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Christmas gift (mostly) for my wife.

My wife has been kinda due for a computer upgrade... well, more specifically for a graphics card upgrade, but the system she had made the upgrade difficult due to proprietary microATX power couplers on the mainboard. We got some money from relatives over Christmas, and combined it with money that I've been saving for a new guitar amp to buy her a new system. We ended up going with an ASUS M51. For the price ($699), it gave us the best video card of other systems, so we went with it.
.: CPU - AMD FX-3800 octa-core 3.3GHz
.: RAM - 8Gb
.: HDD - 1Tb
.: Video - nVidea GTX 650
.: OS - Windows 8
It also included a download code for a copy of Assassin's Creed Black Flag from UbiSoft... I went to install it yesterday, but, it required a 23Gb download, so I put it off.

So far, I've spent a while trying to get it set up and updated... and trying to get used to Win8. I still don't have 8.1 installed, as the download was taking too long, but the rest of the important updates are dealt with, and I've installed Steam and some other games. The first time I loaded up Neverwinter, it appears to have gone into some sort of 3-D display colour mode, with double-vision. After I updated the system and such, it loaded up properly... no idea why it went 3D the first time.

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I think I'll skip Win8 if I can. It's so weird. I don't think I'll ever get used to it but at least I know how to use it better than those kids I help every day.

Also, I want your computerz! Gimme Octa-Core! Gimme your RAMzzzz
TheGremlyn on Sat Jan 04, 2014 12:44 am
Very nice setup. Happy wife makes a happy home.
I have been avoiding Windows 8, 7 & Vista also.
standready on Sat Jan 04, 2014 2:15 am
Totally envious Ankhanu. Particularly for actually having gone through the motions of studying the options, making a decision, buying and installing it. I'm due for a new computer and can definitely do with a better graphics card, particularly since I upgraded my LCD two years ago (from 15 inch to 21 inch Razz). Great specs those. I'll check them again when I get closer to buying a new computer.

Agreed TG. Hopefully I will still be able to get hold of Windows 7 by the time I buy a new computer. My timing for now is hopefully by April 2014 when Windows XP expires. Probably will have to reinstall everything though as the hardware I purchase will no doubt come with Windows 8 unless I take the plunge really soon.
deanhills on Sat Jan 04, 2014 4:16 am
It's actually getting really hard to find hardware that doesn't ship with Windows 8 now (if it has an OS installed). Good luck getting your Win7 systems! Win8 has been kind of annoying, but then, I never really particularly cared for 7 when I've used it neither... never fully got used to it. This is another leap Razz

Making the choice was largely influenced by the video card options. This is a big part of why we went with the FX series CPU rather than an A8 or A10, which also handle GPU duty (an i7 system was just too expensive); the FX series are a dedicated CPU requiring a discrete GPU. We would have been happy with a more standard quad-core, but, this was the right price Razz
Ankhanu on Sat Jan 04, 2014 5:10 am
Wow, you 're a good husband.
I do this kind of things too.
I give up the gym equipments and computers and buy those women stuffs for my girl.

May I know why you need a computer so powerful?
Is your wife a soho needs great graphic design computer?
As far as I know, many computer graphic designer use MAC.
rx9876 on Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:02 am
I did some research to see if I could find a laptop for around $500 that I could play games on, and you can, but it would probably have to be with the A8 or A10, and since those don't really have a separate GPU, I think this one was worth spending a little bit more. Is that system desktop? I saw pictures of laptops when I googled it, but then I saw reviews of a desktop.
SpaceInvader75 on Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:33 pm
RX - Primarily for gaming. We're not hardcore gamers, but, we do play, and the graphics demands are getting higher Razz She does do some image manipulation with Photoshop, but not terribly often anymore. Macs are no better or worse for graphic design than Windows systems these days, and that divide had fallen a few years back, really. There is still a legacy of the idea that Macs are better, but it largely comes down to comfort and what you learn on.
(I'm a Mac user myself)

SpaceInvader - Yeah, that's a desktop system. Finding a system with a good discrete video card in a laptop format is going to run you a few extra dollars, but it's doable. I do a fair bit of my gaming on my MacBook Pro, but you can get systems for cheaper that will run many modern games.
Ankhanu on Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:28 pm

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