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Good Computers

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Guest2, 8 Oct 2009.

  1. Guest2

    Capodecina

    Joined: 6 May 2009

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    What is the point in having a good computer? i.e spending £1000

    I see lots of people with good machine in their signatures on here and wonder if its just for bragging rights or because they genuinely need it.

    Other than working in huge photoshop files, or needing large screens for programming i cant see what a good computer is needed really. My 4 year old computer plays all latest games bar maybe one in high settings (just not massive AF/AA)
     
  2. twist3d0n3

    Capodecina

    Joined: 3 Aug 2008

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    Location: Bath, England

    gaming, predominantly at big resolutions, at high frame rates
     
  3. MowyTone

    Mobster

    Joined: 4 May 2009

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    Location: Southampton

    This
     
  4. ajstan

    Wise Guy

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    Location: London

    Not quite sure about £1000, but most see it like a hobby I think
     
  5. metamorphpwner

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 6 Sep 2008

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    Location: Near Hull

    And newer tech, faster responce for design/editing ect.
     
  6. Tripnologist

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    Location: Bristol

    Same question could apply to many things in life.
    Why have a nice car when a cheap crap one will do? Why have a nice house, etc.?
     
  7. starfighter

    Mobster

    Joined: 4 Aug 2008

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    Location: Manchester.

    I play games so it always gets used. I previously had a Core2Duo quad core, went wonky so had to upgrade. was not needed but wasn't much more expensive. i plan to sell/use the odl CPU at some point.

    My old graphics card was a 8800GT, it won't play the games I play now on my 24" monitor so yes it was needed. this 4870 handles everything apart from Crysis. :)

    I am just about resisiting a 5870 but that is because it would literally be for Crysis. The price needs to go sub 250 for me.

    I spend a lot of my free time infront of it so might aswell have a good one. more time than I spend in my car yet I don't use a old banger either.

    Yes I could live in a 1 room flat aswell and eat bread and water but you know.
     
  8. LeJosh

    Capodecina

    Joined: 24 Sep 2008

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    Location: Edinburgh.

    Faster! In every single way!
     
  9. krooton

    Caporegime

    Joined: 9 May 2004

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    Location: Leafy outskirts of London

    Games, video encoding, and sound engineering.
     
  10. twist3d0n3

    Capodecina

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    surely use a mac for audio work? ;)
     
  11. SfnX

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne

    Well enthusiasts build to make the best out of what they can afford. we gamers/competitive have performance pcs to have the best playing experience possible out of their hardware. tbh it rly varies, you can ask people this questions and most will have different opinions
     
  12. Missing.String

    Hitman

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    Rendering and design work here. :)
     
  13. mollymoo

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    I wish I had a £1000 computer, mine seems to grind to a halt sometimes, which should answer the op question :)
     
  14. starfighter

    Mobster

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    Location: Manchester.

    Infact mine is now at 4GHz, just overclocked it some more.
     
  15. arc@css

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    The power is for gaming at quite a high resolution though obviously not a top rig but pretty powerful I'd say. I want as much of the settings turned to the max as possible. I'm willing to allow the odd drop in maybe one or two things like AA but not much else.
     
  16. xb8browney

    Soldato

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    Never spent £1000 on my computer the actual computer was £400 if I add mouse, keyboard and speakers I'd be looking at £750.
     
  17. Dave

    Mobster

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    Location: Sacramento CA

    How much did your computer cost when you bought it 4 years ago? :p
     
  18. mrk

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    You don't need a Mac for sound/video/photo work these days, those days are long gone in the past.

    You don't need to have spent £1000 to have a "good computer"

    Example being my computer, it is very good but is not £1000 - well ok, my screen may be almost half that figure bringing the total above 1k but then again Photography is my profession so I need the image quality, a gamer would be perfectly happy with a VA based screen that costs half that or better.

    Q9550 @ 3.6GHz = £170
    8GB DDR2 = £80~
    GTX260 216 = £105
    EP45 mobo = £75
    Lian Li case = 69 dude!
    Essence STX soundcard: £130
    OCZ M600 PSU = £80
    2.5TB HDDs = £150
    = £759

    I don't count the screen as part of the price because these are specifically individual on needs but...

    Hazro H-IPS screen = £460


    You also have to remember many people gradually upgrade so the cost is spread out over a number of years, my RAM is 2 years or so old for example, my mobo is only a bit less and the GFX likewise. The majority of people won't have spent 1k on one day but gradually upgraded when good deals etc come about.`
     
  19. LeJosh

    Capodecina

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    I spent £350 on my tower and it pretty much steams through most of the games I've played. Because the HD4850 is cracking card. At 1980x1020. If I had £1000 I would have spent that though as it would get alot more things done and play games even better. Just if you can afford it, why not? :p
     
  20. Van Hellseek

    Capodecina

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    In ye olde days it was important to have a top of the range machine for more reasons than gaming. These days however it's a little pointless to spend that much money unless you're seriously rich.

    Top end machines these days are purely for gaming nerds who think a few extra FPS adds a few virtual inches to your member.