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May 21, 2013 22:08 |  #16

Hello, I have a 15" MacBook Pro which I have heavily upgraded. I got a base model i7, matte screen Macbook for a christmas present, I then progressed to add more ram which I moved up from 2 to 4GB. That sped up my system well, I then progressed to remove the superdrive and replace it with a SSD, which I then loaded Photo Mechanic, Lightroom and Photoshop aswell as OSX. Has not slowed down one bit and my last MacBook lasted about 7 years if I remember correctly.

Works pretty well for me; hope it helps.


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May 22, 2013 12:39 as a reply to  @ post 15955136 |  #17

My PC is up and running again! Yeeeeaaaahhh

Dell tech came and he changed the power supply, he said it could be the blip in the system even though I have a APC Surge protector.

He said that I do not have to power down my system every time I stop using it, it is perfectly fine to let it go to sleep. Besides that everything is fine and I am up and running again :D.

Thanks DELL for such a great service!!!!!! Fixed within 24h!!!!!


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May 22, 2013 12:49 |  #18

Good Power supplies cost between $50.00 and $100.00
Motherboards around $150.00

Power supplies is the usual culprit.. and easy to swap.

Why pay another $2-3K when you can be up and running for approx $75.00?


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May 22, 2013 12:50 |  #19

:lol:

I Just read the last post! :o:o

Power supplies are the weak link in PCs, they are almost always the culprit. Especially for OEM systems where you don;t have a choice to "over buy" on the build.

Glad Dell took care of you!


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May 22, 2013 12:53 |  #20

Get an actual UPS, not just a surge protector. The APC BackUPS line will likely be good enough, but if you want to go all out you can get a SmartUPS model, which will do a better job of filtering your power full time.

Dell CompleteCare is one of if not the best warranty out there, good thing you had it!


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May 22, 2013 13:03 |  #21

Armans Photography wrote in post #15956967 (external link)
=Arman's Photography;15956967]M​y PC is up and running again! Yeeeeaaaahhh

Glad to hear you're going again! :D

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=Arman's Photography;15956967]H​e said that I do not have to power down my system every time I stop using it, it is perfectly fine to let it go to sleep.

I will disagree with this somewhat. It is fine to let it go to sleep but your computer needs to be shut down entirely from time to time. It clears the RAM and gives it a fresh start. Depending on how much you use it, I'd say once or twice a week is plenty.


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May 22, 2013 13:18 |  #22

Naito wrote in post #15957011 (external link)
Get an actual UPS, not just a surge protector. The APC BackUPS line will likely be good enough, but if you want to go all out you can get a SmartUPS model, which will do a better job of filtering your power full time.

Dell CompleteCare is one of if not the best warranty out there, good thing you had it!

Dell tech said the one I have is great no need to over buy. I am going to move soon so I will have time to take a look at equipment I have, budget and wish list.

Thanks for your help guys and hopefully this blip in workflow will not come back;)


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May 22, 2013 13:23 |  #23

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May 22, 2013 13:24 |  #24

there really isn't a clear answer to this question. you either like one or the other. i've used all 3 major OS's over the years and honestly prefer windows due to the software i use. while i do like the look and simplicity of the MacOS and Linux OS, the backend is a little harder to work with. especially with a mixed OS network such as mine.

with that being said, your original concern is most likely a surge to the power supply that was already failing. putting in a quality power supply and UPS would definitely help in the preventive measures area.

my computer systems rarely get turned off. they get restarted from time to time to clear out any cache that is lingering or when i install new software or go away for more then 2 days. leaving your computer system turned on 24hrs won't harm it and in my experience increase the lifespan of the components. i've had computers running for 8 years without incident. only upgraded because the system was too old and couldn't process things efficiently.

Mac's are no differen't these days. they are still prone to hardware failures, and don't be fooled with a mac can't get a virus. they do get viruses but are easier to get rid of. with a mac you are also limited to software choices. not all developers make a mac version.

my advice when i get asked this question by peers or friends is to take a look at all the software that you use and see if there is a mac version. if you run into a few pieces of software that don't. ask yourself if you can live without using that software or see if there is an alternate software that would meet your needs.

the learning curve is easier going form PC to a Mac. a few other things to note, networking a mac and a PC network isn't as straight forward as one would seem. Mac's don't natively recognize the NTFS file structure so any external drives you have before you can write to them will need to be formatted for the MacOS file structure.


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May 22, 2013 16:44 |  #25

These days MAC and PC generally use the same hardware so the chances of a hardware failure should be similar

MAC is however going to be more expendive to repair as more components are hard wired to the motherboard whereas on a PC individual components are easy to change out


  
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May 28, 2013 10:08 |  #26

I had to do a comparison myself these days trying to decide which route to go: mac or PC.
I ended up with a 25% price difference between a Macbook Pro (non retina) and a VERY similar PC. The Mac was 25% more expensive, but it has the aluminum chassis and glass screen while the PC is plastic for both. I think that justifies the 25% increase.
Besides, with the Mac I can run Mac OS or Windows, while with the PC I can only run Windows.


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May 28, 2013 12:02 |  #27

I just went the 'best of both worlds' route and built a desktop PC to compliment my 15" MacBook Pro...


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May 28, 2013 16:58 |  #28

Alex_Venom wrote in post #15975314 (external link)
Besides, with the Mac I can run Mac OS or Windows, while with the PC I can only run Windows.

Not so - loading OSX onto PC hardware is relatively easy these days - so much so that my own PC dual boots WIN 7 and OSX although I must admit that I use WIN 7 99% of the time.


  
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May 28, 2013 17:10 |  #29

Nightstalker wrote in post #15976814 (external link)
Not so - loading OSX onto PC hardware is relatively easy these days - so much so that my own PC dual boots WIN 7 and OSX although I must admit that I use WIN 7 99% of the time.

I wasn't aware of this. Mind pointing me to a tutorial? I'd appreciate it. Thanks!


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May 28, 2013 18:57 as a reply to  @ keyfox11's post |  #30

Well, for now I will keep using PC. The near future will tell if I will still want to be a part of PC supporters or not.


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