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General Chat Thread, Whats your spec? in General; Hi all, my machine at work has 'finally' given up the ghost (It was well below the average spec, but ...
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    Whats your spec?

    Hi all, my machine at work has 'finally' given up the ghost (It was well below the average spec, but as ever was overlooked) and it looks like I should be able to coax a new machine out of the Head.

    I was wondering what you guys use spec wise, and if you have made any *special* additions (dual monitors, 2 NICS, dual/tri boot, things like that)? Also how much was spent on the machine when it was bought? Did you custom build it? Would you custom build or buy a generic box?

    Thanks,
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    I currently use my personal Mac Book Pro. My min. spec at the moment - which is more than good enough for my desktop - is Dual core and 2Gb RAM. As for 'special edition', dual monitors is a must. Because I run a lot of VM's (If I were replacing my lappy with a desktop) 4Gb and a 2nd NIC would be on the spec list. Also a DVD/RW drive is a must on a tech machine.

    We buy Lenovo here. I'd find the cheapest/closest model to my min. spec and then buy generic componets (ram, nic, etc) to upgrade to desired spec. When the time comes to replace my current machine, I'm thinking NetBSD or OpenSuSE on the desktop with Windows XP and/or 7 running in a VirtualBox VM.

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    the more powerful machine I use is a Core2Extreame laptop with 4 GB ram and 8 series graphics card 17" running windows 7

    my other machine is a 15" laptop with a second screen attached but that's not a great spec

    I would suggest looking at the new Xeon workstations (always a good point to work down from) or aim for a couple of computers. dual/tripple screen is very useful epsially if you need to RDP into lots of servers and want pages up for reference - also a while back misco had a 28" monitor (hannsG iifc) for just under £200 so 3 of them would be good. it all depends on what you are doing though - if you run Virtual PC then you'll need lots more RAM and better CPU - If you run it as a thin client then you can get away with something of the spec of an eeePC

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    Previously I was using a core2duo (intel vt model), 4GB of RAM, 2x 20" TFTs and that was about it.

    EDIT: Oh, running XP Pro on the host and VMs for most other stuff.

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    Acer Veriton M464 Q9300 Quad Core 2.50Ghz 8GB RAM, Three 22" screens from LG.

    The screens were a bargain at £89 each. The PC around £450 (The extra RAM was lying around)

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    You need at least 2 monitors it makes a big difference. Especially when following a guide a or looking up the syntax to something. It is also good to have something on the other screen to keep an eye on while you work on the other.

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    ours our e6600 @ 2.4GHz with 2GB of RAM ot really big hdds (40GB) we each have 19" screens i have a NVIDIA 8400GS. Running XP CC3

    by the time these are upfor upgrade (another year i think) we will prob be getting quad cores 4GB +, i would love to work on Win 7 here (tba faff with it with CC3 tho) but by that time we should have "upgraded" to CC4 so Win 7 will work with that (i'm told)

    i do need a new keyboard tho, my 'n' and 'm' keys have gone funny lol

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    I have a 2.5Ghz celeron with 256 RAM, just managed to coax an extra 1GB RAM here lol not toooooo bad with the new RAM. Oh and a 15 inch screen. If you get permission for a calculator for a new machine you will be beating me!

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    As per my xfire profile...

    Manufacturer: Carl Taylor
    Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-965 Extreme 3.2GHz 8MB Cache
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    Video Card: Dual 1,792 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 295
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    Operating System: Windows XP Professional 64 bit (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3
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    Total cost was £2300

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH View Post
    You need at least 2 monitors it makes a big difference. Especially when following a guide a or looking up the syntax to something. It is also good to have something on the other screen to keep an eye on while you work on the other.
    DEFINATELY agree!
    I used to laugh and think "why do I really need 2 monitors", but can't imagine working without them now. SO much better - makes things far easier.
    Now ver affordable too with the range of graphics cards on the market with dual monitor support

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    As per my xfire profile...

    Manufacturer: Carl Taylor
    Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-965 Extreme 3.2GHz 8MB Cache
    Memory: 12288MB RAM
    ....
    Operating System: Windows XP Professional 64 bit (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3
    Motherboard: Intel® X-58 Chipset Motherboard- Socket 1366 Core i7 Ready
    Computer Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case

    Total cost was £2300
    Is this your work machine?!?!

    how do you find XP64 for driver support?

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    Thats my home machine. driver support is pretty good, provided you have the correct details for the ones that you need....

    I found that NVidia was poor at 64 bit support, so I spoke with them alot and gave them some very honest feedback which they took onboard (not sure if it was directly from me) and they have vastly improved!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH View Post
    You need at least 2 monitors it makes a big difference. Especially when following a guide a or looking up the syntax to something. It is also good to have something on the other screen to keep an eye on while you work on the other.
    You need at least 2 monitors - if only so you have one for Edugeek

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    My work machine is not the best, but also not the worst after reading some of your posts.

    E2180 @ 2GHz
    1GB RAM
    80GB HDD

    Found a video card with dual monitor support so whacked that in. Have my normal 19" and found a 17" lying about. I actually use the 17" more than the 19", unless I'm coding!

    Strange.

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    Ah my home PC is

    Q6600
    4GB RAM
    W7, Vista HP x64, Win XP, Ubuntu 8.04 errr "Quad boot" :s
    2 RaptorXs in RAID0
    1.5TB extra space on various HDD
    TV Card
    ATI 4870 512MB

    Majority of it was bought 2 yrs ago, I paid 330 quid for the Q6600 at the time it was half the price a month later!! Typical!

    Still it pwns my pc here I could drive home and back (I live 50 mins away) I'd be able to work faster on my home PC!!

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