I'm a retail pharmacist. I did my undergrad at UCDavis where I got a B.A.S. dual degree in Biology and Italian. I got my Pharm.D. From University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.
Well, I have been thinking about a desktop computer but I have yet to make a decision on what I should spend my money on. These Digital Storm rigs seem pretty nice but they too are pricey. It’s crazy some rigs are in the $5,000 range. I guess I’m just wondering if dollar for dollar it’s worth it to invest so much money. Also, what is the life cycle of these desktops? I mean, if I were to spend $5,000 for how many years will I be able to play all titles on ultra settings.
People kinda ding Apple but with an iMac you get a 2560 × 1440 monitor included in the price. These Digital Storm computers don’t even include a monitor… Hmm…
Just trying to digest it all…
I guess it’s all about framerates? Isn’t the PlayStation 4 powerful enough to run games at 60fps?
That Titan Z looks crazy!
I guess I am trying to put into perspective a $399 PlayStation 4 with it’s GPU vs dropping $1,000 just for a graphics card alone? I mean, the PlayStation 4 is going to be able to run the majority of titles just fine, right? I mean, the PS3 and 360 were able to run Crysis 3 so I don’t understand how cards like these sell?
Two of them?! Never heard of those games. Are they resource taxing?
Thanks guys! I have never used Steam before so I just started browsing the site a couple minutes ago. Is Company of Heroes like Warcraft II in terms of the general gameplay?
Maybe I should have a look at Starcraft…hmm…
I will play it more than once but only after I get the Remastered Version and a PS4. I hope it’s really good!
Is there a lot of grinding?
I tend to gravitate towards updated graphical fidelity so I would probably prefer II. I might check out the first one though…thanks!
The key for me is not getting a piece of junk. Right now PS4 isn’t even 5ghz WiFi? They have been holding out on important features that need implementation.
I played it through once on hard without listen mode on PS3. I wish there was a way to port over that playthrough so I could play it a second time on PS4 with all my upgrades on Survivor. Hmm…I don’t think I will play it more than once.
You prefer it to be on physical media?
Thanks for the replies. Back when I was in my early 20s I used to know what to get but I haven’t been keeping up on the technologies in all honesty. For example, do these Digital Storm PCs come with motherboard audio that gives 5.1 channel surround sound or do you have to install a Creative Labs sound card foer that? How do most people play? Headphones? Any recommendations?
I was looking at the Ode I think…the model that sells for around $2,200. Seems about the right pricepoint for something that will last some time. I’ve also noted that the MacPros only come with 256gb of SSD?? Should I go with something like that and then just use a NAS for my iTunes music library, photos and documents? Hmm…lots of choices and confusion…
Weird but I can’t seem to open your link! Argh! I’ll try it on my desktop instead of my iPad 2 and see if it works. What is the name of the PC by Digital Storm that you’re suggesting?
The people I’ve talked to say that Apple makes everything from the OS to the components so the computers function the way they should. They have told me that with computers running Windows 8.1, you will be rushing out to buy a new computer in a couple of years I guess because they don’t include anything and are made cheaply.
These iMacs I’ve seen look like they are made well but I definitely get your point about laptop components. I wonder how often these iMacs break down?
Very Nice! Looks like the set to get!
I can’t seem to open your page with the photos using my iPad 2?
I enjoyed The Dark Knight Rises so much that I have an itch to buy the Ultimate Collection but then again, I would probably only watch it one more time in the near future. Lol. Probably not enough to justify $60 bucks. Lol. I think that set comes with little replicas of the bat motorcycle and what not.
What is that? Lol
I totally agree with you. I have bought Blu-rays in the past but generally speaking, they just end up in one of my cabinets…only watched once or twice. The Bond 50 set looks really enticing though although some have said the packaging is kinda cheap.
I may wait until a price drop again next holiday season. I think that’s when I saw it for $99.
Thanks again for your reply. The more and more I talk to people, the more they seem to be pro Apple. I’ve gotten many that even suggest that I buy a Time Capsule for my router and NAS storage needs. I may do this after trying the Netgear Nighthawk and it not working for me. It just didn’t have any range and in portions of my house, I couldn’t even access the Internet.
As far as money goes, I want something that has good resale value and also something that I can keep for many many years. I hear you can keep Macs for 10 years or so. The 2007 Macs for example can run the latest OS. That is astounding to me. If I can buy a Mac and have it keep it’s value without depreciating over many years then this seems like a sound decision.
Really excited about The Last of Us this summer! I hope they really pour tons of resources into that port with enhanced AI and what not. Also stoked that the DLC will be included and that it will be a complete package.
Thank you both for your responses. I am currently leaning towards an iMac 27" all-in-one right now. I already have a TouchSmart 310 all-in-one PC with 4Gb of Ram and an AMD processor in my office. It’s not the fastest computer but it functions well for basic tasks. I just need another desktop for a bedroom.
I think the NAS is going to be a good investment in the long run because I can utilize it centrally between both computers and start streaming music to a WiFi receiver in my house. Sonos might be a good option to stream my iTunes library. The NAS might also be a good option to store and backup my important files.
I wonder what’s going to happen with online cloud based storage options. Will they eventually turn free and I won’t need the NAS anymore as connections get faster etc. Hmm… Trying to figure this out.
The other reason I am leaning towards a Mac is because I hear you can run Bootcamp or Parallels (OS virtualization software) and just install Windows 8.1 for when you need it. I don’t know that much about this but if this is true then I’ve killed two birds with one stone. A guy selling an iMac similar to the one I’m looking at says he can run Battlefield 4 using his Windows 8.1 installation on the iMac at ultra high resolution settings. His iMac came with a NVIDIA GTX 780Gb with either 2 or 3Gb of RAM I think. Therefore, if I want to run some games, I can.
I dunno…I have been looking at companies like Digital Storm or Alienware and I’m not sure these computers match my needs for the price. For example, they don’t come with monitors.
The only other option for me and maybe the best option is having someone build me a PC using parts from NewEgg. This might be the most economical route
This is VERY true!
I broke down and bought a Netgear Nighthawk AC 1900 router for the home. I don’t know why I did it but I did. Hopefully for $190 it serves it’s purpose well and I don’t have to power cycle it like I have to do with my Netgear Extender to get my internet to work periodically as someone already suggested.
Thanks so much for the detailed reply!
When you say boutique makers, which ones are you referring to? Do you have any recommendations? It feels like we are currently in the 4k transition period so I have been debating on whether this is a good time to buy? Perhaps soon, 4k monitors will start dropping in price. I did here about a Lenovo that was around $800?! Not sure if it’s any good.
I’m debating on what specs to build or customize my PC with. I have even been thinking about only 256Gb of SSD but not sure if this is a good idea. I plan on purchasing one of those WDMyCloud 4tb Cloud storage NAS drives as my Supplement network hard drive if the 256gb runs out.
Anyway, not sure if I will decide to game that much on whatever I buy. Haven’t bought a next gen console yet so wondering if I should go that route instead of investing in computer components I might not use. For example, I haven’t even begun to look at Steam or GoG.com yet. My gaming days have really tapered off. The last game I really enjoyed was TLOU and to be honest, the majority of other games released haven’t interested me all that much.
The big thing about Windows 8.1 is that it is a touch based OS and really, I don’t see that many touch based monitors except for the all-in-ones. I’m not sure I want to go that route. Hmm….
Well those are my thoughts for now…
How so? How are they bad?