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Since: 24.3.02
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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.24
When I was looking for a new computer (my desktop is a Dell Dimension 4600 that is 5 or so years old), I noticed that processors seem to be basically maxed out. The Dimension came with a 2.8Ghz Intel Duo processor. The best any desktop has now seems to be a quad processor at about the same speed. Now, quad processors are going to be faster than duo processors, but not double as fast. So it's my uneducated opinion that baring someone fantastic new technology, processors are basically maxed out.

So I focused on other things. My desktop only came with 512 MB of memory and an 80 GB hard drive.

I wanted to focus on doing better with those, since I knew the new computer was going to have Vista, which needs a bit more memory.

So almost exactly a year ago I got an HP Pavilion 6838 laptop from Circuit City (purchased online, but picked up in-store so I wouldn't have to deal with delivery). The 6838 came with 4 GB of memory and a 250 GB hard drive, in addition to the 2.5 Ghz Duo processor. Now, the fact that it had 4 GB of memory means that it came with 64-bit Vista rather than 32-bit Vista. This did cause an annoyance or two with certain old applications, but all in all, I'm very happy with it.

As for the old desktop, I put a TV Tuner card in it and installed an additional 1 TB hard drive. With the right software I was all set to turn it into my own homebrew DVR. But just as I got everything working right, the whole thing crashed on me and I had to reinstall Windows (the first time in the life of the PC, by the way) and I haven't been able to devote the time to it lately. So it just sits there and runs F@H and BitTorrent all day.
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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.50
Core is only 3 years old. You either misremember the processor that you had, or you misremembered the date you purchased the machine.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_microprocessors






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Since: 24.3.02
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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.24
I see. I didn't realize Core denoted a certain time period. I'm not very knowledgeable about hardware. It's kind of like a black box to me. After doing some research, it turns out it's a Pentium 4 2.8Ghz processor with hyper-threading, which acted like there were two processors even though there was actually only one present. So there you are.
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Since: 16.3.04
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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.48
Dell Inspiron E1505 Laptop.

Core 2 Duo 1.67 Ghz Processor, 2 GB Ram (upgraded from 1GB), 80 GB HD w/ a 160 GB External HD, Vista Premium.

2 years old, and the only thing that I've had a problem with was the keyboard fried due to a run in with some Cherry Coke, to which they sent me a replacement.

Its been a solid machine, which is good, cuz I was a little leery of Dell laptops.




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Since: 22.4.02
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You wanted the best, you got... Out of Context Quote of the Week.

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    Originally posted by Leroy
      Originally posted by drjayphd
      Hand-crafted, featuring an AMD Athlon 1600+ XP, 512 MB RAM


    That's pretty much what I have as the house file/print server - without the DVD burners. I also had to add a USB 2.0, firewire card, a faster Ethernet card, and a second hard drive. The monitor is either the television (until I run an Ethernet cable to my desk) or remote desktop.


Ironically, that's probably what I'm going to do with the aforementioned comp. The power supply blew about a year and a half ago, switched to a laptop (an Averatec 3150P) I bought (at Goodwill, surprisingly enough) until that developed heating-related issues (and the case was cracking at one of the hinges)... I'll probably slap a bunch of SATA cards in the old desktop, load it up with huge hard drives, rip all my DVDs and such, and use it as a file server. The laptop's probably going to be used in a bartop MAME machine (if I can build that).

So now I'm using a heavily-upgraded Compaq EVO 550 SFF (I think). P4, 2.0 GHz, with a 750 GB hard drive (up from 40 GB), the maximum 2 GB of RAM, the same DVD burner, running XP Pro. The monitor's now a 19" LCD (not widescreen, alas), too. Of course, I can't guarantee that I won't repurpose this into something else.



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Since: 2.1.02
From: The Silver Spring in the Land of Mary.

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#26 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
My current rigs, both homebrew:

Non gaming rig:
Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz
4 Gig memory
XP
500BG or so HD space across 3 very old HDs

Gaming rig:
Quad Core 3.0GHz
8 Gig Memory
GeForce 8800 GT (upgrading soon)
With the dual outs, I am using my 61" widescreen DLP TV for gaming
Vista Ultimate
1.5 TB HD space on one Seagate.




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Since: 28.1.02
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#27 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.83
My currents

HP Elitebook 6930p
it's what I use for work
Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.40 GHz with 3 MB L2 cache
4 G ram
XP Pro

Home PC - we have a older PC at home - well, a couple years old, that kind of serves mostly as a print server/file server. I don't really remember what motherboard/CPU I have in there, except it's AMD - probably an athalon 64. But it has 3 terrabytes of storage and runs my regular printer (and scanner), my picture printer and my blueprint printer. It's XP Home.

My wife has one of those ASUS He1000 netbooks, my son a Levano Laptop and my daughter, who I am considering disowning, has a Macbook.



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Since: 3.10.02
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#28 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.07
I have an HPa1700n Desktop with 3800AMD Athlan Dual Core processor, 4G Ram, 250G Hard Drive with a 500G Seagate portable HD. 24inch LG monitor, I have it set up as a dual boot Unbuntu and Vista, but mainly use only the Vista (unlike the rest of the world, I've never really had any problems with Vista).

Looking at getting a netbook for tinkering with, and for school.
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Since: 12.1.02
From: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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#29 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.89
17" Mac Book Pro...I'm SO glad I made the change last year. Got a Toshiba 11" as my "play" laptop. Both courtesy of CompUSA's closing sale.



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Since: 2.1.02

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#30 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.17
    Originally posted by MedallaGuy
    17" Mac Book Pro...courtesy of CompUSA's closing sale.


Can I ask how much you paid for this laptop? I'm just curious.
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Since: 12.1.02
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#31 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.89
No prob in saying, $280...90% of sale price.



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Since: 2.1.02

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#32 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.17
Damn, that's amazing! I wish I had been in the States when those stores closed.

(edited by TheBucsFan on 22.6.09 1337)
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Since: 12.1.02
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#33 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.89
well i was one of the managers when the store closed so i pulled aside a 15" and a 17" for the staff. not many were mac fans so hey...ill take the mac pro thank you very much!



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Since: 22.2.04
From: Cambridge, MA

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#34 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.32
I'm junking my old 2005 Dell Inspiron laptop and replacing it with a Lenovo Q700 desktop. I realized that I hadn't actually folded the screen of the laptop down in well over a year, so why not save some cash with a desktop. I picked up the cheaper model preloaded with Vista and am waiting for my free 7 upgrade before I officially switch over.





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#35 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.10
My new laptop:

An Asus N90SC - 1TB HD, 2.8GHG Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB memory, 18.4" widescreen, has a Blu-Ray player in it, and it's sweet.

My only gripe is that it's a fingerprint magnet, and the HD was partitioned four times: I now have what the laptop considers four drives. Convenient for sorting stuff (one is for docs, music, and whatever else; the others for emulation and gaming) but it's altogether annoying. I think there's a way to get rid of them using the system recovery discs that came with, but I dunno.



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Since: 22.2.04
From: Cambridge, MA

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#36 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.27
    Originally posted by Oliver
    the HD was partitioned four times: I now have what the laptop considers four drives. Convenient for sorting stuff (one is for docs, music, and whatever else; the others for emulation and gaming) but it's altogether annoying. I think there's a way to get rid of them using the system recovery discs that came with, but I dunno.


That's an easy fix. You'll find plenty of guides to re-doing partitions with some quick searching. No need to do do any system restores either, as long as the partition your OS is installed on is fine.



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