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Old 06-20-2012, 8:50 AM
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I'm using a Dell Dimension 4500 that I picked up in '02. Replaced PS about a year ago. Still running strong. Hate to replace 'cause I really like XP but I know the day will come when... poof!
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Work is Dell Inspiron 530,Windows Vista business.
IT put in a new 500G hard drive a year ago, the old one gave up.

It does email n stuff....


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I used to upgrade every year when tax return came in, but now that I don't have as much coming back (thanks Obama? ), I have not gotten an upgrade (at home) in like 4 years. AMD Phenom 9100e Quad-Core w/ MSI board Running Win7 Ultimate. She is rack mounted with my Win server and Slackware box on the same rack in the computer/reloading room, so I don't pull her out unless it is dusting time, or something goes wrong. I will probably upgrade when she dies, but priorities are in reloading components right now. I will probably see if I can run Slackware if she does die (but right now I am REALLY Liking the latest Knoppix distro, but I will have to test 1st).

I never buy the latest and greatest as in 1.5-2.5 years CPUs usually drops to about 2/3 to 1/2 in price (last I was checking), and CPU MFRs change the sockets more often than I would like.
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Since it was last re-assembled? Couple months since the last motherboard/CPU swap. Oldest part is one of the monitors.

Silverstone RV02(swapped the center and rear fans to Silverstone AP181's)
Intel i7 3770k
Thermalright TRUE Spirit 120 HSF
Asus Sabertooth z77
Asus GTX 590(not that I'd have ever paid that much for a 590, but Asus ****ed up and wound up giving me a free upgrade)
1x Mushkin Chronos deluxe sata 3 240GB SSD
2x OCZ Agility 2 sata 2 60GB SSD RAID 0
2x Seagate Constellation 2TB sata 3 HDD RAID 0
(all of that gets backed up to a NAS)
16GB(4x4GB) Corsair vengeance ddr3 1600 RAM
Corsair AX1200 PSU
1x random Samsung dvd burner
1x 19" Samsung 940bw LCD rotated to portrait
1x 27" AOC(got it for dirt cheap to replace a 22") LCD
Asus Xonar Phoebus soundcard
Dayton amp
Elemental Designs sub and bookshelf speakers
Logitech g700 mouse
Corsair k90 keyboard
HardOCP ratpad(this might actually be older than the Samsung LCD)
Sennheiser PC 360 "G4ME" headset(this thing is amazing compared to the typical logitech, turtle beach, etc. garbage)

The last major rebuild that this slowly replaced over time was a core 2 duo e6850 on an asus p5q deluxe in a thermaltake armor case with a geforce 8800GT(was later upgraded to a xeon x3370 with a pair of radeon 4870s in crossfire) all water cooled with a 120 and 240 radiator in series with no reservoir in a closed loop.

I haven't bought a "dell/compaq/hp/etc" since maybe 1997 as they're always overpriced or under powered. When I say overpriced... Alienware and Falcon Northwest want $4,000(or more) for a similar system, not including the speakers, headset, and LCDs, which is more than double what I'd have paid for the components if I were paying MSRP. Screw that.
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^ Do you ever see daylight? Dang!
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Just because I can remember the specs of one of my home systems off the top of my head while I'm at work, doesn't mean that I don't get out of the house. I'm sure there are plenty of car guys who could give you a more detailed listing of their engine components

(but seriously, the sun is evil. Giant radioactive ball of fire in the sky that will one day expand an incinerate us, causes cancer, causes blindness just from looking at it, causes burns to the skin from mild irritation to blistering, makes it so hot outside that I wish we'd figure out outdoor air conditioning, causes people to use more electricity on cooling, emits bursts of electromagnetic radiation that can wreak havoc with our global communications, and so on. Screw the sun.)

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Just because I can remember the specs of one of my home systems off the top of my head while I'm at work, doesn't mean that I don't get out of the house. I'm sure there are plenty of car guys who could give you a more detailed listing of their engine components

(but seriously, the sun is evil. Giant radioactive ball of fire in the sky that will one day expand an incinerate us, causes cancer, causes blindness just from looking at it, causes burns to the skin from mild irritation to blistering, makes it so hot outside that I wish we'd figure out outdoor air conditioning, causes people to use more electricity on cooling, emits bursts of electromagnetic radiation that can wreak havoc with our global communications, and so on. Screw the sun.)
Laughing with ya not at ya, ok? BTW very impressed with your prowess.
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Laughing with ya not at ya, ok? BTW very impressed with your prowess.
I wasn't really looking to impress, my system is quite middle of the road all things considered. Even calling that an extreme and not going that far, you can build an i7 3570 with 8GB of RAM, an SSD, and a decent videocard for $700 these days that will let you do just about anything you throw at it. While costing significantly less than what you can get out of a single cardboard box.

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My i7 930 and mobo are the oldest components in my desktop. Whats that 3 years old I guess. I'd like me one of them fancy 6 cores but too dang expensive
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The Atom and core2duo's were beinging to drag me down. So I just treated myself to an I5 2nd Gen laptop... and for the $$ I'm Happy.

I used to buy the best desktop MB and cheapest chip to upgrade it latter... but that was long before machines became a commodity.
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I always buy state of the art, 5 years later, for a tenth the price.
5 years is way too long for me. I wouldn't want my "new" systems to be something that was standard 5 years ago with how I run them, and then run that for a couple years. Ouch.

However what I do is buy (if laptop) and build (if workstation) a premium system. Not all the parts are the top end, but the technology in them is on the leading edge of the bell curve with only maybe the slightest % off the performance that the top money is buying for the top CPU and GPU - which saves well for fast performance. Those systems usually last me 3 years before I consider doing a new up.
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I have an AMD socket 7 machine that still runs. Haven't cracked it open in a while, but I think it's sporting an AMD K6, 128mb SDRAM a GF 2 MX and a super big 850mb Maxtor drive. Played a lot of Quake 2 on that bad boy.

My current machine is an HP DV7T with a Core i5 2450M, 7690M graphics, 6GB DDR3 and a 750GB drive.

My gaming box is getting long in the tooth (unlike Merc's). It's got an Athlon II X3 445, GF GTX 460 1GB, 4GB Adata DDR2. Pretty tame. But, it runs all the stuff I play and can still handle Witcher 2. I suppose I'll have to upgrade before Deus Ex 4 (or DEHR2) or Mass Effect 4. That is, if they decide to make them.
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built my machine 2 or 3 yrs ago using amd six core, 1gb video card, 4gb ram, 1tb hdd, 750 watt power source, coolermaster tower, and samsung dvd cd player. its still running strong, i dont really download things much and run popular games like sc2, skyrim, total war etc.
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My laptop is new as of January - i7-2630QM / nVidia GT540M. It does most of what I want, but the 15" screen sucks for gaming.

My gaming machine ... that's about 4 years old now, most of it. Couple parts are older, couple are newer. Listed in order purchased:

- 250 GB WD hard drive - 2004
- 500 GB WD hard drive - 2006
- Coolermaster CMStacker case - 2006
- Radeon 4870 512 MB - 2008 (first one bought)
- AMD Phenom 9850+ - 2008
- 8 GB GSkill DDR2-800 - 2008 (2 GB died in 2010, haven't had the energy to send them back)
- Gigabyte GA-MA785-UD3 (I think that's what it's called) - 2010 - (Replaced prev MB which died without killing the CPU)
- Corsair 1 kW PSU - 2010 (Replaced BFG 750W, whose death throes took the MB and 2 GB of RAM with it)
- Radeon HD 4870 512 - 2010 (Second one, purchased used, to do CrossfireX)
- New-ish Logitech keyboard / mouse combo - 2011 (I took my G15 and MX Revolution to use at work)
- Seagate Barracuda 1TB HD (2011)

It's pretty old, but it still keeps up with most of the gaming that I actually want to do, and does it really well because I'm only using those 4870's to drive a 720P 50" DLP TV.
- Corsair 1000W PSU - 2008 (
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Sony Vaio that i picked up in 2008. I was thinking my cpu was old but am relieved when I see some of the dinosaurs being ran around here.
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built her last year:

intel i7 2600k @ 4.5gHz
2x nVidia gtx 570s in sli @ 1088/845/1900
2x 120gb corsair force gt ssds
gigabyte mobo
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8g ram (gskill i think, nothing special)



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Hahahaaa, I have a similar IBM sitting in front of me right now... Circa 1990, but with a 10-key too.

I had one at work, but there were keys that were less functional than they once were, and I replaced that with a Unicomp.

I cannot use current Wyse keyboards (PS/2 OR USB) that come with our thin clients, as I can roll my fingers to the next key when typing. If the next key is pressed prior to lifting the prior, then the second key does not register if say rolling from 6-7-8, and this issue does not exist on the IBM(/Lexmark), or Unicomp.
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Hahahaaa, I have a similar IBM sitting in front of me right now... Circa 1990, but with a 10-key too.

I had one at work, but there were keys that were less functional than they once were, and I replaced that with a Unicomp.

I cannot use current Wyse keyboards (PS/2 OR USB) that come with our thin clients, as I can roll my fingers to the next key when typing. If the next key is pressed prior to lifting the prior, then the second key does not register if say rolling from 6-7-8, and this issue does not exist on the IBM(/Lexmark), or Unicomp.
Nice! Haha ya I had to pull an arm and a leg to get the one without the 10 key numpad but it was worth it. I've tried so many other keyboards none are nearly as satisfying as the model ms. I hear good things about the unicomp tho.
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I have a Dell 4600 and run XP on it. It is getting long in the tooth, but I really also like XP and don't want to get rid of it. I bought my wife a Dell lap top with Windows 7 and I do not like to use it.
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I built a new desktop two years ago. Asus M/B, Intel I7 930, 12 Gb memory, running Win7 64 professional.

Best comp I've ever had. Zero problems (except once it wouldn't come out of sleep). And I'm really impressed with Win7.

my old comp was 10 years old, Asus M/B too. Good machine, but ancient.
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Dang I was still running on a P3 450mhz with win98 up until the day Microsoft stopped supporting win98. I think it was in 2009 sometime? I originally built the system in 1998-99. So after I had to give it up in 2009 I got a dell from a friends mother. It was built in 2006 but just took a poop on me last month.

I am proud to say I just built a new system with a Pentium i3, 4GB ddr3 ram, 500GB 3GB/S 7200 32MB CACHE hd, 600w PS, Windows 7 64 (I like it alot just like 98 on steroids), The motherboard is an older but still very new Z68 ASUS. I cannot believe how quick this thing is for only being an i3. I got a pretty good MB with the options to upgrade everything. It has 2 slots for 6 gb/s HD's, and 4 slots for 3gb/s HD's. Plus a ton of other stuff. I cant believe all the different options that came on the MB and the BIOS is awesome with a graphic interface and one click over clocking features. I just plugged everything in and it installed everything. Including the blue ray player!
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It true you can see the difference, in benchmarks. Practically speaking, unless gaming, there isn't any.

I still have my AMD 600 (which I overclocked to 650 or so), 2.1 gig HD and I dunno how much memory from the year 2000. I made more money with that box, using Tradestation,and kept track of more employees, than any since. I did have to keep track of HD space, but since it took a week to download a movie, there was time to do that.
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Newest part is 3 months old and the oldest part is 1.5 years old.

I upgrade every now and then whenever I have spare change.

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It true you can see the difference, in benchmarks. Practically speaking, unless gaming, there isn't any.
Well if you are video editing, encoding, transcoding, you really feel it. Load up Handbrake and have at it too. Even working with multiple big images in photoshop will push these old systems in this thread to the painful edge of having a stare contest with your monitor. Pretty practical use. No thanks.
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Tenbux says you also think that size doesn't matter.
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My first ever build last year.

Intel® Core™ i5 2500K
ASUS P8P67 Pro-R3 LGA 1155 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2 GB DDR5
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Western Digital Caviar Green 1 TB SATA 3 GB/S
Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 64GB SATA III (SSD)
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SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold 650W
Cooler Master Hyper 212
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58W ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
2 - ASUS VH236H 23 Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor - Black
Windows 7 Home Premium - OEM
Scythe KM02-BK 5.25" Bay Fan Controller
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My first ever build last year.

Intel® Core™ i5 2500K
ASUS P8P67 Pro-R3 LGA 1155 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2 GB DDR5
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA 6 GB/S
Western Digital Caviar Green 1 TB SATA 3 GB/S
Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 64GB SATA III (SSD)
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive
SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold 650W
Cooler Master Hyper 212
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58W ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
2 - ASUS VH236H 23 Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor - Black
Windows 7 Home Premium - OEM
Scythe KM02-BK 5.25" Bay Fan Controller
Logitech G500 USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse
Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard
Logitech Z313 25 w 2.1 Speaker System
Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930

Personally, strictly gaming and other medium uses, I dont see needing anything more than this^^
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Tenbux says you also think that size doesn't matter.
Yikes. Odd comparison, if I get your drift.
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Yikes. Odd comparison, if I get your drift.


There is a difference, and it don't just matter if you're gaming, and it's not only noticeable when you're looking at benchmarks.

My point is that people who say otherwise are pretty much just trying to convince themselves that it's true.
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There is a difference, and it don't just matter if you're gaming, and it's not only noticeable when you're looking at benchmarks.

My point is that people who say otherwise are pretty much just trying to convince themselves that it's true.
Theres not a difference if you not running huge programs. Maybe for you if your constantly running programs that actually matter. But for the average user, doesnt mean ****.
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