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« on: July 17, 2016, 11:05:37 PM »

My 9.5 year old computer finally gave up the ghost.  Either the RAM or the the memory controller has been going out for a few years.  I was down to stock speeds, Core2 2.4GHz CPU and DDR2 800MHz RAM. 
I'm now running a new trifecta of new current gen CPU, mainboard and RAM Smiley feels soo good Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2016, 11:49:39 PM »

My main machine is six years old and still hanging in there. Hope it survives more than another three!

It's only a Core i7 2.8GHz (1st/2nd gen), but it's been upgraded to 12GB of DDR3 which requires quite an effort to use up. (Unlike on my work machine which only has 8GB and is a constant chore to keep below 7GB used!)

I do also have a Skylake i3 system with 16GB that I've been (slowly) getting setup with Arch Linux, which I'll use for development work once it's ready.
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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2016, 12:07:31 AM »

The old machine had 8GB RAM and had been a bottle neck.  I'm apparently computer abusive.  I was having more and more trouble with things as simple as playing youtube videos (maxing out the CPU), flash, HMTL5, didn't seem to matter.  There were a few other problems, like not supporting newer SATA with TRIM, so the SSD upgrade I made a while back was somewhat stinted (still great, just not 100%).  The onboard audio card wasn't really working so well, it kept picking up cellphone interference.  Just an assortment of little, non-deal-breakers... until the near monthly, to weekly, then daily crashes really forced my hand.
I happened to catch and really good deal and went from the 16GB RAM kit I was looking at to 32GB for a ~$15 premium.  Very lucky.  I'm still on 17GB used right now... (I have problems, I'm working on it)
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2016, 12:26:14 AM »

Hah, I remember when you could tell a text message was about to arrive because speakers would make a noise! Cheesy

I have external audio because the headphone jack broke and muted the internal audio - still was a long time of wiggling it just so to get a connection until I finally got it.

My next upgrade will probably be a new mouse - my Logitech G500s has started dropping connection momentarily then reverting to a different profile, and it's getting frequent enough to be a nuisance.
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2016, 06:54:30 AM »

I have the same mouse and I have my preferred DPS recorded because it gets wiped every now and again.
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