Built myself a new computer.

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by donyms, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    [MENTION=1]Steve[/MENTION], Nak actually has some fairly ludicrous speed and storage requirements given his photography and editing business. I don't think he meant it as trash talk ... it was just very matter-of-fact.
  2. stchman

    stchman Active Member 2 Years 1000 Posts

    I too build my own desktops. I find that in the higher end I get more value.


    Core i7 3770 3.4GHz
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
    Corsair Vengeance 32GB DDR3
    Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3SH
    EVGA GeForce GTX 550Ti 2GB
    OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD
    WD 2TB storage HDD
    20X DVD Burner
    Cooler Master 690 II Advanced USB 3.0 case
    OCZ ZT 650W Power Supply

    I get 7.7 on the Windows 7 system rating.

    I run Ubuntu Linux 99% of the time and have a Windows 7 partition for when I need a Windows only program.
  3. SupplySgt

    SupplySgt Rockstar 4 Years 500 Posts

    I use GRLevel3. I also have the Radarscope app on my phone (which is very nice) but computer based is a lot more convenient for a quick glance while I'm mobile. Growing up in Oklahoma I learned a lot about radar signatures so I generally only switch over to velocity to confirm a specific one I'm looking at.
  4. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Trust me, having that 10% extra power for the 100% increase in price is not everyone's cup of tea. But when I am processing 100 folders with 1000 10-20mg Raw files in them with a specific set of actions in photoshop, the number of cores and memory start digging in allow due to "volume" of data, basically how fast do you want it to get done with the least amount of down time.

    Couple that with the fact that the 64bit version of windows 7, 8 and windows server 2003-2012 address more than 4gb of ram and the 64 bit version of photoshop is optimized for that, it comes down to time vs. money.

    And adding to that, that SQL server is one hell of a memory hog...... :)

    Over 1 batch job I am saving many hours of processing time for me to do better things.

    And of course the machines will surf the web, run office, etc..... but that is not the intention.

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    Not trying to bash.... When I start a batch job in Photoshop on 100 folders with 1000 raw files in it, and I come back an hour later to find that there was a memory issue or the batch job is hung and I have to start over, it costs me allot of money.

    I know the wrong way to fix the problem is to throw more hardware at it, but hey, I can't control the crap that these software companies put out, so the simplest way to fix the problem is give it too much hardware so it run through the process with out stopping.

    When they finally optimize the software, then you get that much more done in the same amount of time. I also look at the hardware investment over the course of its life span.

    You can buy a $500 pc and replace it every year or 2 and it is just enough to get you by. Or you take the initial hit, have hardware that will scream the day you buy it, and 10 years later when that amount of processing power comes to the $500, you reaped the benefits of the speed while it was ahead of the game. and put out about the same amount of money annually for that screaming mad fast hardware that the pc that was getting by did.

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    Just like buying a brand new truck off the lot at the dealer, the minute you drive off, you loose 25% of what you paid, but you bought a certain amount of reliability at the same time, unless you turn it over in the first 3 years.
  5. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    not that my wifes and Is laptops are any great shakes, but I used to give my dad crap that my smartphone had more horsepower then his old desktop. (cpu wise) he finally upgraded.

  6. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    On that note my friends phone now has more power than my comp at 1.8GHz, but he has 1/3 the ram so I still win....
  7. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    yeah, my dads old desktop had more memory and ram, but i had him in cpu. my galaxy S3 actually has a fair amount of ram. a full gig!

  8. donyms

    donyms Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Slow is not a word to describe my new computer. When you get your new puter built I would like to compare numbers just for fun. Nice to see that I am not the only one that likes computers. :glasses:

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    Nice build, nice truck too. I see I'm not the only one wanting speed............. I wish I could do something to speed up this web site but that is up to Steve. :great:
  9. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    The international version of the GS3 has 1gb ram and a Quad Core CPU. The US Version has a dual core CPU and 2gb of ram.

    I bought the US version with 2gb ram, and 32gb internal storage and I have a 64gb MicroSD XCHC card in the slot (96gb) of total storage space....... and unfortunately it is full.

    Sandisk has had 128 and 256gb memory cards and has not released them yet (for about 4 years now).

    It's a shame. I am not at the point where a 256gb micro SDXCHC card would be full on my phone but I am 60% there if I had one now.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2013
  10. McClintoc

    McClintoc ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ Staff Member 3 Years 1000 Posts

    Anyone else do some serious gaming on their rigs? PC > PS3/XBox :glasses:

    Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm comes out a week from today. Anyone up for some 1v1?

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