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Amazon offering payments over time on Kindle deal

Postby MemberSince99 » Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:09 pm

I just saw they are offering to let you do 4 payments 90 days apart, with no credit check or anything.


Your account has to have been active for at least 2 years, and you of course need a credit card the payments will be charged to and so on.


But it's interest free financing. I'm interested to be honest I can just set it to charge the card that gives me the best rewards return. Figured I'd pass on the information.


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Postby darkguy2 » Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:45 pm

I have lost all interest in tablets. I got the first Kindle Fire that came out and sold it a year later. I just do not have any needs that a tablet can help me with. And now I have a Microsoft Surface Pro so I have a full fledged laptop in tablet form. The Kindle is a really good deal though.
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Postby MemberSince99 » Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:34 pm

I hadn't even heard of Surface, so I looked it up and man, they want for a tablet about as much as I spent to build my complete gaming system PC, and I mean a PC with solid state drives, 32 GB Ram and dual video cards (with a quad core CPU and liquid cooling).


Seems a bit more than I want to spend honestly. And the worst part is it comes with Windoze 8 (gag!) I know, that monstrosity was built for tablets, but it still doesn't mean I care for that OS.


That's just way out of my price range for something where I will still need a PC to do the things I want to do (i.e. gaming and connecting to work via RDP, etc).

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Postby darkguy2 » Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:32 pm

It works really well for my needs. I am perfectly happy with 8. Then again I did not pay for it. I get all of my software free from my engineering department. Which includes Onenote so I can use it to take handwritten notes in class. Also helps out in the engineering classes that have graphs and figures that are hard to type on a regular laptop. I previously had a 8 lb gaming laptop that I would have to lug around so this is a step up. It can also run CAD. Plus it is not really a tablet. It is closer to a ultrabook.

I am not sure that you will be able to get a rig like that with a $1000 budget. Mine was $1400 and is:
i5-4670K
8 GB 2133 MHz
2 X ATI 7950 Boost
250 GB Samsung EVO SSD
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Postby MemberSince99 » Sun Dec 22, 2013 12:01 am

That's a nice system you have there. Mine is:
I7-4770k
32 GB 1600 Mhz
2 X Geforce 4870 in SLI
2 X Samsung 840 512 GB SSD
Corsair 850 W PSU
LG DVD Burner
Corsair Liquid CPU cooler


I'm not using the SSDs in RAID, I just have two of them and no hard drive. The thing boots from off to ready to work in a minute. The 32 GB is really overkill, but I'd rather have too much than too little. (I got a good deal on the RAM so I grabbed it)




I actually went ahead and took that Amazon deal on the Kindle Fire HDX I got it with 64 GB and Wi-Fi only (Verizon will rape you on their data plan and I only plan to use it at home anyway so Wi-Fi is fine). I think it will be a lot easier to read than my IPhone is. I plan to buy as many future books as possible via Kindle. Why kill a forest.

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Postby darkguy2 » Sun Dec 22, 2013 12:25 am

Did you mean 480 for the GPUs? That is a pretty nice set-up. Is the cooler a H50-60 or the H100? I actually got the H55 at first but sold it and got the EVO 212 since it can actually do a better job for cheaper. I am planing on getting another set of 8 GB to bring me up to 16. Right now with next-gen games a lot of them are requiring 6-8 GB just to play it. Are those the 840 PROs? If so then that must of been a significant percentage of the build. I do not find a need to put SSDs in RAID unless you are doing some heavy read/writes of large files. They are already blazing fast. It takes me less than 30 seconds to get to my desktop. It would be faster if I did not have to type my password. I looked at the i7 but could not justify it. I actually had a guy at work who had a friend at Intel that can get the i7 for less than the i5 costs. But he wanted it for his own build and didn't let me have it. The i5 does everything I need and have it slightly OC to 4 GHz. All the i7 would get me would be a slightly higher base clock and 4 more cores for precision. Which does not help me in gaming.
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Postby MemberSince99 » Sun Dec 22, 2013 7:30 am

Whoops I forgot which hardware I have, it's been so long since I did it (last Spring). I have dual GTX 670s so they are a couple generations newer than the 480, though of course not bleeding edge but in SLI they perform very well. If I recall the cooler is the H80.


The "cool" (bad pun there) thing about liquid cooling is no fan to eventually get clogged up with crud and make noise and die, in addition to keeping the CPU cooler of course!


8 is actually sufficient, 16 if you are really demanding. 32 is way overkill I realize that now. It's not like it hurts to have it, but it's wasted honestly as I haven't seen anything use it.


No the 840s were not the Pro version, just 840s. But it was still a chunk of change, I did get them when they were on sale for like 230 each (then they jumped in price shortly after). Yeah I figured RAID would be overkill, what I could see is using RAID and duplicating them in case one fails. But even so I have an external backup where I store full backups to, so even that is pointless.


The I5 is supposed to be better for a lot of games that don't use the extra features of the I7. I had an I5 before I put the I7 in, and I haven't noticed any "real world" difference, though the windows benchmark says the I7 is faster. I don't overclock anything. Really with what I have, there just is no need to - nothing gets pegged so I wouldn't see any difference I would be able to tell just like I can't see a difference between the I5 and I7.


So what games do you play?

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Postby darkguy2 » Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:02 pm

The only thing that the i7 gets you is better performance in applications that use precision math such as CAD. Some games have started to use it but not often such as BF4 which only uses it for large multiplayer maps. I have a very large game collection (over 170 on Steam) but I have not played over half of them. I have started to scoot away from gaming lately. Recently I have played the new Batman game and BF4 but nothing intensively. I can never seem to get into BF. Every time I play a game I die more then I kill and barely get an upgrades. Seems like they are pushing you to buy the premium upgrades to pay to win. Started to get into reading again and making use of my Paperwhite. I have been reading The Sword of Truth series that is 12 books long. I am on the fourth one now. Pretty amazing fantasy series.
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Postby MemberSince99 » Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:12 pm

Some of those games are a racket. They could give you the game and just sell you the add ons. Kind of like with printers -they could give them away and just sell you the cartridges and make money. with some printers buying 2 sets of new cartridges which is easily possible in a year costs as much as the printer did. It almost makes more sense to just buy a new printer as ridiculous as it sounds.


I haven't tried the Sword of Truth is that an RPG?


How do you like your Paperwhite? I have a friend at work who has one and reads it over lunch. I strongly thought about getting that, but in the end decided to go with the Fire HDX for a variety of reasons.

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Postby darkguy2 » Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:51 pm

No it is a book series. I love my kindle. It works great. Before I would have to have a light source to read but now I can just use the backlight. I usually keep it on one of the lower settings and the battery lasts forever. I actually got the most expensive first gen one for free. The one I bought originally had a slightly bad screen so I sent it back and since they did not have any stock of mine they gave me the upgraded one. I guess there was a mix up and they also refunded my order so I got it for free. It looks exactly like you are reading a paper book and does not make your eyes tired over time like tablets do. If you read any significant amount of books it is worth it. Plus you can find just about any book online for free.
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