Originally Posted by solipsism
I can’t stand the DIYer snobs. It’s easier than ever to build a PC but the ones that do it think it’s some monumental accomplish. I wonder if Ifail is also going to forums by other PC vendors and stating how you suck if you buy a pre-made PC.
Originally Posted by Dr Millmoss
No, no... they just think people who don't want to build their own PCs are idiots.
I wouldn't say I'm a snob, maybe because I didn't do it from scratch all by myself. I picked the components and the guy(s) at the IT shop helped to put together some parts and another guy helped reinstall a power supply after I fried the original power supply (blame Furmark and no-name power supply brand LOL).
I have a MacBook Alu 2ghz with Snow Leopard. My other computer's a PC. I just couldn't go with Dell or HP because for the same amount of cash I can get a quality power supply (which I skimped on the first time round) and a great, powerful GPU to run games at 1080p which Dell and HP "overcharge" by wanting to sell you expensive towers with overpowered (for gaming needs) Core i7s and so on.
"DIY" means I get the most bang for my buck and get to select the components that best fit my budget and value. Remember, it doesn't mean the cheapest component, for example, my GPU, ATI 4830 512MB, is far more powerful than many, many GPUs in today's Dells and HPs. But then again, my main purpose was gaming, so DIY was more suitable for me.
As for Windows 7, it rocks because Vista was just rubbish and 64-bit XP is, well, not suitable, I think. So Windows 7 64bit is the only Windows I can use now. Use, as in, tolerate. I fire it up, Firefox works, games mostly work (research "black screen issue for Need For Speed: Shift"). Other than that, meh, what else can you do with Windows? I run Adobe CS4, iMovie, iTunes, iPhoto, Evernote, all great work and life stuff on a Mac.
And I don't care what people say, turning off Aero-whatever in Windows 7 gives me more frame rates in games, I am quite sure of this.
No big bugs or crashes besides for most games (seems hit and miss still nowadays), though occassionally I will get the "windows explorer has stopped responding" recurrent error (Google it).
Upgrading from XP/Vista my Cisco WMP54G 802.11g WiFi card had problems with drivers (there is still no proper Cisco driver to this day) so you had to do some Ralink RT61 driver install thingy. Doable, but silly.
So, if you are not a gamer, and you do the math properly, and can afford it, there's no reason to get a PC. If you are a gamer, or want a less expensive option to just Facebook all day, sure, Windows 7 on PC is there. But I'll tell you the Windows 7 experience is "prettier" and things are a bit more snappy, but at the end of the day it's still Windows. Once the gloss wears off, it's still Windows.
Now back to fragging Majini in Resident Evil 5 tonight on my PC! LOL. Resident Evil 5 is a *tad* childish, Fear2 was a bit more adult. I'm getting old. 31 now.
Today's games, just ain't the same like back when they had Dawn Of War, FEAR, NFS:Most Wanted, Stalker... Dead Space was hella good though.
I'd say though if you were a gamer you might as well get an Xbox360 or, if you really want for whatever reason, a PS3 (BluRay, for example). Pure PC-only titles that are worth it are few and far between.