Archive for December, 2007

Heres a Really, Really Fucking Good Idea: Science Debate 2008

December 19, 2007

Although i am not all that interested in politics (im a moderate). I am very disappointed with the scientific literacy of our politicians. Bush… i dont need to say anything about, and even with someone like al gore, while he knows that science is important, he doesnt really understand it (inconvenient truth anyone?). I think that an event like this would do wonders as far as forcing them to really understand scientific issues. I hope it goes through, but it needs your support. Go sign up and add your support.

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Mac vs. PC

December 6, 2007

So at school recently, we have been debating which is better, Mac or PC. While the OS is really a personal preference, and Macs are definitely better with video, Something that I have heard from both sides is that you can get more for less money by going one way or the other. So i decided to test that. I went to Apple’s Site and used the Mac Pro configurator

and to Cyberpower Inc.’s Intel Core 2 Quad SLI configurator

basically, i decided to allocate $10000 to each rig and tried to see which one i could get. and heres what I got:


Case: Apevia X-Telstar Aluminum Full Tower 420W Case w/ Temp Display and Fan Control (Black)

CPU: (Quad-Core)Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme QX6850 @ 3.00GHz 1333FSB 8MB L2 Cache 64-bit

MOTHERBOARD: (Quad-Core FSB1333) Asus Striker Extreme nForce 680i SLI Chipset LGA775 FSB1333 DDR2 Mainboard

MEMORY: (Req.DDR2 MainBoard)4GB (2x2GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Mushkin Xtreme w/ Heat Spreader)

VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra 768MB 16X PCI Express (EVGA Powered by NVIDIA)

VIDEO CARD 2: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra 768MB 16X PCI Express (EVGA Powered by NVIDIA)

LCD Monitor: ViewSonic VX2835WM 28& quot; True 1080P with HDMI Wide Color TFT Active Matrix 1920×1200 LCD Display

LCD Monitor 2: ViewSonic VX2835WM 28& quot; True 1080P with HDMI Wide Color TFT Active Matrix 1920×1200 LCD Display

Hard Drive: Extreme Performance (RAID-0) with 2 Identical Hard Drives (1.5TB (750GBx2) SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)

Data Hard Drive: 1.5TB (750GBx2) SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM Hard Drive

Optical Drive: Pioneer BDC-202 Blu-Ray Reader / DVD+-RW Double Layer Writer (Black Color)

Optical Drive 2: Pioneer BDC-202 Blu-Ray Reader / DVD+-RW Double Layer Writer (Black Color)

Power Supply: 1,200 Watts Power Supplies – Thermaltake W0133RU ToughPower 1,200 Watts Power Supply – Quad SLI Ready

Cooling Fan: Vigor Gaming Monsoon II Lite CLT-M2LI LGA775 CPU Air Conditioner Cooling System

Cooling Fan: Creative Labs X-FI XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro 24-BIT PCI Sound Card

Speakers: Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Configuration Speakers System with Control

Lights: 12in Cold Cathode Neon Light

Extra Case Fans: 2 Extra 3-Color Neon Light LED Case Fans

External Hard Drive: 500GB 16MB Cache

Network Card: Killer M1 10/100/1000 Gigabit High Speed Online Gaming PCI Network Interface Card

Keyboard: Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard

Mouse: Logitech MX Revolution Cordless Optical Mouse

Mouse Pad: QPAD XT-R2 Hard-Surface Extreme Gaming Mouse Pad

Headset: Logitech Precision PC Gaming Headset

WiFi Booster: Hawking HBB1 Wireless Network Broadband Booster

Bag: Sunbeamtech LAN Party Strap Bag

External Temperature Display: Silverstone Eudemon SST-FP52 LCD Display Front Panel

Wireless Card: LINKSYS WMP54GS 802.11G PCI Network Card

External Wireless Card: Linksys WUSB54GS USB Wireless 802.11g 5

4Mbps Network Adapter

Wireless Router: Linksys WRT54GS Wireless-G Broadband 802.11g Router with SpeedBooster

Flash Media Reader/Writer: I-Rocks IR-5300 (SILVER) External USB 12in1 Card Reader

Webcam: Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision

Wiring: Rounded Cable Upgrade and professional wiring


Printer Cable: 6-FT USB Cable + 8 InkJet Cartridges for C64 or C84



USB Hub: Add External USB 2.0 Hub (4x USB 2.0 Ports)

Floppy Drive: 1.44 MB FLOPPY DRIVE

OS: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Ultimate 64 bit

Media Center: TV Tuner with FM Stereo+Remote Control+MS Remote Keyboard(watch and record TV on your PC)

Software: Mcafee Antivirus

Microsoft Office 2007 Proffessional

Warranty: 3 year limited + 24/7 lifetime phone tech support

Total Price: $9999


CPU: Two 3.0GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon

Memory: 8GB (4 x 2GB)

Hard Drive: 750GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s

Hard Drive 2: 750GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s

Graphics Card: 4 x NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB

Monitor: Apple Cinema HD Display (30″ flat panel)

Optical Drive: Two 16x SuperDrives

Wireless Card: Both Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and AirPort Extreme

Keyboard/ Mouse: Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple wireless Mighty Mouse

OS: Mac OS X

Software: iWork ’08 preinstalled, Final Cut Express preinstalled, Aperture 1.5 preinstalled, Logic Express preinstalled

Warranty: NA (costs 249)

Total Price: $9,918

So clearly you can get more for your buck with the PC side, to get even a comparable mac, you need to spend about $14000.

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