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I can echo the Mac love.

They are just simply solid and last forever. I have had the same MacBook Pro since 2014, it was top of the line then, and it is still in a the Top 25%.

Runs great. Solid hardware.
 

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If you're purchasing a laptop right now, there isn't a single compelling reason to purchase Intel over AMD right now. The previous poster who recommended one is making a poor recommendation, and the link he used will show you why.

If you like the Apple ecosystem, just pull the trigger on something there. If you're able to wait a year or so for the second iteration of Apple silicon, you're way better off. But the M1's are pretty impressive for a first venture. Just understand that they will have significantly shorter support than most Apple products.
 

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If you're purchasing a laptop right now, there isn't a single compelling reason to purchase Intel over AMD right now. The previous poster who recommended one is making a poor recommendation, and the link he used will show you why.

If you like the Apple ecosystem, just pull the trigger on something there. If you're able to wait a year or so for the second iteration of Apple silicon, you're way better off. But the M1's are pretty impressive for a first venture. Just understand that they will have significantly shorter support than most Apple products.
AMD blew Intel out of the water with the Ryzen threadripper.
 

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I have an ASUS BJ47X9 that I got at a flea market for $25 a couple years ago.

Runs super smooth and does what I need it to do. Consider it.
 

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I'm not a laptop guy, I use a desktop as I do gaming on it, but I do work as a sysadmin and we are a Dell shop. We have been issuing Latitude series for over a decade with low failure rates.

When the Surface Pro 3 was decommissioned, one ended up at my house. Still works perfectly, and I use it everyday when doing something like cooking dinner to have YouTube videos playing in the background. It's a closed system, so battery replacement would be an issue down the line. I still get 40-ish minutes on the battery, which is really good for a nearly 7 year old device.

I am also issued a Google Pixelbook, which is actually really nice. Haven't used it since working from home started in March, but when we were in the office it was the system I would take to meetings instead of my large laptop. We use Google as our office suite, so it works perfectly.
 

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Can we use this for PC building/parts also? Or nah? :chuckle:
 

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Hard to build a PC without a CPU or GPU :chuckle:

Unless you have that black market hookup... in which case, let me know.

Meant the thread, lol. Or are you commenting on part scarcity at the moment. Seems like a lot of laptop talk but I only skimmed. Thought we had a PC thread somewhere but didn’t find it.

Think I’ll just do an SSD and upgrade my RAM for now. CPU is still strong and like I assume you’re commenting on, can’t find cards anywhere.
 

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Meant the thread, lol. Or are you commenting on part scarcity at the moment. Seems like a lot of laptop talk but I only skimmed. Thought we had a PC thread somewhere but didn’t find it.

Think I’ll just do an SSD and upgrade my RAM for now. CPU is still strong and like I assume you’re commenting on, can’t find cards anywhere.
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If you can find a 5900X in the NEO area, let me know. Not sure what to do besides pestering Micro Center daily.

There are some more recent instruction sets in modern CPUs that I need--making it time to finally upgrade from my 2600K.

Man, imagine in the past, someone using a CPU for a freaking DECADE and it still being able to run AAA games and do everything required of it?
  1. Sandy Bridge was absolutely fantastic
  2. I definitely bought top-of-the-line at the perfect time
  3. CPU progress over the last decade was absolutely abysmal
 

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To be honest, I don’t play a ton of top end AAA on my PC. But I’m still rocking a neanderthal standard HD and 8 GB of RAM so I’ve decided to snag a new SSD and upgrade my RAM to 16 GB for now. Feel like that will give me the biggest bang for my buck right now for what I do (multi tasking, some Python and data stuff for school, and some older games like Diablo 3, wh2, divinity os2, etc)

My logic is ... When some CPU and GPU stock renews maybe I’ll look around for those and do a full build, upon which I can just move the SSD and RAM over to the new rig. Got an i5 7600K which is still okay for time being, though my gpu is getting up there (1060 gtx).
 

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To be honest, I don’t play a ton of top end AAA on my PC. But I’m still rocking a neanderthal standard HD and 8 GB of RAM so I’ve decided to snag a new SSD and upgrade my RAM to 16 GB for now. Feel like that will give me the biggest bang for my buck right now for what I do (multi tasking, some Python and data stuff for school, and some older games like Diablo 3, wh2, divinity os2, etc)

My logic is ... When some CPU and GPU stock renews maybe I’ll look around for those and do a full build, upon which I can just move the SSD and RAM over to the new rig. Got an i5 7600K which is still okay for time being, though my gpu is getting up there (1060 gtx).
I'm pretty sure the 7600K can run anything.

The 1060 is going to be your bottleneck. Upgrade that to a 1080ti and you can run everything out there as long as you don't care about ray-tracing.

The jump from spinning disks to solid state is enormous.

8GB doesn't cut it anymore. I also went to 16 a couple years back.

My original rig was the i7-2600K, Asus P8-z68-v Pro mobo, 8GB RAM, an Intel SSD that died, and a Radeon HD 6950 that I flashed up to a 6970. Lasted me something stupid, like 7 years until I upgraded the RAM and the GPU. If it weren't for some applications I want to use needing the FMA instruction set to run properly, I'd probably be riding out the 2600K for another year or so when either stock comes back, a new CPU generation is about to drop, or hopefully both.

I really can't complain--over the past 18 years, I've only had 3 rigs. My first was a shitty little thing I built on no budget when I was 15. A 2.4GHz Celeron, Intel D865PERL motherboard, cheap DDR RAM, cheap WD HDD (Think it was a 640GB Blue maybe?), I got a case and PSU combo for 15 bucks that somehow didn't blow up on me, and an ATI 9600SE GPU.

My second was the first good rig I had Q6600, Abit IP35 Pro mobo, some G.Skill DDR2 RAM, think I had a 1TB WD Black as a primary drive, NVidia 8800GT... man I miss Abit. They made nice motherboards.

3 rigs over 18 years is pretty damn impressive for a PC gamer. I'm excited for my fourth so I can retire this one to the basement as an emulator-only box
 

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I know this isn't a question about laptops but my desktop at home is 3 years old. It's running slow as dirt and I'm having significant issues with it dropping wifi connection. Any suggestions on how to clean it up?
 

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I know this isn't a question about laptops but my desktop at home is 3 years old. It's running slow as dirt and I'm having significant issues with it dropping wifi connection. Any suggestions on how to clean it up?
Literally clean it. Blow all that dust out.

Fresh, clean re-install of Windows.

Check wifi radio interference.
 

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RAM and SSD came tonight. Bout to install this bitch tomorrow. Can’t wait. My HD needed wiped anyways, this is even better.
 

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So, I'm finally upgrading. My i7-2600K is going to find a second life likely as a machine strictly for Hyperspin. I built my current rig in 2011 and never thought I'd get a decade of use out of my primary machine.

But, there is one champ in this machine that beats out even the 2600K--my power supply from PC Power and Cooling, which I purchased in August 2008.

What an absolute monster. Thirteen years of heavy, near constant use--at times 24/7. Wish the company was still around.

 

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