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........................that's the best title I could think of.

ANYWAY! biggrin.gif Hello, OCN! How are you guys? I'm just a 21-year-old poor college student that loves computers and is trying to decide between computer engineering and computer science, though I might go with the ladder. I'm from the most boring state in the midwest, Indiana. I can't begin to tell you how much I don't like Indiana. I heard about this site....actually a long time ago. Once I realized how much I love technology, I started digging into how to build computers. When I was in 8th grade, I remember being very excited that we were going to see the inside of a computer for the first time, but a few bad apples ruined that experience for me. Now I find myself sitting in front of an HP laptop (ehh......) always changing my mind about what I would do for my first build. Do I want to spend as much money as possible and get an i7 3930K with a GTX 690? Or should I settle with hardware that's much much cheaper and I still won't fully utilize? I can't decide. I love technology and things that are uber in what they do fascinate me. Wonder if any of you guys have felt the same when building your first computer?
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lol @ thread title.
Welcome BTW!
post #3 of 26
Welcome Mate.

Good to see your going to study IT but make sure it somthing you want to do I found that out the hard way.
And for your system that CPU and GPU seem a bit overkill but it all comes down to what you want to do with it.
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Welcome Mate.

Good to see your going to study IT but make sure it somthing you want to do I found that out the hard way.
And for your system that CPU and GPU seem a bit overkill but it all comes down to what you want to do with it.

Drool over how powerful the parts are, and game......that's about it lol. Hence why I said that I'm also thinking about going for much cheaper hardware that I still won't fully utilize. I can't be the ONLY guy here that dreamed big on their first build tongue.gif
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........................that's the best title I could think of.

ANYWAY! biggrin.gif Hello, OCN! How are you guys? I'm just a 21-year-old poor college student that loves computers and is trying to decide between computer engineering and computer science, though I might go with the ladder. I'm from the most boring state in the midwest, Indiana. I can't begin to tell you how much I don't like Indiana. I heard about this site....actually a long time ago. Once I realized how much I love technology, I started digging into how to build computers. When I was in 8th grade, I remember being very excited that we were going to see the inside of a computer for the first time, but a few bad apples ruined that experience for me. Now I find myself sitting in front of an HP laptop (ehh......) always changing my mind about what I would do for my first build. Do I want to spend as much money as possible and get an i7 3930K with a GTX 690? Or should I settle with hardware that's much much cheaper and I still won't fully utilize? I can't decide. I love technology and things that are uber in what they do fascinate me. Wonder if any of you guys have felt the same when building your first computer?

I'm a computer science major, albeit in a different part of the nation. If your major is structured even similarly to mine, the only major difference between computer science and computer engineering will be the number of higher level maths you take and the number of circuit design based courses you take. biggrin.gif
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........................that's the best title I could think of.

ANYWAY! biggrin.gif Hello, OCN! How are you guys? I'm just a 21-year-old poor college student that loves computers and is trying to decide between computer engineering and computer science, though I might go with the ladder. I'm from the most boring state in the midwest, Indiana. I can't begin to tell you how much I don't like Indiana. I heard about this site....actually a long time ago. Once I realized how much I love technology, I started digging into how to build computers. When I was in 8th grade, I remember being very excited that we were going to see the inside of a computer for the first time, but a few bad apples ruined that experience for me. Now I find myself sitting in front of an HP laptop (ehh......) always changing my mind about what I would do for my first build. Do I want to spend as much money as possible and get an i7 3930K with a GTX 690? Or should I settle with hardware that's much much cheaper and I still won't fully utilize? I can't decide. I love technology and things that are uber in what they do fascinate me. Wonder if any of you guys have felt the same when building your first computer?

I dream big too but my wallet won't let me biggrin.gif If you can afford it, why not? Although for gaming/normal computer usage you wont see much difference between a $1,500 build and a million dollar one.

Welcome to OCN.
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I dream big too but my wallet won't let me biggrin.gif If you can afford it, why not? Although for gaming/normal computer usage you wont see much difference between a $1,500 build and a million dollar one. Welcome to OCN.

This is the reason why I keep re-thinking my future build, since I know I can get exactly what I want if I spend 1200 bucks or 4000 bucks. Only difference is with the former, I can't drool over the potential power lol......but a 3930K with a 690, both watercooled, with custom-sleeved cables....... *drooooooooooool*
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I'm a computer science major, albeit in a different part of the nation. If your major is structured even similarly to mine, the only major difference between computer science and computer engineering will be the number of higher level maths you take and the number of circuit design based courses you take. biggrin.gif

Well from what I was able to look up, the difference is one works on software and the other hardware. So basically it's between me being lazy and only wanting to work with my hands, or me getting over my hatred for writing Javascript (a horrible high school teacher is to blame) and try my hand at software development......or something else that'll net me a nice pay check right out of college tongue.gif
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I dream of having a powerful gaming PC too! But no Im still confused too on my upgrades, whether I spend much more on high end GPU or CPU, Water Cooled or Air Cooled. Arghh there are still many things needed to be upgrade in my PC.

Anyway Welcome biggrin.gif
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what are you currently using? I'm stuck with an HP Pavilion with an AMD A3500M with a Radeon HD 6620G, 8GB of RAM, 640GB HDD (that I'll never fill)
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Well from what I was able to look up, the difference is one works on software and the other hardware. So basically it's between me being lazy and only wanting to work with my hands, or me getting over my hatred for writing Javascript (a horrible high school teacher is to blame) and try my hand at software development......or something else that'll net me a nice pay check right out of college tongue.gif

My particular school is very "engineering" oriented. Computer Science for me is a combination of Software Engineering and Computer Engineering. I have to take all of the same programming courses as Software Engineering and all of the hardware and circuitry classes of Computer Engineering. I like it all though biggrin.gif and I'm good a programming so I don't have a problem with code based classes. devil.gif There is always money to be had when it comes to the world of computers. Just gotta' know where to go.
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