Jump to content


I've spent way to much money on computers


  • Please log in to reply
13 replies to this topic

#1 Sneaky Snake

Sneaky Snake

    Official Mascot of the 1988 Winter Olympics

  • IMG Writers
  • 3299 posts
  • Steam Name:SneakySnake
  • Steam ID:sneaky_snake
  • Location:Waterloo, Canada

Posted 14 December 2016 - 09:56 AM

Compiled a rough list of my computer builds over the years. Holy moly talk about money spent:

Posted Image
2015 13" rMBP: i5 5257U @ 2.7 GHz || Intel Iris 6100 || 8 GB LPDDR3 1866 || 256 GB SSD || macOS Sierra
Gaming Build: R5 1600 @ 3.9 GHz || Asus GTX 1070 8 GB || 16 GB DDR4 3000 || 960 Evo NVMe, 1 TB FireCuda || Win10 Pro
Other: Dell OptiPlex 3040 as VMware host || QNAP TS-228 NAS || iPhone 6S 64GB

#2 the Battle Cat

the Battle Cat

    Carnage Served Raw

  • Admin
  • 17419 posts
  • Location:Citadel City, Lh'owon
  • Pro Member:Yes

Posted 14 December 2016 - 11:26 AM

I smell an intervention!
Gary Simmons
the Battle Cat

#3 dojoboy

dojoboy

    DJJ is the greatest!

  • IMG Pro Users
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3449 posts
  • Steam ID:dojoboy65
  • Location:Tanasi (USA)
  • Pro Member:Yes

Posted 14 December 2016 - 12:35 PM

While other guys just keep a list of women they've slept with over the years.

At first I thought that read, "Bought 6600K off of black friend."

Whew.
"There is no end to sorrow."  ---Van Gogh

#4 Frost

Frost

    Secretary of Offense

  • Forum Moderators
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6089 posts
  • Steam ID:CaptFrost
  • Location:Republic of Texas
  • Pro Member:Yes

Posted 14 December 2016 - 08:38 PM

View Postthe Battle Cat, on 14 December 2016 - 11:26 AM, said:

I smell an intervention!
+1

This is chump change. Snake, you need to spend more on computers. We're now going to tease you mercilessly until you have a dual-Xeon quad-SLI Titan XP machine.
Kestrel (Falcon NW Tiki) – 4.0 GHz i7 4790K / 16GB RAM / 512GB Samsung 950 Pro M.2, 2x480GB Intel 730 (RAID0), 10TB STX BarraCuda Pro / GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB
Iridium (MacBook Pro Mid-2012) – 2.7 GHz i7 3820QM / 16GB RAM / 2TB Samsung 850 Pro / GeForce GT 650M 1GB

Eric5h5:
When there's a multiplayer version, I'm going to be on Frost's team. Well, except he doesn't seem to actually need a team...I mean, what's the point? "Hey look, it's Frost and His Merry Gang of Useless Hangers-On!" Or something.

#5 Sneaky Snake

Sneaky Snake

    Official Mascot of the 1988 Winter Olympics

  • IMG Writers
  • 3299 posts
  • Steam Name:SneakySnake
  • Steam ID:sneaky_snake
  • Location:Waterloo, Canada

Posted 14 December 2016 - 08:56 PM

View PostFrost, on 14 December 2016 - 08:38 PM, said:

+1

This is chump change. Snake, you need to spend more on computers. We're now going to tease you mercilessly until you have a dual-Xeon quad-SLI Titan XP machine.

Probably could of had that system if I just limited myself to 1 desktop every 5 years :(
2015 13" rMBP: i5 5257U @ 2.7 GHz || Intel Iris 6100 || 8 GB LPDDR3 1866 || 256 GB SSD || macOS Sierra
Gaming Build: R5 1600 @ 3.9 GHz || Asus GTX 1070 8 GB || 16 GB DDR4 3000 || 960 Evo NVMe, 1 TB FireCuda || Win10 Pro
Other: Dell OptiPlex 3040 as VMware host || QNAP TS-228 NAS || iPhone 6S 64GB

#6 mattw

mattw

    Legendary

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 831 posts

Posted 15 December 2016 - 01:27 PM

Wow that's a lot of upgrades!

My list is kinda tiny:

1996? Performa 6200 (soon replaced with 6320 when it died in warranty)
1999 PowerMac G4 "Sawtooth" 450MHz - upgraded to 1GHz, 1.5GB RAM and Radeon 8500
2004 PowerMac G5 dual 2.5GHz upgraded with Radeon X800XT
2009 to present Mac Pro 2.26GHz 8-Core - upgraded to 3.06GHz 12-Core and Radeon 7950

Future Mac??? not really sure - maybe a Mac Mini or iMac 5K + a gaming PC or console, the much fabled hypothetical xMac....
Mac Pro 09 (now a 5.1, 2 x 3.06GHz Xeon X5675, 24GB, R9 280X 3GB, 480SSD, 16TB HD, MacOS 10.12.6

#7 Sneaky Snake

Sneaky Snake

    Official Mascot of the 1988 Winter Olympics

  • IMG Writers
  • 3299 posts
  • Steam Name:SneakySnake
  • Steam ID:sneaky_snake
  • Location:Waterloo, Canada

Posted 15 December 2016 - 01:57 PM

View Postmattw, on 15 December 2016 - 01:27 PM, said:

Wow that's a lot of upgrades!

My list is kinda tiny:

1996? Performa 6200 (soon replaced with 6320 when it died in warranty)
1999 PowerMac G4 "Sawtooth" 450MHz - upgraded to 1GHz, 1.5GB RAM and Radeon 8500
2004 PowerMac G5 dual 2.5GHz upgraded with Radeon X800XT
2009 to present Mac Pro 2.26GHz 8-Core - upgraded to 3.06GHz 12-Core and Radeon 7950

Future Mac??? not really sure - maybe a Mac Mini or iMac 5K + a gaming PC or console, the much fabled hypothetical xMac....

Did you do the CPU upgrade yourself on the Mac Pro 2009 ? If so, how difficult was it? I have been considering purchasing a cheap 2009 or later Mac Pro and then doing the upgrades on it myself.
2015 13" rMBP: i5 5257U @ 2.7 GHz || Intel Iris 6100 || 8 GB LPDDR3 1866 || 256 GB SSD || macOS Sierra
Gaming Build: R5 1600 @ 3.9 GHz || Asus GTX 1070 8 GB || 16 GB DDR4 3000 || 960 Evo NVMe, 1 TB FireCuda || Win10 Pro
Other: Dell OptiPlex 3040 as VMware host || QNAP TS-228 NAS || iPhone 6S 64GB

#8 mattw

mattw

    Legendary

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 831 posts

Posted 15 December 2016 - 03:20 PM

Yeah I did.  

I did a lot of reading first about the extra care possibly needed on 2009 dual socket models with them using the modified lidless Xeon CPUs.

I finally decided to buy some CPUs that were already professionally de-lidded rather than mess about with spacers/washers and thermal pads to try and make up the height difference. This made it much simpler as I could essentially just follow the service manual. I also decided to stick to the 95W TDP CPUs as that was the most Apple shipped in the dual CPU models and meant I didn't need to look at modifying the fans either (single socket models have a bigger heatsink so they used 130W versions in those).

I later upgraded a 2009 single socket 2.66GHz to 3.33GHz 6-Core as well and that was about as easy as it gets because it uses a standard lidded CPU (like the 2010 onward dual CPU models).
Mac Pro 09 (now a 5.1, 2 x 3.06GHz Xeon X5675, 24GB, R9 280X 3GB, 480SSD, 16TB HD, MacOS 10.12.6

#9 Camper-Hunter

Camper-Hunter

    Heroic

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 329 posts
  • Steam Name:Rorqual
  • Steam ID:Rorqual
  • Location:Paris, France

Posted 16 December 2016 - 01:50 AM

The 13 Macs I owned (or used while a kid).

1986: Mac Plus
1988: Mac SE
1992: LC II
1993: upgrade to LC III (basically a motherboard swap)
1995: Power Mac 6100/60
1996: bought a 256 KB L3 cache and an overclocking kit (variable speed oscillator) and OCed a whopping +50% to 90 MHz (those were the days). The Marathon games flew on this one.
1997: Power Computing Power Center Pro 210, overclocked to 240 MHz (+14%, nothing fantastic). First Mac with a 3D graphics chip, the mighty ATI Rage II with 2 MB of VRAM :rolleyes:.  Later equipped with a 3Dfx Voodoo 4 MB (now we were talking) then a Voodoo2 (8 MB).
1999: Power Mac G3 300 (Blue & White) with Rage 128, quickly overclocked to 400 MHz (+33%, nice). Over the years upgraded with a 450 MHz G3, OCed to 500. Switched to a Voodoo3, also (16 MB), then Voodoo5 5500 (64 MB).
2001: Power Mac G4 867 (Quicksilver), overclocked to 933 (lame +7% OC headroom). With the demise of 3dfx and no OS X drivers for the Voodoo5, I switched to Radeon cards. Over the years: original Radeon (32 MB), 8500 (64 MB), 9800 Pro (128 MB), X800 XT (256 MB).
2003: Power Mac G5 1,25 GHz (Mirrored Drive Doors), overclocked to 1,5 GHz (+20%, not bad). Sadly the CPU later failed and I bought a used 1 GHz CPU card, which felt so slow I then quickly bought:
2006: used Power Mac G5 1,8 GHz (end of the CPU overclock era, no one ever managed to OC a G5 AFAIK). Switched to NVIDIA, with a GeForce 7900GS (256 MB).
2008: Mac Pro 2008 quad 2,8 with 8800 GT (512 MB), then GTX 280 (1 GB). CPU replaced with a quad 3,2 GHz. First times I started gaming under Windows.
2013: used Mac Pro 2009 (quad 2,66), flashed to 2010, CPU replaced with a quad 3,46 GHz. Upgraded with a GTX 680 GTX (2 GB), then GTX 1070 (8 GB). End of a 30 years long era: I switched to Windows 10.

#10 Frigidman™

Frigidman™

    Eye Sea Yew

  • Admin
  • 4265 posts
  • Steam ID:frigidman
  • Location:East mahn, East!
  • Pro Member:Yes

Posted 16 December 2016 - 10:24 AM

Heh, I dont have the macs I bought back in the day. My last mac I paid for, was the Graphite G4 Tower. Ever since then, its been laptops inherited from work.

Now on the PC side... my list of parts and pieces is so long, I really cant paste it all here.

Edit: But, over the 12 years since I began messing with a gaming pcs, and have built 5 different ones and 2 htpcs with peripherals and gadgets... its like 10 grand total ... is that a lot? Doesnt seem like a lot. Seems like that is just "2 macs" lol.

-Fm [1oM7]
"I'm not incorruptible, I am so corrupt nothing you can offer me is tempting." - Alfred Bester


#11 Sneaky Snake

Sneaky Snake

    Official Mascot of the 1988 Winter Olympics

  • IMG Writers
  • 3299 posts
  • Steam Name:SneakySnake
  • Steam ID:sneaky_snake
  • Location:Waterloo, Canada

Posted 16 December 2016 - 12:24 PM

My next order of business is to setup a homelab virtual environment using ESXi, HyperV, or Proxmox. Then I'll create 3-4 VM's to handle my home router, file sharing/FreeNAS, VPN, etc. None of it is necessary at all, but it's a fun little project to tinker around with.

View Postmattw, on 15 December 2016 - 03:20 PM, said:

I later upgraded a 2009 single socket 2.66GHz to 3.33GHz 6-Core as well and that was about as easy as it gets because it uses a standard lidded CPU (like the 2010 onward dual CPU models).

That is good to hear. I was under the impression that both the single and dual socket 2009 Mac Pro's required delidded CPU's. I can probably pick up a 3.33 GHz 6-Core CPU for $100ish on ebay for that generation.
2015 13" rMBP: i5 5257U @ 2.7 GHz || Intel Iris 6100 || 8 GB LPDDR3 1866 || 256 GB SSD || macOS Sierra
Gaming Build: R5 1600 @ 3.9 GHz || Asus GTX 1070 8 GB || 16 GB DDR4 3000 || 960 Evo NVMe, 1 TB FireCuda || Win10 Pro
Other: Dell OptiPlex 3040 as VMware host || QNAP TS-228 NAS || iPhone 6S 64GB

#12 DirtyHarry50

DirtyHarry50

    Special Snowflake

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1553 posts
  • Steam Name:DirtyHarry
  • Steam ID:dirtyharry2
  • Location:North Carolina, USA

Posted 19 December 2016 - 12:08 AM

View PostSneaky Snake, on 16 December 2016 - 12:24 PM, said:

....None of it is necessary at all, but it's a fun little project to tinker around with.

This is always a great reason to do something like this.
“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” — Bertrand Russell

#13 Camper-Hunter

Camper-Hunter

    Heroic

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 329 posts
  • Steam Name:Rorqual
  • Steam ID:Rorqual
  • Location:Paris, France

Posted 19 December 2016 - 01:54 AM

View PostSneaky Snake, on 16 December 2016 - 12:24 PM, said:

That is good to hear. I was under the impression that both the single and dual socket 2009 Mac Pro's required delidded CPU's. I can probably pick up a 3.33 GHz 6-Core CPU for $100ish on ebay for that generation.

Maybe you had that impression because for years everymac.com had written this error, corrected only a few weeks ago. Some other sites probably still have the same error.

As for 6 cores, well, I guess you're tech savvy enough to know that, but most people will never benefit from more than 4 cores (with HT), at least not in the near or medium term future, gaming included (after all, a good i5 is plenty enough for games, clock speed being the most important factor). And if you have apps who do benefit from many cores, then they should love 12 cores so you'd better get a dual CPU Mac. Also, 4 cores CPUs are dirt cheap compared to the 6 cores, since everyone thinks they need 6 cores, that maintains used prices higher than they're really worth (the whole offer/demand thing). That's why my Mac Pro 2009 has a X5677 (3.46 GHz 4 cores/HT/3.73 GHz turbo).
Also, I don't know if this has a big impact, but the amount of L2 cache is the same on both 4 and 6 cores Xeons of this generation (12 MB). So there's more cache per core on the 4 cores.

#14 DirtyHarry50

DirtyHarry50

    Special Snowflake

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1553 posts
  • Steam Name:DirtyHarry
  • Steam ID:dirtyharry2
  • Location:North Carolina, USA

Posted 20 December 2016 - 09:19 AM

I can't remember all the computers I've owned. Well, I guess maybe I could but I am too lazy to think about it. I know it started with a PC-XT and has ended with a PS4.

Yeah, I said PS4. It's an awesome computer!

My plans for now are simply to milk this late-2013 iMac for all it is worth playing backlog stuff with the Steam Link/controller until the internal components melt which is what will kill it I'm sure. I suspect this system would last many years if I did not play games on it but I don't care. When it melts, it melts. Whatever. Otherwise, I expect to spend increasingly more time gaming on the PS4 and when the time comes I don't know what I'll do for a next desktop. I'll figure it out then.

I've become fond of my iPad too for basic consumption stuff and games that work well on it. I was messing with it last night for a long time trying out various stuff and having fun. Real Racing 3 by EA is a lot of fun. I was surprised how well turning works tilting the display left/right and it handles acceleration by itself by default although controls are configurable in a variety of ways. It looks pretty good too. I found a lot of games looked really nice. I need to spring for Rome: Total War soon but I think my brother's wife is sending me an iTunes card so I am waiting to see. She usually does this time of year. If so, that'll be an instant buy when I redeem it. Anyway, this isn't something I'd make any direct comparisons to other platforms with as I consider it very much its own thing and cool in its own way. I really, really like it a lot though.

One thing is for sure, I have spent a lot of money on hardware since that PC-XT.
“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” — Bertrand Russell