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Your computer configuration
« on: July 25, 2014, 01:06:32 AM »
So we have a thread for our collection, and one for sharing desktop... how about one for sharing our computer config? XD

My current settings on my desktop... yep... this is what I deal with every day and I somehow manage to still work on the site and make games. XD

Not valid anymore. :P: ShowHide


And here's my laptop that's equally bad. XD


I'm using Speccy, btw. Here's the link to it if you need a way to get this data.
http://www.piriform.com/speccy/download



Update, changed desktop since I fixed another one I had. Still, not much better. :P

I'm using Windows 10 on it and it has an Intel Pentium D Dual-Code (3GHz) with 320GB of HDD and 2GB of RAM. The Graphics Card is, as before, an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950.

Here's the Speccy result:
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Re: Your computer configuration
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2014, 04:03:54 AM »
So we have a thread for our collection, and one for sharing desktop... how about one for sharing our computer config? XD

My current settings on my desktop... yep... this is what I deal with every day and I somehow manage to still work on the site and make games. XD

Not valid anymore. :P: ShowHide


And here's my laptop that's equally bad. XD


I'm using Speccy, btw. Here's the link to it if you need a way to get this data.
http://www.piriform.com/speccy/download



Update, changed desktop since I fixed another one I had. Still, not much better. :P

I'm using Windows 10 on it and it has an Intel Pentium D Dual-Code (3GHz) with 320GB of HDD and 2GB of RAM. The Graphics Card is, as before, an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950.
Time for a new laptop and desktop setup. :P

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Re: Your computer configuration
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2014, 05:08:54 PM »
Time for a new laptop and desktop setup. :P

Yup, I told you. :P Right now, I actually use both at the same time to make them actually useful since it's less stuff open on each. XD
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Re: Your computer configuration
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2014, 12:46:01 AM »
Yup, I told you. :P Right now, I actually use both at the same time to make them actually useful since it's less stuff open on each. XD

I recommend Gen 3 or Gen 4 Intel processors because they have the DDR3 RAM standard, which is pretty fast. You could get away with some processor that uses the older DDR2 RAM standard, like my heavily modified Dell Dimension E521 desktop from 2006/2007 and run games decently well. My ASUS F75VD laptop is decent for a more recent computer from 2012.

Dell Dimension E521
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 630
  • WD 750GB HDD
  • G.SKILL 2x2GB PC2-5300
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
  • LG Blu-ray burner

ASUS F75VD
  • Windows 8.1 Pro (64-bit)
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000 + NVIDIA GeForce 610M
  • Hitachi 750GB
  • 4GB integrated RAM + G.SKILL 8GB PC3-14900
  • Intel Core i5-3210M

Both of these computer configurations run Portal 2 very well on max settings (no anti-aliasing).

You could build your own PC. If you think that is expensive, you don't have to go extravagant like some of the builders do. It is possible to build a decent gaming computer for around $400-$800 (USD). Any processor above 2GHz (dual-core) is good. Don't rely on Intel Integrated Graphics. Get an NVIDIA chipset GPU at least in the GT line as GTX gets rather expensive (or ATI/AMD equivalent). The most RAM you would ever need is 8GB for 64-bit installations of Windows. The reason I have 12GB in my laptop is because I virtualize Windows XP using VirtualBox.

The best part about building your own computer is cheap upgrades to components instead of buying a new prebuilt one or living with the slow prebuilt!
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Re: Your computer configuration
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2014, 03:51:22 PM »
That ASUS looks good, specially since it comes with a 64bit OS already. Also, I've never tried building one myself but it's something I would want to try one day. Either option though, comes back to the same current problem.... lack of money atm. -_- ( I don't even have enough to buy any game or even amiibos atm, much less I'm going to be able to afford a whole computer *sigh* )
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Re: Your computer configuration
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2014, 06:27:32 PM »
That ASUS looks good, specially since it comes with a 64bit OS already. Also, I've never tried building one myself but it's something I would want to try one day. Either option though, comes back to the same current problem.... lack of money atm. -_- ( I don't even have enough to buy any game or even amiibos atm, much less I'm going to be able to afford a whole computer *sigh* )

Well my ASUS originally came with Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit). My school was offering Windows 8 since my tuition pays for recommended course software. Upgraded to 8.1 through Windows Update. Clean installation overwrites unwanted shoehorned software that typically comes with prebuilds by putting the hard drive into a "bare" state, without the fear of leftovers screwing something up later that the uninstallers tend to leave behind. I have heard of assisted uninstaller software, such as Revo Uninstaller or PC Decrapifier, but clean installations offer no traces. Basically my favorite part of clean installations is that if there are still errors, it can be unbiasedly narrowed down to hardware, drivers, or Windows itself causing the problems that people seem to have.

How much did you spend on each of your computers when you bought them (to adjust for inflation)? I bet I could build a computer for that price that is much faster and has more "legroom". 8)

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Re: Your computer configuration
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2014, 09:14:32 PM »
Well my ASUS originally came with Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit). My school was offering Windows 8 since my tuition pays for recommended course software. Upgraded to 8.1 through Windows Update. Clean installation overwrites unwanted shoehorned software that typically comes with prebuilds by putting the hard drive into a "bare" state, without the fear of leftovers screwing something up later that the uninstallers tend to leave behind. I have heard of assisted uninstaller software, such as Revo Uninstaller or PC Decrapifier, but clean installations offer no traces. Basically my favorite part of clean installations is that if there are still errors, it can be unbiasedly narrowed down to hardware, drivers, or Windows itself causing the problems that people seem to have.

How much did you spend on each of your computers when you bought them (to adjust for inflation)? I bet I could build a computer for that price that is much faster and has more "legroom". 8)

Yeah, I also have gotten both 7 and 8 for free through an agreement the college I go to has with MS. And yeah, I know what you mean with completely clean installs. Feels nice to know it's just what you installed instead of a lot of added stuff by the company that built the computer.

And well... ehh..  I don't really recall, actually. XD The desktop is sort of a gift, basically. Left over from another place. :P And the laptop was a real while ago and don't really remember the price, sorry. Btw, you need to also remember the fact that prices for things in my location (Mexico) are different than US. :P (For example, went to Dell's official sites and these are the prices for really similar computers: $599 USD in US site vs $12,299MXN pesos [$880.87 USD] . More expensive, yep... and the one from my local site actually has one less feature. XD ) Then there's also the reduced availability of models. :/
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Re: Your computer configuration
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2014, 01:01:14 AM »
Yeah, I also have gotten both 7 and 8 for free through an agreement the college I go to has with MS. And yeah, I know what you mean with completely clean installs. Feels nice to know it's just what you installed instead of a lot of added stuff by the company that built the computer.

And well... ehh..  I don't really recall, actually. XD The desktop is sort of a gift, basically. Left over from another place. :P And the laptop was a real while ago and don't really remember the price, sorry. Btw, you need to also remember the fact that prices for things in my location (Mexico) are different than US. :P (For example, went to Dell's official sites and these are the prices for really similar computers: $599 USD in US site vs $12,299MXN pesos [$880.87 USD] . More expensive, yep... and the one from my local site actually has one less feature. XD ) Then there's also the reduced availability of models. :/

I know that availability varies by country, which are governed by the dated politics that reign in that country. Prices shouldn't vary by country and are rather a horror story. I have heard so with people that use the Euro and GBP; they overpay when converted to USD. I wonder what constitutes the need to have a higher price?

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Re: Your computer configuration
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2014, 03:46:46 PM »
I know that availability varies by country, which are governed by the dated politics that reign in that country. Prices shouldn't vary by country and are rather a horror story. I have heard so with people that use the Euro and GBP; they overpay when converted to USD. I wonder what constitutes the need to have a higher price?

Yep. I've heard about Euro and Pounds price situation too. And the reason is basically the government and their extra taxes. In this case, it's mostly import taxes and shipping. Obviously, yeah, this is something I don't agree with either. As an example, an Amiibo here costs the equivalent of $16.92 USD compared to its real value of $12.99 USD.
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Re: Your computer configuration
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2014, 11:12:32 PM »
Yep. I've heard about Euro and Pounds price situation too. And the reason is basically the government and their extra taxes. In this case, it's mostly import taxes and shipping. Obviously, yeah, this is something I don't agree with either. As an example, an Amiibo here costs the equivalent of $16.92 USD compared to its real value of $12.99 USD.

Digital goods seem to be the only salvation to the money problem but that is only for games/media and not hardware. I think Steam adjusts for different currencies more accurately but consoles don't have such luxuries.

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Re: Your computer configuration
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2014, 04:03:46 PM »
Digital goods seem to be the only salvation to the money problem but that is only for games/media and not hardware. I think Steam adjusts for different currencies more accurately but consoles don't have such luxuries.

With digital things, yeah, the prices should be the same, that should be one of the benefits of it. The problem is when the companies that manage the shop decide to have regional settings and ask someone else to set the prices for them instead of doing just the conversion. As an example, here's what Nintendo does:

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That converted to USD is $54.70 . What Nintendo decided to do here was to ask the local stores at what price they are going to set the games too, and based on that put the same price on the eShop. The only ones saved from this disaster are the digital only games which are actually a few cents cheaper than in the US.

Steam recently did the same change of currency and it's a mixed bag there. Each company has to decide on the price of their games and some are now charging like almost double, others doing a simple conversion, and others are cheaper.

Btw, since Speccy now works for Windows 10, I just updated my first post with the info of the desktop.
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Re: Your computer configuration
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2014, 04:00:04 PM »
Specs to currency exchange rates. Why did we go so off-topic? ::)

 



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