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Are some PC's on steroids?

By 9Shenandoah ·
I live out in Seattle and I'm amazed at some of the PC's these kids are building. Its as if PC's have replaced the 60's muscle cars.
I was at a high volume retail electronic store and I saw PC parts that rivalled appliances in size.

Quad processors, water coolers, Terrabyte drives, monster fans and case that came with 7 fans and neon lights and styling that would have made GM's Harley Earl envious. Monster audio and monster video. I won't be surprised if they drew 1000 watts.

Mostly its to run games and streaming media and to interact with their cellphones, Ipods and bluetooth. Its cool to be a nerd nowadays and tech savvy.

Makes me amused because at work I service a local chain's restaurant's ordering PC's and they are circa 1990, DOS, X486 and x386 units with 25K ram and 20 gig hard drives. In some cases, no fans on the CPU, just a heat sink. No CD rom's
And almost fun to work on. Remember Himem and ramdrive? And DOS commands?

Makes me almost miss the good old days..before gigabit ethernet, wireless and viruses. I started out on 14.4 K modems and Windows 3.1.

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I believe

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Are some PC's on steroids ...

that's called 'wistful'. :)

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You aren't the first to make that comparison.

by seanferd In reply to Are some PC's on steroids ...

But I almost asked if the PC's were showing signs of uncontrolled anger, rage, and violence.

I'm sure that some of them draw enough power to dim a neighborhood's street lamps, and put out enough waste heat to boil water.

I still have my 486 and a 386. Early Pentiums just aren't as interesting, somehow. Actually, I should have a 286 and an 8086 around somewhere.

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This museum of yours

by santeewelding In reply to You aren't the first to m ...

Says, "wistful".

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Who needs a 1.5 Terrabyte Drive?

by 9Shenandoah In reply to This museum of yours

Actually up until last year I had a total of 180 gig HD space on two slow 1 gig ram Windows XP units.

This year I upgraded to premium 6000Hz CPU X2 6 gig DDR, 1.5 TB machine and I also bought a 700 gig machine -- both used units that I bought for less than a total of 470 bucks. I found 4 gig of DDR2 at a garage sale for 25 dollars and two big SATA Drives on sale at a big box retailer for $40 a piece.

Thats how many super machines and how much premium hardware is floating around now. I paid $500 for my first PC back in 1992.

I am a data backup fiend and i am starting to see multiple copies of files all over the place and stuff I don't even remember saving!

Kind of like moving into a 20 room mansion after you have been living in a duplex all your life--what the h?? do you do with all that space and all this power.

They are also both so quiet and efficient.

I used to leave my other two PC's on at night because we have leaky windows and they kept my office/ den warm during the night so when I rose at 5 am, I could huddle in there and drink coffee and read the news on the Internet. Now when i wake up the room is chilly because the machines go to sleep automatically and throttle down to 15% CPU.

Boy do I miss the old days............

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I was sad when I lost my 386

by .Martin. In reply to You aren't the first to m ...

the battery leaked all over the motherboard, and also soldered itself to the board. trying to take the battery out killed the board.

sad days.

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Miss the old days

by 9Shenandoah In reply to I was sad when I lost my ...

Actually up until last year I had a total of 180 gig HD space on two slow 1 gig ram Windows XP units.

This year I upgraded to premium 6000Hz CPU X2 6 gig DDR, 1.5 TB machine and I also bought a 700 gig machine -- both used units that I bought for less than a total of 470 bucks. I found 4 gig of DDR2 at a garage sale for 25 dollars and two big SATA Drives on sale at a big box retailer for $40 a piece.

Thats how many super machines and how much premium hardware is floating around now. I paid $500 for my first PC back in 1992.

I am a data backup fiend and i am starting to see multiple copies of files all over the place and stuff I don't even remember saving!

Kind of like moving into a 20 room mansion after you have been living in a duplex all your life--what the h?? do you do with all that space and all this power.

They are also both so quiet and efficient.

I used to leave my other two PC's on at night because we have leaky windows and they kept my office/ den warm during the night so when I rose at 5 am, I could huddle in there and drink coffee and read the news on the Internet. Now when i wake up the room is chilly because the machines go to sleep automatically and throttle down to 15% CPU.

Boy do I miss the old days............

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you can stop it sleeping

by .Martin. In reply to Miss the old days

but the way everything is built these days, it will greatly shorten the life of it.

that is something else wrong with this day. everything is made to last the warranty, and that's it.

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oh, the good old days

by .Martin. In reply to Are some PC's on steroids ...

I still have my IBM Personal System/2, the orange and black screen on it doesn't work, but hook it up to an external display, and it is good as gold.

that's Moore's Law for ya.

everyone wants everything more 'life like', so in this case, computers are playing catch up.

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Keeping with the times

by mjd420nova In reply to Are some PC's on steroids ...

Way back when there was no Windows, 640KB was the most a system could address, and a 10 MB hard drive was an eight inch platter. Eight inch floppies and no such thing as a mouse. Keeping up with the advances has been fun and just proven to me that the sky is the limit. I enjoy getting to service some these super fast and huge drive arrays. DVD burners and Blue-Ray drives. What's the next inovation going to be?

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