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  • #16
    Originally posted by doom_Oo7 View Post
    Dunno, in about 6 years of laser I never had to change something else than the toners. And it's an el-cheapo Brother.
    Depends on the design of the laser engine. Some use a replaceable drum, some don't.

    I've owned two HP color LaserJets, the first was a CP2605DN and now I have a CP2025DN. Neither required periodic drum replacement. Nether like third-party toner cartridges, either. HP toner is expensive and even though I only have to do it about once a year, it still hurts to shell out more than $400USD for a set of toners.

    That said, I'm not going back to inkjets. I'm actually saving a bunch of money with the color laser printer compared to what I was spending on ink cartridges.

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    • #17
      Got it built, How can I get online? Sprint wifi modem?

      The Sprint/Virgin Mobile U600 wifi modem looks best for me, if I can make it work.
      Is anyone using it right now? How do you get it started? Since both Sprint and Ubuntu keep changing things, would online details from years ago be useful or not?

      I have not had much to say on this topic I started - I just made slow progress. I got it built, cooling tower and all. My cables are not beautiful but they start and end in the right places.

      But how to install Linux? That was a puzzle. The CD/DVD maker on my old XP machine does not work well - probably due to dust. I finally used Unebootin with the iso file on a USB stick and setting that same stick as the target while running the program in my old XP PC. Then I moved the USB stick to the new machine, made it the boot option, and amazingly it just worked. So I have Ubuntu 32 bit looking fine on my ASRock Z97 Pro4 mobo. I will figure out how to get 64 bit if I can get the box online.
      Getting my Linux PC online would make me happy indeed.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by mike4 View Post
        Works perfectly on Ubuntu/Win8/OSX86. Bought that last August:

        Processor
        Intel Core i7 4770K
        Processor Cores
        4
        Processor Speed
        ovc to 4.6 Ghz
        RAM
        16 GB (Corsair Vengeance Pro Red 2x 8GB, DDR3-2400)
        Video Board Manufacturer
        Nvidia
        Video Board Model
        Asus GTX-770 DirectCU II 2GB GDDR5
        Video Memory
        2 GB
        Mother Board
        Asus Z87 PRO
        Hard Drives
        Samsung SSD 840 Basic, TLC, 500GB and 1TB HD
        Monitor
        LG L225WT
        Operating System
        Ubuntu etc.
        Joystick
        CH
        Yoke
        CH
        Rudder Pedals
        CH
        Other
        Corsair H90
        Asus DVD Burner
        Logitech cordless usb MK260 and QuickCam® Sphere™

        Wow, I like your computer , I want to buy something like this, how much you pay for this computer ?

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        • #19
          Originally posted by jimkidy View Post
          Wow, I like your computer , I want to buy something like this, how much you pay for this computer ?
          This is just an estimate (i've not researched these items)

          z87 pro mainboard 180
          core i7 CPU 340
          2400mhz RAM x16 250
          GTX770 300
          sam840ssd GB??? 200-400
          other hdds 150
          ________________+350 = (i didn't remember seeing the case, power supply or cpu cooler listed)

          yeah, anywhere from 1770 to 2000 usd for the main mama jama

          What i'd like to know is if lm-sensors can be configured for conky, when using an asus z97.. i've read some other threads, saying another driver is required in order to interpret the temperatures. Any word on this ?

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          • #20
            Originally posted by WilliamJeremiah View Post
            This is just an estimate (i've not researched these items)

            z87 pro mainboard 180
            core i7 CPU 340
            2400mhz RAM x16 250
            GTX770 300
            sam840ssd GB??? 200-400
            other hdds 150
            ________________+350 = (i didn't remember seeing the case, power supply or cpu cooler listed)

            yeah, anywhere from 1770 to 2000 usd for the main mama jama

            What i'd like to know is if lm-sensors can be configured for conky, when using an asus z97.. i've read some other threads, saying another driver is required in order to interpret the temperatures. Any word on this ?
            more resources: http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.lin....sensors/36526

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            • #21
              blow an extra $30 on the GTX 970

              Originally posted by WilliamJeremiah View Post
              If you are going to spend nearly $2,000, you might as well spend the extra $30-$40 to bump up to the GTX 970. Its got better overall performance (around the GTX 780 / r9 290x range) and much better perf/W than either which will give you a cooler and quieter build (145W TDP vs 230W vs 300W). One can even find GTX 970 boards in single slot and mini itx form factors. Highly recommended.

              I did just get a system76 wild dog pro pretty much as stated (i7 4790, 16GB ram, 1 TB SSD, excellent build, 600+W PSU, and very quiet) and added my own GTX 970. An excellent system with minimal hassles for around 2k. I even have a spreadsheet that outlines setup for use with Kubuntu 14.04. Let me know if you are interested.

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              • #22
                uh, no, i'm not interested, but thanks.. i was only giving jimkidy a ball park figure for what a system like mike4's would cost.

                but i am interested in knowing how big of a deal it would be to get accurate temperature readings showing with lm-sensors and conky while using an Asus Z97-A motherboard (see url posted in last post **more resources**) or if i should forget Asus and stick with ASRock or Gigabyte

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                • #23
                  I hear Gigabyte boards are pretty good right now. Which is the best choice for a non-gaming system, for browsing, using programs like Gimp, Inkscape etc.? For having lots of tabs open etc. Do you need both cpu power and high RAM?

                  I think Intel is good for power/performance efficiency (hardware doesn't overheat like amd at this stage) but you have to pay more $$. For e.g., AMD FX-6300 vs Intel Pentium G3258 (but, with a plan to upgrade later)? Which is the better path?

                  Hope to get some ideas. I guess the budget is around $200-$300 but this is for just mobo/cpu and RAM (I think RAM is around $90 total for 8gb stick or 2 sticks of 4gb).

                  Also, is it better to use Intel HD graphics (of G3258) or an AMD HD 6450 card (that's the card they have now). Nothing in the budget, initially, to get a new card.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Panix View Post
                    I hear Gigabyte boards are pretty good right now. Which is the best choice for a non-gaming system, for browsing, using programs like Gimp, Inkscape etc.? For having lots of tabs open etc. Do you need both cpu power and high RAM?

                    I think Intel is good for power/performance efficiency (hardware doesn't overheat like amd at this stage) but you have to pay more $$. For e.g., AMD FX-6300 vs Intel Pentium G3258 (but, with a plan to upgrade later)? Which is the better path?

                    Hope to get some ideas. I guess the budget is around $200-$300 but this is for just mobo/cpu and RAM (I think RAM is around $90 total for 8gb stick or 2 sticks of 4gb).

                    Also, is it better to use Intel HD graphics (of G3258) or an AMD HD 6450 card (that's the card they have now). Nothing in the budget, initially, to get a new card.
                    Concerning the best option for future upgrade, I'd go with the Intel LGA 1150 + G3258. Can easily throw in an i3 or i5 later down the road.
                    But if web browsing and photo editing is all you expect to do, I'd consider
                    an embedded solution, such as: BIOSTAR NM70I-1037U and when accumulating multiple web browsing tabs, RAM is the most important.
                    The motherboard above offers a dual core celeron (1.8GHz) and is one of the few embedded solutions to include full size RAM slots, SATA III and a PCI-E x16 2.0 Slot (x8), so you'd be able to use your HD 6450, which is one tier faster than 'Intel HD Graphics 4000' according to tomshardware.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Panix View Post
                      I hear Gigabyte boards are pretty good right now. Which is the best choice for a non-gaming system, for browsing, using programs like Gimp, Inkscape etc.? For having lots of tabs open etc. Do you need both cpu power and high RAM?

                      I think Intel is good for power/performance efficiency (hardware doesn't overheat like amd at this stage) but you have to pay more $$. For e.g., AMD FX-6300 vs Intel Pentium G3258 (but, with a plan to upgrade later)? Which is the better path?

                      Hope to get some ideas. I guess the budget is around $200-$300 but this is for just mobo/cpu and RAM (I think RAM is around $90 total for 8gb stick or 2 sticks of 4gb).

                      Also, is it better to use Intel HD graphics (of G3258) or an AMD HD 6450 card (that's the card they have now). Nothing in the budget, initially, to get a new card.
                      AMD hardware does not overheat any more than existing Intel hardware. To be honest, you'd be fine even with something as cheap as an AM1 platform system for that kind of scenario. Rather than CPU power, having a SSD and at least 8GB of RAM will make the most difference; more than 8GB is essentially overkill. My grandfather does that kind of work and I gave him an A8-6600K. Can't really beat his silent, passively cooled quad core 4 GHz APU. An A8-7600K is a better buy today.
                      Last edited by mmstick; 12-28-2014, 08:23 PM.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by hooly View Post
                        That case seems a 1950's fridge.

                        Cheers!
                        Last edited by alexcortes; 12-29-2014, 07:52 PM.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by alexcortes View Post
                          That case seems a 1950's fridge.

                          Cheers!


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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by WilliamJeremiah View Post
                            This is just an estimate (i've not researched these items)

                            z87 pro mainboard 180
                            core i7 CPU 340
                            2400mhz RAM x16 250
                            GTX770 300
                            sam840ssd GB??? 200-400
                            other hdds 150
                            ________________+350 = (i didn't remember seeing the case, power supply or cpu cooler listed)

                            yeah, anywhere from 1770 to 2000 usd for the main mama jama

                            What i'd like to know is if lm-sensors can be configured for conky, when using an asus z97.. i've read some other poll, saying another slider is required in order to interpret the temperatures. Any word on this ?
                            I think it can .

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