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Title: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: RE on March 02, 2019, 01:06:55 PM
Hey Eddie, whatever happened with your laptop?  Reapaire?  New one?  Still on Backup?

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Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: Eddie on March 03, 2019, 04:24:37 PM
Got the machine back with a new hard drive and new speakers which it badly needed. It doesn't seem to run exactly right, got some mouse issues, maybe some residual bit of malware that didn't die when my hard drive did...not sure.

Cost me 500 bucks,,,,,probably should have just bought a new computer. I did pay extra for a new 500 gig HD, could have put in a 250 gig used one and saved 125 bucks, but I went for the new one.

All my 2F authentication for cryptos like the Authy app was lost, and it looks like I'll have to talk to a human to get that back up. They updated to the new Mac OS, whatever it is now, and that's a little foreign. My machine is not the machine it used to be, in other words. At least it's easier to type, but I was getting used to typing on the Samsung finally, anyway.

Teacher daughter was telling me to back up to the cloud with Google Drive, which apparently includes a lot of data storage for free. Need to get that going so I won't get  my data wiped out next time.
Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: RE on March 03, 2019, 05:30:39 PM
Got the machine back with a new hard drive and new speakers which it badly needed. It doesn't seem to run exactly right, got some mouse issues, maybe some residual bit of malware that didn't die when my hard drive did...not sure.

Cost me 500 bucks,,,,,probably should have just bought a new computer. I did pay extra for a new 500 gig HD, could have put in a 250 gig used one and saved 125 bucks, but I went for the new one.

All my 2F authentication for cryptos like the Authy app was lost, and it looks like I'll have to talk to a human to get that back up. They updated to the new Mac OS, whatever it is now, and that's a little foreign. My machine is not the machine it used to be, in other words. At least it's easier to type, but I was getting used to typing on the Samsung finally, anyway.

Teacher daughter was telling me to back up to the cloud with Google Drive, which apparently includes a lot of data storage for free. Need to get that going so I won't get  my data wiped out next time.

Google drive is excellent for backup.  You get a lot of free storage, but really it's unlimited because you can make multiple accounts.  I have 3 Google accounts.  You should also have your own external hard drive and backup to that.

In your situation with the data lost anyhow, I would have definitely bought a new computer rather than fix that one up.  The issue with Macs though of course is they are so overpriced.

I in fact just got a new computer, which I will debut here on the Diner probably next week sometime.  I'm in the process now of reconfiguring my office area since the Kitchen is now finished.  It needs to be adapted to put in the new computer, which I currently have up and running but am still configuring.  I'm not retiring the Dell All in One, that one will remain the computer I work at most of the time.  I am networking everything up though and setting an automatic backup of files from one computer to the other so the hard drives will always be identical and if one crashes, I can immediately switch over to the other one.  Also auto-backup to my two external hard drives, a 1 TB model and a 4 TB model.  The 4 TB model I bought while visiting Brian, who collects movies.  He gave me over 1000 titles that take up a little over a TB of the 4 TB drive.  I also will keep my two laptops running and backup to those as well so when I travel I can seamlessly move to the Diner Mobile Control Center setup in the Bates Motels I stay at during the Adventure.  I have a few adventures planned for this summer assuming I am still above ground.

Short of an EMP, I am basically Bulletproof now on the computer end of things.  :icon_sunny:  Wait till you see the new unit!  It's impressive, to say the least.  ;D

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Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: Eddie on March 03, 2019, 06:06:27 PM
Nice...

I like to think that I don't keep anything important on my computer anyway, but it's becoming less true, because I archive shit like tax returns..it's not like they're gone, but I no longer have a quick copy to access, stuff like that. And I want to do more writing.
Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: RE on March 03, 2019, 06:08:56 PM
Nice...

I like to think that I don't keep anything important on my computer anyway, but it's becoming less true, because I archive shit like tax returns..it's not like they're gone, but I no longer have a quick copy to access, stuff like that. And I want to do more writing.

Definitely do more writing.  We can publish your book in serail format on the Diner Blog as you finish Chapters.

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Title: 🖥️ RE gets a new Supercomputer
Post by: RE on March 06, 2019, 05:56:25 PM
OK Diners, here it is - The NEW RE Diner Control & Command Center SuperComputer!

click the pic to enlarge
RE SuperComputer
RE SuperComputer

Yes, that is a FULL SIZE 17" Laptop sitting in front of my new 32" Monitor.

Here's what is powering that behemoth of a monitor:

(https://i5.walmartimages.com/asr/cbff311d-c59d-427b-970e-79bcda1b3028_1.fef3e2e45a59c2b80d021318673f1ba1.jpeg)

It is what is called a "small form factor" tower.  The box is actually small enough for me to put in an airline carry-on wheely bag with room left over for a change of clothing and my toiletries if I wanted to bring it along for a ride. It has all the advantages of a tower though, all the innards are easily upgradeable and replaceable, unlike with laptops.

Jealous yet?  :icon_mrgreen:

Here's the Specs:

- Intel Quad Core i7-4770 @ 3.40GHz, High Performance 4th Generation Processor.
- 16 GB DDR3L Ram / 240 GB 2.5 Inch Sata Solid State DrivE (SSD).
- Dual Monitor Support (HDMI + VGA), Newest 4th Generation Processor, DVD-RW, Brand New KeyBoard & Mouse, Wireless WIFI, 6 x USB 2.0, 4 x USB 3.0, 1 x VGA, 2 x Display output Ports, RJ-45.
- Windows 10 Professional (64 Bit). Comes With Dell Genuine Windows 10 Professional Re Installation Disc.


The i7 is Intel's current top of the line processor.  My laptop shown in the pic has an i3 processor, so does my All-in-One desktop unit.

Once you go to one of these big screen computers, you never want to go back to working on a laptop most of the time.  If I was still working I would have one of these at home, one at my desk at work and only use my laptop for travelling or trips to the Internet Cafe.  It's a totally different computing experience.

OK, now the Diner Kewpie Doll Contest of the Week:  If you can guess within $200 what I paid for this combo you get a Kewpie Doll to add to your collection.  :icon_sunny:

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Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: azozeo on March 06, 2019, 06:52:15 PM
$789 & Big Jeff pick'd up the tab on front stoop delivery  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: RE on March 06, 2019, 07:05:09 PM
$789 & Big Jeff pick'd up the tab on front stoop delivery  :icon_mrgreen:

Bozos did indeed pick up the tab on the delivery :) .  I'll let you know how close you came  at the end of the contest.  Gotta give time for other Diners to hazard a guess.

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Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: Eddie on March 07, 2019, 05:21:56 AM
I haven't priced computers in so long, I don't have a clue. Is it brand new or a refurb?
Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: RE on March 07, 2019, 07:08:07 AM
I haven't priced computers in so long, I don't have a clue. Is it brand new or a refurb?

If you know the answer to that, it's a lot easier to estimate.  The answer is Refurb, so now you need to be inside $100 to win the Kewpie Doll.

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Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: Eddie on March 07, 2019, 07:10:24 AM
I'll go low. $400?
Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: RE on March 07, 2019, 07:35:23 AM
I'll go low. $400?

I'll let you know how close you came  when I end the contest.  I'll give Diners one more day to submit a guess.

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Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: Surly1 on March 07, 2019, 09:17:09 AM
I'll go low. $400?

I'll let you know how close you came  when I end the contest.  I'll give Diners one more day to submit a guess.

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Letís review the bidding:is this cold just the laptop or does it include the tower and monitor?
Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: K-Dog on March 07, 2019, 10:14:16 AM
I'll go $350 but I'm jaded.  I found out that idiots will scrap year old top of the line laptops for stupid reasons and a couple of local recycling places fix them up and sell them cheap.  I can do this because I'm by a big city but wonder if there might not be a business opportunity to offer them online for a commission?  They get so many they only pick out the best.  The rest get toasted.

Working on my blog app I made a 'tool'.  Single click save!  Backs everything up in one file.  It is a full size screenshot so click on it to see the whole thing.  When this admin panel loaded up on my screen it read the most recent backup file so clicking the button makes a new file with '17' in the name.  It rolls over at 99 on back to 00.  Looking in the folder where the backup goes only the most recent five copies are kept and making a new backup deletes the oldest.  I'm not safe until I move the file to a memory stick and load it on my laptop but it is a lot easier to do now.  As soon as I get a new feature working I click.  The backup tool backed itself up as its first job.  That was slick!

(http://chasingthesquirrel.com/pics/backupTool.png)



Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: RE on March 07, 2019, 10:58:05 AM
I'll go low. $400?

I'll let you know how close you came  when I end the contest.  I'll give Diners one more day to submit a guess.

RE
Letís review the bidding:is this cold just the laptop or does it include the tower and monitor?

Tower + Momitor..  A computer isn't much good without the monitor.

RE
Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: azozeo on March 07, 2019, 11:09:59 AM
See now I thought you bought a lap & monitor, not a monitor & tower & then later on
you mentioned it's all in 1 ..........

You old farts need to square your shit away better.

Crystal clear amigo, c'mon man.....

I need at least a day to re-bid !
Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: monsta666 on March 07, 2019, 01:35:47 PM
Intel now use i9 as their top of the line model for the Intel Core series. Also your spec sheet shows the i7 processor to be 4th generation, we are currently on the 9th generation so it is behind with the times. DDR4 is the RAM used for new computers but your spec says DDR3. Based on those facts I figure the computer would cost around $350-$400 but since those figures have already been taken then I will go with $500.

Monsta's WAG cost estimates
Processor = $200
RAM = $70
SSD = $50
Operating system = $100
Rest = $50
Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: RE on March 07, 2019, 01:41:35 PM
Intel now use i9 as their top of the line model for the Intel Core series. Also your spec sheet shows the i7 processor to be 4th generation, we are currently on the 9th generation so it is behind with the times. DDR4 is the RAM used for new computers but your spec says DDR3. Based on those facts I figure the computer would cost around $350-$400 but since those figures have already been taken then I will go with $500.

Monsta's WAG cost estimates
Processor = $200
RAM = $70
SSD = $50
Operating system = $100
Rest = $50


You didn't estimate in the cost of the Monitor, it's the total system cost, not just the computer.

You can pick the same figure as somebody else if youwant to and think it's the best number.

RE
Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: K-Dog on March 07, 2019, 02:43:44 PM
Linux is free.
Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: azozeo on March 07, 2019, 03:11:19 PM
I'm stickin' with $789..... All in One's have come down in price & RE's a frugal eagle.
Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: RE on March 07, 2019, 03:13:10 PM
I'm stickin' with $789..... All in One's have come down in price & RE's a frugal eagle.

This one is not an All-in-One.  It's a small form factor tower with a separate monitor.  Total cost is for the computer + monitor.  That is what the estimate should be for.

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Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: monsta666 on March 07, 2019, 03:14:44 PM
You didn't estimate in the cost of the Monitor, it's the total system cost, not just the computer.

You can pick the same figure as somebody else if youwant to and think it's the best number.

RE

I thought you only bought a computer with no monitor. In that case if the monitor is 32 inch then I go for $700.
Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: knarf on March 07, 2019, 03:23:51 PM
$580
Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: azozeo on March 07, 2019, 03:25:01 PM
If triple 6 is confused .... Houston WE GOT a problem  :coffee:
Title: Re: 💻 Collapse Computer Calamities
Post by: RE on March 07, 2019, 05:05:58 PM
Nice work in the Supercomputer Kewpie Contest Diners!  Actual price to be revealed tomorrow.

One more time for clarification, last chance to correct your bid before the contest ends.

1- Your cost estimate should be for the TOTAL of the Computer + 32" Monitor.  A computer without a monitor is like a car without wheels  You won't get very far with it.

2-  The computer has been revealed to be a REFURBISHED model, so your Kewpie Doll Winning Window is now only $100.

If you haven't yet submitted your bid, you have until High Noon tomorrow, Alaska Time.

RE
Title: 💻 The NEW Diner Super Computer ACTUAL COST & Kewpie Doll Winner
Post by: RE on March 08, 2019, 02:48:30 PM
Sorry I'm lat for the High Noon revelation of the cost of my new machine and the Diner Kewpie Doll winner for this contest, but I was napping. lol.

OK, here you go:

Computer Cost:        $420
32" Monitor Cost:      $160
Total Cost:              $580

Winner of the Big Kewpie hands down is Knarf, who came in with an estimate of $580!  RIGHT ON THE MONEY!  :o

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41uyIao6PTL.jpg)

Lots of good guesses though, so I am giving small Kewpies to everyone who took a stab at it.  You can pick the race of your choice for your Kewpie.  lol.

(https://www.artxmart.com/eBay/Dolls/Kewpie/Cute_Kewpie_Doll_Baby_Cupie_Vintage_Cameo_Figurine_Rubber_Original_Japan_Obitsu_Collect_Ornament_Toy_Angel_2_Brown_9.jpg)

More on this later, I have a call to make on my Tombstone, now arrived in from ...somewhere.

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Title: Re: 💻 The NEW Diner Super Computer ACTUAL COST & Kewpie Doll Winner
Post by: azozeo on March 08, 2019, 03:03:54 PM
Sorry I'm lat for the High Noon revelation of the cost of my new machine and the Diner Kewpie Doll winner for this contest, but I was napping. lol.

OK, here you go:

Computer Cost:        $420
32" Monitor Cost:      $160
Total Cost:              $580

Winner of the Big Kewpie hands down is Knarf, who came in with an estimate of $580!  RIGHT ON THE MONEY!  :o

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41uyIao6PTL.jpg)

Lots of good guesses though, so I am giving small Kewpies to everyone who took a stab at it.  You can pick the race of your choice for your Kewpie.  lol.

(https://www.artxmart.com/eBay/Dolls/Kewpie/Cute_Kewpie_Doll_Baby_Cupie_Vintage_Cameo_Figurine_Rubber_Original_Japan_Obitsu_Collect_Ornament_Toy_Angel_2_Brown_9.jpg)

More on this later, I have a call to make on my Tombstone, now arrived in from ...somewhere.

RE


You cut & pasted the dolls into coneheads .... Nice touch.

Betcha thought we wouldn't notice. You sly dawg.

File this in the BTW folder, your contest was vague & confusing, probably rigged & the winning contestant had external celestial assistance  :icon_sunny:
Title: Re: 💻 The NEW Diner Super Computer ACTUAL COST & Kewpie Doll Winner
Post by: RE on March 08, 2019, 03:23:19 PM
File this in the BTW folder, your contest was vague & confusing, probably rigged & the winning contestant had external celestial assistance  :icon_sunny:

:P  Sour Grapes.

RE
Title: Re: 💻 The NEW Diner Super Computer ACTUAL COST & Kewpie Doll Winner
Post by: knarf on March 08, 2019, 03:57:42 PM
Sorry I'm lat for the High Noon revelation of the cost of my new machine and the Diner Kewpie Doll winner for this contest, but I was napping. lol.

OK, here you go:

Computer Cost:        $420
32" Monitor Cost:      $160
Total Cost:              $580

Winner of the Big Kewpie hands down is Knarf, who came in with an estimate of $580!  RIGHT ON THE MONEY!  :o

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41uyIao6PTL.jpg)

Lots of good guesses though, so I am giving small Kewpies to everyone who took a stab at it.  You can pick the race of your choice for your Kewpie.  lol.

(https://www.artxmart.com/eBay/Dolls/Kewpie/Cute_Kewpie_Doll_Baby_Cupie_Vintage_Cameo_Figurine_Rubber_Original_Japan_Obitsu_Collect_Ornament_Toy_Angel_2_Brown_9.jpg)

More on this later, I have a call to make on my Tombstone, now arrived in from ...somewhere.

RE


You cut & pasted the dolls into coneheads .... Nice touch.

Betcha thought we wouldn't notice. You sly dawg.

File this in the BTW folder, your contest was vague & confusing, probably rigged & the winning contestant had external celestial assistance  :icon_sunny:

LOL!

(https://sep.yimg.com/ay/yhst-94387763560218/thank-you-lord-card-77.jpg)
Title: Re: 💻 The NEW Diner Super Computer ACTUAL COST & Kewpie Doll Winner
Post by: azozeo on March 08, 2019, 04:18:54 PM
File this in the BTW folder, your contest was vague & confusing, probably rigged & the winning contestant had external celestial assistance  :icon_sunny:

:P  Sour Grapes.

RE


Nice moose rack Knarf ............
Title: 💻 The NEW Diner Super Computer: Further thoughts
Post by: RE on March 08, 2019, 05:30:25 PM
As Monsta mentioned, the i7 is NOT the state of the art of Intel chips anymore, they are appaerently now up to an i9.  ::)  I'm not keeping up on my tech specs.

However, it is still a far superior processor to the ones in my Dell All-in-One Desktop computer (2.5 years old) and my Dell full size 17" laptop.  Both of those sport an i3 processor.  The new unit is significantly faster.

In terms of replacement, this follows my basic cycle of getting a new computer every 2-3 years.  I only had one laptop I kept longer than that, a Win XP model I kept for 5 years before it went south.  I really liked WinXP, I think it was the best OpSys the Big Gorilla ever produced.

I replace them this often for a few reasons.  First off, the technology improves so rapidly, after 2 years your unit is long in the tooth and can have trouble running the latest in apps and so forth.  The computers also pick up malware over time, slowing them down or outright crashing them.  You can buy protection or have them cleaned out, but I like to have a good recent model, although not usually the hottest one on the shelf at the Big Box store.  Or these days on Amazon, which is where I got this unit.

It's also the first refurbished unit I have ever purchased, and at this point I am HOOKED on buying refurbs instead of new.  Originally listing # $1400 new, it's now 1/3rd the price.  It has a 250 GB Solid State Hard Drive, and one of those new by itself goes over $200.  Those things about never die, there are no mechanical parts to give out.  Third, it came without any Bloatware clogging up the Start menu, just the basics on it of Win10.  By itself that makes a refurb a much better buy than new.

Right now, I actually have FIVE computers in good working condition.

1- The NEW Dell Small Form Factor Tower with 32" Monitor.  Win 10 OpSys.

2- Dell All-in-One Destop with 22" Screen

3- Dell Full size 17" Laptop.  Dual Boot Win10 & Linux

4-  Dell Compact 11" Laptop, Win10 OpSys

5- Acer 10" Compact Laptop, Linux OpSys

My two Dell Laptops I brought in last year to my Computer Repair Jockeys and had them completely refurbed with a brand new install of Win, more RAM, andd a SSD for the larger laptop.  I picked up the Acer at that time when I went in to pick up my refurbed units, it was on the shelf selling for $100.  How could I resist?  lol.

Anyhow, this habit costs me less than $1000/year, far less than I spend on other worse habits.  It's great when you have really well operating machines to work on, as well as Backup.

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Title: Re: 🖥️ RE gets a new Supercomputer
Post by: BuddyJ on March 10, 2019, 06:29:03 PM
Jealous yet?  :icon_mrgreen:

Here's the Specs:

- Intel Quad Core i7-4770 @ 3.40GHz, High Performance 4th Generation Processor.
- 16 GB DDR3L Ram / 240 GB 2.5 Inch Sata Solid State DrivE (SSD).
- Dual Monitor Support (HDMI + VGA), Newest 4th Generation Processor, DVD-RW, Brand New KeyBoard & Mouse, Wireless WIFI, 6 x USB 2.0, 4 x USB 3.0, 1 x VGA, 2 x Display output Ports, RJ-45.
- Windows 10 Professional (64 Bit). Comes With Dell Genuine Windows 10 Professional Re Installation Disc.


The i7 is Intel's current top of the line processor. 

A 4th generation I7 is top of the line? 4th generation can't be much newer than a 4 year design at this point. Did the salesman forget to mention the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th generation I7's? Or i9's?

Maybe this is as good as it gets in the Optiplex series? As opposed to the Precision series?
 


Quote from: RE
OK, now the Diner Kewpie Doll Contest of the Week:  If you can guess within $200 what I paid for this combo you get a Kewpie Doll to add to your collection.  :icon_sunny:

RE

Not near as much as you should have if top of the line is what you actually wanted?
Title: Re: 🖥️ RE gets a new Supercomputer
Post by: RE on March 11, 2019, 03:13:29 AM
Jealous yet?  :icon_mrgreen:

Here's the Specs:

- Intel Quad Core i7-4770 @ 3.40GHz, High Performance 4th Generation Processor.
- 16 GB DDR3L Ram / 240 GB 2.5 Inch Sata Solid State DrivE (SSD).
- Dual Monitor Support (HDMI + VGA), Newest 4th Generation Processor, DVD-RW, Brand New KeyBoard & Mouse, Wireless WIFI, 6 x USB 2.0, 4 x USB 3.0, 1 x VGA, 2 x Display output Ports, RJ-45.
- Windows 10 Professional (64 Bit). Comes With Dell Genuine Windows 10 Professional Re Installation Disc.


The i7 is Intel's current top of the line processor. 

A 4th generation I7 is top of the line? 4th generation can't be much newer than a 4 year design at this point. Did the salesman forget to mention the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th generation I7's? Or i9's?

Maybe this is as good as it gets in the Optiplex series? As opposed to the Precision series?
 


Quote from: RE
OK, now the Diner Kewpie Doll Contest of the Week:  If you can guess within $200 what I paid for this combo you get a Kewpie Doll to add to your collection.  :icon_sunny:

RE

Not near as much as you should have if top of the line is what you actually wanted?

I have already been corrected on that one.  You're not keeping up with the posting.  I also responded to the post as well.

RE
Title: Re: 🖥️ RE gets a new Supercomputer
Post by: monsta666 on March 11, 2019, 06:07:23 PM
A 4th generation I7 is top of the line? 4th generation can't be much newer than a 4 year design at this point. Did the salesman forget to mention the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th generation I7's? Or i9's?

Maybe this is as good as it gets in the Optiplex series? As opposed to the Precision series?

To be honest real life performance difference between a 4th generation i7 and 9th generation i7 is marginal. This is especially true if you are not a heavy user using virtual machines, large extensive Photoshop editing etc. In my personal experience the biggest performance boost I got in the last 10 years was when I shifted from a regular HD to a SSD as my primary hard drive. The difference is night and day making stuff like new processors or RAM a secondary consideration. People are still in the mindset that Moore's law is alive and well and a PC made two years ago is well on the road to becoming obsolete. The reality is Moore's law - at least from processor end - is dead. If you bought a top of the line PC two years ago it is still more than good enough for everyone but the most demanding users.
Title: Re: 🖥️ RE gets a new Supercomputer
Post by: RE on March 11, 2019, 07:53:53 PM
A 4th generation I7 is top of the line? 4th generation can't be much newer than a 4 year design at this point. Did the salesman forget to mention the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th generation I7's? Or i9's?

Maybe this is as good as it gets in the Optiplex series? As opposed to the Precision series?

To be honest real life performance difference between a 4th generation i7 and 9th generation i7 is marginal. This is especially true if you are not a heavy user using virtual machines, large extensive Photoshop editing etc. In my personal experience the biggest performance boost I got in the last 10 years was when I shifted from a regular HD to a SSD as my primary hard drive. The difference is night and day making stuff like new processors or RAM a secondary consideration. People are still in the mindset that Moore's law is alive and well and a PC made two years ago is well on the road to becoming obsolete. The reality is Moore's law - at least from processor end - is dead. If you bought a top of the line PC two years ago it is still more than good enough for everyone but the most demanding users.

I find the same things to be true.  The only software I still have an issue with is Sketchup, the massive file I created is just too big.  I think also the limitations may be in Sketchup itself.  Otherwise, it's lightning fast editing video, which is my only regular high intensity processing requirement.  I'm not a gamer.

RE