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Old 25-02-2013, 20:26
DeelyBopper
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I've upgraded recently and passed on the upgraded parts to a secondary system that I use for torrents/retro gaming/movies.

Which has left me with a third generation of parts that I'm considering a build with.

I'm struggling to find a use for it though.

I've also got a spare G840 that I've only used for 5 minutes to update a BIOS and considering using that in another build.

I think I enjoy the process a little too much. Maybe I should just whack all the bits on eBay.

It's amazing how much computing power you can get for cheap these days.
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Old 25-02-2013, 20:31
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1 PC, 1 tablet and 1 smartphone.

Don't think you can have too many though!
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Old 25-02-2013, 20:36
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1 PC, 1 tablet and 1 smartphone.

Don't think you can have too many though!
I quite like the idea of an iPad but I know for sure it would get rarely used.

Interestingly enough I didn't consider my smartphone. Though it must have more computing power than my first PC (486 something - SX springs to mind).
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Old 25-02-2013, 20:52
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One desktop, one MacBook, two notebooks (one Windows 7 the other an old Dell running Ubuntu), one net book connected to my audio amplifier to listen to Spotify and one iPad!
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Old 25-02-2013, 20:54
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I have 2 pcs and a laptop plus my SGS2 phone.
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Old 25-02-2013, 21:12
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I have a desktop and a tablet.

I don't need the tablet but it's very handy to have it.
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Old 25-02-2013, 21:15
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I quite like the idea of an iPad but I know for sure it would get rarely used.
I thought that until I got one for work (testing) and use it loads now!

I really only need the one main computer and any more is a luxury. I regularly use two for design work to help speed up workflow.

However, I have:
2 desktops (Win 7, XP (currently out of action)),
4 laptops (2no. XP, 2no. Linux)
1 Netbook (Linux)
Power Mac G4
Mac Mini (i5 from 2011)
iPad (if we're counting those)

Also got an A1200 & A600 (latter gets used for old school Sensi Soccer tournaments still!). And an Atari ST that still works...

I'm getting rid of the Power Mac, though. It's actually still pretty fast compared to modern tech but it takes up a fair bit of space.
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Old 25-02-2013, 21:26
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win7 laptop & a vista laptop (my current spare) + an older xp machine I might get round to fixing one day

any more than 2 working computers per person is just being a bit greedy/pointless imo
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Old 25-02-2013, 21:34
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ITX Ivy Bridge PC (Win7)
Crappy old Dell laptop (Linux Mint 13)
Ye olde 2G iPod Touch - no new apps work on it but its fine as an internet device

I dont really have a use for the laptop other than mucking about in Linux so not sure if i'll keep it much longer.

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Oh and my TV has a web browser and apps if that counts.
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Old 25-02-2013, 21:51
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4 desktop computers of various ages (2 Win 8, 1 Win 7, 1 Linux).
1 Apple ibook G4 laptop.
1 Motorola Xoom 10" tablet.

Obviously I don't need 4 desktops, but I've acquired them over the years.
I've got one (i3, 8GB DDR3) in lounge connected to TV and hi-fi.
One (Core2duo, 4GB DDR2) in dining room connected to a hi-fi.
The Win 7 one (P4, 2GB DDR) is my business machine, and I've got an 11 year old Dell (P4, 512 MB SDRAM) with a couple of lightweight Linux distros on it.
I don't use the ibook much since I got the tablet.
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Old 25-02-2013, 22:16
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10 all working, 6 of which dual boot various windows and linux.
3 laptops all xp
1 netbook xp
A tablet Android ICS and an android box connected to the telly.
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Old 25-02-2013, 22:29
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We have 4 laptops in our house. I have one, my sister has one, and my mam has one. There is also my old slow one in my cupboard.
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Old 25-02-2013, 22:33
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Desktop (my gaming and luxury surfing).
Laptop (wife work computer).
Nexus 10 (gaming and TV "computer").
NAS with DSM linux
Humax PVR with linux - good DLNA recordings.
Smartphones....
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Old 25-02-2013, 22:46
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In our house:

Windows XP desktop from 2003 (family machine)
Windows 2000 desktop from late 2002
Windows XP laptop from 2004 (my old one and first laptop - soon to become a Linux box)
Windows XP laptop from 2004 with broken screen (dad's old laptop)
Windows 7 laptop from 2012 (mum's)
Windows 7 laptops from 2012 (dad's - he has two - one for travel and the other for home)
Macbook Pro 2010 (my favourite laptop)
Macbook Air 2012 (my second favourite laptop - I carry it around every day )
iPad 3 (2012) (was originally dad's but mum uses it more)
iPod Touch 2G from 2008 (mine, no longer works but can't bring myself to dump it)
iPod Touch 4G from 2010 (mine, use it all the time, runs iOS 6)
Android smartphone (mine, I'm the only one in the house to have a smartphone - my parents all have Nokia feature phones)
1987 DOS laptop (hasn't worked since 2003 but it was the first computer I ever used so there's no way I can get rid of it - it's a nice museum piece and talking point)

I also had an old Windows 95 desktop and Macintosh Performa 6300 but I got rid of those machines a long time ago. I also got rid of a rather useless Windows 3.1 desktop a long time ago, but I didn't feel bad about it because it was 20 fro a jumble sale and it was hardly ever used). My dad also had an Acer laptop running Windows 7 from 2010-2012 but the graphics card went on it and it was unrepairable. The ones he has now are replacements.

Oh and does our cable TV box count?
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Old 25-02-2013, 22:47
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Just taken apart my old Athlon XP2800+ and sold off the parts. Only got my parent's laptop as a backup.
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Old 25-02-2013, 23:02
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I thought I was weird having 7 computers, but apparently that's conservative around these parts.

Must get some more, the bathroom is so bare... needs a server I'm sure.
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Old 25-02-2013, 23:16
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I thought I was weird having 7 computers, but apparently that's conservative around these parts.
I just counted the list I posted above and it turns out we've owned about 17 computers altogether so far, including the ones no longer in use and the ones we got rid of. Think I need to buy another one. How about a Mac Mini to go under the TV?
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Old 25-02-2013, 23:18
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Only two, an iMac and a laptop. The iMac has lots of RAM and a decent i5 processor in it though, so I can run multiple VMs at once.
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Old 25-02-2013, 23:26
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I'm gonna build one to put in the garden shed. It's only job will be to output Fawlty Towers on a loop to a monitor I'm gonna rig to the window.
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Old 25-02-2013, 23:29
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2010 Mac Mini Snow Leopard
AMD dual core PC running Linux Mint
Pentium 4 PC with Windows XP
Nexus 7
iPod Touch 4th Generation
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Old 25-02-2013, 23:30
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In my study at the moment are;
1nr Desktop running as a media server
1nr Desktop for emails and general internet
1nr Desktop for Linux experiments
1nr Desktop being upgraded for youngest daughter
1nr Desktop for experimenting on.
1nr Laptop for my work
1nr laptop for general usage
1nr laptop for experimenting and Linux
3nr Raspberry Pis
1nr HTC HD2
1nr Nokia 710
1nr Samsung Galaxy Nexus
1nr Blackberry Curve
3nr Bare Motherboards waiting for various parts so I can make complete machines.
1nr Nintendo 64 console. (the best console every)

plus various micro processor boards such as Arduino, TI MSP430 launchpad etc

I am not a computer engineer or work with computers as my job. I work in the construction industry. Computers and electronics is just a hobby!

Also in the rest of the house are a netbook, 2nr Desktops, 2nr Laptops and 4nr smartphones.
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Old 25-02-2013, 23:37
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This house has in use: 2 laptops, iPhone, HTC, iPad, iPod

And not in use (stored in a cupboard): 3 laptops, 1 PC

There are only 2 adults and 1 kid here so that's quite enough for us.
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Old 26-02-2013, 00:09
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Just taken apart my old Athlon XP2800+ and sold off the parts. Only got my parent's laptop as a backup.
Did you get anything for them ?

I've got 4 or 5 old motherboard with CPU from around that era. I was wondering if I should bother testing and selling them or just binning them.
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Old 26-02-2013, 00:20
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1 main 'server'. HP ML110 running W2K8 with 4 or 5 VM (various Windows + Linux). This is on 24x7.
1 main desktop, i5 based running W7 + Linux and Mountain Lion in VM.
1 'backup' PC Core2Duo running W7
1 test PC Core2Duo running Win8 currently
1 PC for the kids running Core2Duo running W7 (again)
1 HP netbook that my son uses on his keyboard for midi control
1 17" T4600 (I think) laptop my Mrs uses
1 P4 spare laptop that I rarely gets used
2 x AMD E350 desktops with tuner cards used for HTPC
Then non-PC hardware
1 Asus transformer table
1 Advent vega table
1 Flytouch3 tablet (Hasn't been used for 6 months or so)
1 iPod touch gen4
1 Nexus 4
1 HTC Desire (thinking of swapping it for another nexus 4)
HTC Wildfire S backup phone (no sim, my 5 year old uses it to play games at the moment)

Oh, and a Wii
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Old 26-02-2013, 00:45
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Between all of us we have:

1 gaming PC running W7
1 Sony Vaio laptop running W7 + Ubuntu
1 Acer Aspire netbook running W7
3 tablets (Nexus 7, iPad Mini, Samsung Galaxy Tab)
3 smartphones (Huawei G300, Sony Xperia U, not sure of the other one but that's a Sony Ericsson)
Various games consoles which I can't be arsed to count
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