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Old 11-05-11, 08:47 PM   #1
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What's Your Computer Setup?

Simple, just post your computer setup. I'll start.

Motherboard: ASUS A8N-VM CSM
Processor: AMD Athlon 3800+
Hard Drives: 2, 40gb primary, 150gb secondary.
Disk Drives: None
Video Card: BFG Tech nVidia GeForce 9800GT
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Old 11-05-11, 11:12 PM   #2
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I've got 3 laptops and 3 workstations.

When I want to use one of the workstations, I put the keyboard on top of the closed laptop.
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Old 11-05-11, 11:25 PM   #3
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Woah, your computer's about as old as mine is.

DFI LanParty nf4 Ultra D
Athlon 3500+
2 gigs Kingston RAM
Zotac 8800gts
couple of HDDs 1 TB + 400 GB
couple of Samsung DVD burners
emachines keyboard
G5 mouse
Dell 22" LCD monitor
Netgear WG111 v3 USB wifi.

Hopefully going with a new mobo/cpu/RAM in order to play BF3 here later this month.
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Old 11-05-11, 11:28 PM   #4
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Ah, another geek thread.

Home:
Dell Optiplex GX620 (3.2GHz P4, HT disabled, 1GB RAM) running Debian Squeeze. I paid $45 for it at surplus at the university. Works like a champ.
Wife has a 13" MBP that is only a few months old and I left on OS X 10.6.
We also share the previous Mac, a late-2005 12" PB G4.
Network at home is through a Buffalo DD-WRT 802.11b/g/n box.

Work:
Dell Optiplex... 980, I think. Quad-core, 4GB RAM, ATI Radeon graphics, dual 20" Viewsonic LCDs.
There's also an Inspiron 8600 lappy (1.7GHz, 2GB RAM) on my desk I use when I'm breaking the desktop. Both run Debian Squeeze and are pretty much identically configured.
And then there's my server room, which contains various Dell and Apple models from the last several years, 20 machines in all. These machines have a mix of RHEL5, WS2k3, WS2k8, OSX 10.4 and 10.5... and there are a couple of small Infrant NAS units in there, too. The Macs (3) and NASes (2), I inherited when the Overseas Studies tech guy bailed in the spring. All but the Macs and NASes are plugged into a Belkin KVM. Everything is connected to the outside world through run-of-the-mill Cisco and Juniper hardware that the university takes care of. We are soon to make the jump to ESXi from RHEL5 with VMWare Server on two of our servers. By then, we will have 6 guests on 2 hosts. I will also be shutting down 2 more physical machines as their functions have become obsolete.

So let's see... that's a total of 25 physical and 5 virtual machines.
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Old 11-05-11, 11:38 PM   #5
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A8N? holy crap, that is old.

then again, I do have an 8RDA+ right here in front of me. I'm not using it, but its carcass does sit in front of me.
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I have four. The home system is the best equipped:

Intel i5-2600k
nVidia 480GTX 1GB video card with fans and stuff on it
Gigabyte P67 board
16GB DDR3 1333
640GB mechanical drive with 64MB cache, plus a 750 and a 320
Corsair TX-series power supply
22" LG monitor
IBM M-Series mechanical keyboard! ALL HAIL THE M-SERIES!!!
64-bit Win7 Ultimate



At work, I have the other three.


^ my "Employee lounge" system is for lunchtime relaxation, and also gets used by the bookkeeper in the mornings. It's a

2.8GHz Sempron unlocked into an Athlon II dual-core
4GB RAM, basic hard drive
AMD 785G-based board
dual 19" LCD monitors, dual-head ATI video card.
64-bit Windows 7 Pro
inexpensive HEC power supply
Card table
Wireless Sony headphones for jammin' to some YouTube tunes at lunch
Mini-fridge sidekick





My workbench's computer is a

3.0GHz Athlon II X4 quad-core
6GB RAM
AMD 785G-based board
dual 20" LCD monitors on a dual-head HD4830 (yeah, I could play Half-Life2 at work )
120GB OCZ Agility 3 solid-state disk drive
APC Back-UPS 1000Pro battery backup
IBM M-Series mechanical keyboard! ALL HAIL THE M-SERIES!!!
64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate






^ my Windows Home Server is also at work, mainly to back up all the computers so when the poop hits the air-circulation device, I have an easy way to fix it and get on with my life.

64-bit WHS 2011 running on yet another AMD 785G-based board
Athlon II X2 dual-core, 2.8GHz
4GB ECC RAM (hey, it's a server)
750GB primary drive, 1.5GB secondary
no monitor or keyboard or mouse
APC Back-UPS Pro 700VA battery backup
FSP 350W power supply

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Old 11-06-11, 06:41 AM   #7
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ECC RAM...phat. I haven't seen that stuff since I had a Dual Pentium Pro back in the 90's.
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Computer setup...let's see if I can even recall what's in mine...

Antec Sonata Case (so freaking quiet)
Corsair HX650 PSU
Intel I5-650
Some motherboard
4GB of some kind of RAM
NVIDIA Quadro FX580 video card
Some brand of SATA 250GB HD
LG Blu-ray burner
DELL 2209WA IPS monitor
APC 1500VA UPS

Also use a Thinkpad X201, which I probably use more than the desktop.
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Old 11-06-11, 06:49 AM   #9
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Not really a gamer, but built to accomodate Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and the demands put on a system with video rendering.

Motherboard: MSI P97a-G45
CPU: Intel Core i7 2600k (haven't pushed it)
P/S: Antec High Current Gamer Series 750w
RAM: 8gb GSkill DDR3 (two open slots to take to 16gb if necessary, but currently don't see the need.
Video: PNY Nvdia Geoforce GTX 460
HD: 2 WD 1T Black
Mouse: Logitech M310 wireless (motherboard only had 1 pinned connection for either mouse or keyboard)

Now the older recycled cheap stuff included with above build from an E6300 Pentium it replaced

Case: Antec mid
Keyboard: Microsoft wired
Drive: HP DVD writer (trashed a 3.5 floppy as no connection on MB)
Multi-card USB reader
Monitor: older 17" Sony, windows only sees as 'generic'. My next upgrade, looking at 23" IPS panels like the Dell Ultra

Windows Experience Index 5.6, held back by the HD transfer rate, all other scores 7.5 or higher.

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Older notebook
HP-G60
AMD Turion Dual core RM-72 2.10gh
At maximum 4gb RAM, fully utilized with 64 bit operating system.

Windows Experience index 3.7 (Graphics performance) with all other scores ranging from 4.8 to 5.9
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Old 11-06-11, 08:12 AM   #10
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Athlon 64 X2 5000+
8GB Corsair DDR2
Abit KN9 SLI
XFX Radeon 6850
Corsair TX850
8XHDD's for about 6TB
Generic rackmount server case
2X19" LCD's
Cheap Logitech keyboard and wired mouse
Win7

The plan is to relegate this to home server duties once I finish up my new main rig. It will be placed into a server cube in my workshop and also function as a backup gaming rig for guests since my shop is wired for LAN parties.

Workshop PC:

Core 2 Duo mobile @2GHz
2GB DDR2
Aopen miniITX board
Aopen S120 case
2X160GB 2.5" HDDs
17" LCD
Cheap Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse
WinXP

The whole case is under 8" squared, very conveniently sized. I have it hooked up to a KVM switch for working on other PCs as well as a stereo receiver wired into the shop.

I'm still working on my next PC, and though it is running, it's still a ways from finished:

i7 2600K @3.4GHz (For now)
8GB Corsair Dominator DDR3 1866 (will be adding another pair for 16GB)
Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z Z68
XFX GTX580 (Another will be added later)
Corsair AX850 Gold
Corsair Force Series GT 90GB SSD (Will be paired up with an enterprise-class 1TB 2.5" HDD to create an SSD cache)
Lian-Li PC-V354A

I plan to watercool this bad boy despite the relatively diminutive size. A Phobya Xtreme200mm radiator just fits in the front of the case, driven by a 180mm Silverstone FM181 fan, and there's even room for a push-pull setup. After considering just how much hardware I plan to cool (CPU, 2XGPU, RAM, Mosfets) I decided to add a second 200mm rad in the top of the case, requiring a shroud to be fabricated (also planned for a push-pull config if needed). The pump is the Swiftech MCP35X that is PWM-controlled by the motherboard. Once 180mm fans are available in PWM models I'll run them too from the BIOS since the Gene-Z has 2XCPU and 3XChassis fan headers, all PWM.

The theory is that a larger fan moves more air with less noise, just as a 120mm fan is much quieter than an 80mm. By having the fans and pump "throttle down" under light usage, it should be vewwy, vewwy quiet. When gaming I have a headset on anyway, so it can sound like a jet taking off for all I care...though it probably won't.
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Old 11-06-11, 08:21 AM   #11
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2 Macbook Pro's
2 Sony Vaio Laptops
1 wireless networked printer/scanner.

That is all I know. I am the finance department. The kids are the IT department.

Now, where TF is that "any" key.
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The laptop is ~ 4 years old and will probably be replaced in the next year or two. Inspiron 1525 running running T5750 core2duo - still works well and handles the kid's resource-hungry flash game sites.

Desktop is a quad-core Q6600, 4GB memory, 2TB total disk space. Just added an extra 19" non-widescreen monitor to give a nice big 2560x1024 real estate. It was an HP, but fell out of the car during a fire evacuation and the case was damaged so I put the guts in a new case. Only other thing I had to replace was the power supply. Lucked out on that one, as I hadn't backed up the HDD in quite some time. Needless to say I backed it up when it was back up and running.

And both systems are running Vista, without a hickup, device problem or virus. Hoping windows 8 will be out for some time, with a service patch out, before upgrading.
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Old 11-06-11, 02:56 PM   #13
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Antec P183 case w/3 Noctua 120mm fans on Zalman controller
Asus P6TD Deluxe motherboard
Corsair 750w power supply
Core i7 920 w/ Noctua NH-U12P cooler
6GB Corsair Dominator RAM (3x 2GB)
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LG Blu-ray ROM/DVD Burner + LG DVD burner
LG Flatron 22" monitor
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Microsoft Natural Multimedia or IBM Model-M keyboard (w/ detachable key caps and cable)
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It really is amazing how many nerds are on the bike forums.
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Old 11-06-11, 03:34 PM   #15
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My last DIY computer build was in 2004 - a P4 with two 7200RPM hard drives in a RAID 0 array. It was fast for 2004. My ex-wife has that computer now.

My work laptop is a Thinkpad T510. My personal laptop is a Thinkpad Z61m, but it's dead. It fell off the bike a few too many times.

I'm still undecided on replacing the dead laptop with another laptop, or build a desktop system.
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CPU: Core 2 Duo E6400 (2.13Ghz) w/ thermalright ultra-120
Mobo: Asus P5W-DH Deluxe
RAM: 4x 1GB patriot extreme DDR2-6400
GPU: Powercolor AMD HD5770 1GB w/ Arctic Cooling Accelero S1
PSU: Corsair HX-520
Drives: 1x WD blue 640GB, 1x hitachi green 2TB
Case: Antex Solo case (reduced air flow restriction mod)
OS: WinXP MCE

monitor: Dell U2311H
keyboard: MS digital media pro
mouse: OCZ equalizer & logitech MX620

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CPU: AMD Athlon II 160u (1.8Ghz high efficiency & low power) w/ scythe ninja
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H
RAM: 2x 2GB corsair DDR3-1600
GPU: on-board 880G
PSU: Seasonic S12-330
Drives: 1x seagate momentus XT 500GB, 2x WD green 2TB, 1x hitachi green 2TB
Case: Antec P180 (reduced air flow restriction mod)
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KVM shared with main

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APU: AMD E-350 (1.6Ghz) w/ HD6310
RAM: 6GB DDR3-1333
HDD: corsair force 120GB SSD (refurb)
OS: Win7 home premium 64bit

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At work I got a new CAD workstation about 2.5 years ago. I did my research, spec'd the parts, but had our supplier build it.
Case: Antec 300
Mobo: Gigabyte EP45
CPU: Intel E8500 dual core
CPU cooler: Zalman
4GB ram
Hard drives: WD 300GB Velociraptor, WD 1TB
GPU: ATI FireGL video card (for CAD)
Monitors: a pair of Viewsonic 22" widescreen monitors
OS: Windows XP Pro 32bit
After I received it I overclocked it to 3.8GHz and it runs 24/7

I built my home desktop computer:
Case: Antec 300
Mobo: Gigabyte EP45
CPU: Intel Q9400 quad core
CPU cooler: Xigmatek
4GB ram
Hard drive: WD 750GB black
Monitor: 17" 4:3 on a folding monitor arm at the end of the sofa
OS: Windows 7 32bit home premium

Oddball computer:
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Work laptop:
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Intel P9400 dual core processor
Hard Drive: Samsung 128GB SSD
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I've run my business on Macs for 20 years. In my office we have two 24" iMacs, an old G5 tower (we don't really use that anymore), my own workstation which is a 27" iMac (I got that about a year ago) and my laptop which is a 13" MacBook Air.
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My work laptop is a Thinkpad T510. My personal laptop is a Thinkpad Z61m, but it's dead. It fell off the bike a few too many times.

I'm still undecided on replacing the dead laptop with another laptop, or build a desktop system.
Thinkpads are great--about the only laptop brand I like.

I think you should get another Thinkpad AND build a desktop system.
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The Windows delusions are strong in this thread.
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The Windows delusions are strong in this thread.
the only complaint I have against macs are the lack of games it supports.
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The Windows delusions are strong in this thread.
No delusions. I like Macs. Work uses Windows. I can use either Mac or Windows for general web browsing, but Visual Studio 2010 works under Windows (yes I know, I can run Windows on a Mac, but why?)

I have thought about buying a Macbook Air. Add in a 27" cinema display (for $1000 ) and it's a beautiful thing.
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I have Windows on my workstation (running on Parallels). I do have to use it to access the odd client 3D file that's hard or impossible to view on the Mac because the antediluvian company that makes that particular software doesn't have a Mac version (this only happens with some 3D modeling programs, and it's rare). The degree to which Windows sucks cannot be overstated. It sucks less than it once did, but not much less. Every time I have to use it I'm amazed at how clunky it remains compared to OS X even after all these years.

What I find fascinating is that the PC business is so friggin hard to make money in that Hewlett Packard, the largest PC manufacturer on the planet, was until quite recently seriously debating spinning off its PC division because it was so marginal in terms of profit. Apple has 12% of domestic PC marketshare but over half the profits. And that market share is growing rather rapidly; I'd be surprised if it doesn't double within 5 years. At that point Mac will be 25% of market share. But Apple's mobile platform iOS has broader impact, and since tablet computers and smart phones are really computers, Apple's overall market share of OS software is no longer accurately reflected in traditional computer market share statistics, it's considerably larger if you look at the bigger picture.

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Since when did I need a reason to chastise you?
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I have you two beat for low spec main computer.

no... wait... E6400 is better than Athlon 64 X2 5200+
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