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Me vs the medicinal chemistry exam I had today

 

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Me vs the medicinal chemistry exam I had today

 

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It at least looks you started out in spectacular fashion. wink.gif

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I'd still give her a 10 - but I would give that spotter/coach a 0 - he watched her all the way to *splat*...
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If you're really looking into a laptop, you could get a gaming one. You'd be surprised at how much power they pack into those chassis. Here's the updated, 17 inch version of my own laptop.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230406

 

It has better specs than Alienware's latest, and costs less too. 

 

Had I not built my own desktop, I would have bought last year's version of that model for $850 on newegg.


Just to bring out more options, If you'd like something that stands out less visually than a gaming computer and are willing to compromise, [my brother owns] the 15 inch dell xps15-9375slv:

http://www.amazon.com/Dell-XPS15-9375sLV-15-Inch-Laptop-Silver/dp/B0081YPX3Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347927682&sr=8-1&keywords=dell+xps15-9375slv

Excellent build quality, despite being a little lighter than most 15 inch laptops, good looks, and pretty powerful. It's a nice balance; it will play most games without difficulties in 1080p at medium settings, maybe high sometimes.

Though to be honest, if the price of that Ultrabook doesn't deter you, it looks amazing.

Edit: I left out the link, and couldn't stand the "selling it" tone in my writing before, which I apologize for, as it wasn't intentional at all.


Edited by Sylverant - 9/17/12 at 5:29pm
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That's typically how I play too.  A gamepad is my preferred controller, and I use a keyboard and mouse for strategy games.  I don't generally play FPSs.  Mice plug in to laptops just fine..

I didn't mean to imply that the laptop could not use the peripherals - I know it can - my point was that the more extra peripherals you want to have, the less likely you are to actually go mobile, and the point of having the laptop becomes moot. If you're fine without the extras, then mobile gaming is more likely.
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Wow, thanks for the text. It did give a much clearer view on the issue with RAID:ing SSDs. It does put me off a bit to sacrifice 20% of the storage to get it to work, particularly since SSD space is quite expensive. In other words, I'd need a newer and more complex RAID controller, with its possible flaws, or just wait until these SSD RAID controllers become more established and "ironed out" (and I'm guessing, economically more available).

 

I have no idea how easy or hard to find those RAID controllers are.  I never looked that far into it because I was only ever planning on getting one. So you might want to look for ones with trim pass-through

 

That said, the best ones are blazing fast by themselves.  On SATA III, the Intel 520 series I have will do sequential reads at  ~500 megabytes a second and writes just a little bit slower if you don't abuse the poor thing with TrueCrypt like I did.  Even after the incompressible data, turning off trim in Windows, and over provisioning by 25% I "only" get 260MB/s reads and 160MB/s writes which doesn't even saturate  the SATA II on my 3 year old motherboard but is still way faster than what it replaced.

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Prices seem to falling quickly on the 512 GB SSD drives.
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On the topic of laptops, or gaming laptops, I hate how laptops have such bad battery life.

I need something that will work 8 hours at medium brightness. This 3, 4, 5 hours crap from 100% to 0% is so annoying.

Same goes for mobile phones, but at least with my Galaxy S3 I was able to buy extended/extra batteries to swap. Laptops don't have that.
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Prices seem to falling quickly on the 512 GB SSD drives.

 

Talk about it! I spent $120 on my OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SATA III and now Agility 3 256GB's can be had for roughly the same price.

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LOL - you do realize that only a few years ago, 5 hours for a full-size laptop was completely unheard of. At one time, getting a laptop battery to last during an entire LA - NYC flight was the holy grail of "road warrior" computing.

Having a laptop with an SSD drive helps considerably with batter life.
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It shouldn't matter too much between the 250 and 600.  FWIW I did hear a 990/250 and a 990/600 on the same day once with the same source but different amps (most people would probably consider the 250's amp to be "better," but I don't really know myself) and I thought the 600 sounded much better.  Other people have reported they're almost identical sounding.  Could be product variation (OTOH Tylls numbers on the 32, 250, and 600 ohm 880s are very consistent and they're completely different drivers...), could have been in my head, could have been the amp, who knows?

If like me, you're the kind of person who always worries about "what if?" you might as well get the 600s since they usually aren't too much more expensive than the 250s.

From a more practical point of view, the 600 ohm version will just need a bit more voltage to get loud than the 250.  With some amps (tube or SS) the 600 will sound better just because it has a higher impedance with similar efficiency.  Amps usually produce more distortion the more current they're asked to deliver and the 600's higher impedance at about the same efficiency trade away current draw for a higher voltage requirement.  It's basically just being more polite to the amp.

You may want to consider the 990 Pros.  I haven't head them myself, but they're supposed to be the 250 ohm drivers in an uglier shell with a tighter clamping head band that make it a little less comfy but adds a little bass and smooths out the treble a bit from pushing the drivers close to your ears.

I really wish I liked the DT990 just because it looks so damn cool.  Especially the manufactur in matte black and chrome...




an intrestong thing about the dt990pros is that if you stuff something under the pads then the bass reduces. kind of like if the headband is too loose like mine is ATM.................
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Originally Posted by Sylverant View Post

 

Excellent build quality, despite being a little lighter than most 15 inch laptops, good looks, and pretty powerful. It's a nice balance; it will play most games without difficulties in 1080p at medium settings, maybe high sometimes.

Though to be honest, if the price of that Ultrabook doesn't deter you, it looks amazing.

Edit: I left out the link, and couldn't stand the "selling it" tone in my writing before, which I apologize for, as it wasn't intentional at all.

Yeah, I've looked up the dell, and at best it seems to have the GTX 640M graphics card. I'd like to have at least 650M on my portable solution.

 

The Asus is nice looking with great hardware, innit?

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Originally Posted by maverickronin View Post

 

I have no idea how easy or hard to find those RAID controllers are.  I never looked that far into it because I was only ever planning on getting one. So you might want to look for ones with trim pass-through

 

That said, the best ones are blazing fast by themselves.  On SATA III, the Intel 520 series I have will do sequential reads at  ~500 megabytes a second and writes just a little bit slower if you don't abuse the poor thing with TrueCrypt like I did.  Even after the incompressible data, turning off trim in Windows, and over provisioning by 25% I "only" get 260MB/s reads and 160MB/s writes which doesn't even saturate  the SATA II on my 3 year old motherboard but is still way faster than what it replaced.

Okay, I just checked it up on a Swedish hardware forum called "Sweclockers" (yeah, it's kind of like an overclocking forum, quite big actually) and apparently it seems like every new mobo with RAID capabilities (at least intel based ones) have the TRIM functionality. So, I think it's only going to get better support, and let's not forget - I may even buy a laptop first. If I want to build a desktop, it may even be in march or later depending on how overkill I want it to be. I may be delusional, but I think at that point more mobos and chipset drivers will support TRIM.

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On the topic of laptops, or gaming laptops, I hate how laptops have such bad battery life.
I need something that will work 8 hours at medium brightness. This 3, 4, 5 hours crap from 100% to 0% is so annoying.
Same goes for mobile phones, but at least with my Galaxy S3 I was able to buy extended/extra batteries to swap. Laptops don't have that.

That is exactly my concerns as well. On one hand, I don't I'd ever need the battery life to be greater than three hours, but on the other hand, if I should by an offset chance happen to be without power for more than three hours - I'd like for it to survive that long. As for laptop batteries - sure you can buy an extra battery if it's a laptop that has removable batteries (though most ultrabooks don't), but it's often very expensive, and unless I'm going to work fulltime with it and know 100% that I'd need an extra battery, I'm not sure the extra battery would be worth it. I don't think the knowledge and security that I could use my computer for a longer period of time would justify the high price.

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Talk about it! I spent $120 on my OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SATA III and now Agility 3 256GB's can be had for roughly the same price.

I remember when HDDs (5400 RPM) cost roughly $100 per GB of storage. Those were the days. Today, the numbers are so astronomical it's mindblowing - for less money than it used to be. It's a bizarro world...

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Last night, I got some weekly shopping done at Trader Joe's. But what makes this worth noting, is that I went shopping tongue_smile.gifwith audio in mind. And managed to forgo a couple of luxuries, so I can have some change leftover. So, with said change now realized, I'm up agonizing on whether to upgrade an existing CD purchase. Anne Akiko Meyers' "Seasons...dreams" from CD 16/44.1 kHz to the HDTracks version @ either 24/96 kHz or 24/192 kHz. 

 

At this writing, two things I know for sure and that's the CD version sounds nice. And I'll probably go for the 24/96 kHz version. So, why am I still losing sleep? blink.gif

 

Seasons... Dreams...

 

 

Help me out, warrenpchi!


Edited by Silent One - 9/18/12 at 1:27am
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Funny comic.

 

 

Grumpy Romy complaining about stuff again --- just ignore (Click to show)

Then I click "random." Geez, I agree with a lot of the end-points he gets to, but find a lot of his arguments for getting there obnoxious, flawed, and ignorant of actual history. I hate it when that happens.


Edited by MuppetFace - 9/18/12 at 2:12am
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