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    (Original post by Scott1541)
    Macs are very well made and in general the hardware is superior to PCs, they usually do last longer than other laptops too. There are a lot less viruses that can infect Macs but they are not virus free. Software compatibility shouldn't be an issue but it really depends on what software you currently use on windows. You can transfer your files to a mac with either a USB storage device or use the migration assistant that will transfer all of your files for you, however the migration assistant is not guaranteed to work so I would advise you use a USB device instead.

    OS X is based on Unix so the operation system is very reliable and does not slow down much over time, unlike windows
    I am not a Mac owner or user, so I may not know everything.
    (Original post by Doll Face)
    This all sounds very tecnical now but I wanted to ask for some advice. I'm not a very tecjnical person however, I need to buy a new laptop. I want it fast and able to take allot of sorage of photos, music and documents. I've been using windows PC till now, but am think about moving over to Mac. Thinking of splashing out on a MacBook Pro.

    What are your opinions ?

    Is it worth the extra money ? I 've been told they are fast and don't lose speed as you fill up the memeory, they dont get corrupted so easily and are ad less and virus free ?

    Is this true ?

    My problems are compatibilty in the long run, will I have difficulties in transfering files and data from windoes PC's to the Macbook, will it end up costing me more having to buy compatibility software or can u get all that stuff free online ?

    If, though not to be worth it, what be recommended latop wise ? Looking at i5, 4GB RAM ?

    Thanks for advice


    Rubbish, the hardware macs use is exactly the same as other hardware which PCs use, only you pay an extra 50% for an apple logo. They aren't as durable as you think, drop your macbook pro or macbook air and it breaks. Drop a £259.99 Lenovo from 10m and spill water on it and it still works. Lenovo make some of the most durable laptops on the market.

    Let me just point out that Apple computers are designed for not only technology illiterate people, but also for people with a two-digit IQ. Why on earth would you spend say £999 for a base model Macbook pro when the internal parts are worth not even half of that? Mac OS is based on unix, just like linux. They even charge for Mac Os, whilst linux is free. If you want a good operating system with a 6 month release cycle, I reccomend you try Ubuntu, which is a very light, fast and efficient OS that caters to all basic computing needs. (http://www.ubuntu.com)

    People seem to think that they "need" an expensive laptop/pc, then all they end up doing is browsing the internet, sending emails and watching youtube.

    Lenovo are currently offering a huge discount on their laptops, (probably because of the new IB processors and z77 chipset coming out soon) where you can pick up ultra durable 15.6" laptops from £259.99 :

    http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...kPad notebooks

    Asus and Sony are also very good manufacturers, but neither match the durability of Lenovo products, and are generally more expensive.

    You really don't need a fast laptop if all you want to do is save music, photos and documents, even a 250gb hdd would be more than enough for that, it's like buying a ferrari with a speed limit of 20mph, what's the point? You honestly don't need an i5, let alone even an i3. I'd say wait it out until the new Ivy Bridge processors come out, which will have 20% better performance and better integrated graphics at around the same price point as the current generation of sandy bridge processors. Or if you want to save a bit of money, wait until after the new release and the price of the current processors will decrease, as all technology does over time.

    I hope you found this somewhat useful, if you want to know anything just reply here or private message me.
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    I have this 7950GX2 lying around which hasn't been used for YEARS. So i'm wondering if this would outperform a GT 220 (ddr2 version), i'm on windows XP so directx 10 doesn't matter anyway.
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    There is one thing I overlooked....


    .... getting a 64 bit version of Windows :banghead::banghead::banghead:

    Can´t wait till tomorrow.
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    (Original post by Catilina)
    There is one thing I overlooked....


    .... getting a 64 bit version of Windows :banghead::banghead::banghead:

    Can´t wait till tomorrow.
    Same here, my 64-bit of windows 7 won't install. I get the "CD/DVD device driver is missing" wanted it to dual-boot with Windows 7 but that won't be happening anytime soon. Guess i'll wait until windows 8 since it'll have DX11.1
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    Hey guys, wasn't sure where to ask this so I figured I'd just try somewhere where I know a lot of people frequent!

    I'm looking for a new gaming mouse - but I'll also use it for plenty of work so it needs to be quite ergonomic.

    I previously had a Rapoo 3200 (pic below) but then it started going all glitchy on me (fairly cheap chinese brand). I'm looking for a mouse with a similar shape, also the more light-weight it is, the better, since I mainly play fast-paced games that require fast jerky movements.

    Has anyone got any ideas? Budget to around £40 - please don't just recommend a top gaming mouse, the shape is the driving factor in this, not the amount of dpi or whatever

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    Build your own all the way.

    If not Scan's 3xs systems are good.
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    (Original post by Architecture-er)
    Hey guys, wasn't sure where to ask this so I figured I'd just try somewhere where I know a lot of people frequent!

    I'm looking for a new gaming mouse - but I'll also use it for plenty of work so it needs to be quite ergonomic.

    I previously had a Rapoo 3200 (pic below) but then it started going all glitchy on me (fairly cheap chinese brand). I'm looking for a mouse with a similar shape, also the more light-weight it is, the better, since I mainly play fast-paced games that require fast jerky movements.

    Has anyone got any ideas? Budget to around £40 - please don't just recommend a top gaming mouse, the shape is the driving factor in this, not the amount of dpi or whatever

    The Logitech MX518 is generally rated as the best.

    I've got one and can't fault it.
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    (Original post by Newky)
    The Logitech MX518 is generally rated as the best.

    I've got one and can't fault it.
    Except it's a) not an ergonomic shape and b) much heavier

    The rapoo fitted perfectly into my hand with that bulge nestling into the bit where your thumb meets your index finger, whereas the logitech requires you to either flatten your hand on top of it or adopt the claw-grip, which isn't particularly comfortable..

    here's another image (of the back) so you can see the shape a bit more clearly

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    (Original post by Architecture-er)
    Except it's a) not an ergonomic shape and b) much heavier

    The rapoo fitted perfectly into my hand with that bulge nestling into the bit where your thumb meets your index finger, whereas the logitech requires you to either flatten your hand on top of it or adopt the claw-grip, which isn't particularly comfortable..

    here's another image (of the back) so you can see the shape a bit more clearly

    You raise good points.

    I like the claw grip myself and think that the weight allows for better control.

    In my personal experience I only have Razer mice to compare it to, and I've found the MX518 much better.
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    Is this a good deal

    http://www.ebuyer.com/337144-asus-x5...p-x53e-sx1136v

    I am wanting to buy a laptop for uni to study computer science and I've made up my mind about 2 laptops there is this one

    Intel Core i5 Sandybridge 2430M 2.4GHz
    4GB RAM
    320GB HDD
    15.6" HD
    DVD Writer
    Intel HD
    Webcam
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64

    or another with the same specs but a 2.2 ghz i3 and 6 gig of ram but a bit cheaper.

    Is it worth getting a sandy bridge i5 over a i3 and have 2 less gig of ram?

    I will use it for programming and for assignments.
    I also want to use it for gaming, well games that it can run (cs:s, fm 2012) as both have a crappy GPU.

    I have my own built desktop but it wont be very practical taking that to uni as the case is huge.
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    Does this build look ok??

    - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - £70.85
    - Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333MHz XMS3 Memory Kit CL9 1.5V unbuffered-£34.98
    - Asus P8Z68-V LX Socket 1155 Onboard graphics output 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard- £76.37
    - Intel Core i3 2100 3.10GHz Socket 1155 3MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor- £89.72
    - Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2 Socket 775, 1156, 1155, 1366, AM2, AM3 Heatpipe CPU Cooler- £14.99
    - BitFenix Shinobi Black Mid Tower Case with Side Window- £53.75
    - Seagate 500GB 3.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s Barracuda Hard Drive 7200RPM 16MB Cache- £65.00
    - Crucial 64GB M4 SSD - 2.5" SATA-III - Read 415MB/s Write 95MB/s - 3 Year Warranty- £74.99
    - LiteOn iHAS124 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black with Nero Essentials- £14.99
    - Antec TruePower New 550W Modular PSU- £59.72

    Cart total inc vat: £555.36
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    (Original post by californiadreamin)
    Does this build look ok??

    - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - £70.85
    - Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333MHz XMS3 Memory Kit CL9 1.5V unbuffered-£34.98
    - Asus P8Z68-V LX Socket 1155 Onboard graphics output 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard- £76.37
    - Intel Core i3 2100 3.10GHz Socket 1155 3MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor- £89.72
    - Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2 Socket 775, 1156, 1155, 1366, AM2, AM3 Heatpipe CPU Cooler- £14.99
    - BitFenix Shinobi Black Mid Tower Case with Side Window- £53.75
    - Seagate 500GB 3.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s Barracuda Hard Drive 7200RPM 16MB Cache- £65.00
    - Crucial 64GB M4 SSD - 2.5" SATA-III - Read 415MB/s Write 95MB/s - 3 Year Warranty- £74.99
    - LiteOn iHAS124 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black with Nero Essentials- £14.99
    - Antec TruePower New 550W Modular PSU- £59.72

    Cart total inc vat: £555.36
    Need a bit more info first. Right now though don't get the arctic cooling freezer 7 pro. You don't need it and it's not worth it - the stock cooler will be fine.

    Are you planning on getting an i5-2500K or an ivy bridge CPU in the future? If you do then will you overclock? You can prob save money on the PSU. It's good but you can prob save £10 and get a perfectly good PSU.

    The rest is pretty much your choice.
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    Stock cooler is noisy. Gelid Tranquillo is supposed to be very good and quiet. Mine gelid is supposed to arrive Tuesday, I'll let you know how much better it is over stock.
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    (Original post by alexs2602)
    Need a bit more info first. Right now though don't get the arctic cooling freezer 7 pro. You don't need it and it's not worth it - the stock cooler will be fine.

    Are you planning on getting an i5-2500K or an ivy bridge CPU in the future? If you do then will you overclock? You can prob save money on the PSU. It's good but you can prob save £10 and get a perfectly good PSU.

    The rest is pretty much your choice.
    The only thing I'm going to be using it for is general home use:

    -internet with multiple tabs and downloads running
    -multimedia storage and viewing
    -word documents/microsoft office

    As I'm storing and transferring stuff I want usb 3.0 and/or esata and support for adding more internal hard drives in the future. I definitely want a modular psu as well. In the future I may switch to an i5 which is why I'm looking at the 1155 motherboard.

    Things I'm not going to be doing:

    -overclocking
    -gaming

    Other than the i3 system, I've also been thinking about this:

    1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit - OEM (GFC-02050) £79.98
    1 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA 6Gb/s 16MB Cache - OEM (ST500DM002) £58.99
    1 x AMD Llano A4-3400 2.70GHz (Socket FM1) APU Processor (AD3400OJGXBOX) £53.99
    1 x Asus F1A55-M LX AMD A55 (Socket FM1) DDR3 Motherboard £49.99
    1 x Corsair Builder Series CX 430W V2 '80 Plus' Power Supply (CMPSU-430CXUKV2) £39.98
    1 x BitFenix Merc Beta Gaming Case - Black £29.99
    1 x Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Dual Channel Kit (TW3X4G1333C9A) £22.99
    1 x Sony Optiarc AD-7280S 24x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM £16.98

    Would that be sufficient for my needs? Will the difference between the intel and amd builds be noticeable as well?
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    (Original post by californiadreamin)
    The only thing I'm going to be using it for is general home use:

    -internet with multiple tabs and downloads running
    -multimedia storage and viewing
    -word documents/microsoft office

    As I'm storing and transferring stuff I want usb 3.0 and/or esata and support for adding more internal hard drives in the future. I definitely want a modular psu as well. In the future I may switch to an i5 which is why I'm looking at the 1155 motherboard.

    Things I'm not going to be doing:

    -overclocking
    -gaming
    Well you have to use a 1155 motherboard regardless, but you don't need the Z68 version, as that's for overclocking. You'll want one of the the H-series sandybridge (1155) motherboards. This doesn't allow you to overclock, but will allow you to use the integrated graphics. You can use the i3, i5 or i7 on these types of motherboards. Just find one with the features you want.
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    That AMD will have better on-board integrated graphics, but if you're not gaming, there's little point. I think the i3 integrated graphics can still easily play HD video. Also AMD are dying, so not much there for future-proofing yourself. Intel uses less power too, and the upgrading to the i5 in the future will stomp all over the AMD.

    The Corsair CX PSUs are good value units and will easily run those parts without a problem. But it's not modular. I have that PSU running an i5 2500K and will have a 6850 GPU next week. Shouldn't be a problem.

    4GB of RAM is probably plenty, but it's so cheap you might as well go for 8GB. Prices may rise in the future.

    You can't really go wrong with BitFenix cases, they're very goof at the moment.
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    (Original post by californiadreamin)
    The only thing I'm going to be using it for is general home use:

    -internet with multiple tabs and downloads running
    -multimedia storage and viewing
    -word documents/microsoft office

    As I'm storing and transferring stuff I want usb 3.0 and/or esata and support for adding more internal hard drives in the future. I definitely want a modular psu as well. In the future I may switch to an i5 which is why I'm looking at the 1155 motherboard.

    Things I'm not going to be doing:

    -overclocking
    -gaming

    Other than the i3 system, I've also been thinking about this:

    1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit - OEM (GFC-02050) £79.98
    1 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA 6Gb/s 16MB Cache - OEM (ST500DM002) £58.99
    1 x AMD Llano A4-3400 2.70GHz (Socket FM1) APU Processor (AD3400OJGXBOX) £53.99
    1 x Asus F1A55-M LX AMD A55 (Socket FM1) DDR3 Motherboard £49.99
    1 x Corsair Builder Series CX 430W V2 '80 Plus' Power Supply (CMPSU-430CXUKV2) £39.98
    1 x BitFenix Merc Beta Gaming Case - Black £29.99
    1 x Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Dual Channel Kit (TW3X4G1333C9A) £22.99
    1 x Sony Optiarc AD-7280S 24x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM £16.98

    Would that be sufficient for my needs? Will the difference between the intel and amd builds be noticeable as well?
    It's not really worth the money to get amd. Intel outperforms amd at every price level.

    You need a H67 mobo, Z68 is used for overclocking hence exceeds your needs. You'll also never need a third party CPU cooler or a K version CPU such as the i5-2500K. Bear in mind if you do get a H67 mobo then decide you want to get a K version CPU to overclock then you'll need a new mobo too.

    Again most mobos will be fine for your needs - the asus intel one you chose has 6 SATA ports, that's more than enough in most cases. It's enough for me and I download plenty. A lot of mobos have USB3.0 so shouldn't be a problem unless you want a USB3.0 port on the front in which case you'll need a mobo with an internal USB3.0 header and a case with USB3.0 ports on the front.

    OCZ ModXStream 500W Pro is a modular psu made by a respectable manufacturer selling for less than £50 on amazon.

    NB: If you do get an i5 in the future a CPU you can get which you can't overclock is the i5-2500(non K version).
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    I was thinking about getting these parts to build my own computer:

    -750GB Western Digital WD7500AARS Caviar Green, 3.5" HDD, SATA II - 3Gb/s, 5400rpm, 64MB Cache, 8ms, Free-Fall

    -8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.50V

    -AMD FX 6100 Black Edition, Orochi Core, S AM3+, 3.3GHz, 12MB Total Cache, HT 5200MT/s, 95W

    -Coolermaster Elite 430, All Black, Mid Tower Case with Side Window 120mm Front LED Blue Fan w/o PSU

    -1GB Asus GTX 550 Ti, 4104MHz GDDR5, GPU 900MHz, Shader 1800MHz, 192 Cores, Dual Link DVI-I/ D-Sub/ HDMI

    -Alpenfohn Brocken CPAF-005 Quad Heatpipe Performance Cooler 775/1155/1156/1366/754/939/940/AM2/AM2+/AM3

    -Asus M5A97 PRO, AMD 970, S AM3+, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, RAID SATA, PCIe 2.0 (x16), ATX

    -520W Antec Neo Eco Modular PSU 82%Eff', 80 PLUS Bronze, SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan, ATX

    -LG CH10LS20.AUAU 10x Blu-ray Reader, 16x DVD±R, 8x +RW, 6x -RW, 12x RAM - OEM *

    -Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP1, Operating System, Single, - OEM

    I will be using it mostly for gaming, but perhaps for films as well. Just wanted to know if this would work okay and/or if there are any improvements to be made.

    NB: I'm on a budget of £650 and this is currently ~£660
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    Dell XPS 15z vs 14z? What are the differences other than screen size and weight?
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    (Original post by Edsterr)
    I was thinking about getting these parts to build my own computer:

    -750GB Western Digital WD7500AARS Caviar Green, 3.5" HDD, SATA II - 3Gb/s, 5400rpm, 64MB Cache, 8ms, Free-Fall

    -8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.50V

    -AMD FX 6100 Black Edition, Orochi Core, S AM3+, 3.3GHz, 12MB Total Cache, HT 5200MT/s, 95W

    -Coolermaster Elite 430, All Black, Mid Tower Case with Side Window 120mm Front LED Blue Fan w/o PSU

    -1GB Asus GTX 550 Ti, 4104MHz GDDR5, GPU 900MHz, Shader 1800MHz, 192 Cores, Dual Link DVI-I/ D-Sub/ HDMI

    -Alpenfohn Brocken CPAF-005 Quad Heatpipe Performance Cooler 775/1155/1156/1366/754/939/940/AM2/AM2+/AM3

    -Asus M5A97 PRO, AMD 970, S AM3+, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, RAID SATA, PCIe 2.0 (x16), ATX

    -520W Antec Neo Eco Modular PSU 82%Eff', 80 PLUS Bronze, SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan, ATX

    -LG CH10LS20.AUAU 10x Blu-ray Reader, 16x DVD±R, 8x +RW, 6x -RW, 12x RAM - OEM *

    -Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP1, Operating System, Single, - OEM

    I will be using it mostly for gaming, but perhaps for films as well. Just wanted to know if this would work okay and/or if there are any improvements to be made.

    NB: I'm on a budget of £650 and this is currently ~£660

    Perhaps upgrade the GPU to a ATI Radeon 6870
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