Anybody still use a desktop?

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Range Motorsport, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. Range Motorsport

    Range Motorsport Junk collector

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    Yeah I know, ancient technology.

    But really after looking at new computers I finally realized that desktops are almost dead. There's very little to be found and most of those are for business purposes. I ended up buying an HP Envy on closeout which has a 6 core processor, 10gb of ram and a 1.5tb hard drive. I do a lot of video editing and rendering so lots of storage and processing speed are important and you can't get that in a laptop for cheap.

    So who else is still hangin on to the desktop tech?
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  2. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    Posting from a Dell workstation tower, and I'll likely be upgrading to another one in a year or so. They just are so much cheaper than laptops, and you can make them a lot faster :evil
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  3. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    I hate laptops. The keyboards and mouse/pad thing suck. I can't type worth shit on a laptop keyboard. I would REALLY hate to have to try to do 3D design stuff at work using a laptop.
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  4. clevishook

    clevishook stevedore

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    Using one right now. Easy to leave it on and just sit down and lurk.
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  5. jeep44

    jeep44 junk collector

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    I just bought an iMac desktop-I have no need for a laptop.
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  6. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    The number one consumer reason: gaming. Go to the gaming forum and there'll be plenty of peeps on desktops, mostly bcs its so much easier top hang your graphics card upgrades on an AT motherboard. You might want to check tjhe graphics card spec on that pc too. The hex core is great for overall available power, but its only really adding value whe you have apps that are programmed to take advantage of multicore processing. Most graphics apps will take advantage of the graphics card though. Some more than others, for instance, my cad platform is optimized w/ OpenGL of some flavor, and benefits less from the typical graphics card's speed of calculation as it does thee graphics card's ability to render precisely. But regardless, getting comparable performance/tailorability from a laptop chassis gets pretty pricey. And actually you're always limited a little on flexibility on the laptop platform. Getting serious power into the smaller form factor adds dollars
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  7. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Likely Lost.

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    Yup, I still have my gaming desktop, a file server that is basically a NAS and another (retired gaming rig) that sits behind my TV and only plays movies.

    I don't like laptops because you can't fix them easily, tables suck on the input department and phones are worse.
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  8. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    using two at work - both running 26" (?) monitors.
    separate from each other but I can log in twice to servers etc - provided I type on the correct keyboard - finding it an efficient way to work.
    I can also rotate my monitors portrait style - very good for working lists and manuals etc

    I have a fairly cheap Dell laptop as my personal computer. intenet, some Excel work, and goolge sketchup,, thats about it

    Hay Ewe
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  9. Kris

    Kris Been here awhile

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    We still have a HP desk top and use it daily it has been a great computer.
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  10. Hardware02

    Hardware02 Long timer

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    Where's Carl?
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  11. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Tilting the Horizon

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    I have a laptop but use it very rarely.

    My Gateway desktop is hooked to my 46" TV for use as a media server and if I increase the font size on web pages it's surprisingly easy to surf that way.
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  12. Big Bird 928

    Big Bird 928 Long timer

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    You didn't specify at home... :deal

    Below is a picture of me at our old setup.

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  13. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    yes, right now.
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  14. forrestlaw

    forrestlaw Been here awhile

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    All the time. Hard to play civilization 5 or Starcraft 2 on small laptop screens. I like my 21.5" imac.

    Also hard to do any serious video or processor intensive work on a laptop since desktops have so much more processor and graphics power.
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  15. OhBoy

    OhBoy Got Out

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    Imac 27 great for watching utube, xfinity (when the wif is watching drool) plus I need BIG. The eyes arent what they used to be.
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  16. jeep44

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    My wife likes the big screen on my iMac to watch Korean dramas on Dramafever.
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  17. Icewalker

    Icewalker Conundrum

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    Have a no brand Desktop running Mint 14 :D as my main desktop
    A netop running Mint 14 as my video server
    Another desktop running Mint 14 as my music server
    Oh and a Sunfire 4800 in my equipment rack in the basement just using it for file serving :D
    Oh and the work laptop ... running windows 7 :puke1 Because they don't trust their employees.

    Thinking of swapping out the netop for a WD personal cloud 3 or 6 TB server. Movie collection is getting a bit too big.

    Anyone have any experience of Debian for the sparc architecture? Either that or maybe I'll repurpose the Sunfire as a media server .... hmmm that may work out fine :D
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  18. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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  19. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    Looking for that last reply I stumbled upon this gem:

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  20. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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    That looks like a "Look busy! I'm going to take a picture" picture. :D

    We have a similar set up. Lots of monitors looking at lots of things/computers. I have cases that are now nearly qualify as antiques that hold many times updated components, and even have some nearly as old CRT monitors because they are awesome mil-spec and dust proof (ie: expensive as hell when new).

    But personally at home, all laptops on wireless.

    These days, even "desktops" look like just a laptop monitor propped up on a stand.
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