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Drumguy074

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What Kind Of Computer Do You Have?
« on: December 08, 2003, 11:32:51 pm »
I don't have it yet, but it should be here by Friday.
2.53 GHz P4, 512 MB DDR RAM, 17" Monitor, 16x DVD Rom, 48x CD-RW, don't remember the graphics card.

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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2003, 12:09:09 am »
Excellent. I suppose upgrading the monitor from there would be a noble task, drumguy.

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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2003, 03:13:57 pm »
To update my previous post, my computer has arrived today.  Unfortunately my mom won't let me use it until Christmas, because it is intended as a Christmas present. I would argue with her, but I really don't care enough to risk my life over a computer that I will have in two weeks.

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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2003, 04:23:59 pm »
At this very moment I am using my beloved Compaq Presario 7595 Super Ultra Deluxe Desktop Extravaganza Computer with Device Action. I got it in summer 2000 partly with my own funds and partly as a high school graduation present. I bought it preassembled at Costco, along with a printer. The computer itself is nearly four years old, which at the speed of technological innovation in the industry is toward the end of its useful life. And, indeed, sometimes it has trouble with this or that. But overall, it has been reliable and a joy to have. I really don’t know what people did before PCs were commonplace. I guess they were all trying to figure out what was missing in their lives.

Inside the tower I’ve got the original Pentium III 650 MHz processor, which is ever so slowly losing ground to the minimum recommended specs for today’s latest and greatest applications. Sometimes when the ol’ processor feels a bit over the hill, I load up Solitaire and it runs that like a breeze. The only problem is that I’m really not all that fond of solitaire.

On the active memory side, I had 128 MB DDR ram originally, nice stuff, too—top of the line at the time. Last year I added another 256, for a total of 384. The only trouble is that Windows 98 SE doesn’t really know how to optimize all that extra power, and the upgrade barely shows.

So far as hard memory goes, I originally had what I believe was a 30 GB hard drive, possibly 20 GB. Two years ago it cracked, costing me a lot of stored data. But just when the world was at its darkest, a kind and holy relative of mine, blessed be he, was ever so beneficent as to buy me a new hard drive. The world was raised up, the sun shone bright, and all was well again. It’s a good disk, too. I want to say it’s 80 GB, but it tells me it’s only got 60 GB. The cycle rate is 7200, naturally, but for the life of me I cannot remember if it’s a Maxtor or a Western Digital. Anyhow, nowadays this drive is as old as was the original when it perished. I hope this one has got more stamina. I named it Silence, after a character in one of my novels, because Silence is tough and won’t take shit from anyone, even if it’s coming at her at 7200 RPM, and also because the drive really is silent compared to the painful whirring of the last drive in the throes of death. After two years of use my trusty Silence makes a bit more noise than it used to, and so does the hard circuitry on the motherboard, but so far things are still looking pretty decent.

I’ve got a DVD/CD-ROM drive that makes such a ruckus when I use it that I’ve simply stopped using it, and a separate CD-RW drive that I use for matters relating to RW. I also have a floppy disk drive that, to my knowledge, I have not used in over a year.

Right now I am staring at my Compaq MV720 CRT 17-inch monitor. It has served me well from day one. On top of it is a Logitech webcam that I got as a present over two years ago, and is really beginning to show its age. Beneath my fingers is a smashing Compaq keyboard—remember that I got the whole thing in a preassembled bundle of Compaq-Costco goodness. It’s in QWERTY arrangement, of course, because I type at the speed of business (ha!) and I’m also fond of the strong preference it shows for the left hand, which by all impartial and scientific accounts is the superior hand in every manner and aspect. To my left is a Logitech optical mouse that I bought either early this year or late last, finally freeing myself from the need to clean my mouse ball every week. The old mouse just didn’t like being fondled down there, ya know? Both the old one and the new have the handy scrolling wheel that has taken my life from unlivable to utopian.

Bleating against the walls of this humble abode is the Chrono Trigger piece “People Who Threw Away the Will to Live,” now at a stunning 150’31” on ZD-spc, generated inside a fabulous (and quite ordinary) pair of JBL desktop speakers.

My printer is an HP DeskJet 930C. I’d just like to take this opportunity to say, long live Carly Fiorina, and long may she reign over the HP Empire. She’s done an outstanding job with the company.

Also inside the tower I’ve got my groovy Ethernet card, and a TV card that never worked—which played a role in the fact that in the past three-and-a-half years I have watched less than one day’s worth of television. Next to those is a fan that presumably is keeping the whole works from melting right here on the spot. My sound and graphics cards are both suboptimal, indeed they were but average fare on the day I bought the computer, so you can bet that buy now they’re out of date. This has made my music composition particularly frustrating, as I’ve got MIDI problems of every sort. And as for running ultra-high-graphics apps, you can forget about ‘em. I’ve got plenty of empty slots and ports, and I think there’s a Sun Stone in there somewhere, too. Either that or it’s plugged into the mains (yawn).

And so, gentle reader, concludes my rambling discourse as to the innards and outards of my beloved Compaq Presario 7595 Super Ultra Deluxe Desktop Extravaganza Computer with Device Action. I hope I haven’t left out anything important, such as the nifty lamp sitting atop the tower. God, I love that lamp.

~ Josh

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« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2003, 01:40:40 pm »
Yay! New computer!

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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2004, 11:32:22 pm »
I recently (about three months ago) upgraded my system... That is to say, my dad bought the stuff that we picked out together. Of course, if this machine wasn't his pawn for getting some high-quality video editing done, I'd be stuck with some crazy old 700 mHz PII system.

Anyway, I've now got an Athlon or Duron 2400+ (something like that, can't remember... Just know that it was one of those 2*00+ AMD processors) with 1.933 GHz, 1 GB DDR RAM, and an ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500V. Runs smoothly on both the graphics and speed end for just about anything I do (which is all of WarCraft III, Civ 3 and Unreal Tourney 2k3). Not bad. The upgrades, which were a new motherboard, processor and DDR sticks (as opposed to SDRAM) cost althogether about $200, the All-in-Wonder card was $300+ a year or two ago (although it was a gift from my dad's workplace), and the rest of it couldn't have been much more than $200 when it was purchased, so it's a fairly inexpensive system.

Oh, and, uh, hullo alla yous.

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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2004, 01:31:40 am »
Sounds cool. And if it was a XX00+ chip, it's an Athlon. Editing machines can be pretty hardcore. I don't know if any of you have seen the Avid Editing computers, but they are crazy powerful, and you can't argue with dual 21" monitors.  :shock:

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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2004, 01:07:15 pm »
Dual monitors? Jeebus Crisco, the hydravision on that thing must be whack, or something...

Anyway, with that info, I've come to the conclusion that it's an AMD Athlon 2300+ running at 1.933 GHz.

Oh, yes, I think mine's a 19" monitor, but it might still be 17" and the other computer is the one we gave the 19" upgrade to.

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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2004, 12:12:03 am »
if you need help with computers go to www.hardocp.com
they can help you out with overclocking, what video, sound, etc cards are best.... hell, they can help you with anything  :wink:

and finally for you entertainment...
THE ULTIMATE GPU COOLING SYSTEM!


(and yes, that's a CPU heatsink on there)

now then onto the main topic:
my comp:

AMD XP 2100
Radeon 9500 pro
512 mb PC 3200 DDR RAM
9 (yes 9 total fans including heatsinks)
generic DVD drive (works great!  :lol: )
40x12x48 CD-RW drive
blue neon light
450 watt PSU
ASUS A7N8X motherboard w/ Nforce 2 chipset
deformed floppydrive w/ missing faceplate
window case
80 GIG HD w/ 2 meg cache

i built this comp for $550 about a year ago, still running great!

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« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2004, 07:24:41 pm »
Again, to update the status of my computer:  640 mb ddram with a geforce 4 graphics card.  God I love FFXI!

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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2004, 05:27:42 pm »
AMP 1600+ 1.5GHz
a GeForce 4 MX 440
Two hard drive
a 60 G split in two with C containing winXP games and software
and D containing a ghostfiles of the system
a 120 G with all my treasure. OCR Mixes for seeding, Fansub, articles from this sites, some original story write by a friend, etc