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Postby danielches » Sat Dec 11, 2010 5:44 am

Hey,
well its been for ever since i've posted on here,
and well uni is over for the year now so I can post more often, but im working full time for a bit over the break too.....

anyhow, my current laptop is starting to die, and so im gonna be giving it to my mum, and i've recently bough a little eeepc to use as like my little mobile thing,
to take to uni etc, and I'm planning to get a desktop for gaming and whatnot (evidently I can't use my eeepc as my main comp).

My budget is around about AU$2000,
I'm looking at the Vdesk GI410' from VG computing http://www.vgcomputing.com.au/dsgi410.html , with the RAM upgraded to 12Gb,
two 1TB 7200RPM SATA HDD's, a blue ray reader, probs the 1GB NVIDIA Geforce GTX 465 graphics card, and a wireless card.

Anybody got any other suggestions, or does anybody know of any probs with the hardware that i'm proposing to get it with?
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Re: new desktop

Postby Max » Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:04 pm

I would urge you to wait until the end of this year/start of next. The sandybridge shrink with the new 2011 socket is coming out, which will be ridiculously good. Also pci express 3, sata3 and usb 3 on all ports on this new chipset.

Also, why not build yourself? Way cheaper (ie. better for the same price)
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Re: new desktop

Postby danielches » Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:29 am

hmm, well too late now haha, ive got it now etc,
and it seems fairly awesome so far,
had a few hiccups yesterday convincing windows 7 to duel boot with ubuntu but other than that all good :)

hmm, well ive got a few usb 3 ports, but the majority of mine r still usb 2, but i dont think I even have anything to connect up to the usb3 things to take advantage of them anyhow.

I was considering building it myself, but i figured that if things go wrong I have better piece of mine in regard to warranty etc buying it from a shop (it comes with a 3 year warranty etc)
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Re: new desktop

Postby Max » Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:24 pm

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo :P
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Re: new desktop

Postby danielches » Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:39 am

hahaha, but yeah, its going all awesome,
ive downloaded a heap of stuff from steam, and yeah, its going awesome :)
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Re: new desktop

Postby Max » Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:10 pm

Alrighty, well I'm happy you're happy then. Also, do you know if you're effected by the sandy bridge recall?
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Re: new desktop

Postby danielches » Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:19 pm

no i dont, thats the first ive heard of it?
I would presume that the company i bought it off would have let me know if I was (I was only just talking to him last Thursday).
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Re: new desktop

Postby Max » Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:34 pm

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20030070-64.html

Also has a list of effected products.
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Re: new desktop

Postby nevermore » Mon Feb 07, 2011 3:18 am

Max wrote:(snip)Also, why not build yourself? Way cheaper (ie. better for the same price)


Here's an issue to consider when you're building a computer yourself:
There are times when it seems like the entire computer hardware industry just goes off the deep end. Usually you can order something online and it'll work fine, but there are times (maybe its when changes in the economy cause them all to start cutting corners) when about half of what is shipped will be defective. If you know someone who regularly orders parts, ask them how the quality is these days before building your own.
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Re: new desktop

Postby Max » Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:57 am

Yes, DOA parts do occur, but are pretty rare. Personally, it has never happened to me and I order stuff online all the time. Overall, the amount of money you save is very much so worth it.
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Re: new desktop

Postby curriegrad2004 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:38 am

Actually with lead free solder, parts on DOA is quite not uncommon. That type of solder is my number one enemy when dealing with busted electronics...
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Re: new desktop

Postby Max » Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:33 am

You guys just have terrible luck :P
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Re: new desktop

Postby curriegrad2004 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:25 am

Actually lead free solder problems actually exhibit themselves after a prolonged period.

It's this problem that's the root cause of lead free solder failures:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whisker_(metallurgy)

Thank the eggheads up there who thought lead free solder was a great idea. I believe in reliability, not in 'environmental sound' solutions that can cause problems down the road.
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Re: new desktop

Postby Max » Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:57 pm

That is....interesting! Though surely there must be a better way to get around the problem, personally, I don't want any lead near me for health reasons alone.
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Re: new desktop

Postby nevermore » Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:12 pm

curriegrad2004 wrote:Actually lead free solder problems actually exhibit themselves after a prolonged period.
It's this problem that's the root cause of lead free solder failures:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whisker_(metallurgy)

Thank the eggheads up there who thought lead free solder was a great idea. I believe in reliability, not in 'environmental sound' solutions that can cause problems down the road.

Yeah, and if the problems caused by leadless solder lead to more equipment failing and being junked sooner, it could actually turn out to be environmentally detrimental.
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