View Full Version : What kind of computer(s) do you have?
November 6th, 2009, 08:51 PM
Right now I have a Dell XPS laptop that is starting to give me trouble. I'm thinking of investing in a new comp now that I've switched majors from graphics to animation.
What do you work on?
November 6th, 2009, 10:05 PM
POS PC. It's a baseline model, nothing spiffy. Photoshop works clean on it, though.
November 7th, 2009, 11:25 AM
I've got a Macbook Pro now and I love it. Handles my Adobe stuff a lot better than my PC used to (even though they had similar specs). I also like the portability of having a laptop, too.
November 7th, 2009, 11:53 AM
used to have an HP laptop died 2 weeks after 1year warranty expired..... go figure.
now I'm on a mac pro at work and loving it. I see why people love macs now :P
November 7th, 2009, 11:54 AM
Mine is a HP PC with an AMD Phenom Triple-Core CPU, 4Gig memory, NVIDIA 9100 Graphics Card, 500 Gig internal and 500 Gig external memory running Vista 64 bit. A 20 in LCD screen and a Wacom Bamboo tablet. Also a Logitech wireless laser mouse and just recently I upgraded from an EPSON ink jet printer (Way too much money spent on ink) to a Brother laser printer (on sale for $99).
I find it's fast even running on Vista (So far no real problems except for a couple of strange hiccups that were more slightly annoying than any real problem.) Love the screen. If you want to do detailed work I gata recommend a 20 inch or over LCD monitor.
November 7th, 2009, 04:43 PM
Current 17" Macbook Pro.
November 7th, 2009, 05:59 PM
Customized computers. Come from a family very into computers, so i currently have 2 desktops and 1 laptop standing around for various tasks :). I work on PC's/windows only and i assemble all of my desktop computers myself. Cheaper, better and allows for better customization. Specs are high-end since i tend to play a fair bit of games. I still have Windows XP and i'll switch once photoshop stops running on it :P.
November 7th, 2009, 06:22 PM
I just bought my iMac and I'm in love. I use this at work so I know what it's capable of and I figured if I had to buy all the software for my new degree path, I might as well get a computer I KNOW can handle it.
November 7th, 2009, 07:39 PM
I have been diehard into pcs since I was in diapers almost. However my significant other loves apple. He got me to try his macbook and imac and I have to admit, for art, I'm in love. It's so much more streamlined for certain things from experience.
I bought myself a macbook pro yesterday and am anxiously awaiting it's arrival now :D
November 7th, 2009, 08:28 PM
Dell Xps 2005.. sadface
November 7th, 2009, 11:17 PM
November 7th, 2009, 11:25 PM
HP, both desktop and tablet laptop.... I wouldn't recommend either... the second hardware of my desktop crashed, and my tablet is defunct before ever reaching its first year (part of that is my fault, i could have taken better care of it)
my future computers will be mac laptops and sticking to pc for desktop, just need to find a right brand
November 8th, 2009, 01:41 PM
It's an 8 year old repeatedly pimped mutt of a Fujitsu Siemens. Still runs satisfactorily so unless I win a lottery I'm probably gonna stick with it for a year or few more.
November 8th, 2009, 01:46 PM
I got a dell presision m6300 with 230 gig hardrive.
November 8th, 2009, 06:35 PM
Macbook Pro 15", the latest version with CPU upgrade and fastest HD option... Work great for what I do, which is mainly Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign running at the same time. It is great to have a laptop that can work as my primary computer, after having spent the last two years with a cheap Acer laptop for working away from home.
Looking into buying a screen for it for when I work at home, as the 15" is a bit small, but I might put it off and go for the new 27" iMac sometime next year, that thing sounds amazing. =)
November 8th, 2009, 06:53 PM
5 year old custom assembled midrange desktop with WinXP, still works like a charm... HP Pavilion Laptop since last year running on XP, haven't had any trouble with it yet. It's kind of funny I'm using computers now that actually work well... considering some people consider me a computer genius because of all the troubleshooting I have went trough in the past.
Macs are great too, but also totally overrated.
I prefer using Windows most of the time since that's what I've used for most of my life.
The thing is, I feel that if you really know what you're doing on the technical aspect and are willing to put in the effort you can get allot out of a PC you wouldn't get out of a Mac.
Macs are really convientient tough because you never have to worry about anything screwing up your machine. I wish the average PC was more idiot proof.
November 9th, 2009, 02:04 AM
I was a pc-guy for 12 years, then bought a Mac when I started college, took me four days to adapt, and now I don't see myself going back. They are expensive, but I like having a sleek looking, solid aluminum laptop with great performance that is reliable and has great battery life. Sure, you pay a bit for the look, sure you pay a little for the brand, but mostly, you pay for a solid product and you always know what you're getting from Apple.
As you say, PieterV, macs are often more reliable. For the last two years, I used an iMac as primary computer, and a Acer running Vista for working away from home. Now, my iMac was running around the clock for two years, having perhaps 24 hours a month without being on, logging a lot of time in various Adobe software doing pretty intense tasks. As far as I can remember, in those two years, that iMac crashed three times to the point where it had to be rebooted. Now, my Vista based laptop crashed five times the first two days I had it. =)
November 9th, 2009, 08:45 PM
Alienware; to feed my PC games addiction. Best computer i've had. So far at least, i've had it a year and it runs anything of mine without so much as a stutter.
November 9th, 2009, 08:54 PM
I've got two:
Desktop is a Dual 2.7GHz PowerPC G5 I got in October 05. The other is a lappy, 1.67GHz 15" Powerbook G4, purchased the same time as the desktop. Both work like buttuh.
Now, the SO has got himself a 17" Macbook Pro. So there's three Macs (8-total of Apple products if you count the iPhone/Pods) in our house.
November 9th, 2009, 09:42 PM
Mac Pro, I love it!
November 9th, 2009, 10:12 PM
3 year old Mac Pro.
Still can last me another 6 years maybe?
November 9th, 2009, 10:12 PM
Mines black, I heard those are the fastest.
November 10th, 2009, 02:48 AM
My own 4-year-old custom rig. Added a new gig of RAM and a graphics card. Still works like a beaut (Doesn't choke running Maya, 3DSMax, and Photoshop at the same time, yay.). Too bad that most of her replacement parts are like dropping out of the market to make way for the newer, powerful stuff. Might have to get a new motherboard soon. :[
As for my 16" HP HDX Premium Series laptop...er idk... I'm afraid to touch it lest I give it a scratch. It's like a really, really big iPhone. But I want to so I can get the free upgrade to Windows 7.
November 10th, 2009, 03:16 AM
Dell Studio 15 laptop
4GB Ram, Core2Duo 2.0GHz, 320GB HDD, intel 4500MHD integrated graphics.
I love my laptop. Bought it last year with my tax refund for a pretty good price. It never gives me problems in Photoshop working at 600dpi. After I got my laptop I stopped using my desktop and turned it into a hackintosh. Now I just use my desktop to play with OSX/Ubuntu/Win7.
The new iMacs look sexy but I don't think I could ever buy an expensive all in one computer. Kinda defeats the advantages of the desktop(expandability, affordability, variety of hardware options). I wish Apple made an affordable desktop tower(mac mini has weak specs, and the macpro is way out of my budget.)
November 10th, 2009, 03:47 AM
I have a PC built over at digitalstormonline.com (this year on January)
iCore7 920 3.3 GHZ (overclocked) - 6 gigs Ram, 650 gigs HD, Ati 4870x2 (2gig). HP LP2475w lcd, Vista 64 bit (but have 7 waiting to be installed). It's pretty kick ass, but it cost me an eye. Still paying for it (should be done by 1st quarter next year). My next purchase SHOULD be a laptop to be honest... they are getting really good lately, and a powerful laptop isn't as expensive as they once were. (1000-2000 bucks).
November 10th, 2009, 08:45 AM
I built my computer from scratch, whenever i had some leftover cash i'd go and find the cheapest functioning parts possible. I'm a gamer, so it runs most games well enough- and if i'm playing an online FPS at a lan, i just overclock a little to up the fps.
2.2ghz dual core
ATI Raedon HD4670 512mbDDR3
1TB SATA HDD (seagate)
4GB DDR2 ram
a functional PSU
It all works, and isn't quite dead yet. Also handles all my photoshop stuff too, which is nice. All i need now is a decent screen!
November 10th, 2009, 10:57 AM
Mac Mini 2ghz C2D, 320 HD.
22'' Asus monitor
Wacom Intuos 1 A5
EyeTV hybrid TDT/analog receiver
November 10th, 2009, 03:26 PM
November 10th, 2009, 08:05 PM
17" Dell Studio XPS 16 laptop:
- Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz processor
- Vista Ultimate 64-bit
- 5GB DDR3 RAM
- ATI Radeon Mobility HD 512MB
I have an external 350GB HD that I rarely use and a 22" widescreen monitor that I use sometimes.
November 11th, 2009, 11:01 AM
It's the ultimate Quantum Hotshot IV from Silicon Graphics! This is THE workstation for all artists that has the processing power to render an entire 3D movie (think Up or Ice Age) in less than 5 minutes! Man!!!!
November 11th, 2009, 11:45 AM
XD bwaaahhahahahahahahaha! awesome! sorry hehe that is so cool ... it would be like you try to do this: :lounge: and this happens: :anime:
and for the op's question:
I work as a full-time freelance illustrator, designer & animator so my puter gets a fair amount of use.
I use a 24" intel imac (older all white with anti-glare screen) 2.33ghz core 2 duo with 4gb ram installed (only 3gb useable) I opted for the 256mb NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT graphics card which was the max I could get at the time. Also running OSX 10.6.1, Intuos4 A5 and CS3 web premium.
As my previous computer was an old 400mhz G4 mac I had used from 1999-2007 I really felt the speed increase when I upgraded :D even now I'm used to it I still appreciate how well it copes with everything. My next setup will be a high spec macbook pro (for the flexibility and freedom of workplace) with a big external monitor I can hook it up to - no clue when I'll be able to afford it but probably quite some time :shrug: For now my imac is perfectly up to the job :)
Sorry to ramble but hope it's helpful :)
edit: gah - just noticed op has already bought new puter - yay an imac! :D
November 26th, 2009, 01:19 AM
I decided to go for the Pro version because of the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics card, I need such a thing because I play Counterstrike with a few friends from time to time. The Pro display which is 2" larger is another advantage IMO.
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November 26th, 2009, 01:48 AM
I have one of the last Motorola chip Power Mac 2.5 Ghz G5 Quads made (drawback is I can't go past 10.x on OS), twin 250 GB drives backed up by twin WD 1 TB drives. Two 20" apple monitors, Kensington Track Ball.
It's been on since I bought it two (three?) years ago non-stop with no problems of any kind.
Also have 8600/200 PowerPC I run needed obsolete software on (running 9.x OS) with Viewsonic 20" screen.
Also have a 1989 Mac SE30 (6.x OS) that still runs...never crashed...and A 1989 Mac IIX that still runs but doesn't have a monitor.
November 26th, 2009, 08:37 AM
The Numb bus 4000
With Eye-fi link
November 26th, 2009, 09:31 AM
I build my own computers so I rarely have any issues because I know what goes in it and I know what I'm doing. :P
Works great, was cheap too, just because I bought all the parts and shopped smart. Sometimes the better parts end up being cheaper than the lesser ones because of supply and demand.(My quadcore was cheaper than the duocore and I make good use of it too.) Planning on getting Windows 7 when I got the cash.
I think it's a good skill to have. Not for everyone, but nonetheless a good skill.
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