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Danteslayer

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Wanting to buy new lasers, and saving for a new computer really conflicts with buying nice lasers.

I've been saving for quite awhile now and since im a Minor and cannot get a job, and buying lasers really screws with my budget.

Im wanting to get a 150-200 mW green laser but I cant do so until around november. Since I am saving for a new computer, I'm getting it pretty cheap around 450-500 and really good specs, able to run bf3 and all those goodies.

By september i'll have around 600$ and be able to get a new computer and probably a game leaving me with 20-40$ and by november I think i'll have saved up enough money for a new laser.

Please have some input on this^^

Also a question to you laser enthusiasts, What kind of computer do you have? do you play many pc games?

Thanks for your input/response. Greatly appreicated.
 



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My gpu cost more than your entire builds budget. haha. Running Crysis 3 with high res textures maxed at pegged at 60fps (limited my refresh rate to 60 so when I play things like CS its not pumping 400+ fps to my monitor)
 

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(limited my refresh rate to 60 so when I play things like CS its not pumping 400+ fps to my monitor)
I lol'd so hard. Anyway my computer I use now is pretty trash. It lags when I play league if i have skype on. I honestly hate this computer and cant wait to get my new one.

Weird thing is I have a bunch of gaming equipment but a crap computer, Example: I have blackshark razor headset, alienware mouse/keyboard. Sigh, cant wait to get a new one, Im probably going to get it off of craigslist.
 

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I recommend a multicore hyper-threaded CPU if you're doing multiple things. Most now a days are, quad cores are even cheap now.
 

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If you've already got a monitor/keyboard/case etc, you could probably squeeze an OK rig into $600.

I'd be putting at least $150 aside for a CPU, $100 for a power supply, $100 for a motherboard, $80 for some RAM, and probably around $250 for a decent GPU. If you also need a new case, there's another ~$90, a HDD (Depending on SSD or HDD), anywhere from $50-200. So, for $600 you could probably scrape through with an OK system, but it won't be the best out there. But you'll already need to have a monitor etc, or there's another $200-300 on your budget.
 

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I'm similarly saving up for a computer - can't justify blowing the money out of savings for it, so I'm squirrelling away $100 per paycheck (more when I can!) towards it.

The pieces that I have so far are:

Case/Mainboard/PSU/IO combo: SuperMicro 7047R-3R4F
Keyboard: SteelSeries 6GV2, Cherry Red
Mouse: R.A.T. 7 in red on black.

Saving now for:
CPUs (am thinking about E5-2630s, but will probably settle for 2620s to get this thing up before xmas 2016)
GPUs (absolutely no idea yet, the tech will change twice before I'm ready to buy, probably)

Current box is an aging Dell Precision T7400 with a GTX 470 an 16GB of flyin' DDR2 in it (haha).
 
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I remember the days of my full tower Antec 1200 One-off build years ago. It had a six core processor OC to 4Ghz, 16GB RAM, 3GPUs, 8 SSDs Raid 1+0 on a dedicated raid controller(+ One spare SSD), 6HDDs Raid 5 (not the best, but only supported by the motherboard) all powered by a 1200W PSU.

Now I'm just saving up for a gaming laptop on my 20th birthday and for colleague whatnot. The desktop has too much problems due to the conflicting raid arrays, unstable graphic card drivers (being two completely different cards), etc. But it was fun tho :) Can't wait to play the good old RPGs!
 

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Don't take this the wrong way but there are lots of ways to pick up a little cash without getting a 'real' job. Ask around your neighborhood if anyone needs 'odd job' work done. Yard work, window washing, house cleaning, etc. If a prospective client says no ... ask them if they know anyone who might need some stuff done. You'd be surprised how many people will dream up work to be done for a neighbor kid just because they want to encourage your enterprising nature. :D
 

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Um i had a ZX80 1kilo byte computer back in 1981,i now have a Asus i7 2.3GHZ 8gb ram nvidia video 1TB drive usb 3 ,WiFi,Bluetooth etc etc 1440 x 1024 screen, Blue ray reader DVD burner ...
 

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I've got a real MacPro :na: :), but it's an older 3.2ghz 8 core Xeon.

Video is only a 5770 but I'm looking at upgrading, which is pushing two 23" Samsung 1920x1200 monitors, side by side on a VESA stand.

Otherwise, I have 20gb of RAM, 10TB drive storage plus an 240gb accelsior E2 card with throughput of over 700MB/s, several other SSD's mostly OWCs. Superdrive and a Blu-ray burner in the other drive bay.

My system boots from cold to completely running in less than 15 seconds.
My Geekbench score is only 12817 though, but its not bad for a 5.5 year old computer.

Honesty, I would look at the new Macpro. Macs usually have a longer productive lifespan vs PCs.
Then again, you will probably pay more for it than a PC or hackintosh. (but has more bells and whistles too)

I've been buying Apple computers for over 30 years (started with Apple IIs)
In my experience the Apple computers I've bought through the years usually last about 7 years before they become outdated and begin showing their age.
PC's are usually in the 3-5 range


I have a MacPro (hackpro) featured here. runs at 4.7Ghz/4.65Ghz with 2180Mhz ram.
have a look.
Natively boots Windows 8/ Unbuntu and MacOSX 10.8.4 and 10.9.
Has a GTX titan as the Graphics card.

Korean build up and running! i7-3770K (OC) - GA-Z77X-UP5 TH - HD4000+Gigabyte GTX TITAN

have a look.

BTW, nice writeup on yours
 
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Lenovo T430s

One of the best lightweight laptops with a GPU (IMO). Killer battery life too, about 6 hours doing word processing and email, or 3 hours gaming.
 
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I just finished my build for the summer - this is the bill of materials I made - so you can see the components and exactly what I paid.

Intel Core i7-4770, Asus GeForce GT 640, NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) - System Build - PCPartPicker

It will be for multi-tasking to get homework done - programming, typing papers, and running 100+ Chrome browser tabs open at one time. ;)

I put Win7 on it, and I love it so far. I've put my program files and user libraries on the HDD, and I'm keeping the OS SSD as clean as possible for long life and fast boot times. Next, I'll use an RFID shield on an Arduino Leonardo to Log on and "Lock" the thing with the push of a button or a special RFID tag.
 

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Dual Intel e5-2650 (8 core) cpus (16 physical cores, 32 HT cores)
48GB ECC ram, 2x radeon 7970s in crossfire, 500gb Velociraptor 10k rpm hdd, 250gb samsung pro ssd.

2x 30 inch apple cinema displays @ 2560 x 1600 each (need to buy another for eyefinity).


Storage is lacking. Need some more hdds.
 
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Dual Intel e5-2650 (8 core) cpus (16 physical cores, 32 HT cores)
48GB ECC ram, 2x radeon 7970s in crossfire, 500gb Velociraptor 10k rpm hdd, 250gb samsung pro ssd.

2x 30 inch apple cinema displays @ 2560 x 1600 each (need to buy another for eyefinity).
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WOW on the monitors. :drool:

and a nice looking machine there
 
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