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    What sort of Hardware are you all running now?

    I am using an old and lame p4 2.8ghz pc with 1 gig of DDR ram that I've been coastin on for the past 5 or 6 years now... been meaning to upgrade but I figure as long as it putts along I'll keep it..

    Just trying to figure out what everyone on here is using now... I've been AWOL for quite some time.

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    Good to see you BB. It has been a long time.
    Linux Mint Debian Edition

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    Titanium Member efc's Avatar
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    Since I have never been into gaming, I have little need for a big heat-sink on my desk. I am currently running two desktops, both with amd sempron 2800+ processors. One is running Mint Linux 8 and the other is still using XP.

    I do have a notebook with a dual core amd processor and vista. Hate vista but can't get everything I need to run on linux. Will probably try again in a few months.

    How much do I use each?

    Primary computer 95% of the time - Mint Linux 8

    Banking and taxes - xp machine

    When traveling or when I can take it away from my son, notebook using Vista
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    BOOGS! Still got your finger up your nose, I see.

    Current hardware:
    Dell Studio 1737, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, 4GB RAM, 300 GB HDD, dual-core processor
    htc Tilt 2, Winmo 6.5

    Last night, I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I'll never know.
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    BB, nice to see you again
    Since I am a gamer I am running an custom made PC by a great company (MYSELF!!)
    Asus P5N-T deluxe motherboard with nvidia 780i chipset. Horrible chipset with lots of problems, but the only one that I could use at the time for SLI
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8500, running just a bit overclocked
    8 GB OCZ DDR2 1066 (I don't remember the model, but they have like a heat pipe, and they actually run cool.
    Windows 7 x64 (complaining now that is not activated)
    The OS is running from a OCZ vertex 30 GB SSD drive.
    2x PNY Nvidia 8800 GT 512 MB in SLI
    If you want a recommendation for a new PC get this combo
    H55/Intel Core i3 530 and a 350 or 400 Watt 80plus PSU
    I built one like that for work and it is very nice setup. It responds well in Windows 7 even using the integrated video inside the Core i3. The setup will also include a 16x PCIe if you would like to upgrade the video later on, but the best point is that it will use about 23~28 watts of power. My PC at home uses 480 Watts all the time, which most likely is because the PSU is 650 Watts (needed for the SLI)
    I am currently saving a little of money to build a similar setup for a HTPC to replace my atom HTPC which stutters with anything higher than 720p (and even with 720p sometimes).
    Most H55/H57 also support DTS passthru on the HDMI.
    As a closing coment...BB, nice to see you back

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    It's good to see you all too! I am glad to see efc, pia, dehc phish and all! I had been wanting to check in on you guys but just been so hectic in my private life.

    What is the price of all that gear you recommended Dehc?

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    I am still recommending TigerDirect to people.

    Look at this one from Tiger. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...913&CatId=5291
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    I upgraded around November of 2008 to:

    Intel Core 2 duo E8500
    Asus P5Q motherboard
    ATI Radeon 4870 videocard
    Team Xtreem DDR2 4 gig

    My system performs quite fast so no upgrade itch yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by efc View Post
    I am still recommending TigerDirect to people.

    Look at this one from Tiger. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...913&CatId=5291
    When I get ready to upgrade I may have to look up Tigerdirect! But I bet the international shipping rates are atrocious!

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    Still on the same system I used in 1990 something. Home built Dual P3-800. Had to replace the RAM, video card, and HDs a few times. Though I do have a few notebooks (desktop replacements) that are new and better for my work.

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    Trusty old q6600 on Vista, mainly for casual games and Media Center... but taken backseat to PS3 lately with Gran Turismo and Logitech Wheel

    I5 or I7 is the way to go these days...

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    Hey guys!

    Msnwar howdy!

    Main Rig
    CPU - Q6600
    Hard Drive - 500g/320g
    Ram - 3 gigs
    Video- ATI 5770
    OS - XP

    Idle
    CPU - 3.0ghz p4 ht
    Hard Drive - 80 gig
    Ram - 2 gigs
    Video- 5440
    OS - Windows 7

    PVR
    CPU - Core 2 duo 1.6ghz?
    Hard Drive - 1.5tb/1.5tb,1.5tb/500g
    Ram - 2 gigs
    Video- ATI 4770
    OS - XP

    My main rig and Idle rig's monitors are on a coffee table in front of me. Main rig has 2 monitors and Idle rig has 1 they are all side by side. I use "Maxvista" to extend my desktop over both computers using one keyboard and mouse and it's pretty cool. Idle rig seems to be used more as just a monitor extension but is running windows 7 and looks sweet in aero

    Monitors
    Main
    23inch LCD widescreen 19inch LCD normal in middle
    Idle rig
    23inch LCD widescreen

    PVR
    42 inch LCD in front of those.

    All computers are accessed through one keyboard and mouse through software

    Using XP for main rig mainly due to work compatibility however directx 11 games is pushing me over to think of dual booting it in the future before a compete change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by egghead View Post
    Hey guys!

    Msnwar howdy!

    Main Rig
    CPU - Q6600
    Hard Drive - 500g/320g
    Ram - 3 gigs
    Video- ATI 5770
    OS - XP

    Idle
    CPU - 3.0ghz p4 ht
    Hard Drive - 80 gig
    Ram - 2 gigs
    Video- 5440
    OS - Windows 7

    PVR
    CPU - Core 2 duo 1.6ghz?
    Hard Drive - 1.5tb/1.5tb,1.5tb/500g
    Ram - 2 gigs
    Video- ATI 4770
    OS - XP

    My main rig and Idle rig's monitors are on a coffee table in front of me. Main rig has 2 monitors and Idle rig has 1 they are all side by side. I use "Maxvista" to extend my desktop over both computers using one keyboard and mouse and it's pretty cool. Idle rig seems to be used more as just a monitor extension but is running windows 7 and looks sweet in aero

    Monitors
    Main
    23inch LCD widescreen 19inch LCD normal in middle
    Idle rig
    23inch LCD widescreen

    PVR
    42 inch LCD in front of those.

    All computers are accessed through one keyboard and mouse through software

    Using XP for main rig mainly due to work compatibility however directx 11 games is pushing me over to think of dual booting it in the future before a compete change.
    Looks like you are staying up with the latest. I feel like trapped in a tech ice cube or something. I want to upgrade so badly but now I am working on my Corvette and it's sucking out all my disposable income... which SUCKS but I love my Vette.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSNwar View Post
    Still on the same system I used in 1990 something. Home built Dual P3-800. Had to replace the RAM, video card, and HDs a few times. Though I do have a few notebooks (desktop replacements) that are new and better for my work.

    MSNwar

    That's awesome! I still have a PIII 600mhz notebook that I fire up on occasion and it still works like a top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Booger View Post
    What is the price of all that gear you recommended Dehc?
    H55 motherboard $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-186-_-Product
    Core i3 530 CPU $119.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-222-_-Product
    220 Watts 80= certified PSU $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...US%20Certified
    (the 55$ PSU will be the component that will allow the PC to use about 25Watts power)
    DDR3 4GB RAM $100 (any DDR3 will be fine, and you can use less. I am using 2 GB currently on the HTPC)
    Any case $40
    Any HDD $60 (low rpm drives, or eco drives better to reduce power consumption)
    425$ total
    and if you have parts around, even better.
    I did some numbers last week, and 25 Watts PC will use a little over 3$ of electric a month, and a 480 Watts about 51$.
    If your electricity is even more expensive it makes more sense to go low power. And windows 7 is quick to wake up from sleep, so it is easy to put the computers to sleep now

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