact, I wonder why I am even typing all this on my first-mentioned PC. It is known to just randomly have its power supply cut off for whatever unknown reason, and yes, I have been posting long posts before with it happened, many times, so I never really do it much nowadays. Hey, something tells me I need to finish this post off before it is too late, yush ...?!

    It is my most powerful computer and it is what I do all my gaming on, except old SNES gaming on emulators, I can do that on all the others as well when they do decide to work, except for one of them. It came with Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit and with 3 GB of RAM. When I bought Windows 7, the seller insisted on selling me the 64-bit version despite me only having 3 GB of RAM. Just a week ago I upgraded to 4 GB RAM and a faster harddrive that I had lying around (remember the laptop I mentioned that had its harddrive crash completely, and now has a different problem? There you go).

    It consists of the following - OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, CPU: Duo p8400 2.26 GHz - 2.27 GHz, Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, RAM: 2 048x2 MB, HD capacity: 500 GB (ooh yeah!)

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    Here is my netbook (Samsung N210 Plus), the mini laptop of mine that actually has a battery time longer than 30 minutes, actually for up to 7 hours. Got to love being able to be more portable and not worry about a power cord all the time. It being a netbook with 1 GB of RAM, I really expected it only to barely run Microsoft Office because someone at the store told me it would not be able to do properly. I installed Half-Life just for fun, and whoa, it runs it perfectly smooth, a lot better than my two stationary computers. That was really shocking ... It came with Windows 7 Starter and this so-called Hyperspace OS that looked like Linux. I got rid of the Hyperspace OS though.

    It consists of the following - OS: Windows 7 Starter, CPU: Intel Atom CPU N450 1.66 GHz - 1.67 GHz, Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150, RAM: 1024, HD capacity: 233 GB.

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    Finally comes my last stable PC, placed in a corner in the basement. It is a Targa Personal Computer, and it was built by a network administrator, I think, when I were really young. Still have the fancy user manual right next to me, ooh yeah! It came with Windows Millenium Edition, so only a couple of bluescreens a day would be a lucky day. It ran Half-Life pretty good though. It crashed down long, long ago, but I revived it and installed Windows Server 2003. I wanted to install Windows Server 2008 on it, but it lies way below its minimum requirements. Now it is a server for my home network. I built it into a back-up router, and I even played Left 4 Dead 2 online when I tested its router-ish capabilities, it even went faster than the router I am currently using, despite not always able to log into due to too low virtual memory and stuff. Other than standard networking needs, I use it for remote access and for encryption to ensure safe surfing on open, unsecured wireless networks.

    It consists of the following - OS: Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition (Evaluation copy, expires 4. of June, 20:09 lol), CPU: AMD Athlon 1600+ 1,40 GHz, Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce2 MX, RAM: 128x2 MB, HD capacity: 39 GB.

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    That's it! That's my digital home environment, right there!
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    RE: Your Computer

    This is my 3rd computer setup. I've bought it almost 3 years ago and have been using it every day ever since:

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 3Ghz
    4GB DDR2 RAM 800Mhz
    BFG Nvidia 8800GTX 768MB
    Gigabyte P35-DS4 Motherboard
    1x 500GB SATA II HDD
    1x 750GB SATA II HDD
    1x 1TB External SATA II HDD
    700W Seasonic PSU
    20" LCD Samusng SyncMaster 206BW
    Creative 5.1 Speakers
    Logitech G5 Mouse
    Keyboard


    This PC was a beast back then. It still plays new games, but not so well obviously.

    This year I will be buying a new setup. I buy new technology (electronics) every 3 years. Buying it sooner in my opinion makes no sense and is a waste of money. In one year, the technology progress is not so dramatic, with a three year gap though, you can get some really interesting products.

    I haven't decided what the new setup will exactly be, but I know I will be spending on it roughly $3000. I know it will be worth it, since it will again last long.
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    RE: Your Computer

    Baron: Sounds like a decent laptop, I'm pretty much oblivious when it comes to actual laptops, and planned on getting one sometime in the future, any preferences or recommendations?

    Manits: Sounds like a little beast you got their making me think of Atom Ant, small, but packs a punch! Yea when I making any new changes to my computer I think a new video card will be the first thing for me. And thanks, look forward to your pics.

    Lilcorpse: No fun that your first computer got stolen and I would be furious if any liquid got on my computer! Its good to have the fan, got to keep those things cool! Haha, I love my comptuer just as much, not sure what I would do without it....

    Diz: That's a pretty big computer collection, and you got some pretty nice sounding machines there. Haha, whenever it gets cold and you don't want to turn on the heat, just turn on all your computers to warm up the room

    Nostalgic: Yea I'm not sure right when I'm going to make my first upgrade. They are constantly coming out with newer and better components... and cost so much... Not sure if its a good performance example but I can completely max out Elder Scrolls IV without a single bit of lag. And $3000!!! That's going to be one hell of a computer!
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    RE: Your Computer

    My computer is about 5 years old. I have been upgrading components in it for quite some time now. Ive gone through 3 different cases.

    My first computer, my orignial parts are marked with a *
    Intel Core 2 Quad 2.6Ghz stock (OC @ 3.1Ghz)
    *8Gb RAM
    Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate(Originally had 64bit Vista..which I LOVED)
    three(3) 1 Terabyte drives for storage
    *one(1) 250Gb HDD(for my OS)
    two(2) LiteOn DVD burners(they have always been my fav brand)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 275(I always by video cards that are at least a year old, still good cards and get them for cheap)
    *Motherboard NVIDIA Ver. 2.0 nForce 680i SLI(which wouldn't take the Intel Quad, had to flash bios)
    Ultra ChillTEC 939/AM2/AM3/775/1366 Thermal Electric Cooler(before that it was the V8 cooler)
    Thermaltake Element G Mid Tower Case
    *Ultra X3 800 Watt PSU
    two(2) KDS 21.5" computer monitors(1680x1050)
    Bose QC 2 over ear headphones

    I ended up using my extra parts after my most recent upgrade to build a second computer:
    Asus M2N68-AM SE2 Motherboard
    16Gb RAM
    Intel Core 2 Duo 2.33Ghz
    1.5 TB HDD for storage
    80Gb HDD for OS
    Windows 7 64bit Ultimate
    Nvidia 8800GTX video card
    one(1) LiteOn DVD burner
    Cooler Master Gemini II S CPU Fan
    Ultra Gladiator Black ATX
    Ultra X4 600 Watt PSU
    two(2) LG 23" computer monitors(1920x1080)
    Logitech Z-2300

    OCZ laptop build - OCZNBIS15DIYA
    8600GT M video, 1Gb dedicated memory
    Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6Ghz
    4Gb RAM
    320Gb SATA HDD
    Windows 7 64bit Ultimate(ran Vista to begin with)
    The OEM screen was shattered, so I pulled it out and replaced it with a 1080 matte screen

    I also had a dual processor(each dual core) Xeon 2.4Ghz server, has 8Gb RAM and 2Tb of storage. I used it to host a website and my private LAN parties/internet game server. I also have 3 laptops, one of which used to be my gaming laptop(OCZ) but I grew tired of it after a few months and gave it to my girl, the other two are Linux laptops.
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    RE: Your Computer

    Some changes in my computer pending, as these items are due for delivery and I sure as hell hope they're fully compatible. (I've asked around a lot and have been ensured that they nearly certainly are.) I was also told it probably wouldn't need any additional cooling, which is a little better for my wallet.
    • The original 3GB RAM plus an additional 8GB of RAM making 11GB of RAM
    • 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4350 GPU replaced with an NVIDIA card, the GTX 460
    • It originally had a 350W PSU, but I ordered a 500W one (I'm always thinking of wong now when I see wattage written like that)

    The graphics card supports dual monitor too. The secondary 7" screen I currently have for instant messaging/other small tasks is USB-powered, but now I might be able to have triple monitor soon enough with another 19" screen. I since have got my laptop which is pretty decent. It has an i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM (not the 3GB the following page specifies) and a half-decent graphics card. It's a business laptop and also looks snazzy with a matte black finish. More info.

    I'm not really a PC enthusiast and I'll probably still stick to my 360 for most of my gaming, but I guess that might change. At any rate, it's nice to have the laptop now. If the shit hits the fan at least I have another way of getting online.

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    I switched to using explicitly laptops few years ago, but lately I have been thinking about getting a little HTPC type of thing that would be able to run games and other production stuff a bit better, but for the time being I'm using these two:

    2009 Macbook
    2GHz C2D
    4GB RAM
    120GB HDD
    GeForce 9400m 256MB

    2012 Macbook Pro
    2.5 GHz i5
    4GB RAM
    500GB HDD
    Intel HD4000 1GB VRAM

    Might not go for Apple with the desktop though, but I'll have to see about those specs a bit later down the road. Anyhow not looking to spend more than $500 anyways, but that should be able to provide me with what I need, so good enough for me. But like I said, at least for the time being I'm using these two, and they do serve their purpose well.

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