Find fields & stores near you!
Find fields and stores
Zipcode
PbNation News
PbNation News
Community Focus
Community Focus

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-03-2012, 05:41 AM #1
thebiglabowski
 
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: PA
Looking to get a second computer purely for web browsing, suggestions?

I currently use a powerful Mac for my computing needs, which include heavy browsing and regularly running multiple programs in CS5.

By heavy browsing, I mean jumping back and forth between 20+ tabs (that's on the low side) and often exceeding 40 tabs between two displays. Often I feel that this heavy browsing takes a noticeable toll on my machine's performance, even when I have plenty of memory to spare.

So I'm thinking about getting some sort of A B switch and hooking up my Mac for CPU-intensive processes, and then another computer for only browsing.
My thoughts are a Chrome Book or Chrome Box, but does anyone have any suggestions? What computer might suit my needs when it comes to only heavy browsing, but low CPU function beyond the browser?

thanks!
__________________
.

Custom milled, gloss black Viking. Built to crush.
thebiglabowski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 08:13 AM #2
M98custom1212
 
 
M98custom1212's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Toledo, Ohio
What's your budget?
__________________

OLD FEEDBACK

Quitting Sale

Manufacturing Engineer
M98custom1212 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 08:23 AM #3
diablodow
The fluffy snake player
 
diablodow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Charlotte
diablodow supports Cereal Killerz 2
diablodow is for the Gunfight
Look into a tablet perhaps? A nexus 7 on the low price side and a nexus 10 on the higher side.
__________________
NMP paintball.
ΣΦΕ
diablodow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 08:45 AM #4
cameron122000
*714*
 
cameron122000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Anaheim
cameron122000 helped look for balloons
cameron122000 is reppin' sidebar 4 life
Quote:
Originally Posted by diablodow View Post
Look into a tablet perhaps? A nexus 7 on the low price side and a nexus 10 on the higher side.
Probably not with how many tabs he wants to have open. Between 20 - 40 tabs on a tablet wouldn't be a good idea.

Browsing with so many tabs open is going to take up a lot of RAM and also require a non-bottom-level CPU. You need something with lots of RAM and a medium-powered CPU. Cheapest would be to buy the parts off of Newegg and put it together yourself. Buy 4 - 8GB of RAM, a motherboard with onboard graphics that will hold all of the RAM, and a mid-range CPU. You'll be set.
__________________

ST:Tech - waitwut.
cameron122000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 08:52 AM #5
Supra_MKIII
Check your math.
 
Supra_MKIII's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Not what you think
Build a cheap mini-ITX rig IMO
__________________
ST:Tech- We write Haikus. Also, THE PLAGUE

2001 Viggen // Stage 1 Oil Injection // Stage 3 Exhaust Leak // Wet Clutch Mod
Supra_MKIII is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 09:42 AM #6
thebiglabowski
 
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: PA
Quote:
Originally Posted by M98custom1212 View Post
What's your budget?
Low, a few hundred at most.
Quote:
Originally Posted by diablodow View Post
Look into a tablet perhaps? A nexus 7 on the low price side and a nexus 10 on the higher side.
A tablet really doesn't have the usability that I need for the fluid transitions I need from tab to tab. Also, I use developer tools on Chrome and also Firebug, not sure what kind of support they have for mobile devices.

Quote:
Originally Posted by cameron122000 View Post
Probably not with how many tabs he wants to have open. Between 20 - 40 tabs on a tablet wouldn't be a good idea.

Browsing with so many tabs open is going to take up a lot of RAM and also require a non-bottom-level CPU. You need something with lots of RAM and a medium-powered CPU. Cheapest would be to buy the parts off of Newegg and put it together yourself. Buy 4 - 8GB of RAM, a motherboard with onboard graphics that will hold all of the RAM, and a mid-range CPU. You'll be set.
I'm more of a software guy, not a hardware guy, never built a computer before. I just figured maybe a Chromebook would be a good investment because it allocates all resources to exactly what I need.
Price wise, what range am I looking at to build a decent machine from scratch? Possibly a mini-ITX rig as the guy I quoted below mentioned?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Supra_MKIII View Post
Build a cheap mini-ITX rig IMO
__________________
.

Custom milled, gloss black Viking. Built to crush.
thebiglabowski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2012, 09:52 AM #7
Ford
☻♦♣b
 
Ford's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Austin 49
Ford is a founding member
 has been a member for 10 years
I built a box for some Rational tools that run on linux a couple weeks ago. I went into newegg, dug into their tech stuff 2 or 3 generations behind.

BIOSTAR A780L3B AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard (had onboard gfx) $45

AMD Athlon II X2 1.6ghz Regor - $30

Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $40

WD 320GB 32 MB cache, 6gb/s read/write - $60

I had a box lying around, but you likely could find a box and PSU for not much more on top of that. You mentioned you don't have a lot of hardware experience. As long as you get your motherboard/processor setup properly...everything else should hook up fine, or at least well enough =P
__________________
"Originally posted by Bronk0
Everyone put something in your sig about it...

like PORN THREAD 10/24/04: I was there.
"

Last edited by Ford : 12-04-2012 at 09:56 AM.
Ford is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 10:55 AM #8
Mustang7302
has been here too long
 
Mustang7302's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Houston, TX
Mustang7302 is a founding member
 has been a member for 10 years
Mustang7302 has achieved Level 3 in PbNation Pursuit
If you go with a second desktop, I suggest a software solution to replace a hardware A/V switch or KVM. Checkout Mouse Without Borders from the Microsoft Garage. It allows you to share your mouse, keyboard, clipboard, and drag/drop files to other computers on your local network; just setup a dedicated monitor for the second machine and it will feel like your main computer has an extended desktop with the benefit of dedicated hardware resources.

I use this at the office. Two monitors on my laptop for development, and a third monitor on a desktop used to monitor remote virtual servers; the three screens feel like one big desktop with one set of a mouse and keyboard.
__________________
Cars, Technology, and Stogies ... All the fine things in life.

"Originally posted by Volucris: Computers are tools. Man is separated by how well he chooses his tool."

"Originally posted by Rebeltilldeath3: We went from Allan Sheppard, Gus Grissom, Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin to Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, and Snooki."
Mustang7302 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 11:07 AM #9
DJ Bob (Banned)
 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
why do you need 40 tabs open at a time?
DJ Bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 01:30 PM #10
thebiglabowski
 
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: PA
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mustang7302 View Post
If you go with a second desktop, I suggest a software solution to replace a hardware A/V switch or KVM. Checkout Mouse Without Borders from the Microsoft Garage. It allows you to share your mouse, keyboard, clipboard, and drag/drop files to other computers on your local network; just setup a dedicated monitor for the second machine and it will feel like your main computer has an extended desktop with the benefit of dedicated hardware resources.

I use this at the office. Two monitors on my laptop for development, and a third monitor on a desktop used to monitor remote virtual servers; the three screens feel like one big desktop with one set of a mouse and keyboard.
Sounds awesome, I'll definitely check it out.
Quote:
Originally Posted by DJ Bob View Post
why do you need 40 tabs open at a time?
Right now I have about 10 jsfiddles open, a site I'm working on, about 5 more pages from that same site, maybe 5-7 research tabs (teaching myself some new css), and 4 fiverr gigs that I plan on checking out at some point today that I don't want to close yet. Also 3 CNN articles I plan on reading during lunch that I have not yet closed.
That's about 30, but it says I have 34 open, maybe something in another window too.
__________________
.

Custom milled, gloss black Viking. Built to crush.
thebiglabowski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2012, 09:33 PM #11
carson66
 
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
what's the brand prefer?
carson66 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2012, 12:33 AM #12
r_racer11
The mad santa hatter
 
r_racer11's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: random GDT
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mustang7302 View Post
If you go with a second desktop, I suggest a software solution to replace a hardware A/V switch or KVM. Checkout Mouse Without Borders from the Microsoft Garage. It allows you to share your mouse, keyboard, clipboard, and drag/drop files to other computers on your local network; just setup a dedicated monitor for the second machine and it will feel like your main computer has an extended desktop with the benefit of dedicated hardware resources.

I use this at the office. Two monitors on my laptop for development, and a third monitor on a desktop used to monitor remote virtual servers; the three screens feel like one big desktop with one set of a mouse and keyboard.
Use this setup at work. Its great for stuff like design because i can work on large files on my main and then jump to the secondary for using the browser. Mouse with borders works great too except i had to turn off the shared clipboard because it kept crashing it.
__________________
---------------------------
"Originally posted by SmArT-SpOrKs: Jesus Tapdancing christ this thread is a cluster**** on both sides. Its like the civil war, but replace muskets with pool noodles and everyone has a wicked sunburn."

ST PHOTOBUCKET
_-_ST:GDT 10,000 posts and counting

c4designs.org
r_racer11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2013, 05:50 PM #13
akward silence
Deep Sea Diving
 
akward silence's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Honolulu, HI
akward silence is BST Trusted
akward silence is one of the top 100 posters on PbNation
akward silence is a top reviewer
akward silence is Boss
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o01_s00_i00
__________________
+14/-0
2014 Forester XT
2008 335i
OSTT GURU
akward silence is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2013, 09:28 AM #14
Jebus Christ
Praise Jebus!
 
Jebus Christ's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Florida
The second I read the title of the thread the only thing I can think of is a chrome book. I mean that's literally what the entire operating system is built for. You can also pick up the Samsung chrome book for $250. When I held it I felt the quality was solid. No moving parts, light as hell, fantastic price, and built around the chrome browser.

Definitely go into a best buy and check it out because it may be the best solution in this specific case.
__________________
My Old Feedback (+1/-0)

"Originally posted by Ben-Oblivion : Jebus , You are full of win and flavr. I will never doubt your holyness again."

Vist my new tech Blog: www.brokemanstech.com
Jebus Christ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2013, 06:58 PM #15
Nvertmini98
Brokeasajoke
 
Nvertmini98's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Texas
look into a samsung Chromebook
__________________
I Enjoy putting fat rabbits on craft-matics.
North Texas Paintball
DBH
Nvertmini98 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2013, 12:10 PM #16
thebiglabowski
 
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: PA
Quote:
Originally Posted by akward silence View Post
What is this sorcery?
__________________
.

Custom milled, gloss black Viking. Built to crush.
thebiglabowski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2013, 12:24 PM #17
akward silence
Deep Sea Diving
 
akward silence's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Honolulu, HI
akward silence is BST Trusted
akward silence is one of the top 100 posters on PbNation
akward silence is a top reviewer
akward silence is Boss
They are pretty cool. I got one just to play with and it works really well.
__________________
+14/-0
2014 Forester XT
2008 335i
OSTT GURU
akward silence is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2013, 12:31 PM #18
thebiglabowski
 
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: PA
So can you (verbally) walk me through what it is capable of? I can't imagine it can handle anywhere near the load I'd want it to.
__________________
.

Custom milled, gloss black Viking. Built to crush.
thebiglabowski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2013, 01:21 PM #19
akward silence
Deep Sea Diving
 
akward silence's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Honolulu, HI
akward silence is BST Trusted
akward silence is one of the top 100 posters on PbNation
akward silence is a top reviewer
akward silence is Boss
Quote:
Originally Posted by thebiglabowski View Post
So can you (verbally) walk me through what it is capable of? I can't imagine it can handle anywhere near the load I'd want it to.
You plug it into your TV or monitor and it does whatever a tablet would do. Web browsing, games, media, etc. It does quite a bit, it surely surprised the hell out of me.
__________________
+14/-0
2014 Forester XT
2008 335i
OSTT GURU
akward silence is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2013, 02:40 PM #20
thebiglabowski
 
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: PA
Quote:
Originally Posted by akward silence View Post
You plug it into your TV or monitor and it does whatever a tablet would do. Web browsing, games, media, etc. It does quite a bit, it surely surprised the hell out of me.
Interesting, I may have to check it out.
__________________
.

Custom milled, gloss black Viking. Built to crush.
thebiglabowski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2013, 05:58 PM #21
earlsweatshirt (Banned)
Lets get weird
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Chicago
If all you plan on doing is browsing the web then go with a toshiba satellite. They pretty much have the specs of a baked potato but would be 10/10 for just browsing. They're dirt cheap also.
earlsweatshirt is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
Forum Jump