New Desktop Computer

ARGH! I had to wait all fucking deployment to order the new electronic baby I’ve desired for so long! You know how much I’ve suffered, waiting… But soon, it will be mine!

It’s a dual-core AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ with 2GB of fast RAM for overclocking up to hopefully 2.6GHz. DVD-R/RW, 10kRPM hard drive, dual TV tuner for my PVR Tivo’ing. 19″ LCD, fancy Logitech keyboard with backlit keys and programmable LED screen, fancy Logitech gaming mouse with adjustable weights. A case that slides out for easy management. I wanted a beast and I got it. I do so much with Photoshop and desktop apps and multi-tasking, and want to get into online gaming, that it’ll fit me perfectly. I decided to spring for new interface products because they’re finally becoming worth it, with added features over your standard keyboard and mouse. I didn’t go with wireless because I hate knowing that I’ll have to replace batteries/recharge things. I went with a 19″ because it has the best price point. Fast-speed drives were for recording video quickly and for better access times since I hate any lag when I’m using my computer.

Logitech G5 gaming mouse

I ordered the parts last week from newegg, the consistently awesome online computer parts store that stocked everything I wanted. It will arrive back home before I get there, so I can pick it up from my boss’s wife (who was very generous in allowing me to ship it to her house as I do not trust the unit’s sticky-fingered mail room) and begin putting it together.

I’m still wondering what happened to some photos Julie sent to me in Iraq (uh oh) and the small Tower of Babel pendant I mailed from Iraq that I managed to get for free from an Iraqi jewelry seller by schmoozing in Arabic. Some mail room specialist is enjoying piles of confiscated customs goodies, I’m sure. If I see someone carrying this stuff on ebay, I’m sending a long-distance wake-up call, mother fucker!

I spent $2,600 on this desktop, which is a lot these days. But it is replacing a Toshiba Satellite Pro 6100 laptop that I bought about three years ago while I was still at DLI. The laptop sucked for battery life and for gaming, with a charge that only lasts for about 5 minutes now and with a video card that hardly supports games now. Three years is a long time ago for a computer geek like me, so I figured with the deployment money I’d invest in my inner geek.

Besides, this laptop has turned into that old dog with fleas and cataracts and a diseased leg that you can’t put down because, well, fuck, it has spunk. The USB ports don’t work unless you keep re-booting or plugging them in again. The wi-fi won’t enable itself on bootup so you have to enable the service manually. The blue pointer ball on the keyboard is schizophrenic so my mouse cursor will begin taking off in various directions when I type, requiring me to use my trusty Microsoft Intellimouse at all times. The laptop runs slow as fuck now, probably because its registry is bloated with software I’ve tried and removed.

Logitech G-15 Keyboard

So I have replaced the old laptop, but will probably upgrade its RAM to 1 gig and turn it into my server and MP3 player off an external hard drive now that I bought a USB 2.0 PCMCIA card for it also.

The specifications:

  • CPU: AMD Athlon64 X2 3800+, $322.00
  • Power Supply: Antec TPII-550ATX, $89.99
  • FDD: 1.44MB NEC FD1231H, $5.00
  • HD: 74GB Western Digital 10,000RPM 8MB, $155.00
  • HD: 250G Seagate 7K 8M SATA ST3250823AS, $103.00
  • DVD-ROM: LITEON SOHD-16P9SV, $19.99
  • DVD-Burner: Plextor PX-740A/SW black, $82.99
  • Heat Sink: ThermalMaster XP-90 heat sink, $51.99
  • CASE: CoolerMaster ATXM TAC-T01 black, $144.50
  • Mobo: DFI LANParty Ultra NF4, $129.99
  • Gfx: eVGA Geforce7800GT 256-P2-N516, $299.00
  • TV Tuner: Hauppage WinTV-PVR 1081, $139.00
  • Add-On: 4-port USB 2.0 card PCMCIA, $21.99
  • Keyboard: Logitech G15 gaming keyboard, $69.95
  • Monitor: Samsung LCD 19″ 8MS DVI 940b black, $335.99
  • Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver 5 3.5G%, $5.99
  • RAM: 1GBx2 Mushkin 184P D500 991483, $219.00
  • Mouse: Logitech G5, $53.65
  • Sound Card: Creative X-FI Xtreme, $115.00
  • Speakers: Logitech THX Z-5300e 5.1, $138.99

Next up? I plan to buy an Intel-Apple iBook (uhh, and a Nintendo DS and Nokia N80/Sony Ericsson 750), whenever they’re released. I want a tiny, latest-generation Mac laptop to take with me when I travel, instead of carrying around a much bigger laptop. Small screens are not a problem anymore and I just want something to check my web presence with and to maybe watch TV streamed over the Internet from home.

I am seriously lusting after what I’ll be able to do now, in terms of being more efficient and putting more ideas down into text and into reality, and carving out a piece of the world that’s mine, and finding a lot of people who will come with me on this fascinating journey!

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