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What has been your best computer hardware / software purchase?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Cromulent, Dec 16, 2018.

  1. mattyfez

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Apr 12, 2007

    Posts: 9,497

    SSD drives are probably the biggest revalation for me since the advent of quad core.

    Next step I might look at higher resolution and higher Hhz than 1080/60
     
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2018
  2. drakulton

    Hitman

    Joined: Apr 20, 2015

    Posts: 717

    Software wise, I came across an Apollo Lunar Module simulator on the cover disk of PC Pilot magazine back in 2004. It had me hooked. The dev has done a couple of upgrades since then.
    http://eaglelander3d.com/
    http://eaglelander3d.com/downloads/Setup_EL3Dv215.exe

    Now he's started on a VR version
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3ZE83MEZeI&t=1s

    So I got an Oculus setup

    which then opened up the Apollo 11 VR experience
    https://store.steampowered.com/app/953840/Apollo_11_VR_HD/

    and this

    https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/lootinteractive/apollo-11-sea-of-tranquility
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP0xdNXu67M

    I've been flying the LM for a long time, and VR just gives a sense of scale of the spacecraft and the lunar landscape.
     
  3. Shoza

    Gangster

    Joined: Jan 5, 2011

    Posts: 391

    i5 2500k I bought a very long time ago that’s been running perfectly at 4.6ghz all these years.

    Windows 7 which was the first OS I ever bought and it’s run near flawlessly for many years now.
     
  4. sniperone

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 6, 2009

    Posts: 1,384

    Location: Essex . UK

    Nvidia 8800gtx . Beast of a card and lasted me 7 long years and was worth every penny and completely destroyed the previous generation of gpu’s .
     
  5. BluD

    Mobster

    Joined: Jan 6, 2013

    Posts: 3,733

    Location: Yorkshire

    Damn i must be a little heavy handed, i got through alot of Explorer 3s, if they hadnt stopped making a few years back them i probably would still be using them myself though, im still using the Icemat they teamed up with though so i guess that has to be my best buy along with some sennheiser headphones i bought not long before. This Icemat and headset has been travelling all over the country with me and my laptops every time i work away for 15 years and i couldnt count the amount of times i've ran over the headphones with my chair and it keeps on working fine.
     
  6. StarShock

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 6, 2005

    Posts: 1,757

    Looks like there's a new one coming :) https://forums.overclockers.co.uk/threads/microsoft-pro-intellimouse.18839342/

    And there's the recently released classic. Which apparently looks the part but isn't amazing. https://www.overclockers.co.uk/microsoft-classic-intellimouse-usb-mouse-hdq-00002-kb-167-ms.html
     
  7. memyselfandi

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 10, 2005

    Posts: 8,670

    Location: Nottingham

    Difficult ...

    - Inspiron 15 (1545) C2D based laptop which was my main daily driver for many years and didn't miss a beat in the whole time. Despite only being a C2D with 4GB of ram it was usable under Win10 and was only retired due to physical display issues.

    - Mac Mini 2010 ... picked this up for £300 off the auction site and used it as my main desktop for about 5 years. Literally only got replaced at the beginning of this month and will be reused as part of another project in the new year. Just worked and was used nigh on every day for general browsing and even some transcoding.

    - Netgear 2 disk NAS (not sure of the model). At a time when they were going for £80+ with no disks on auctions I picked this up for £16 "spares or repairs". The only thing wrong with it was that it had no disks in it (lower end NASes install their OS on the disks added to them and hence require disks installed to boot and run). I had a couple of spare disks so took a punt on it. A few years later my Dad is still using it even now.
     
  8. bimbleuk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 10, 2009

    Posts: 1,808

    Location: Gloucestershire

    i5 3570K + GA-Z77X-D3H + GTX 970 based system which I kept running for 5+ years and only replaced it with an X99 5820K system in the last year or so (though I kept it running as a secondary system). I also built a similar system for my brother at the same time except he opted for an AMD HD5850 at the time because it was cheaper and his system is still in regular use.

    I suspect my X99 system now upgraded with a 1080 Ti will also last another 2-3 years.

    SSDs was a good call because of the night and performance difference especially on older gen laptops which were a bane to service with crappy low power 2.5" HDDs. I basically refuse HDD based stuff now as it's just not worth my time to fix.

    Also my Sony VAIO ultra tablet which had a flip out physical keyboard was a constant companion for 4 years until the screen started to de-laminate (common problem). It also helped me to tune my RX7 + V8 conversion as I would place it in a cradle and log my driving sessions. It was a big investment for me initially but saved me hundreds of pounds just in dyno time as I was able to learn to do it myself.
     
  9. Bluecube

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 20, 2011

    Posts: 2,035

    The best upgrade I ever made was getting an SSD. The difference in speed in both booting from a cold start and in general use made a phenomenal difference to my Hackintosh at the time.

    Since then I bought a slightly used 27" 4K iMac. What a screen! Coupled with MacOS, it made computing a pleasure again after the abominations that Microsoft released after Windows 7.
     
  10. PESolution

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 13, 2004

    Posts: 2,733

    Location: Teesside

    i7 2700k still going strong - I'm right on the cusp of updating now but it's last and been so relevant for so long (as was/is the i5 2500k)
     
  11. Skorpion

    Hitman

    Joined: Jun 5, 2010

    Posts: 604

    Location: Lincolnshire

    Rampage vi mobo + 7980xe cpu + 2 titan xp + 27" asus monitor.
     
  12. Feek

    Commissario

    Joined: Oct 16, 2002

    Posts: 228,612

    Location: In the radio shack

    This is so easy to answer. The best value for performance mod I’ve done to any computer was when I added an SSS to my old Mac Pro. It wasn’t slow anyway but slapping an SSD in for the OS absolutely transformed it.
     
  13. Shashman

    Gangster

    Joined: May 7, 2012

    Posts: 391

    Location: Bournemouth

    Has to be my i5 2550k which has only just been replaced after 7 years of good service, and the office chair I've been using for 2 years which cost me £15 off my old landlord. A backsaver!
     
  14. TangoEchoAlpha

    Hitman

    Joined: Jun 13, 2016

    Posts: 831

    Location: UK

    Aside from the obvious SSDs, for me it's a decision between two items.

    First is the Mionix Castor optical mouse - by far the best mouse I have ever owned. It's a pleasure to use and I'd definitely have another.

    Second is the FiiO E10K USB DAC and headphones amplifier. Changed the sound from my Audio Technica headphones massively compared to the motherboard DAC at the time. It appears to be superseded by the K3 DSD now.
     
  15. olivier renault

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Apr 1, 2009

    Posts: 9,920

    2700K.
    128GB Crucial M4.
    G403.
     
  16. Jediben

    Gangster

    Joined: Aug 30, 2009

    Posts: 301

    4790k. Still running at 4.8ghz since the day I got it and still got the oomph for even gaming at 1440p. So good I bought a second.
     
  17. ibpalle

    Gangster

    Joined: Jun 6, 2006

    Posts: 282

    Location: Leeds

    Lots of good purchases (lots of bad ones too :)) but the most recent one is the Pixelbook - Effin love that thing. Looks fantastic, best keyboard ever and only 1Kg. I didn't really need a laptop but when it was announced I fell in love. Haven't had a Chromebook before so it has been interesting to learn to get crostini for linux apps working (far too easy, no challenge at all :)).

    A while back I bought a Samsung SSD - 1st gen, laptop IDE interface. 20 GB. Very low write and read compared to current ones - think it was 20/40 MB/s but it was a fantastic upgrade and haven't had a system with the OS on a mechanical harddrive since.

    My G-Sync monitor - a bit over 2 years ago. When I got it, I only had a single 680 and was waiting for a 1080. But I fired up Doom anyways, set quality to low (res was 3440x1440) and had a framerate of 28-50. Smoothest FPS experience I have ever had. Knew immediately that G-Sync was what I had been wanting all along without knowing it :)
     
  18. LabR@t

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Nov 30, 2005

    Posts: 9,843

    longer than 5 years ago, but the q9650 was a beast of a cpu!
     
  19. Apone70

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 15, 2018

    Posts: 1,044

    my Aorus 1080ti for £580 before prices went mental
     
  20. nox_uk

    Hitman

    Joined: Sep 12, 2006

    Posts: 626

    Bought a second had in perfect condition Corsair One. (7700k + 1080) I just love how it looks - very tron-esq. Not sure it would of been my favorite had it been full price...