What are your current computer's specs?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Captain Ice, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. Captain Ice

    Captain Ice Cookie Constructor Admiral

    Dec 30, 2002
    Getting Captain Ice on to the naughty list
    Tonight I purchased a new computer to replace my slowly dying 9 year old desktop and I find myself curious to see what the rest of you are using to get to the BBS.

    My current (old) PC:

    P4 2.4 GHz processor
    1.8 GB PC 2700 DDR Ram
    150 GB hard drive
    256 meg ATI Radeon AGP graphics card
    52x CDRW drive
    28x CD-rom drive

    My new PC:

    I7 2.0 GHz processor
    6 GB DDR3 Ram
    750 GB hard drive
    Blue-ray player and super-multi-DVD burner
    2 USB 2.0 ports
    2 USB 3.0 ports
    HDMI port
    17.3" 1600x900 HD display

    As this is my first laptop, I was also wondering:

    Should I buy a travel case for it?
    Is there anything I should be leery of/careful with?
    As it is a desktop replacement, should I look into getting a docking station for it? If so, how much do these run?
    Should I get a cooling pad for it?

    Also, what type of PCs/Macs do you currently use and what are the specs?
  2. Amaris

    Amaris Abiding Eos Premium Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    United States
    I recommend it. It makes traveling and using the laptop much easier.

    Don't drop it, and make sure there's plenty of ventilation on the bottom.

    Docking stations are nice. I do recommend them when you're using the laptop as a desktop replacement.

    Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. The built in cooling system is woefully inadequate in most laptops. 9 out of 10 laptops I repaired when I worked at Dell were damaged due to overheating.

    A good cooling pad will help extend the life of your hardware. I recommend XPad, which require no power source, as they are passive cooling systems. They do work, I swear by them.

    I have an HP Pavilion a6803w. My system specs are:

    AMD Athlon X2 2.53 Ghz Processor
    3 GB DDR2 800 RAM
    500 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
    ATi Radeon HD4670 1 GB PCIe Graphics Card
    HP SuperMultiDrive (DVD Burner/CD Burner/Lightscribe)
    6 USB 2.0 Ports
    15 in 1 Multimedia Reader (SD card/MMC/Pro Duo, etc)
    20" HP 2009m LCD Flat Panel @1600x900
  3. ITL

    ITL Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 27, 2004
    Palace Of The Brine
    I think it's time to replace the creaky old relic I laughingly call a computer before it crumbles into dust and deprives me of my internets. Quick! Someone give me some money!
  4. think

    think Vice Admiral Admiral

    Sep 2, 2008
    Spidermantis ---
    two dual core AMD Opteron Processor 275
    2.21 GHz 3gig ram

    linux box lap
    and a xp box lap

    these are all archaic things I have dual monitor outs in the main thing 2 24 in flats...

    the cores are 64 bitters so it is like 4 sixty for bit processors. but even still rendering movies is like pulling teeth sometimes..this is like a three or four year old machine that I have been using for that long. I have decided not to get into machine coding with it because the machine architecture as been reworked into... something different..

    it is really annoying cause the processors bit structure will not run some 32 bit compiled fractal programs so rather then redesign a whole new fractal program at machine level I have decided to ,,, wait for something to change to make it easier like the conceptnet5 going on..
  5. ares93

    ares93 Commodore Commodore

    May 5, 2010
    Smarthome mainframe (Occasional gaming rig):
    Phenom 2 X6@4.1GHz, 16GB DDR3 1600mhz, Crossfire ATI Radeon HD6970, Corsair F120, 2TB 7200rpm, Win 7 Ultimate x64 EDIT: Triple screen setup

    Portable desktop:
    Asus X72JR, I5-520m, 8GB DDR3, MR HD5470 1gb, Intel SSD, 500GB 7200rpm, Win 7 Home Premium x64

    Laptop/Work machine:
    Toughbook CF-29, 1526mb DDR2, Corsair F120 SSD, DVD-RW, Ublox 6 GPS, Emissive Keyboard, WWAN, XP SP3
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2012
  6. Cutter John

    Cutter John Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    I'm strictl a desktop user, so lets see,

    2.8 GHz Athlon processor
    4 Gb 5300 DDR2 Ram
    Sound Blaster X-Fi soundcard
    180 and 250 GB hard drives (450 GB external drive for backups)
    Nvidia 9800GT graphics card
    19 inch LG LCD monitor
    DVDRW combo drive
    Win 7 64 bit OS

    I keep thinking I should update the thing. Maybe more Ram, larger monitor, or a faster processor. But you know, for a machine thats over five years old, it still performs really well.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2012
  7. ThankQ

    ThankQ Admiral Admiral

    Mar 27, 2003
    My computer wears contacts.
  8. TheBrew

    TheBrew Vice Admiral Admiral

    Oct 19, 2001
    Fox Lady
    Couldn't spring for the laser surgery?
  9. Sector 7

    Sector 7 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 27, 2008
    Rural North Carolina
    Don't laugh (at least not too loud :rommie:):

    Dell Dimension 2350 desktop
    Intel Pentium 4 1.80 GHz
    2.00 GB RAM (upgraded from 500 MB by me)
    30 GB HDD
    320 GB HDD (added by me)
    CD ROM drive
    Samsung DVD burner (added by me)

    Windows XP Home Edition Version 2002 Service Pack 3

    A couple years ago our home was burglarized. They got big screen TVs, computers, laptops, printers... even the cable box. None of it was insured. My godson got a new computer that Christmas and sent me his old one. Gotta love him.:luvlove:

    After replacing the power supply, it has been very dependable. The upgrades I made have helped performance considerably. It needs a better graphics card. (I was told the one I have is as bad as not having one, but not sure what kind to get.)

    J. Allen, I e-mailed my godson the link for the XPad. We have been looking for something for his laptop. Thanks!:techman:
  10. Robert Maxwell

    Robert Maxwell memelord Premium Member

    Jun 12, 2001
    I replaced my aging P4 system with this:

    AMD Athlon II X4 @ 2.8GHz
    4GB RAM
    720GB hard drive
    DVD/CD writer
    AMD HD4200 graphics (which I replaced recently with the only-slightly-better nVidia GeForce GT 520)

    Good system, although someday I will go for a real video card which means springing for a heavier power supply. Just putting that off.

    I also had an old ASUS netbook which was on its last legs. I replaced it with:

    AMD E-350 CPU
    3GB RAM
    320GB hard drive
    DVD/CD burner
    15.6" screen
    Radeon HD 6310 graphics

    I am a total cheapskate. I paid $350 for the desktop last summer, and $350 for this laptop about a month ago. Both were refurbished units (with warranty, though.)
  11. ares93

    ares93 Commodore Commodore

    May 5, 2010
    You're going to laugh now. Look at my computers in my post above and I'll tell you a secret.
    I have an identical machine (although upgraded) and its the most used computer in the household. That is if you don't count the SH-Mainframe. But considering the mainframe more or less acts as a server, it doesn't count.
  12. Sector 7

    Sector 7 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 27, 2008
    Rural North Carolina
    Aside from the video card issue, I love this old computer! The price was perfect and it was a gift of love from my godson. :techman:
  13. ares93

    ares93 Commodore Commodore

    May 5, 2010
    You need an AGP graphics card for that machine. I have a Radeon HD3450 in mine which works splendidly. Of course, a little overclocking doesnt hurt either. But bottom line is, anything with an AGP port will work. I think the fastest card that uses an AGP port is the HD4650, or possibly the HD4670.
  14. Sector 7

    Sector 7 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 27, 2008
    Rural North Carolina
    Thanks, ares93, I'll look for one now.
  15. Haggis and tatties

    Haggis and tatties Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Dec 27, 2002
    I only upgraded my desktop PC before xmas.

    I3 core (SB) 3.10ghz.
    GTX 560 SC
    8 gig 1333 DDR3
    500gig WD HDD
    Sony DVD rom
    28in Hanns-G monitor

    Windows 7 Home 64 bit
  16. Mr. B

    Mr. B Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 28, 2002
    New Orleans
    I last upgraded in July of 2010, but I'm still content with my setup: full description with pictures

    Antec P180 Case
    Seasonic S12-500 500 watt Power Supply
    EVGA P55 SLI 132-LF-E655-KR LGA1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750
    with Scythe Mugen 2 CPU cooler

    EVGA GeForce GTX260 Core 216 896MB DDR3 Graphics Card 896-P3-1255-AR
    Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 SDRAM

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM hard drive
    Two (2) Samsung EcoGreen F2 HD154UI 1.5TB hard drives (for RAID1 media storage)
    Scythe Kaze Master 5.25'' Bay Fan Controller
    Three (3) YATE LOON 120mm Case Fans (D12SL-12)

    Two (2) Dell 2209WA 22'' LCD
    E-MU 0404 USB, Audioengine A5 speakers
  17. StolenThunder

    StolenThunder Poster Premium Member

    Sep 24, 2001
    My iMac is just starting to creak a little bit, I think.

    24" screen, 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM. It's a mid-2007.

    Still does just fine but I notice a little tattiness around the edges. I'll upgrade in the next two or three years, I suppose. I was thinking of perhaps buying a MacBook Air, maybe a Pro, to go with it.
  18. FordSVT

    FordSVT Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 17, 2001
    Atlantic Canada
    My God, even when the topic is straight forward you're incomprehensible. :wtf:

    My computer was a quad core Q6660 Intel with 3 GB of DDR2 ram and a GTS 9600 video card. Unfortunately, it died last Thursday. Power supply went, caused a chain reaction that took out the motherboard and processor. It was four years old, time to get something new...

    I'm currently researching a new build and have decided on:

    Intel i5 2500 (i7 is more expensive and not really worth it for me).
    8GB DDR3
    GTX 560ti video card
    1TB hard drive
    120GB SATA SSD
  19. ares93

    ares93 Commodore Commodore

    May 5, 2010
    I'm having problems understanding it, and bloody hell, I do this for a living.

    The way I figure, we have there options. Either both of us have gone temporarily dyslectic, think is in serious need of the spell-check plugin or he's drunk. :lol:

    EDIT: Seems I need the spell check plugin as well. Or perhaps smaller fingers or a bigger mobile.
  20. FordSVT

    FordSVT Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 17, 2001
    Atlantic Canada
    Naw, the post is typical, he usually doesn't make a lick of sense to anyone. I'll drop it though, don't want to get too personal and get a warning for it.