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PaintballCLE
03-01-2010, 07:37 PM
So this is what I ended up going with...........for $999

Let me know what you think, its backordered so i have 2 weeks to cancel my order.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+Studio+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%2315 3%3B+i7+Processor+-+Black+Chainlink/9718895.p?id=1218158730573&skuId=9718895


Intel® Core™ i7-720QM processor
Features a 6MB cache and 1.6GHz processor speed.
The all new 2010 Intel® Core™ i7 processor
Features 8-way processing for ultimate smart performance. Intel® Turbo Boost Technology delivers extra performance when you need it and increased energy efficiency when you don't.
4GB DDR3 memory
For multitasking power, expandable to 8GB.
Blu-ray Disc-enabled DVD±RW/CD-RW drive
Features read support for next-generation Blu-ray Disc.
17.3" bright LED high-definition plus display
With TrueLife technology showcases movies and games in stunning clarity.
500GB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 rpm)
Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times.
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 graphics
Features 1GB dedicated video memory for lush images. HDMI output for connecting to an HDTV. Built-in stereo speakers with JBL and SRS Premium Surround support.
Built-in 2.0MP webcam
Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends.
8-in-1 media reader
Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital Input/Output, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, xD-Picture Card, High Speed Secure Digital and Secure Digital High Capacity formats.
3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.
Built-in Dell 1520 wireless LAN card
To wirelessly connect to the Internet.
Built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN
For quick and easy wired Web connection.
Weighs 7.6 lbs. and measures just 1.5" thin
For portable power.
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled
Provides a stable platform for word processing, Web navigation, gaming, media storage and more.
Software package included
With Microsoft Works and more.

broncosteven
03-01-2010, 09:13 PM
Not a bad Price for a Mobile i7, there is only 1 other i7 you could move up to in a laptop (without going to the i7 mobile extreme series) and I haven't seen it in any flyers yet.

Did you compare the same system with Dell? I wonder if they are the same price or cheaper. I bet they build like 1000 of these with the above specs and sell them to the box stores for a cheaper price than if someone built their own on their site. just wondering since you have 2 weeks until it comes out.

BTW I was wrong about the 3 ram sticks on the i7 series, that is only in the desktops, on laptops they are still only in a dual config. But you should check out the speed difference and capabilities of a desktop processor, it is off the hook!

I bought Quad core Xeon CPU's a couple years ago that couldn't touch the i7 desktops with their quad core and 8 way threading!

PaintballCLE
03-01-2010, 09:37 PM
Not a bad Price for a Mobile i7, there is only 1 other i7 you could move up to in a laptop (without going to the i7 mobile extreme series) and I haven't seen it in any flyers yet.

Did you compare the same system with Dell? I wonder if they are the same price or cheaper. I bet they build like 1000 of these with the above specs and sell them to the box stores for a cheaper price than if someone built their own on their site. just wondering since you have 2 weeks until it comes out.

BTW I was wrong about the 3 ram sticks on the i7 series, that is only in the desktops, on laptops they are still only in a dual config. But you should check out the speed difference and capabilities of a desktop processor, it is off the hook!

I bought Quad core Xeon CPU's a couple years ago that couldn't touch the i7 desktops with their quad core and 8 way threading!



yeah i tried it on dells website, they dont let u custom build anymore (AT LEAST I COULDNT FIND IT) but for one comparable, it was closer to 1800. I like the fact this one has the 9 cell batery too instead of the 6. Thanks for the help!

strafen
03-01-2010, 09:47 PM
That looks like a badass machine.
Congrats!

montrose
03-01-2010, 10:04 PM
I've sold a few of these at the store (on backorder), a really nice setup!

PaintballCLE
03-04-2010, 07:45 PM
my first post with this bad ass computer..........this thing is awesome! ive already sone some stuff that on my old computer would take forever, the cpu on this never even got above 20%! Thanks for the help guys

broncosteven
03-04-2010, 08:34 PM
my first post with this bad ass computer..........this thing is awesome! ive already sone some stuff that on my old computer would take forever, the cpu on this never even got above 20%! Thanks for the help guys

Don't hurt your wrist downloading all that IntERneTs Porn.

PaintballCLE
03-04-2010, 09:32 PM
Don't hurt your wrist downloading all that IntERneTs Porn.

haha forget internet porn, this has a bluray player.........hidef porn baby!

BoulderBum
03-05-2010, 09:22 AM
I work for Geek squad, this is a good buy. getting a mobile i7 and dedicated graphics for $1,000 should cover most needs for years (even if they are pretty advanced needs). Good find, wish we carried those.

elsid13
03-05-2010, 09:29 AM
Watch out for Dell monitor **** up. I will never own Dell Laptop because after a year I have always experience problem with screens.

Requiem
03-05-2010, 09:35 AM
Meh. It is a Dell.

bronco militia
03-05-2010, 09:44 AM
I'll never spend more than $500 for a laptop.....you need to figure that you will be in the market for another one as soon as the manufactures warranty expires.

broncosteven
03-05-2010, 03:20 PM
I'll never spend more than $500 for a laptop.....you need to figure that you will be in the market for another one as soon as the manufactures warranty expires.

I agree with this. I go cheap on TV's and Laptops because they will either brake by then or be rendered obsolete.

PaintballCLE
03-05-2010, 08:09 PM
see i gues im lucky, ive never had a problem with a single laptop ive owned. Had a dell for 4 years, an acer for 4, another acer for 4, and now this one. All the rest i have gotten from compusa for under 500, so this is the most expensive that I have paid..........and im not real big on dell either, but after getting this thing I can tell you its worth every penny so far.

The speakers are amazing, sound better and louder than an external pair for my desktop.

other than me screing up my last one (forgot to unplug it before i changed the keyboard and the next thing i know sparks are coming out the side) DOH all of them still work to this day. So i guess ive been lucky.

Killericon
03-05-2010, 08:15 PM
Dell machines are like Cutler. You look at the numbers and wonder why they don't seem to perform better...

Anyways, seems like a solid rig. I just distrust Dell is all.

i4jelway7
03-06-2010, 10:50 AM
wow that is a great laptop for the price.. I just ordered 1 myself. thx for sharing!

Los Broncos
03-06-2010, 10:55 AM
6MB cache is all I care about.

PaintballCLE
03-06-2010, 05:46 PM
wow that is a great laptop for the price.. I just ordered 1 myself. thx for sharing!

says it on backorder for a week or 2, however i got mine in the mail 3 days after ordering it.

broncoblue
03-07-2010, 02:54 AM
my first post with this bad ass computer..........this thing is awesome! ive already sone some stuff that on my old computer would take forever, the cpu on this never even got above 20%! Thanks for the help guys

it looks exactly like your old one from here :kiss::thumbs:

broncoblue
03-07-2010, 03:05 AM
my first post with this bad ass computer..........this thing is awesome! ive already sone some stuff that on my old computer would take forever, the cpu on this never even got above 20%! Thanks for the help guys

it looks exactly like your old one from here :kiss::thumbs:

BroncoBuff
03-15-2010, 01:32 PM
NICE Bleeder ... sounds like it was fun. The i7 is cutting edge right now, so you're set for a long while. Get a really good case to carry it around in ... and you'll probably want to get a portable mouse to tote around too. Are they gonna let you spend the rest of the money on software, printer, peripherals, maybe a home monitor to plug into? You should still have a sizeable balance if I remember right.

After about 6 months, I just last week completed building my new desktop, piece by piece. I spent about the same money as you, even though I kept my monitor and HDDs.



Intel Quad Core Q9400S (2.66 ghz, 6M Cache, 1333 FSB) link (www.intel.com/products/processor/core2quad/specifications.htm).
EVGA nVidia 790i SLI ready chipset motherboard - Socket 775, ATX link (www.circuitcity.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5388315&SRCCODE=BIZCC&cm_mmc_o=2mHCjCPbOyzfwCjCVqHCjCdwwp).
4 GB 1800 mhz DDR3 SLI ready ram memory link (www.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ3N1800SR4GK-1800MHz-NVIDIA-SLI-Ready/dp/B001AIRRQQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1268667406&sr=1-1).
EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ SLI graphics card, 512MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, Dual DVI, 1080 HD link (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3738445&SRCCODE=WEBGOOSKU30&cm_mmc_o=mH4CjC7BBTkwCjCECjCE).
Cooler Master nVidia branded SLI certified tower. Very cool actually, check it out (store.nvidia.com/DRHM/servlet/ControllerServlet?Action=DisplayProductDetailsPage&SiteID=nvidia&Locale=en_US&productID=105950900).
Logisys 600 watt SLI-certified power supply. Even that's green link (www.xoxide.com/logisys-600w-sli-psu.html).
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit OEM (just $129) link (www.ewiz.com/detail.php?p=MSFQC00765&c=nextag).


The common thread is all the nVidia SLI certified parts of course. They must really have suppliers wanting that certification, even case and power supplies pay for the privilege. Sad part is I'm not even a gamer, which is the whole point of SLI. In fact, this whole project was probably a misallocation of funds on my part. I could've got a pre-made Dell, with extra software and the i7 processor for about $300 or 400 less.

But it was major fun, first new one in five years. And it gives me the false, but nonetheless gratifying notion that I am mechanically inclined.

kappys
03-15-2010, 01:59 PM
Once Civ 5 is near completion it will be time for me to get my next desktop. A little overkill perhaps for a strategy game but entirely worth it.

Garcia Bronco
03-15-2010, 02:15 PM
So this is what I ended up going with...........for $999

Let me know what you think, its backordered so i have 2 weeks to cancel my order.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+Studio+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%2315 3%3B+i7+Processor+-+Black+Chainlink/9718895.p?id=1218158730573&skuId=9718895


Intel® Core™ i7-720QM processor
Features a 6MB cache and 1.6GHz processor speed.
The all new 2010 Intel® Core™ i7 processor
Features 8-way processing for ultimate smart performance. Intel® Turbo Boost Technology delivers extra performance when you need it and increased energy efficiency when you don't.
4GB DDR3 memory
For multitasking power, expandable to 8GB.
Blu-ray Disc-enabled DVD±RW/CD-RW drive
Features read support for next-generation Blu-ray Disc.
17.3" bright LED high-definition plus display
With TrueLife technology showcases movies and games in stunning clarity.
500GB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 rpm)
Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times.
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 graphics
Features 1GB dedicated video memory for lush images. HDMI output for connecting to an HDTV. Built-in stereo speakers with JBL and SRS Premium Surround support.
Built-in 2.0MP webcam
Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends.
8-in-1 media reader
Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital Input/Output, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, xD-Picture Card, High Speed Secure Digital and Secure Digital High Capacity formats.
3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.
Built-in Dell 1520 wireless LAN card
To wirelessly connect to the Internet.
Built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN
For quick and easy wired Web connection.
Weighs 7.6 lbs. and measures just 1.5" thin
For portable power.
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled
Provides a stable platform for word processing, Web navigation, gaming, media storage and more.
Software package included
With Microsoft Works and more.

Why are you buying this from bestbuy instead of going directly to dell? Did you do a price comparison?

ColoradoDarin
03-15-2010, 02:25 PM
Bought our laptop from Costco.com over a year ago (just before the kid was born, figured I'd never get on the desktop anymore with him running around). If you're a Costco member, be sure to check them out.

BroncoBuff
03-15-2010, 06:21 PM
:worthless


http://i.dell.com/das/dih.ashx/314x314/images/global/products/314x314/studio-1747-right-black-314.jpg

http://images.bestbuy.com/BestBuy_US/images/products/9718/9718895_sa.jpg

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/wp-content/uploads/Core_i7-248x300.jpg



i7 is very coo.

BroncoBuff
03-15-2010, 06:39 PM
I'm gonna keep this thread going because I'm confused hmmm...

I just spent, spent, and overspent. About $1000 (and that's without spending on a monitor or HDDs), all for something that performs, let's face it, the EXACT SAME FUNCTIONS as the one I already had! There is virtually no practical difference whatsoever. And yet, like BleedOrangeandBlue, I am kinda thrilled ... I can't wait to get home to use it ... can't stay anywhere too long.

I guess it's like getting a new bike as a kid, or a new car as a young adult ... but even they had SOME practical advantages. Wish I could figure it out .....

BroncoBuff
03-15-2010, 06:44 PM
More pictures .....

http://images.tigerdirect.com/skuimages/large/Intel-Core-2-Quad-Q6700-3.jpg http://www.frostytech.com/articleimages/200706/intelC2Dstock_pspc.jpg


http://images.highspeedbackbone.net/skuimages/large/E145-2042-main1-la.jpg http://images.highspeedbackbone.net/itemdetails/e145-2042/e145-2042-call02-abc.jpg


http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41SmkNHef5L._SS500_.jpg




Intel Quad Core Q9400S (2.66 ghz, 6M Cache, 1333 FSB) link (http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=40814).
EVGA nVidia 790i SLI ready chipset motherboard - Socket 775, ATX link (www.circuitcity.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5388315&SRCCODE=BIZCC&cm_mmc_o=2mHCjCPbOyzfwCjCVqHCjCdwwp).
4 GB 1800 mhz DDR3 SLI ready ram memory link (www.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ3N1800SR4GK-1800MHz-NVIDIA-SLI-Ready/dp/B001AIRRQQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1268667406&sr=1-1).
EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ SLI graphics card, 512MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, Dual DVI, 1080 HD link (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3738445&SRCCODE=WEBGOOSKU30&cm_mmc_o=mH4CjC7BBTkwCjCECjCE).
Cooler Master nVidia branded SLI certified tower. Very cool actually, check it out (store.nvidia.com/DRHM/servlet/ControllerServlet?Action=DisplayProductDetailsPage&SiteID=nvidia&Locale=en_US&productID=105950900).
Logisys 600 watt SLI-certified power supply. Even that's green link (www.xoxide.com/logisys-600w-sli-psu.html).
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit OEM (just $129) link (www.ewiz.com/detail.php?p=MSFQC00765&c=nextag).

BroncoBuff
03-15-2010, 06:51 PM
http://drh.img.digitalriver.com/DRHM/Storefront/Site/nvidia/pb/images/cm690/lg_cm690_02.jpg http://drh.img.digitalriver.com/DRHM/Storefront/Site/nvidia/pb/images/cm690/lg_cm690_03.jpg http://drh.img.digitalriver.com/DRHM/Storefront/Site/nvidia/pb/images/cm690/lg_cm690_07.jpg



http://images.tigerdirect.com/skuimages/large/E145-9802-Main-JH.jpg http://images.tigerdirect.com/itemDetails/E145-9802/E145-9802-out-hl.jpg . . . http://www.logisyscomputer.com/images/SKUImages/ps600a12_01.jpg

broncosteven
03-15-2010, 07:27 PM
Buff,

I just bought the following parts and upgraded my old AMD 3200 Partly because I was in full gearlust mode from looking up the spec's for these 2 threads.

I bought a i5-750 CPU
Asus P755D Mother board
4gb Ram (2 slots still open the board goes to like 19gig!)
found a 512mb Geforce PCIexpress video card online for $27.00 after rebate.
And bought a copy of the Windows 7 Pro (I have multiple domains at home) upgrade. I never went to Vista, XP was a great OS for me.
repurposed an old 160 Sata disk
Had recently upgraded to a 500watt PS in the case so I didn't need those. I spent about $600 for everything

I couldn't justify the cost of going to the i7 series CPU(s), the cost of the MB and the cost of 3 sticks of Ram. Had I gone with the i7 I was looking at I would have paid closer to $1100 and I just didn't see needing 8 threads after only having 1 forever.

I can see why Mac lovers love Mac's. Win 7 is as close as MS will ever get to Apple. I think in a lot of ways Win 7 is way better especially with the # of threads, cores and chipsets available to intel/MS users.

I threw a lot of installs at the PC and downloaded a couple gadgets to monitor the cores and never maxed a core out.

I have a High end music DAW with some VST based synths which opened up like lightning.

I am a gear head and have been putting PC's together since the 386 days and this is the biggest performance increase I have ever seen in PC tech, EVER!

I can't wait for solid state HD's to come down in price that is my next big ticket item.

The funny thing is that the PC is so fast now that I get board or done so much quicker than before that I am not on it as much as I was with my POS.

Don't get me started on the boot times and hibernation that actually ****ing WORKS!

PaintballCLE
03-15-2010, 07:30 PM
very cool!

BroncoBuff
03-16-2010, 07:19 AM
Buff, I bought a i5-750 CPU
Asus P755D Mother board
4gb Ram (2 slots still open the board goes to like 19gig!)
found a 512mb Geforce PCIexpress video card online for $27.00 after rebate.
And bought a copy of the Windows 7 Pro (I have multiple domains at home) upgrade. I never went to Vista, XP was a great OS for me.
repurposed an old 160 Sata disk
Had recently upgraded to a 500watt PS in the case so I didn't need those. I spent about $600 for everything

I couldn't justify the cost of going to the i7 series CPU(s), the cost of the MB and the cost of 3 sticks of Ram. Had I gone with the i7 I was looking at I would have paid closer to $1100 and I just didn't see needing 8 threads after only having 1 forever.

No Vista, good move, I'm right there with ya. It's literally the first MS OS I ever jumped. I'm damned proud of that, too.

I like your choice of the i5 too .... you're always gonna pay an obscene premium for the absolute top-of-the-line. Kinda my thinking on the Quad Core.

That Asus is nails ... 8-channel audio, DTS, and supports both ATI Crossfire and nVidia SLI. And 19 GB Ram (you meant 16 right?), mine's just 8 GB.

The thing is gorgeous, too .... time for another pic:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51390v4SzpL._SL500_.jpg


I am a gear head and have been putting PC's together since the 386 days and this is the biggest performance increase I have ever seen in PC tech, EVER!

I can't wait for solid state HD's to come down in price that is my next big ticket item.

The funny thing is that the PC is so fast now that I get board or done so much quicker than before that I am not on it as much as I was with my POS
't get me started on the boot times and hibernation that actually ****ing WORKS!

Yeah, I started in the 386 era too. I'm not the gear head you are, but I was online very early, 1991 as an instructor for Lexis legal research in law school. I remember they proudly handed us a packet with a 2400 baud modem and a 5 1/4" floppy disk for the program. DOS, Steve. Freaking DOS. :~ohyah!:


But I'm serious about these questions here. You are obviously thrilled like the rest of us, we're all in "gear lust." Even though you're seeing a bit more productivity, I'm convinced most of this falls squarely in the "boys' toys" category. I've been walking around in a great mood for the past couple weeks, can't wait to get home and stare at the post screens. But the truth is there's really not a damned thing I can do now that I couldn't do before.

And look at all those SLI logos on top the page, I loved picking out all that stuff, matching it up. But I can't see myself ever buying another graphics card and tinkering with a 3D setup, it's not something I would do, I never game anyway. So what was the point? I'll go even further to admit .... my favorite piece of new gear ... is that freaking case! Is that sad or what? I'm actually moving things around in my office a bit so the thing can be seen by visitors. :~ohyah!:

broncosteven
03-16-2010, 11:35 AM
No Vista, good move, I'm right there with ya. It's literally the first MS OS I ever jumped. I'm damned proud of that, too.

I like your choice of the i5 too .... you're always gonna pay an obscene premium for the absolute top-of-the-line. Kinda my thinking on the Quad Core.

That Asus is nails ... 8-channel audio, DTS, and supports both ATI Crossfire and nVidia SLI. And 19 GB Ram (you meant 16 right?), mine's just 8 GB.

The thing is gorgeous, too .... time for another pic:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51390v4SzpL._SL500_.jpg




Yeah, I started in the 386 era too. I'm not the gear head you are, but I was online very early, 1991 as an instructor for Lexis legal research in law school. I remember they proudly handed us a packet with a 2400 baud modem and a 5 1/4" floppy disk for the program. DOS, Steve. Freaking DOS. :~ohyah!:


But I'm serious about these questions here. You are obviously thrilled like the rest of us, we're all in "gear lust." Even though you're seeing a bit more productivity, I'm convinced most of this falls squarely in the "boys' toys" category. I've been walking around in a great mood for the past couple weeks, can't wait to get home and stare at the post screens. But the truth is there's really not a damned thing I can do now that I couldn't do before.

And look at all those SLI logos on top the page, I loved picking out all that stuff, matching it up. But I can't see myself ever buying another graphics card and tinkering with a 3D setup, it's not something I would do, I never game anyway. So what was the point? I'll go even further to admit .... my favorite piece of new gear ... is that freaking case! Is that sad or what? I'm actually moving things around in my office a bit so the thing can be seen by visitors. :~ohyah!:

My wife has parts from one of my old configs and it takes forever to boot she has to walk away or do something else while it boots but it doesn't seem to bother her.

I came home from Fry's and told her I could probably build her a dual core for around $350, not a fast one but an Intel core 2 duo none the less. She didn't want me to mess with it.

I think gear lust is just a guy thing.

As far as productivity gains, I didn't need it for Office or the internet though facebook is much faster but the improvement for Cakewalk is huge. I went from a single processor running 2gig ram on a 32 bit OS to a quad running 4 gig on 64 bit OS with the application installed also 64bit.

Well worth the hard earned fun $ account expenditure.

baja
03-16-2010, 12:39 PM
I'll never spend more than $500 for a laptop.....you need to figure that you will be in the market for another one as soon as the manufactures warranty expires.

I paid about $3,000 for my Mac 5 years ago. That works out to $600 a year and still going strong. I'll take that any day.

bronco militia
03-16-2010, 12:47 PM
http://cheezcomixed.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/129115793545040623.jpg

broncosteven
03-16-2010, 12:48 PM
I paid about $3,000 for my Mac 5 years ago. That works out to $600 a year and still going strong. I'll take that any day.

Offfff You just knocked the wind out of me. 3 large?

broncosteven
03-16-2010, 12:51 PM
http://cheezcomixed.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/129115793545040623.jpg

I noticed I haven't seen this series since Win 7 came out. I admit to not watching off the DVR and forwarding through the breaks but I would have remembered at least seeing the images as I blew by it.

Win 7 is AWESOME

baja
03-16-2010, 12:53 PM
Offfff You just knocked the wind out of me. 3 large?

Ya but I got to enjoy a sweet machine for 5 years (no sign of it wearing down) for a cost of $600 per and it soon will be six years so the cost will drop to $500 per. with no spam, no virus', great graphics, dependable. It's like paying a little more for a BMW but you get a great ride for the duration.

bronco militia
03-16-2010, 12:56 PM
I paid about $3,000 for my Mac 5 years ago. That works out to $600 a year and still going strong. I'll take that any day.

it's not a software issue for me.....they get dropped, get hot, I lose keys off the keyboard, etc

baja
03-16-2010, 01:00 PM
it's not a software issue for me.....they get dropped, get hot, I lose keys off the keyboard, etc

I have taken mine to Asia, Europe, England, Hawaii and all over the states without even turning it off (sleep mode). You make my point for me I have had no problems with my Mac.

bronco militia
03-16-2010, 01:01 PM
I have taken mine to Asia, Europe, England, Hawaii and all over the states without even turning it off (sleep mode). You make my point for me I have had no problems with my Mac.

you're old and your kids are out of the house. Ha!:welcome:

baja
03-16-2010, 01:03 PM
you're old and your kids are out of the house. Ha!:welcome:

You are correct my kids are no living with me but I am not old. I feel better that I did when I was 25 and drinking.

broncosteven
03-16-2010, 01:45 PM
Ya but I got to enjoy a sweet machine for 5 years (no sign of it wearing down) for a cost of $600 per and it soon will be six years so the cost will drop to $500 per. with no spam, no virus', great graphics, dependable. It's like paying a little more for a BMW but you get a great ride for the duration.

Your right I bought my BMW for that reason, I have had it close to 8 years now and it feels like it did the 1st day I bought it, I hope to get another 8 out of it and give it to my daughter. But that is a car, but the life time for computers is only 3-5 years, closer to 2 now a days.

Hope you get the ROI down to $5.00 and your next PC is a 128 Threaded CPU PC with 28TB of Ram running Windows 2095. Good luck.

BroncoBuff
03-16-2010, 03:10 PM
Offfff You just knocked the wind out of me. 3 large?

Yeah, that's a definite bright side .... whatever piles of cash we might've spent, the Apple wannabe-yuppies made us look frugal.

baja
03-16-2010, 03:17 PM
Yeah, that's a definite bright side .... whatever piles of cash we might've spent, the Apple wannabe-yuppies made us look frugal.

Ya and my lit up Apple logo is a beacon that screams my suave and debonaire coolness that causes chicks flock to me like moths to the light at wifi spots around the globe. What's that worth?

Drek
03-16-2010, 04:23 PM
I'm gonna keep this thread going because I'm confused hmmm...

I just spent, spent, and overspent. About $1000 (and that's without spending on a monitor or HDDs), all for something that performs, let's face it, the EXACT SAME FUNCTIONS as the one I already had! There is virtually no practical difference whatsoever. And yet, like BleedOrangeandBlue, I am kinda thrilled ... I can't wait to get home to use it ... can't stay anywhere too long.

I guess it's like getting a new bike as a kid, or a new car as a young adult ... but even they had SOME practical advantages. Wish I could figure it out .....

Stream a 1080p MKV file to your TV in real time while still being able to browse, run torrents, and anything else you feel like doing at the same time. That is the power you bought.

I'm a heavy multi-tasker and as the demands of each task increases (streaming 1080p video instead of 480i, ArcGIS using 3 GB of ram instead of 512, etc.) the need for greater power arises. It isn't something just for gamers, its for anyone who doesn't want to be wasting a minute here and a few minutes there waiting on their PC and instead just want **** done.

A good chunk of my job involves taking inefficiencies out of the day to day routine my crew and I go through. The last thing I want is to fire up a computer that throws all those inefficiencies back in my face with no real solution to work them out.