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View Poll Results: What is your preference these days?
Name brand or pre-built PC. 7 13.73%
I still build my own PC. 28 54.90%
Laptop PC 5 9.80%
Bought a Mac and never looked back. 11 21.57%
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post #1 of 24 Old 12-05-15, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Computer Poll

I'm curious as to what everyone is doing for a computer these days.
I used to be very big on building and overclocking PC's, then one day I bought a MacBook Pro...

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post #2 of 24 Old 12-05-15, 01:46 PM
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I recently upgraded to the following:

ASUS Z170 / Intel Core i5-6500 / Crucial Ballistix 16GB DDR4-2400 / Crucial MX200 250GB SSD
Silverstone LC13B case with a Silverstone Gold PFC ATX1000 P/S / Noctua NH-L12 CPU cooler

It's very quiet and looks nice on the equipment rack - blends in with the audio components. I'm using an optical output to the old Parasound AVC2500u that's just used for the PC and cable box.

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I built my main machine that is my media server but I also just decided on a new Surface Book to replace my Sony notebook.

I would probably still build a desktop but the notebooks are so powerful and with NAS I might not need one. I could easily dedicate the Sony notebook to stationary duties.




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I guess mine would be pre-built as I use i3NUCs now.

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Samsung 65" FP, Yamaha CX-A5100, Xilica XP4080, (4) Klipsch RP160MS, (4) JBL 8340As, (2) Yamaha P2500s amps, PS3, XBox One, (1) Asus mini pc, (2) Furman Power Conditioners, Darbee Darcet, and a Project RPM 1.5 Carbon turntable..
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I guess mine would be pre-built as I use i3NUCs now.
I had to google that. Those are some nifty little boxes!
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I had to google that. Those are some nifty little boxes!
Yup, no more big PCs for me anymore...other than my NAS.

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All of the above and more.

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I LOVE server chassis. Massive amounts of space, good airflow, and rack-mountable. I can keep all my gear in the same xU form factor, and it all looks nice.

But that requires me to build them. Oh well... I still contend that I can build one better than I can buy for the same money, and I don't mind doing the work. Keeps me in shape.
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I went with a brand name and then upgraded some of the internals.
For me a build would be around the same price. Computer tech has really slowed down, nothing really new in the last 2 or so years, just 5% fast, 10% cooler and 15% less power.
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I voted laptop because that is what I use the most. However I use all the above and spend a lot of time searching the net using my iPad when I'm home.
I have a good Dell laptop with touchscreen and I installed a 1TB SSD in it so I do everything even video editing. Mac's are nice but too exspencive and you can't do nearly as much with them as far as upgrades and such.
I also still ovation ally use an old Commadore Amiga to play classic games and even do video work.

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Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
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Panasonic PT-AE8000 on a 120" 2,35:1 fixed screen

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