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Subject:I think I found a computer
Time:09:09 am
This looks like a reasonable deal. I'd need to add a video card, a second hard drive, and an OS, but then I'm ready to rock & roll. With everything, including shipping, the total is $1393.60.

Man. I've just upgraded and upgraded and upgraded my desktop computer since Windows 95. The idea of starting from scratch is daunting.

Everythihng:

system
second 1TB hard drive
BFG GeForce 9800GT
(gack) Vista 64 ultimate
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andrewhime
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Time:2009-05-29 04:34 pm (UTC)
Looks like a nice barebones box. And wahey, the vidcard supports CUDA...

http://bugs.distributed.net/show_bug.cgi?id=4030

Now if they would just release a client. With CUDA, Stream, and the new 64-bit cores.

Vista's not as bad as everyone leads you to believe.
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stevecohen
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Time:2009-05-29 05:12 pm (UTC)
Unless you REALLY want the penultimate in speed, I'd stick with one of the pre-i7 processors. Seriously, you are paying a fairly large premium for a small difference in speed.

Does Photoshop use the GPU at all yet? If it does, I'd go with a slower processor and buy a BSD GeForce GPU.
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prock
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Time:2009-05-29 06:59 pm (UTC)
I'd go with one of the lower wattage, high performance quad cores myself.

Intel Core2 Q8200S
Intel Core2 Q9400S
Intel Core2 Q9550S

all 65W cpus and 80-90% of top performance.
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whipartist
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Time:2009-05-29 07:23 pm (UTC)
And about the same price. What's the advantage?
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prock
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Time:2009-05-29 07:59 pm (UTC)
Lower power means less heat and noise. At newegg they run 250/300/350.
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whipartist
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Time:2009-05-29 08:06 pm (UTC)
And the i7 920 is $250.
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prock
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Time:2009-05-29 08:28 pm (UTC)
It's $280 at newegg, so I assume the relative savings is about $30, not much. Looking at the performance, the Q8200s actually clocks in at about 60% of the 920, so it is a significant hit.

But I'm a heat/noise snob so the 130W of the 920 is a real bummer for me. It'll cost twice as much to run the CPU. And you'll get gobs of heat, and thus fan noise to deal with the heat.

A compromise might be the Q9650 which benchmarks at 80% of the 920, but runs at 95W instead of 130W.

Personally, I just bought a 45W cpu to do my work on. (AMD 5050e).
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andrewhime
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Time:2009-05-29 06:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm a likely candidate to do an upgrade to a 64-bit version of Windows 7 on my laptop.
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adbjupe
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Time:2009-05-29 07:07 pm (UTC)
Have a look at this guys builds: http://www.rabb1t.com/systems.html
One of my computers is built to his specs. Lots of info on his page as well.
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whipartist
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Time:2009-05-30 02:29 am (UTC)
Not a chance in hell. For one, the Mac Pro starts at $2500, and a somewhat comparably-configured system is $4K. Second, I've already spent major coin on Photoshop for Windows, and I'd rather not spend another $600 for the Mac version. Third, there's no way in MacOS to do auto-raise, which is (possibly surprisingly) a dealbreaker for me.

I really don't want a closed architecture-- I want to be able to swap components capriciously. And I like cheap commodity hardware. I'd run linux as a desktop platform before I'd buy a Mac.
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whipartist
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Time:2009-05-30 02:51 am (UTC)
Autoraise isn't a poker thing, it's a general usability issue. I hate extraneous clicking, and having to do it every time I switch windows (which is extremely often) is unacceptable.

Plus, remote desktops suffer in terms of performance. I actually do this all the time, hitting my home desktop from the office machine, my laptop, whatever.

Macs are just plain ludicrously overpriced.
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andrewhime
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Time:2009-06-05 10:22 pm (UTC)
I think I went straight there for a moment.
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