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Do you have a computer?


If no, you don't have to respond, I'll understand ;)



Are you using a top of the line computer, new one or an old hand me down from your neighbor that couldn't get it to work.


Name your system, size of your screen and we promise not to laugh too hard if it is small.


I've met people that I've conversed with for a long time, then see their computer setup along with "where" it was in the home and found it mildly disturbing.

And then I've seen them snuck into a closet right inside the kitchen, soup cans above on the shelf next to those car speakers you're using for sound for your computer.



Do you think your computer slows you down or speeds you up?

Has it cost you more than one wife?

Weight gain?

Poor physical shape?

Have you ever checked how much time you actually spend online, but justify it because you know that going out and about always leads to spending money?


I have no problem being away from the computer for long periods of time when I'm out working, but I find myself glued to it when I'm here in the office multi-tasking doing other things at the same time between forums and bill paying, socializing and researching p-daddy ringtones. It's all good.
 

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The system that I have in my garage is an older Dell 8400 with 1 GIG of RAM and an 80 GIG hard drive with a 15" LCD monitor.

The system I have in my office I built myself, it has 3 GIG of RAM, a 200 GIG internal hard drive and a 200 GIG external hard drive, and a 22" LCD monitor.

Both systems have Pentium processors.
 

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This is my personal laptop I use for internet, Word07, project, etc.

It seems alright. They were on sale so I grabbed a his and hers.
 

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The system that I have in my garage is an older Dell 8400 with 1 GIG of RAM and an 80 GIG hard drive with a 15" LCD monitor.

The system I have in my office I built myself, it has 3 GIG of RAM, a 200 GIG internal hard drive and a 200 GIG external hard drive, and a 22" LCD monitor.

Both systems have Pentium processors.


Deaaaaaaaaaaam. Sounds sweet.



I'm operating off of a Dell Dimension Desktop series 2300 with 512 memory, external 640gb hard drive and 24" LCD monitor.


I plan on getting a second 24" monitor though to be able to work on multiple things at one time without having to constantly open and close screens to do so. I need a souped up video card as well as my videos are decent but choppy on certain flash formats.
 

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THis is my sweet puppy right here. I have added a pair of Phillips, 200 watt speakers. For that boom, boom, boom.:laughing:
I have a 22' LCD monitor. And, its in the garage, where I feel safe.:yes:

Technical garbage about the thing, I have no idea what it means:


  • Intel® Pentium® dual-core processor E5300
    With 800MHz frontside bus, 2MB shared L2 cache and 2.6GHz processor speed.
  • 2 high-performance processing cores
    To run multiple demanding applications simultaneously without hesitation.
  • 6GB PC2-6400 DDR2 SDRAM
    For multitasking power; expandable to 8GB.
  • Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support
    Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL or DVD-R DL media. Supports DVD-RAM and LightScribe direct-disc labeling using compatible LightScribe media.
  • 640GB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 rpm)
    Provides plenty of storage for data and media and fast read/write speeds.
  • Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3100
    With 128MB dedicated video memory; up to 287MB total video memory as allocated by Windows Vista. High-definition audio with 8-speaker support delivers crisp, clear sound.
  • Front-panel 15-in-1 media reader
    Supports CompactFlash Type I/II, Secure Digital, mini Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC), MultiMediaCard Mobile and MultiMediaCard Plus.
  • Also supports Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, SmartMedia, xD-Picture Card and Microdrive.
  • IEEE 1394 (FireWire) interface and 6 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
    For fast digital data transfer and easy peripheral connectivity.
  • Built-in 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet networking interface
    With RJ-45 connector makes it easy to connect to the Internet.
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system
    With Service Pack 1 (SP1) preinstalled for a stable computing platform.
  • Software package included
    With HP MediaSmart Suite, Cyberlink DVD Suite, muvee Reveal Basic, Microsoft Works 9 and more. 60-day trial of Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2007 also included.
  • Intel, Pentium, Celeron, Centrino, Core, Viiv, Intel Inside and the Intel Inside logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.
Its a HP.
 

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Deaaaaaaaaaaam. Sounds sweet.



I'm operating off of a Dell Dimension Desktop series 2300 with 512 memory, external 640gb hard drive and 24" LCD monitor.


I plan on getting a second 24" monitor though to be able to work on multiple things at one time without having to constantly open and close screens to do so. I need a souped up video card as well as my videos are decent but choppy on certain flash formats.
My biggest need for a computer is running Autocad, which is a total resource hog, hence the large RAM and storage, autocad files are huge too. If it weren't for that I could get by with my Toshiba 12" netbook with 512 RAM and a ten GIG hard drive.
 

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I bought an HP laptop and lasted 2 years. my brother bought an HP laptop and lasted just over a year. Mine had a recall on it but it expired Dec 2008. You think they would send letters out to the owners so they can repair it. So after I yelled at the HP rep Jeff ( from India) I said that's why I buy Dell's. They stand behind their products.

Dell desktop
pent 4 3.0 hyperthread.
2GB memory
13 card reader
cd rom
dual layer dvd burner
tv tuner
80gb hd #1
250 gb hd #2
500gb hd on stand by
nvidia 7800gt video card
wireless keyboard and mouse
32 inch samsung lcd tv for my monitor.
So I can use my computer as a DVR
 

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Awe crap! :censored:


I bought a hp printer/fax/copy machine and can't get it to talk to the unit by wireless ethernet.

That and for 10 minutes after I turned it on it did all kinds of crazy stuff, like it was organizing and going through a huge system check.

It's slick though, definitely a nice one for what I paid for it.
 

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The system that I have in my garage is an older Dell 8400 with 1 GIG of RAM and an 80 GIG hard drive with a 15" LCD monitor.

The system I have in my office I built myself, it has 3 GIG of RAM, a 200 GIG internal hard drive and a 200 GIG external hard drive, and a 22" LCD monitor.

Both systems have Pentium processors.
I'm using that piece of crap now :laughing:. I need a new computer. But need a new sewer camera first.
 

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I have dozens of computers, but only five or six get used at any given time. My main machine is this little guy:

Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P mainboard
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz Yorkfield processor
4GB Mushkin XP2-8500 DDR2 RAM
EVGA GeForce GTX-260 video
Hard drives:
2 - 1TB
2 - 300GB
1 - 250GB
Need to replace those little tiny drives with at least 1TB units, or better yet 2TB ones. I'm constantly on space patrol to keep some free space available.

Not a bad little rig. Nothing earth shattering, but it's fairly quick for an obsolete box.

I run Ubuntu Linux on it. No steenkin Windoze (spit) for this box. I run Windoze (spit) on a crappy box for accounting.

Display is a modest Samsung 225BW 22"LCD. Soon to be replaced with at least a 24" unit.

Do you think your computer slows you down or speeds you up?
Speeds me up.

Has it cost you more than one wife?
No.

Weight gain? Poor physical shape?
When work is slow, YES.

Have you ever checked how much time you actually spend online, but justify it because you know that going out and about always leads to spending money?
I live online. It's what I do when I'm not working.

I've met people that I've conversed with for a long time, then see their computer setup along with "where" it was in the home and found it mildly disturbing.
The "living room" is the computer room/office. There are four workstations, each with a 2 or 4-port KVM, so there are multiple computers connected to each station's keyboard/video/mouse/speakers. Takes too much space otherwise.
 

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This is mine what ever it means.
 

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The only thing I know about my cp is that it is a hp. I also know where the on and off button is. The only thing I use it for is to check emails, facebook and plumbing zone. I don't do finanial transaction simply because I don't trust it due to hackers. If you can't wait for a check or money order I don't do business with you. I also don't accept internet contracts. If you can't send me a contract in the mail for me to sign with my own hand I don't deal with you.
 

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Mine is a home built computer. It has

  • Duel Quad Core CPU Q6600 @ 2.4GHz
  • 8 Gig Ram
  • Windows 7 64Bit
  • 500 Gig hard drive
  • Two Nivdia Geforce 8600 GTS SLI Vid cards
  • Two 22" wide screen lcd monitors
  • Autocad
  • Office 2010
  • Visual Studio 2010 beta
Then for the road I have a Gateway Netbook through Verizon.
 

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Liquid cooled system. ATI radeon 8700 video card (i think)
Sound blaster audigy 2 hardware interface
audio is hooked up to my sony home theater system via optical cable.
21.75" viewable monitor
all kinds of cards for incoming video and outgoing video
 

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my main system is getting kinda long in the tooth now, but it contains.........
intel Q6600 quad @ 3.5Ghz
8GB of G-skill ram @ 940 or so Mhz
1 LSI PCI-E SCSI card
2 ultra 320 SCSI 146GB 15,000 rpm drives
1 ultra 320 SCSI 146GB 10,000 drive
1 SATA 160GB drive
2 1TB drives for archiving that i run in a E-SATA dock
1 8800GT video
audigy 2 sound card
corsair VX 550 power supply
coolermaster CM690 case
Benq FP241VW 24" 8 bit monitor
XP 64bit
some fancy wiring and air cooling to go with everything


pics.........


 

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my main system is getting kinda long in the tooth now, but it contains.........
intel Q6600 quad @ 3.5Ghz
8GB of G-skill ram @ 940 or so Mhz
1 LSI PCI-E SCSI card
2 ultra 320 SCSI 146GB 15,000 rpm drives
1 ultra 320 SCSI 146GB 10,000 drive
1 SATA 160GB drive
2 1TB drives for archiving that i run in a E-SATA dock
1 8800GT video
audigy 2 sound card
corsair VX 550 power supply
coolermaster CM690 case
Benq FP241VW 24" 8 bit monitor
XP 64bit
some fancy wiring and air cooling to go with everything


pics.........




Damn dude! Plan on taking out the government with that? :eek: :blink:
 

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Just ordered this tonight

Studio XPS 9000


I haven't bought one in 8 years, going to set up dual 24" computer screens along with external hard drives.

Long overdue, jacked up some of the options on the one above. A recent video card didn't help the issue of how slow my computer is running on certain applications.

Going to actually have someone professionally set this system up for me so I don't waste 3 f'n days trying to do it myself, lost in the woods.

I've been dragging lately on work on the internet and it's the fact I have little patience for slow loading pages, video content not loading correctly and a slew of over issues I need to resolve.

Given that you are "supposed to" replace your computer every 4 years, I took it 8. It still works, fast. Having 2-24" flat screens will be awesome to start up projects on one screen and move to another without constantly having to close/minimize windows.

As many hours I've put into this screen, and what I got coming soon I need something that makes me far more efficient.


Even bought a laptop as well to do powerpoint presentations, burn DVD's to give to school systems regarding my misting fan company, park bench company. Time to go the distance.
 

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The primary computer on my desk is a Dell Studio 435T with 8GB of Ram and 3 TB of Hard Drives (2). My secondary computer on my desk is a Dell XPS 420 with 3 GB of Ram and a 500 GB hard drive. Both computers have 24" Dell Monitors on wall mounts.

Mark
 

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