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    Re: QOTW: What's your best tech purchase in the last 20 years?

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    My biggest gripe with the Prius is people on the roads take one look at your car and assume you are a cabbie! Why couldn't cabbies go for some French brand?
    Because a cabbie won't be in business long if their French car is constantly breaking down.

    Quote Originally Posted by OilSheikh View Post
    My best purchase would have to be the PS2. It just changed the gaming universe for me.
    Not as good as the Dreamcast though
    Aww, now look what you've done. I've got housework to do and I want to go play Dreamcast games now instead

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    Re: QOTW: What's your best tech purchase in the last 20 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    I can tell you for a dead certainty that not "everybody" would have voted differently, though I doubt anybody, on either side, would have voted for the subsequent process to be handled the way it has been.

    However, that risks turning this into a Brexit thread, which it isn't, so can I ask everyone, please .... don't do that. If you want another Brexit go-around, start a separate thread for it.
    It was a piece of satire on what's happened after that vote. I was only taking a different viewpoint to the one you proposed. To me the whole debate was finished with once the vote was counted, end of.

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    Re: QOTW: What's your best tech purchase in the last 20 years?

    DELL 3007WFP monitor. Still have it. Every time I upgrade the graphics card / CPU I notice subtle visual improvements. Have 980Ti / i7 4960X currently. Second would be my DAC...a Matrix Sabre Pro.

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    Re: QOTW: What's your best tech purchase in the last 20 years?

    "In comes 4K, RGB..."
    It's been a sad 20 years if RGB is 1 of the first things that comes to mind. I still don't get the obsession over it.
    1 of my earliest of the past 20 years and my most recent are probably my 2 best purchases.
    My Kiiro CA-128S MP3 player started off a long succession of DAP purchases. I think it was the first 128MB flash player, holding about 3 albums and was tiny.
    My recent Ricoh Theta V purchase allows me to get 360 pictures (and videos) in a second, so I look like a muppet momentarily instead of for a few minutes like I used to by capturing photospheres with my phone.

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    Re: QOTW: What's your best tech purchase in the last 20 years?

    best tech purchase would have to be an external harddrive and Norton Ghost - Not only have i had a computer completely go up in smoke and the backup saved my data.
    but it has also given me an easy way to reset my system quickly, which has been a real time-saver.

    Second best would be either the core i7 2600k i bought at release and am still using to this day, Or the Steelseries Merc Stealth keyboard. I never could get a "normal" keyboard to feel great when playing with WSAD or arrow-keys.

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    for me it was an ssd sata drive... the difference was huge!, the wife says its the rabbit vibrator for the same reasons :S

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    Re: QOTW: What's your best tech purchase in the last 20 years?

    It is only the last 10 years or so I have had any opportunity to purchase tech for myself, and most of that was 2 prebuilt PCs.
    If I consider the best purchase to be the one with the biggest impact, thats an SSD.

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    Re: QOTW: What's your best tech purchase in the last 20 years?

    Probably my 60" 1080p Sharp that I bought around 2011-2012 for £1000 which is still doing me nicely now until a 65" OLED UHD drops for around £1500. Also my 3570k/Z77/16GB RAM that is still serving me nicely, had to replace the 3570k for a 3770k though because I needed the extra threads.

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    Re: QOTW: What's your best tech purchase in the last 20 years?

    i7 2600k which I bought back in 2011, although I've recently sold it the thing pretty much handled it's own for a good chunk of this decade and still isn't quite obsolete.

    I don't think any processor will have that kind of longevity, especially since AMD are now keeping Intel on their toes.

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    Re: QOTW: What's your best tech purchase in the last 20 years?

    Wow it brings water to my eyes reading all the memorable comments taking me back to the early days.

    For me its my first gaming PC bought by my mother in 2007 I think.
    It had a AMD Athlon 64 3500+ and an ATI gpu not sure what.

    My CPU upgrade to the Athlon 64x2 6400+ black edition was also great.

    Then in 2011 I got a new system.
    The i7-2600k with a H68 Asus board. Was a massive upgrade at the time and lasted me 5 years.

    Then in 2016 I got my best system yet.
    My current AMD Ryzen 1700 now clocked at 3.85GHz, with a Hero 6 board and a GTX1080ti
    32GB of g.skill 3000MHz RAM and a 250GB 960 EVO.

    My first true high end system and something that I won't forget soon.

    Just after that I got my Honda CBR1000RR(2009) with 30k of mods already installed for a great price at the time.
    (I absolutely love this bike and it looks the part to)

    and that's pretty much it.

    As for worst disappointments:
    Nvidia 7300LE
    GTS250
    GTS450
    GTX780(became redundant over night)
    i5-4460(upgrading to it from a i7-2600 was a horrible idea)

    Best GPU/CPU choices:
    Athlon 64 3500+ and Athlon 64x2 6400+
    GT220
    GTX460
    GTX660
    RX480 8GB
    GTX1080Ti(this is my best GPU purchase so far and is also lasting me the longest)
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    Re: QOTW: What's your best tech purchase in the last 20 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by Iota View Post
    My Sony dual alarm clock. Saved me sleeping in past the alarm going off by having that second alarm set 10 mins later (also makes it feel like I've had a bit of a lay in). Not been late for work since having it.
    Quote Originally Posted by big_hairy_rob View Post
    hmm, Logitech K120 keyboard...
    Quote Originally Posted by OilSheikh View Post
    My best purchase would have to be the PS2. It just changed the gaming universe for me.
    All super honourable mentions in my opinion, but for me it's definitely my Huawei P9 Lite. It's not flawless, the battery is wimpy, like every Android smartphone it's constantly doing things without me asking it to, there's a minor threat of the Chinese government profiling me etc, but frankly, it's my first smartphone and I can't believe how much I was missing out on beforehand. The ability to access anything from anywhere at any time and connect to my favourite services via tiny apps on a phone, not to mention the fact that with a microSD it simply obsoletes MP3 players, has astounded me. It's competently handling everything I throw at it for less than 200 quid more than a year on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    Ummm, current year 2018, minus 20, = 1998 and later.
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    Logitech mx518 - still going strong at 13 years old
    Samsung S7 - just does what it should reliably and with good performance
    Panasonic gd93 - superb dumb phone. Battery lasted ages, calls clear, texts delivered. Really thin and lightweight with 7 different colour backlights!

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    Re: QOTW: What's your best tech purchase in the last 20 years?

    my first SSD was night and day difference and its one i still tell people to do as first upgrade. Even getting an old laptop and dropping a cheap ssd into it takes it into another world.

    however for grunt power? my Ryzen 1700x. dear god the cores.... its full of stars!!!!

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    Re: QOTW: What's your best tech purchase in the last 20 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by mercyground View Post
    my first SSD was night and day difference and its one i still tell people to do as first upgrade. Even getting an old laptop and dropping a cheap ssd into it takes it into another world.

    however for grunt power? my Ryzen 1700x. dear god the cores.... its full of stars!!!!
    Amen brother I can't agree more on both of your points, but yes lets celebrate having 8 cores and 16 threads in mainstream builds. Thanks AMD.

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