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What kind of computer is everybody running? Be it just the web surfer, the video editor, all-in-one PC, something you built from scratch, and etc!

I'll start. I just received my Lenovo y510p laptop for college.

It has the following:
4th Gen i7 processor clock at 2.4Ghz (3.4Ghz Turbo)
dual ‎NVidia GeForce GT 750M 2GB in SLI +135 MHz & 400 Mhz memory OC (safe)
16GB of RAM
1TB 7200 RPM HDD
Windows 8.1 + Start8 + Display Fusion
Runs most games at Ultra settings with some mods!

Also my Dell D630 is a decent laptop for 2008. It's only function in college will be a Linux machine that builds ROMs for my Galaxy S4.

Intel core 2 Duo @ 2.4Ghz
Intel Integrated Graphics
4GB of RAM
250GB HDD
Windows 7
Runs almost no games at Minimum settings with no mods!

Lets see what everyone else is running!
 

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I have a few. All have various purposes and get used regularly, except for the first two on the list.

I'll start, oldest to newest, listing only the functioning machines. :diablo:

Librex 386SX notebook. 20 MHz i386-SX, 3 MB RAM, 120 MB HDD, monochrome LCD display, 1.44 MB 3.5" floppy.
Compaq LTE Lite 4/25c notebook. 25 MHz i486SL, 12 MB RAM, 250 MB HDD, 16 shades of gray LCD display, integrated trackball mouse, 1.44 MB 3.5" floppy, 14.4 Kbps modem.
IBM ThinkPad T41 notebook.
Dell Latitude D610 notebook.
Dell Inspiron 1520 notebook.
Lenovo ThinkPad T60 notebook.
Lenovo ThinkPad T61p notebook.
Custom desktop. i7-2600K, 8GB RAM, 4 TB HDDs, 22" WSXGA+ TFT LCD display, GeForce GTX 480, other stuff.

I'm thinking about a new laptop, but the "need" hasn't arisen yet.
 

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My office laptop is a run-of-the-mill HP ProBook 6450b

My home system is substantially more capable. I'll update this post with details when I get home.
 

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I have a few. All have various purposes and get used regularly, except for the first two on the list.

I'll start, oldest to newest, listing only the functioning machines. :diablo:

Librex 386SX notebook. 20 MHz i386-SX, 3 MB RAM, 120 MB HDD, monochrome LCD display, 1.44 MB 3.5" floppy.
Compaq LTE Lite 4/25c notebook. 25 MHz i486SL, 12 MB RAM, 250 MB HDD, 16 shades of gray LCD display, integrated trackball mouse, 1.44 MB 3.5" floppy, 14.4 Kbps modem.
IBM ThinkPad T41 notebook.
Dell Latitude D610 notebook.
Dell Inspiron 1520 notebook.
Lenovo ThinkPad T60 notebook.
Lenovo ThinkPad T61p notebook.
Custom desktop. i7-2600K, 8GB RAM, 4 TB HDDs, 22" WSXGA+ TFT LCD display, GeForce GTX 480, other stuff.

I'm thinking about a new laptop, but the "need" hasn't arisen yet.
I expect pictures of the Librex and Compaq dinosaurs! Those sounds awesome.
 

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I have an old Dell XPS Media Center my dau-in-law uses now, a gaming machine I built for my youngest son, and a MacBook Pro I use - -

I'm a bit of a 'closet' nerd - - :)

All the details are at home - - I'll try to add them later - -
 

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Altair maybe?... :)

Mine is a custom (by me) build.
I'd have to dig to all details but
E7400 @ 2.8GHz
MSI mobo
2GB Corsair Ram with cooler
Nvidia 220 GT
and a MAG 15" LCD (the thing that is really holding my computer back)
 

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The Librex <strike>runs</strike> ran Windows 3.1 (seems like the hard disk in it finally died); the Compaq I loaded Windows 95 on. I actually did use it (the Compaq) for about 3 months back when I was a junior in high school as a novelty to do some basic word processing to pass time, and - believe it or not - I did use its modem to get online once before we ditched dial up. Back then I also had a ThinkPad A22m which I used from late 2004 through 2007 or so in a more primary role. The Librex does still power on but it doesn't stay on for long before it shuts off by itself. They're about 2" thick each, and are 20+ years old now. I like to tell people, "You really can't appreciate the technology we have today until you've seen and used the technology from yesterday." :)

The Librex:

<img src="http://imageshack.us/a/img33/2745/g8ks.jpg" width="800"/>


The Compaq (needs cleaned):




The T41, Librex and Compaq lined up for a thickness comparison:

 

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LOL

I bet Grog has something even older than that...
Not that is working; the XT is in the basement, lol.

Let's see; this is what I'm currently using:

New pc: i7-3930k @3960MHz 32GB... ATI7970 http://valid.canardpc.com/2885412 Gaming system
Gallery of my computer build
#2 [email protected] 24GB ATI7970... I'll have to look for the cpuid link. (Hooked to 60" plasma 3dTV) Gaming system
#3 [email protected] 12GB 2x ATI5870s Gaming system
#4 Core2Duo 6420 @3.9GHz 4GB 2x ATI4870s Gaming system
#5 Pentium-D 820 @3.2GHz 4GB ATI6870 Server
#6 Athlon-M 2500 2GB ATI x850 TV computer

Tuning laptop: Dell D630 4GB 256GB SSD
Audio Laptop: Acer Aspire 7520 4GB 1TB HDrive. Has awesome video and audio capture ability, very useful. :)

The basement has my storage: an original XT and AT IBM, my 11MHz XT clone, a 386, several 486es, Pentiums, both MMX and not... :D
 

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Ah, there you've got me - both on the top end and bottom. I don't have anything XT or AT old. But I do have a variety of Pentiums (1, 2, 3, and 4) along with a few AMD K6 (1 and 2) as well as a few Athlons (original and X2) and a Duron. All pieces parts at the moment though. :(

I've garnered a reputation as the curator of the "Avon Lake Museum of Computing" through my hoarding... :D
 

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Well, my Alienware Aurora computer was top of the line when I bought it in May 2010. I'm sure some of you are running even better systems than this now ...

Here's what I'm rockin' at home ...
  • Alienware Aurora Case with liquid cooling
  • Intel Core i7 930 QC (2.8 GHz)
  • 9GB Triple Channel 1333 Mhz DDR3 RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 - EVGA Superclocked
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium sound card
Drives:
  • 1 TB Internal
  • Two 2 TB External
  • One 3 TB External
  • One .5 TB External

    Total of 6.5 TB of storage
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 BIT - SP1

Monitor: A single HP w2408h 24" monitor at 1920x1200 resolution.

I'd love to upgrade to two or three monitors but I just can't justify that to myself or my wife.
 

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AMD FX 8150 3.78 GHz 8-core processor (black edition)
ASUS cross-hair 5 formula mainboard
EVGA Nvidia G-force 680 GTX super-clocked graphics card
Corsair Vengence 16 Gb DDR-3 memory
Western Digital 'black' 3.5 in SATA 1TB hard-drive
Antec kuhler 920 liquid cooling
NZXT Phantom full tower case
O.S is Windows 7 64 bit home edition

(build is by no means complete, but it works)
 

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Well, my Alienware Aurora computer was top of the line when I bought it in May 2010. I'm sure some of you are running even better systems than this now ...

Here's what I'm rockin' at home ...
  • Alienware Aurora Case with liquid cooling
  • Intel Core i7 930 QC (2.8 GHz)
  • 9GB Triple Channel 1333 Mhz DDR3 RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 - EVGA Superclocked
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium sound card
Drives:
  • 1 TB Internal
  • Two 2 TB External
  • One 3 TB External
  • One .5 TB External

    Total of 8.5 TB of storage
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 BIT - SP1

Monitor: A single HP w2408h 24" monitor at 1920x1200 resolution.

I'd love to upgrade to two or three monitors but I just can't justify that to myself or my wife.
It's kind of scary when your 3 year old top of the line desktop is now mid/low range of a gaming desktop now. You can make a $750 gaming computer that would compete with it today. This goes for anything in technology though, everything becomes so outdated so quickly.

My brother just built a monster computer. He's thinking about buying another graphics card and running SLI with his current or buying a GTX Titan.
 

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It's kind of scary when your 3 year old top of the line desktop is now mid/low range of a gaming desktop now. You can make a $750 gaming computer that would compete with it today. This goes for anything in technology though, everything becomes so outdated so quickly.

My brother just built a monster computer. He's thinking about buying another graphics card and running SLI with his current or buying a GTX Titan.
Get the Geforce 780 GTX. I have a friend who invested in the Titan for nearly 1 grand when the 780 came out a month after the Titan was acquired. In a side by side comparison both cards are pretty equal in terms of performance, capability and uses the same Keplar architecture. The 780 cost 40% less than the Titan.
 

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I'll let him know! I'm locked in with my graphics cards. But I kind of want a gaming desktop, but I need the laptop for portability.
 

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Have been custom building my machines since before i could drive, current machine is:

Coolermaster Cosmos S
Asus P6X58D-E
I7 930 @ 4.2ghz HT on
12gb G.Skill 1600mhz 7-8-7-24 1.5v
2x Intel 80gb SSD Raid 0
2x WD Black 500gb Raid 0
Nvidia GTX 660
XFX 850w PS- Modular
Plextor BD-Rom
Plextor DVD/CD RW
Swiftech GTX Waterblock
Swiftech MCP655 pump
XSPC 3x120 rad
iirc 1/2 x 3/4 Primochill blue tubing

Windows 7 + 8
 

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It's kind of scary when your 3 year old top of the line desktop is now mid/low range of a gaming desktop now. You can make a $750 gaming computer that would compete with it today. This goes for anything in technology though, everything becomes so outdated so quickly.
That's why I gave up on it years ago. My build does just fine for me.
 

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I hoping this laptop will last me 4 years of college. I'm not very hard on electronics. I just hope the battery life doesn't go to hell like my D630 that accidentally cooked itself in my backpack (I closed it, but it didn't sleep). The battery life will suck as it is :tongue:

These are all some decent builds! Keep 'em coming! I love reading about/seeing computer builds!
 

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Here's a tip about battery life. My T61p I bought new in October 2007, still runs like a champ. Original battery holds about 80% of its brand new full charge capacity - nearly 6 years old. The ThinkPad power manager lets you set custom charge thresholds. I usually had it to only charge after the power level drops under 40%, then only charge it up to 70%. I am also particular about where I store the computer; I always try to keep it cool (never leaving it in the car in summer). Whenever I know I need a full charge, I'll set it to charge fully about 30-60 minutes in advance, then when I'm done I set it back to only charge up to 70%.
 

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Thanks Brandon I'll keep that in mind! It'll have a cooling pad to help with things when I'm in my dorm room. But I'm looking for other ways for it to stay cool :thumbsup:
 
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