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Thread: The Llanlad ( bumpy ) road towards SUPERNOVA !

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    Re: The Llanlad ( bumpy ) road towards SUPERNOVA !

    If I were choosing a new machine right now:

    Processor - one of the Intel 'i' series. Unfortunately, from a marketing viewpoint, these are bloody confusing. It starts fairly easy, in that in general i3 < i5 < i7. However, you need to look at number of cores as well as clock speed - you might find a 2.3 Ghz Dual Core and a 2.0 Ghz Quad Core. There are also now three generations of these chips, but unless the manufacturer points it out you're only going to spot it if you read the specs closely. Me? I'd choose an i5 or i7, and grab a quad core. If I was feeling flush, I'd pick the third generation (Ivy Bridge), but I'd keep a good look out for bargains on the second gen (Sandy Bridge).

    Something like this ?

    http://www.overclock.co.uk/product/Inte ... 43377.html


    RAM - 4 Gb. Unless one of your software providers suggests otherwise, I doubt you'll benefit from more whilst playing poker. It's also an easy upgrade in future.

    4Gb seems enough, is 8Gb just a waste of money ?

    Graphics - in theory, you really shouldn't need anything special here for playing poker. Again, unless anyone suggests otherwise, you can pretty much keep what you get in the stock build. I tend to prefer a dedicated card as that way it won't try to share any resource, but reality is that if you pick an i5 or i7 you'll probably get that by default. Possibly the bigger deciding factor for you is if you want to run multiple monitors, in which case you need a card that supports the amount you require.

    I get the impression a i7 means buying a specific graphics card is not required .. agreed ?

    Hard disk - A SSD for OS and your poker apps. I'd assume 120Gb should be enough, unless you have stupidly large poker databases. Keep a regular hard disk for everything else. Note that I would buy this separately, as they tend to be horribly over-priced as an option from the manufacturer.

    Im thinking of adding a Samsung 830 or 840 series SSD, which one is preferable to you ?, thinking of going upto 250GB

    Other - make sure it has USB3. It's backwards compatible, so will work with any USB2 devices you already have.

    Im not even sure what these are ! .. i have to buy a USB3 card ?

    FWIW, the laptop I bought last year has an i7 quad core processor (Sandy Bridge), 4 Gb RAM, 1Gb Radeon graphics card and 120GB SSD. It's shit-off-a-shovel quick.

    If you buy from a manufacturer, you'll get Windows 7 as standard. You won't be able to share this licence with your lad's PC. If you end up getting a machine built and want him to have Windows 7 too, tell your man as you can get a 'family' edition which has 3 licences and may cost less than 2 individual ones. As a machine builder, you'd also qualify for the OEM version. However, if his PC is quite old, do ask yourself if it's worth upgrading the OS. As a note, a fresh install of XP is about 3Gb, whereas 7 is 20Gb. Unless you have a reason to change, if his machine is running ok then I'd leave it alone.
    There is a big misunderstanding between the concept of talent and skill, talent you have naturally but skill is only developed by hours and hours of beating on your craft... nobody got to where they were without hard work.

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    Re: The Llanlad ( bumpy ) road towards SUPERNOVA !

    Hows this for £880 smackers ??

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    There is a big misunderstanding between the concept of talent and skill, talent you have naturally but skill is only developed by hours and hours of beating on your craft... nobody got to where they were without hard work.

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    Re: The Llanlad ( bumpy ) road towards SUPERNOVA !

    Do you remember in the film Weird Science how they had to hack into the government computers to have enough power to create Kelly LeBrock? That rig would make a whole island full, and still have enough juice left over to serve the cocktails.

    You don't have to pay that much for your needs, but on the other hand you'll be buying it in the knowledge that if that can't handle it, nothing can. Looks like it has a reasonable warranty too, which I think is worth something for a man with your computer history.

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    I remember Weird Science with a lot of fondness ... Kelly LeBrock is still on my bucket list tbh ..

    Anyways ... back to the computer

    I phoned the computer guy i know and ran through the lot with him and he said he would do some searching and probably build me a computer accordingly.

    Probably means ill get it cheaper ..and hes only a couple of miles away if things go belly up
    There is a big misunderstanding between the concept of talent and skill, talent you have naturally but skill is only developed by hours and hours of beating on your craft... nobody got to where they were without hard work.

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    I think this thread needs moving to the Off Topic forum - the only vents on here are next to the fan in Llan's still-to-be-built pc and the closest we'll get to a rave is his i-tunes account.

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    Re: The Llanlad ( bumpy ) road towards SUPERNOVA !

    Have no fear .. poker will resume soon enough.

    I did not start playing much poker until February last year .. so at least im consistent

    That will be the only comparison though ... im not spending this much of my hard cash on a computer for nothing ..

    The thought that i would spend this much money and then only give up on poker within a month is unthinkable !!

    I think you will see pretty quickly that this year will be totally different.

    There will be a few 100k hand months this year by me.

    Its actually been a productive year so far already for me ... just a sign of things to come !
    There is a big misunderstanding between the concept of talent and skill, talent you have naturally but skill is only developed by hours and hours of beating on your craft... nobody got to where they were without hard work.

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    Re: The Llanlad ( bumpy ) road towards SUPERNOVA !

    "Of course a thoughtful check is wrong too, but not as bad as a thoughtless check. Almost as bad though." - chrisjp

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    Re: The Llanlad ( bumpy ) road towards SUPERNOVA !

    Quote Originally Posted by Llanlad
    The thought that i would spend this much money and then only give up on poker once or twice within a month is unthinkable !!
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    Re: The Llanlad ( bumpy ) road towards SUPERNOVA !

    Quote Originally Posted by the_hawk
    That picture makes me laugh .. i may use that in the future.
    There is a big misunderstanding between the concept of talent and skill, talent you have naturally but skill is only developed by hours and hours of beating on your craft... nobody got to where they were without hard work.

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    Re: The Llanlad ( bumpy ) road towards SUPERNOVA !

    Quote Originally Posted by Llanlad
    Have no fear .. poker will resume soon enough.

    I did not start playing much poker until February last year .. so at least im consistent

    That will be the only comparison though ... im not spending this much of my hard cash on a computer for nothing ..
    I spent less than £400 on mine and it still paid for itself. Does all the things I need with no problems and it's even about 3 years old now.

    Methinks he thinks too much
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    Re: The Llanlad ( bumpy ) road towards SUPERNOVA !

    As long as it runs TST perma scan without any lag whilst 16+ tabling then ill be very happy with whatever i get.

    I probably dont need a big SSD thats 240GB, 120GB would probably be ample tbh ..

    Cannot wait to get everything set up ... pretty hopeful that all will be done before the month end.
    There is a big misunderstanding between the concept of talent and skill, talent you have naturally but skill is only developed by hours and hours of beating on your craft... nobody got to where they were without hard work.

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    Re: The Llanlad ( bumpy ) road towards SUPERNOVA !

    Is there going to be any poker in this thread?

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    Re: The Llanlad ( bumpy ) road towards SUPERNOVA !

    Quote Originally Posted by nsidestrate
    Is there going to be any poker in this thread?
    There is a big misunderstanding between the concept of talent and skill, talent you have naturally but skill is only developed by hours and hours of beating on your craft... nobody got to where they were without hard work.

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    Re: The Llanlad ( bumpy ) road towards SUPERNOVA !

    So just to clarify your point - that is all the poker we're going to get this year?
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    Well it would make it a winning year. He's getting smarter.

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