How many and what for ??

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by entatlrg, May 9, 2009.

  1. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    1. How many computers do you have?

    2. What do you use them for?

    3. Which one is your favorite, (or what's your 'dream machine')?
  2. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    I have two MacBooks, and I am planning on selling the second older white MacBook, because I only need one. :)
  3. alexbates macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2008
    Georgia, USA
    One computer- Mac- MBP. I use it for Email, Twitter, music (iTunes), family pics, Forums/Blogs/Message boards, FBook (not much anymore), School work, and just about everything.
  4. wadejc85 macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2008
    iMac - Personal Use (e-mail, photography, cartooning, and some other fun stuff)

    Dell Laptop - Work (GIS, docket writing, technical analysis using Excel, and some other slightly-boring stuff)
  5. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Cartooning, cool, what software do you use?
  6. SlasherDuff macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2008
    Gator Country
    I have a Dell Precision M60 that is collecting dust, I doubt I will ever use it again. I also have my BlackBook, which has been my favorite computer for over a year now.
  7. Freewayjim macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2008
    Metro Atlanta
    I have three:
    15.4" UMBP 2.53 as my main computer
    15.4" MBP Classic 2.23 for work
    Dell 17" XPS 2 that I hardly use anymore

    We also have three more computers in the house:
    Wife: 20" iMac (Wants a Laptop)
    12 year Old Son: 13" Black MacBook & 15.4" Dell Inspiron 6000 (both hooked up to one 25.5" HP monitor)
  8. zer0tails macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    I own two computers and while necessary, feels a little extravagant.

    A mac pro desktop for the heavy lifting and work when I'm at home.

    A macbook pro laptop for field operations and working at the office, presentations etc. (I do not use it at starbucks)

    I use dropbox to keep both in sync though wish there was an all in one easier solution.

    I'm tempted to get a third laptop for field work in less savory places since i wouldn't want to get my MBP damaged but we'll see. At the moment, I think this will suffice.
  9. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    I'm trying sugarsync at the moment, haven't got that far into it yet, but so far seems like a great tool!
  10. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2009
    I have 4 computers.

    PowerMac G5 Quad
    -I use this for video editing and other OSX - only applications that I love to use. That and I also love IBM (The driving force behind game-console processors). However, even though the processors run pretty cool for a G5, the noises it makes can be disconcerting at times.

    RAID PC (hand-made)
    -Not actually up and running yet. Being repurposed from the task of being a gaming computer; motherboard died, so I'm in the process of getting a new one. May also serve its original function as I can reinstall Windows and shove OpenSolaris on another partition. The RAID would be what I record to and work with while editing video (recording live HD). AMD Athlon x2 6400+ (aka 3.2 GHz dual). Also is getting some cheap Intel NICs for port teaming.

    Dell Precision M4400
    -School/Field computer. It games alright, but the main thing is just previewing video to make sure there are not any HDV artifacts. Of course, this is secondary - its primary purpose was just to be a school PC that could take some oomph. Uses an Intel T9800, and currently running Windows 7 Beta.

    Retro Gaming PC (hand made)
    -Like the title. Just for a run-down, 1 GHz AMD processor, 512 MB RAM, and 3DFX 5000 AGP graphics. It was awesome when it was made, and I got it when I was... 14? Runs classic games really well, although the power draw is.. significant. Half-Life and its derivatives, Civilizations 1,2, and 3 (!), Homeworld, and StarCraft are what this baby was made for!

    The Power Mac is my favorite - OSX and FCS2. Would I like a MacPro? The 2.93 Octo? Yes please. However, it (and even the 2006 MP) were out of my price range...
  11. the2j macrumors member


    Oct 24, 2008
    Davis, CA
    1. 2.66 UMBP (main computer)

    2. 2.00 mac mini (plex server)

    The MBP is my favorite; it is a great machine !
  12. 5DollaFootlong macrumors 6502


    Apr 26, 2009
    1 macbook 2.4 ghz unibody. I use it for school. When not in class, I connect a monitor keyboard and mouse and use it in clamshell mode as a desktop
  13. wadejc85 macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2008
    Illustrator... Although, pencil and India ink look much better. :p
  14. dsnort macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2006
    In persona non grata
    I have waaaay too many computers, can't use them all! ( Although I did recently sell two Black MacBooks for way more money than I thought I'd ever get for them.)
  15. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    I think most people nowadays have some kind of two computer system.
  16. robindahlia789 macrumors regular

    Dec 28, 2008
    just one

    Mac- macbook unibody
    use it for everything, and anything.
  17. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    iMac 24" - primary machine.
    Mac Mini G4 - TV/movie machine
    iBook G4 12" - use while watching TV/Google random facts to settle discussions

    I want an iPhone real bad.
  18. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    In constant use:

    PowerBook G4: Photoshop work, music production, the odd bit of World of Warcraft. web/email.

    PowerMac G4: Mainly iTunes and web now

    iBook G4: The wife uses for her uni work, web/email

    Occasional use:

    iMac 350: iTunes and web

    In very occasional use:

    PowerMac 7500: Old OS9 audio programs like BackToBasics

    PowerBook 5300: using BackToBasics live.

    I really do need some new machines :eek:
  19. SecondDealer macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2009
    I have a 15' Alumni Body MBP from September which I use every day as my main computer and then a Dell XPS family computer that I might use once every two weeks or so.
  20. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    15 feet?!
  21. Nistilian macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2009
    PC Desktop P4 1.7GHz 1GB RAM. :eek: Yes, I desperately need an upgrade.
  22. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    3 currently, about to be 4.
    Mac Pro - Heavy lifting
    PowerBook - Lives in a box
    MB Air - Couch surfing and travel buddy

    Mac Mini - Media center.

    Favorite ... probably my Air believe it or not.
  23. michael.lauden macrumors 68020


    Dec 25, 2008
    MacBook in Sig - Schoolwork, some photoshop work, some playing games, surfing the web and managing e-mail/eBay/Craigslist on the go (with tethering ;) )

    Mac mini in Sig - Got it for my mom, traded my torn up AC30 for it after a tour- she was using an old Dell 1.0Ghz piece of crap laptop. hinges didn't work. keys stuck. needless to say. she is very happy

    Dell Inspiron - Sitting around gather dust in the garage :)
  24. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    MBP 17":
    emails, 17" iPod, photoshop, work, mobile gaming, etc.

    iMac white intel c2d, matt 20":
    image editing.

    PowerMac G4, headless:
    server, online storage

    Gaming PC, 24" LCD:
    Games, wastes time to deal with stupid windows issues
  25. rogersmj macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2006
    Indianapolis, IN
    I used to have a lot more, but I've been making an effort to simplify and conserve power. Currently, our household has four computers, I only work directly on two. That's down from 7 computers a few years ago.

    1. 24" iMac 2.8GHz / 1.5TB / 4GB - my main workstation at home, I do personal design work and photography with this machine and its two 24" screens, and also my main iTunes library resides here.

    2. 15.4" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz / 160GB / 4GB - my work laptop. Used for everything for my employer, also for home surfing and emailing while out on the couch. I hook it up to a 20" ACD while at work or a 20" Dell at home when doing actual work on it.


    3. Black MacBook 2.0 GHz / 100GB / 2 GB - my wife's one and only computer. She pretty much just does email, web surfing, the occasional word document, and a few personal photos.


    4. Mac Mini -- hooked up to the plasma TV and running Plex as a front end to my large video library which lives on a 1.5 TB D-Link NAS (which used to be a Linux server -- one of the computers I managed to eliminate).

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