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Old 09-17-2011, 09:59 PM   #871
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Skip all the cheap best-buy junk and go for the good stuff.



Outta be enough to do some solidworks projects with.
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:23 AM   #872
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I would certainly push for getting an SSD as a system/boot drive, then getting something with a spindle for wholesale storage.

You can typically do pretty good for yourself if you buy a cheaper box with "upgrading" it already in mind. For me this would typically include power supply, a bit more ram with a beefy graphics card.

Just remember that more ram == better. Any time Windows is forced to page anything to the disk, you're taking a performance hit.

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Man, I freaking hate shopping for a new computer. So many options and places to buy from. The time has come to get a desktop PC, as my laptop (ASUS, 4GB ram) is limiting me with what I need to get done for school.

I'm not a gamer. I basically just need a computer that can handle SolidWorks without issue (so no Macs). I figure if it can handle SolidWorks, it can probably handle everything else I need it to do. SolidWorks recommends 6GB of ram or more on Windows 7...

Anyway, can I get some pointers on what/who to avoid, common mistakes, any good deals going around, etc...? I know I could probably build a nice rig for cheaper than a complete one that is ready to go but I need this thing like yesterday.

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Old 09-20-2011, 10:41 PM   #873
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Wildcat% uptime
23:31 up 363 days, 2:16, 2 users, load averages: 1.83 1.60 1.41

Not too bad for a 13-year-old 333MHz iMac with 96MB of RAM.
Original everything but hard drives and RAM.

Who says Macs aren't reliable.
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:29 AM   #874
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I recently bought a Lenovo x120e and it's a very, very nice form factor/weight for travel, but large enough to do real work on. I run Ubuntu. Replaced HD with Intel SSD.

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Old 09-21-2011, 09:10 PM   #875
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I run Ubuntu.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:04 AM   #876
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Wildcat% uptime
23:31 up 363 days, 2:16, 2 users, load averages: 1.83 1.60 1.41

Not too bad for a 13-year-old 333MHz iMac with 96MB of RAM.
Original everything but hard drives and RAM.

Who says Macs aren't reliable.
Well, I have a very old (bought in about 1990) ZEOS 286 notebook. This was the first 'notebook' made that I am aware of. It ran Windows 1 and had a very small disk drive and memory, but I carried it over a lot of Cascades mountains with my other gear doing field work and the damn thing still boots up and runs well. I don't use it for anything, of course, but just boot it up every year to see if it still works.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:10 AM   #877
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Well, I have a very old (bought in about 1992) ZEOS 286 notebook. This was the first 'notebook' made that I am aware of. It ran Windows 1 and had a very small disk drive and memory, but I carried it over a lot of Cascades mountains with my other gear doing field work and the damn thing still boots up and runs well. I don't use it for anything, of course, but just boot it up every year to see if it still works.
I've got a Powerbook 140 that still works... Blazing fast 16MHz '030, 80MB HD (That's the upgrade), 4MB RAM, 640x400x1-bit LCD...

Did hit one year last night:
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11:11 up 365 days, 13:55, 2 users, load averages: 1.47 1.38 1.37
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