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PaceAdvantage
09-10-2017, 12:13 PM
I kind of want one of these...

https://www.digitalstorm.com/aura.asp

A couple of companies are basically selling the same PC as above...what's interesting is that you can upgrade the major components (video card, HD, ram, etc)...they don't use proprietary components...even the motherboards are swappable on the above.

And because they use components such as the NVIDIA GeForce 1080, they seem to be pretty awesome gaming machines, unlike the anemic-all-in ones of recent years.

The only drawback seems to be the 34" curved screen...it doesn't get stellar reviews, and for the price of these systems and the size of that screen, I'd like something that is going to knock me out of my socks in terms of the display.

Maybe the next generation will give me what I'm looking for...

I used to build my own PCs, but I got tired of that...bought an Alienware years back and have been happy with it, but am itching to upgrade to a new system again.

And I always gear my rigs towards gaming systems, which is weird since I don't play PC games anywhere near where I used to...:lol:

AstrosFan
09-11-2017, 12:03 AM
This does seem sharp PA! Thanks for the link

Any advice for a person who wants a great laptop, without a major sticker shock?

mikesal57
09-11-2017, 11:39 AM
I kind of want one of these...

https://www.digitalstorm.com/aura.asp

A couple of companies are basically selling the same PC as above...what's interesting is that you can upgrade the major components (video card, HD, ram, etc)...they don't use proprietary components...even the motherboards are swappable on the above.

And because they use components such as the NVIDIA GeForce 1080, they seem to be pretty awesome gaming machines, unlike the anemic-all-in ones of recent years.

The only drawback seems to be the 34" curved screen...it doesn't get stellar reviews, and for the price of these systems and the size of that screen, I'd like something that is going to knock me out of my socks in terms of the display.

Maybe the next generation will give me what I'm looking for...

I used to build my own PCs, but I got tired of that...bought an Alienware years back and have been happy with it, but am itching to upgrade to a new system again.

And I always gear my rigs towards gaming systems, which is weird since I don't play PC games anywhere near where I used to...:lol:

PA...If it isnt broke ........etc etc

I too build computers , if your not using CPU intense applications...then save your money....
The earlier AIO were all integrated and if something went...the whole thing got tossed...My bro had one and luckily his HD went and thats the only thing I could have fixed...saved him $800 bucks :)

for the money they want..I'd build my own , its just a ego thing

Mike

johnhannibalsmith
09-12-2017, 11:59 AM
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And I always gear my rigs towards gaming systems, which is weird since I don't play PC games anywhere near where I used to...:lol:

:D I'm the same way. I built last year and had to go for the gold with components including the fairly new 1070GTX at the time. Then I buy a bunch of pretty games that sound interesting and the only thing I ever play is something glacially slow like Civilization because that's about my max speed. Funnier still, I loaded it with Linux which means a performance hit for most games that even run on it.

PaceAdvantage
09-12-2017, 12:27 PM
Now I'm looking at a Corsair ONE...not an AIO...but still pretty damn expensive at $2,000+ for a good setup.

Add hundreds of dollars more for a 4k display on top of it...

Who the hell knows anymore...:lol:

But one thing is for sure. You really don't save much money trying to build your own system these days. It really is starting to make sense to buy something pre-built, but something you CAN mod yourself later.

Unfortunately, the Corsair ONE, while a very nice machine, doesn't lend itself, due to the small case, towards friendly, end-user upgrading.

Do I really need a GTX 1080 Ti? :lol::lol::lol:

Probably not...the question becomes, save money today and upgrade sooner down the line, or spend more money today and give yourself another year or two with the original configuration?

Who the hell knows? :pound::bang:

PaceAdvantage
09-12-2017, 12:28 PM
Oh, and PS...I know the thread title is wrong...these aren't really a new breed of AIO...they've been around for a good year or so...

mikesal57
09-12-2017, 12:45 PM
They get you with pre-builts because the motherboards , most likely, cant be updated to newer or faster processors...

dlgreg
09-12-2017, 06:45 PM
It really is starting to make sense to buy something pre-built, but something you CAN mod yourself later.



Mike,
Have you looked at some of the boutique computer builders? You can select your components from standard computer parts and they assemble and test. I've used Puget Custom Computers before, but there are others.
dlgreg

PaceAdvantage
09-24-2017, 06:49 PM
For the record, I ended up getting one of these:

http://www.corsair.com/en-us/landing/one

And one of these:

https://www.acer.com/ac/en/NZ/content/predator-x34-series

mikesal57
09-24-2017, 07:09 PM
SHOW OFF!!!! :jump:

JustRalph
09-24-2017, 07:10 PM
For the record, I ended up getting one of these:

http://www.corsair.com/en-us/landing/one

And one of these:

https://www.acer.com/ac/en/NZ/content/predator-x34-series

What games are you playing? .......nice choices👍

PaceAdvantage
09-24-2017, 07:20 PM
FPS are some of my favorite...but I've been out of the gaming loop for a while...figured I'd try and jump back in...

I'm expecting this setup to last me about the same amount of time my last system did....seven+ years

That sounds like a lot, but the system I bought 7 years ago is STILL pretty fast...maybe not so much for AAA game titles of 2017, but for just about everything else, it's good...

PaceAdvantage
09-24-2017, 07:26 PM
And BTW, my current monitor is a 22 inch old-ass Samsung, sporting 1680x1050 resolution, and my graphics card is a GeForce GTX 260....:pound:

So don't be too jealous of the new rig I just bought...it was a LONG time coming...7+ years...:lol:

When you aren't gaming, you just don't need the latest and the greatest...

AltonKelsey
09-24-2017, 11:47 PM
I build my own, once every 6-7 years and try not to spend more than 600.

Been working out very well. Only upgrade to old Betsy was a $100 graphics card a few years ago , that runs my 40" 4k screen + 2 others without a hiccup.

Latest and greatest is mostly hype , for 99.9% of the public.

JustRalph
09-25-2017, 12:00 AM
And BTW, my current monitor is a 22 inch old-ass Samsung, sporting 1680x1050 resolution, and my graphics card is a GeForce GTX 260....:pound:

So don't be too jealous of the new rig I just bought...it was a LONG time coming...7+ years...:lol:

When you aren't gaming, you just don't need the latest and the greatest...

I have a Sony PlayStation I rarely use. I don’t have the dexterity in my hands anymore. Even though I think the controllers are very nice. I just suck at the games. I do like Call of Duty, but I suck.

PaceAdvantage
09-25-2017, 10:11 AM
I build my own, once every 6-7 years and try not to spend more than 600.

Been working out very well. Only upgrade to old Betsy was a $100 graphics card a few years ago , that runs my 40" 4k screen + 2 others without a hiccup.

Latest and greatest is mostly hype , for 99.9% of the public.I used to build all of my own as well. My 7yo PC I currently use was the first pre-built I ever bought (it was an Alienware Area 51).

Nowadays, you might save 100-200 building it yourself...I priced out the parts in the Corsair One and it came out to about that kind of saving if I had built it myself. I wouldn't have been able to get that kind of case, small form factor, and probably would definitely not have been able to make a machine as quiet as the reviews all say this one is, even under load.

Plus I get a 2yr warranty on the entire system, and don't have to deal with individual manufacturers if a part I built with fails.

So, weighing all this, plus the time and work involved in ordering all the parts and putting the thing together, I came to the conclusion that it wasn't worth saving a couple of hundred dollars to do it myself.

But I hear you...I used to enjoy building my own...

johnhannibalsmith
09-25-2017, 11:41 AM
I have a Sony PlayStation I rarely use. I donít have the dexterity in my hands anymore. Even though I think the controllers are very nice. I just suck at the games. I do like Call of Duty, but I suck.

Yup. If you ever want to get a reality check on your aging hand-eye coordination, try to play a new video game. I can't do it. Played the hell out of the old games and systems but trying to pass the puck in hockey requires origami of the hands and fingers now. I think I finally came to grips with the fact that I just waste my time trying to play the new games that aren't slow as hell or turn based.

JustRalph
09-25-2017, 05:31 PM
Yup. If you ever want to get a reality check on your aging hand-eye coordination, try to play a new video game. I can't do it. Played the hell out of the old games and systems but trying to pass the puck in hockey requires origami of the hands and fingers now. I think I finally came to grips with the fact that I just waste my time trying to play the new games that aren't slow as hell or turn based.

Thatís exactly right. I can do pretty well at the racing games that are basic driving, but the rest........fagettaboutit!

AltonKelsey
09-27-2017, 01:11 PM
[QUOTE=PaceAdvantage;2224088]I used to build all of my own as well. My 7yo PC I currently use was the first pre-built I ever bought (it was an Alienware Area 51).

Nowadays, you might save 100-200 building it yourself..../QUOTE]


Pretty sure I've saved more than that (more like 400) when building as I usually try to buy high value components with rebates.

Failure rates these days is near zero, so I don't worry about that .

I like knowing whats in the box and that no shortcuts have been taken. Have never bought a ready made for myself (other than laptops, and the Atari line back in the day. ) and probably never will. But you never know. ;)

PaceAdvantage
09-27-2017, 01:21 PM
[QUOTE=PaceAdvantage;2224088]I used to build all of my own as well. My 7yo PC I currently use was the first pre-built I ever bought (it was an Alienware Area 51).

Nowadays, you might save 100-200 building it yourself..../QUOTE]


Pretty sure I've saved more than that (more like 400) when building as I usually try to buy high value components with rebates.

Failure rates these days is near zero, so I don't worry about that .

I like knowing whats in the box and that no shortcuts have been taken. Have never bought a ready made for myself (other than laptops, and the Atari line back in the day. ) and probably never will. But you never know. ;)Well, I can only go by the specific machine I purchased (Corsair One)...all attempts to price out the components (not including rebates, mind out), only saved me about $200...

This pre-built has received nothing but praise from all the reviews I've seen...including from sites that are pretty much dedicated to doing it yourself...

Plus it's built by Corsair, so you know the memory and cooling components they use are about as good as you can get...

AltonKelsey
09-27-2017, 02:32 PM
I'm sure you did your due diligence. It's also possible the diff between parts & prebuilt is lower now than it was years ago . Very likely actually.

PaceAdvantage
09-27-2017, 02:34 PM
That's the conventional wisdom...there's no doubt though that you can still save hundreds building yourself...especially if you are building a higher end machine, as most typical DIYers do...