Time for a New Computer

Re: Time for a New Computer

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:22 am

Richard S. wrote:
Rob R. wrote: most problems are due to crappy software being installed, P


I love fresh install of windows, total desktop icons: 1

Having said that my Mother got a Asus not too long ago and it wasn't that bad.


I got my dad a used computer that came out of an office environment and did a clean install of XP on it...almost three years ago. He has never installed a single program, just checks the weather and sends emails with it - it still runs perfectly.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Time for a New Computer

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:03 pm

My computer at work is 8 years old now, just used for account sales, email and this site. But, after reading about the trouble Richard had, I think I'll be sticking with Macs for my home computer(s).
EarthWindandFire
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75. (sold)
Other Heating: Oil Furnace and Kerosene Heaters.

Re: Time for a New Computer

PostBy: Rob R. On: Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:42 pm

EarthWindandFire wrote:But, after reading about the trouble Richard had, I think I'll be sticking with Macs for my home computer(s).


Are you going to build your own Mac?
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy


Re: Time for a New Computer

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:17 am

EarthWindandFire wrote: But, after reading about the trouble Richard had,


I built this from scratch so problems are to be expected especially considering it was the first time I did it, I'll note I'm not exactly a novice with computer hardware.About the only thing new was mounting the CPU. I paid $1000, similar computer at Best Buy is going to be $1400+. If you wanted to make a comparison to Apple you'd have to compare to the lowest cost Mac Pro, I'm picking that one because the cost of the processor is just little lower that the I5 3.4 processor I have. The Mac is $2500 and truthfully it's really not a fair comparison.

http://support.apple.com/kb/SP652
Just for starters on the Mac:
The graphics card is cheaper.
The CPU while a Xeon is slightly cheaper.
The RAM is slower, even their top model doesn't compare.
No SATA3, Only SATA2
No USB3, only USB2 and very limited external ports.


I know people love their Mac's, whatever floats your boat but if you want to look at bang for your buck there is no comparison to a PC especially if you're building it yourself.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite