Which computer system do you use?

Which computer system do you use?

  • Windows 7

    Votes: 11 52.4%
  • Windows Vista

    Votes: 9 42.9%
  • Windows XP

    Votes: 4 19.0%
  • Apple OS X

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Ubuntu

    Votes: 2 9.5%
  • Mint

    Votes: 1 4.8%
  • Other

    Votes: 2 9.5%

  • Total voters
    21
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Spydeyrch

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Ok, so this has nothing to do with fishing, hence the off topic forum.

One of my other great passions and hobbies is computers. I love dreaming up newer better configurations. Using new parts. Using old parts. reading reviews on-line. talking computers with others. Fixing computers, cleaning them. installing them. Trying things out on them, etc.

On my main system, this is what I have set up:

AMD Phenom 9950 2.6GHz, oc'd 3.2GHz
4GB DDR2 8500 1066MHz
2 x ATI Radeon HD3870 crossfired
1TB, 3 x 500GB
Antec 900
Closed Loop, Corsair H50 water cooling system

I have a ti-boot system:

Win7 Pro x64
Ubuntu 10.04 x64
Mint 9 x64

Sometimes I will play around with running OS X but don't really like it too much.

I also run a few VM (Virtual Machines) and had my own server setup at one point.

So my question for you all, what system do you use? Is it custom made, did you buy it from a name brand store? Do you know your machine's specs?

At the very least what OS (operating system) do you use?

-Spydey :D

If you select the "Other" OS, please say which one it is. Thanks! :)
 
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ChezJfrey

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Unfortunately, my computers are work supplied, so I am saddled with a Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista machine. I have a VM on my XP box, but it's just another Win2k-based system. Of the three, I find XP is the most stable and reliable and is my preference right now. I can tolerate Win2k, but I find Vista is a royal pain. Our servers are mostly Win 2003 Server with our primary ERP databases sitting on a Sun Unix box.

I would love to give Win7 a whirl as I've heard decent reviews and that it's supposedly much improved over Vista, but corporate delays adoption of new platforms both client/server due to the inevitable application incompatibilities that arise with a new OS and our legacy apps.

Given my own choice, I would use a Linux-based OS without question...seems to have better inherent stability and I like much of the open source and programming java-based solutions, which naturally suit a Linux environment. I can do it on Windows as well, but it involves a bunch of other stuff like Cygwin and configurations within that, which also involves a bunch of outside and often duplicate configurations since it operates mostly outside Windows' built-in features.

But, while I prefer Linux, java and Android mobile flavored-linux based solutions, most of what I wind up doing for work is Windows/C#/<a 4gl most people haven't heard of so I'll just insert nothing ;)> since that's where most of our corporate technology lies.
 
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beaverfan

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I've got a laptop with Windows 7 and Ubuntu on it and I have a notebook that has Ubuntu on it. My laptop is from Best Buy, it's a emachines. 3gb memory, 250gb hd, 900 intel celeron processor. I know pretty much nothing about computers but the sticker is still on her. lol Got a great deal, 199.00 a little less than a year ago.
 
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ChezJfrey

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I've got a laptop with Windows 7 and Ubuntu on it and I have a notebook that has Ubuntu on it. My laptop is from Best Buy, it's a emachines. 3gb memory, 250gb hd, 900 intel celeron processor. I know pretty much nothing about computers but the sticker is still on her. lol Got a great deal, 199.00 a little less than a year ago.

Wow, that is a good deal for a laptop with those specs.
 
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Coastaldweller

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I just built this sweet ass gaming rig.
Antec 900 case
Amd 635 quad core 2.9ghz
Asus 785 evo MB
500gX2 Samsung hd 7200rpm
2x geforece 250 gpu
windows 7
Ocz 550 power supply
4gig ddr3 1600 G-skill ram
sony Dvd/cd burner
I love this system. I can have multiple browsers open, games playing, itunes running and a couple malware/antivirus programs running at the same time and it still FLYS!
 
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Spydeyrch

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I just built this sweet ass gaming rig.
Antec 900 case
Amd 635 quad core 2.9ghz
Asus 785 evo MB
500gX2 Samsung hd 7200rpm
2x geforece 250 gpu
windows 7
Ocz 550 power supply
4gig ddr3 1600 G-skill ram
sony Dvd/cd burner
I love this system. I can have multiple browsers open, games playing, itunes running and a couple malware/antivirus programs running at the same time and it still FLYS!

Nice setup there!!! Did you get your parts from the egg?

-spydey
 
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Spydeyrch

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I've got a laptop with Windows 7 and Ubuntu on it and I have a notebook that has Ubuntu on it. My laptop is from Best Buy, it's a emachines. 3gb memory, 250gb hd, 900 intel celeron processor. I know pretty much nothing about computers but the sticker is still on her. lol Got a great deal, 199.00 a little less than a year ago.

that is a nice setup for the price. did you install ubuntu yourself? How has your experience been with ubuntu so far? What about win7?

-Spydey
 
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beaverfan

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Ya it was an even better deal because it was the last one they had and they had uninstalled all the trial crap for free. Ya I installed Ubuntu, I like it a lot. For someone who knows little about computers it was easy to install and pretty easy to use. I love Win7 for the most part. Some of the new features are really nice and convenient. The snipping tool is totally awesome. I'm still constantly finding new cool features that I had no idea existed.
 
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Spydeyrch

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Ya it was an even better deal because it was the last one they had and they had uninstalled all the trial crap for free. Ya I installed Ubuntu, I like it a lot. For someone who knows little about computers it was easy to install and pretty easy to use. I love Win7 for the most part. Some of the new features are really nice and convenient. The snipping tool is totally awesome. I'm still constantly finding new cool features that I had no idea existed.

Awesome. I am glad to see that others are using ubuntu and liking it. I try to inform friends and family about it when ever the chance presents itself. but they don't want to take the time to get used to it and learn how it works. Which really isn't to hard and isn't too time consuming.

-Spydey
 
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ChezJfrey

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I just built this sweet ass gaming rig.
Antec 900 case
Amd 635 quad core 2.9ghz
Asus 785 evo MB
500gX2 Samsung hd 7200rpm
2x geforece 250 gpu
windows 7
Ocz 550 power supply
4gig ddr3 1600 G-skill ram
sony Dvd/cd burner
I love this system. I can have multiple browsers open, games playing, itunes running and a couple malware/antivirus programs running at the same time and it still FLYS!

I bet that flies! I'm sure this contributes quite a bit to that:

Amd 635 quad core 2.9ghz
4gig ddr3 1600 G-skill ram

:)
 
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DirectDrive

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Win2K for surfing lately. Vista at work.
I like XP....also have 2 copies of 7 that I haven't installed yet.

SuSE 10.0 was my Linux initiation....Red Hat-based and very polished.
Kubuntu is a favorite too, (Ubuntu with KDE) I like the K Desktop Environment better than Ubuntu's Gnome. Debian-based.
Puppy Linux is fun to play with because it is a "lightweight" and loads mostly in RAM and because of that, it is very fast. SuSE (German project) and Kubuntu/Ubuntu (South African origin) are big, plush full size OSes.
Puppy is good for Linux newbies because the download is small and it is newb-friendly with good support.....an Australian project. Puppy is great for older machines because it doesn't need a lot of resources to run fast.
 
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skyhammer

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I built a computer the week Windows 7 came out. It has,
Intel i7 3.07ghz quad core processor
Asus P6t mother board
16gb of DDR3 ram
28" Flat screen HDMI Monitor
Nvidia Physx video card, 1024 mb
1 TB hard drive
Centurion cooler master case
12 USB and 6 fire wire ports
2 DVD player/ burners and 1 Blu-ray player/ burner
500 watt power supply
Total cost, about $1500, the monitor and ram were the biggest expense
 
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DirectDrive

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Hey foo, quit braggin' on yer toyz and get out there and show us some fish porn.
Hehehe

Windoze 7 duly noted :)
 
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kornphlake

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I just built this sweet ass gaming rig.
Antec 900 case
Amd 635 quad core 2.9ghz
Asus 785 evo MB
500gX2 Samsung hd 7200rpm
2x geforece 250 gpu
windows 7
Ocz 550 power supply
4gig ddr3 1600 G-skill ram
sony Dvd/cd burner
I love this system. I can have multiple browsers open, games playing, itunes running and a couple malware/antivirus programs running at the same time and it still FLYS!

Very similar to my system although I use a generic case and power supply and onboard graphics (I'm not a gamer) I did splurge for an Intel X25-v SSD, yeah, it screams. The SSD is the single largest advancement as far as perceptible desktop performance in the last decade as far as I can tell.

This machine and my laptop (I can't remember the specs any more, I think it's a T3400 pentium and has 3gb ram) both run windows 7. I've got a Compaq with an Athlon XP 2600+ and 1gb RAM I got at Freegeek after my 25 hours of volunteer work, it runs ubuntu 8.04 and lives in the garage working as a proxy server and content filter. I ran 10.04 on my new desktop while I was waiting for the win7 disc to arrive after being backordered. Honestly for 99% of what I do Linux works well enough, but there are one or two programs that need a windows OS so that's what I use most of the time. I gave my old computer with an Athlon XP 2500+ and 512mb RAM to my mother in law, I installed Ubuntu 10.04 after playing with Mint for a week or so, I just didn't like Mint that much. One of these days I might play with some other distros.
 
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98nismo

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My brother built his pc back in 2005. When he up graded I bought it for 200 bucks.
Intel Pentium 4 3.6GHZ processor
Intel motherboard D925xcv
some kinda cool case :) with a digatal read out.
dvd burner
floppy drive
ATI Radeon video card.
two 30 gig HDs
1 gig of ram
and frys 600w power supply.
Windows XP
now after I bought it, it had some heating problems after a while. I did all I thought I could then it died. So i got to learn about how computers work :) I opened it up and played with it. It turned out that the intake fan was backwards and on of the exhaust fans was backwards. also was filthy with dust. I played some more and found the power supply was dead and the mother board was fried.( which might have been static from me). I liked learning like that though. it works well now, the only thing I want to do is add one more gig of ram and a bigger HD.
 
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