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    What do you se your main system for?

    I have 4 PCs in my house, one running as a server , 2 media centers and the main system I use mainly for gaming and a bit of Sony Vegas video editing.

    I also have a laptop that I use for work.

    Totting up how much my "main" pc cost its worth just as much as the the others put together (minus the laptop). As I don't game a quater as much as I used to I find this totaly stupid and to be honest a bit of a waste, it sits there most of the time unused and only comes out to play for a couple of hours at the weekend. I would say my laptop (what I am using right now) get used for a good 10 hours a day for work and posting on this forum, the media PCs get used a few times a week, the media server is always doing somthing but the £2,000 gaming system collects dust.

    So what uses do you have for you "main" PC?
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    Re: What do you se your main system for?

    Originally my main PC "my system" did everything. I have a fair few old ones knocking about but mainly I have

    3 year old Sony Vaio which was main until I got..

    "My System" PC last christmas and now I have an ..

    xps M1330 at uni with me (and the vaio)

    The Desktop was for games and something to tinker with on my placement year when I was bored mainly.. a treat to myself as I hadn't had a new desktop for about 10 years.

    Now.. as your does.. it collects dusts. I am attempting to sell it at the moment for too much money but thats the only way I will sell it

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    Re: What do you se your main system for?

    I've been thinking the same about my system, 90% of the time im using it for browsing the web.

    I keep getting the upgrade urge, but it would be a complete waste of money. My BE-2300, x1950 XTX and 2GB Ram are overkill already!

    If i could rewind 6 months i'd probably get a £300 dell and pop a 7600GT in there...

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    Re: What do you se your main system for?

    hard to define the 'main' one - but I suppose it is the one that hosts my web site and acts as an internal file server - and because it is on 24x7 its the one I use for general web browsing. Not ideal - really I ought to run it at run level 3 withough the X system running (just using up system resources) and SSH into for admin. But it works as is. Oh yes - it folds as well!
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    Re: What do you se your main system for?

    see peterb has it right!

    Your main pc actully does stuff!

    One thing I can say is that my quad cant half render video!

    I recorded 1080P video direct from a game while I was playing it and it didn't even notice, i then create a full HD video in Sony vegas and rendered it in no time.

    23 seconds of video at full HD was over 650mb! so much that a USB external drive coudn't handle it so I had to use my RAID 0 array to capture the video from fraps.
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    Re: What do you se your main system for?

    I use my main PC all day because I work from home. Gets used for Photoshop, Dreamweaver, mySQL and a fair bit of audio recording at the weekends with my band. I recently upgraded to a quad core because some of my audio projects were really eating up CPU cycles and Sonar 7 is optimised for Quads. It's great to see the 4 CPU meters bumbling up and down where it was maxed out before with my old AMD 4800+

    I also have an EEE which surprisingly gets used a lot. I only bought it because I wanted a toy to play with over Xmas, but I use it all the time. It's actually right next to my bed should I feel the need to check my emails or watch a film before bed. Definitely my best purchase of last year
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    Re: What do you se your main system for?

    My main PC is used solely for playing games. We also have a couple of laptops in the house, from my and the missus's place of work.
    What we share with everyone is glum, and dark...

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    Re: What do you se your main system for?

    I used to have umpteen rigs all doing specific tasks but ditched the lot a few years back to make a fresh start; all due to a compulsive upgrade addiction I had to kick!

    These days, I'm content with a single rig, for both work and play, that's updated "sensibly". I'm still after a portable though. Trouble is I need a Mac for dev testing but their laptops are overpriced for what they contain when compared to a Windows equivalent.
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    Re: What do you se your main system for?

    Using toolsets to make mods for games, playing games. Both of which fit the specs perfectly because that was what I built it for

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    1 PC for me (as My System), flight Sims, browsing, home accounts, email, general stuff. Flight Sims just can’t get enough processing & video power……
    A bunch of HP laptops for wireless browsing and email – hardly ever get used now…..
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    Re: What do you se your main system for?

    Nothing, just giving me a couple of hours of gaming, Ive got an old PIII for work, it surfs, mails, MS office, Spider solitaire? Gaming PC's are pretty much a "Waste" as every season has a couple of games worth playing, by the time the next season comes, your hardware is not top notch anymore ...In some ways Consoles are good, anyways lets not go there!
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    Re: What do you se your main system for?

    My main system is used primarily for games, usually at least 2 hours a night (beats watching TV!). Yes, I could have gotten a games console for a lot less, but quite frankly, I must prefer a mouse + keyboard over a gamepad.

    Not to mention you can easily look stuff up online when you're stuck on a PC!

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    Re: What do you se your main system for?

    My main pc is used for downloading lots of stuff and playing wow.

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    Re: What do you se your main system for?

    Quote Originally Posted by pauldarkside View Post
    These days, I'm content with a single rig, for both work and play, that's updated "sensibly". I'm still after a portable though. Trouble is I need a Mac for dev testing but their laptops are overpriced for what they contain when compared to a Windows equivalent.
    Whilst on some level i agree with you. In comparison to a Dell laptop the specs are massively inferior, however, the build quality of Macbooks is uttely superb. Whenever i use a laptop i hate it, they all all really cheap plasticky crap and never look to have been engineered particualy well but when i got my macbook pro a few months ago i was so chuffed. Its amazin how much they fit into a 1" thick laptop and whilst you pay a massive premium for the mac label, i believe i got what i payed for

    The computer i use the most is the one in my system. Do a lot of gaming, website, photoshop, flash, essays, presentations and i use it as a media centre. I use my macbook pro so i can do all those things at uni (i hate using pool computers and i can never read my notes after lectures) plus i prefer it for Video editing (final cut pro) and audio work (logic). I did have an old P4 rig which wasnt built until recently but i lent it to a mate as her laptop was apsolutely dreadful.

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    Re: What do you se your main system for?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hunain View Post
    * tries not to think about getting an xbox 360 instead of a new 8800GT *

    get the 360 mate.

    I have both a 360 and a 8800GT OC2 from BFG. The 360 has Assassins Creed, Halo3 and Forza, just for them 3 its worth it. Also with a little bit of messing you can make it into a very good media center.
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    Re: What do you se your main system for?

    I got the 360 to cure the upgrade-itus that I had previously suffered from. Now just got main desktop, laptop and file server, so I can get at the files (documents/photos etc) when I need to.

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