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  1. Just remembered another one. Bought 16 Dell P4 Optiplex's off ebay for £120 quite a few years ago. That in itself isn't too bad. Easy flip for a couple of £ profit on each one. The problem was I didn't look at the location before bidding. It was a 300 mile round trip. Still got two left if anyone is interested.
  2. I really wanted this to read "Until you get a new GPU you will be relocated to CS team canteen, to make the tea" Hang in there. You never know, by the time the 3080 is released Radeon might have got there shiz together and have something to compete at half the price.
  3. Oculus Go. 5 minutes use and I want to throw up. I was hoping Microsoft would release a consumer version of the Hololens. But as that was looking unlikely I decided to try the Oculus. Only use I get from it is to watch films.
  4. This whole mame thing gets really complicated fast. I've put xp 32 bit onto it to check the machine. I'm going to try 0.106 through advancemame and see if it runs the games I want. If not then I'll look at arch Linux. Thanks for all the input.
  5. In 1982 the BBC micro had a slot to add a second cpu. I sure it wasn't the first but hat was a cheap(ish) home micro. In terms of the original question here, this is how I see it. The pc I have on my desk now is essentially the same as I had 15 years ago. The 80s IBMs and compatibles I would look at as alpha, the 90s going into beta and 2000s PC 1.0 With all the incremental changes since then that number has risen but again imo I'm not sure we're at 2.0 yet. This doesn't mean I'm playing down the advancements. We're not doing anything that much different with our pc's, we're just doing it better and faster. The biggest leap I've seen over the last 20 years has been the ssd. But it's going to take a bigger leap than that for me to think we're up to 2.0
  6. This is just my opinion, for the purposes of classifying a collection. I see no difference, to me multi core is multi core whether its 2 or 200
  7. Yep I see the single to dual cores as a biggie, I actually thought it was earlier. But then from dual core to 64 cores is fundamentaly the same. I think if I were to collect from post 2000 they would have to be by age. Until the next big change. I think going from silicon to whatever comes after, atm I haven't a clue what that may be, is going to be the biggest since the IC . But I also think there will be a fundamental change way before that. Maybe a processor based on neural networks or something about the way we interact with our pcs.
  8. For me it's about a significant changes in the industry. This is home computing not business. 70s and early 80s kits. 80s prebuilt low priced 8 bits Late 80s shift to what I see as a crossover point between the micros and IBM compatibles eg atari st and amigas Then going through the 90s where various standards for home pcs were set. From around 2000 I don't think a whole lot has changed. Apart from the obvious speeds and performance of components they have stayed relatively similar.
  9. I think you've just described Trident Z Royal
  10. This reminded me of a video with Steve Furber one of the designers of the first arm chip. It's a great video for anyone interested in micro computer history. But anyway he tells an anecdote of one of the first test s where they forgot to connect power to the chip. It's at 29 mins
  11. In the UK we would look at prices in US if we were going to visit. One of the big things was Jean's especially Levis. We would pay in pounds what it would cost in dollars. So the amount of money we would save would depend on the exchange rate. I've noticed that until more recently pc parts seemed to be the same. But if I look now this seems to have changed. I'll give 1 example. An msi 2060 ventus from micro centre is $340 after rebate. A website in the UK is selling them for £275. So not sure what's happening there. Maybe more people are self building in the uk so retailers can get better prices. This could be your problem in Bulgaria, demand is not high enough to bring down the prices. You could try looking at other eu countries retailers to see if prices are better + no import duty.
  12. I have 6 Arctic fans plus 2 gpu fans in an inwin 101 case. All the fans are set to 25%. I only have them ramp up when the CPU or gpu respectively gets to about 60c most of the time my case fans never get much above that, but my gpu fans get to around 50%. It's close to silent. Only really the gpu cooler that I can hear when it's being maxed out for anything over about 10 mins. Most of the time I can hear my hdd over the fan noise. Sometimes it's only when I shut down the system that I realise it was making any noise. Tldr: more fans means you can run them at lower speeds. Lower speeds = less whine.
  13. Think your spot on with that. I just the ones that came with the extensions.
  14. If I can get it to run galaxian and stuff like that I'll be happy. Going for a sub £30 arcade cab. Going to be tough though. £15 for the notebook and around £12 for buttons and joystick leaves me with £3 to build the cabinet.
  15. Sounds about right on the price then. I paid £15 Inc shipping. 1.6ghz single core. Like you I have a spare ssd, and I'll see if I can pick up some very cheap extra ram (if not I'll download some) Going to see if I can run some old 80s arcade games on it.