||[Dec. 21st, 2004|03:29 pm]
The Veritable TechNinja
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Today, I picked up the cash for my new computer. I'll deposit it in my checking account tonight, order me some parts tomorrow morning. Since I've got this Friday until the 3rd off, I'll have plenty of time to put it together. I'm picking up this printer from Circuit City, as the multifunction I was thinking about getting is impossible to find and $100 more for the same print engine anyway. The only downside is that if I ever do get a scanner, I'll need a place to put it. Oh well. Decided at the last minute not to get the PDA or the wireless AP. No point, really. I have a walkman I never use, wouldn't spend the extra time ripping a DVD to watch on my PDA (the only time I'd want to watch an hour and a half of video when I'm not at home is on a plane, and I have a laptop for that, which runs emulators too). I can rationalize learning to check my goddamn calendar to get to meetings on time if it means saving $400.
Going with a single Raptor, the scores on Storage Review say that I'd be dumping cash down the drain with a second disk. Theoretical transfer rates and huge database server queue depth aside, it doesn't do enough for day-to-day workstation patterns. I'll still have a serious performer on my hands, by far outclassing my old machine. Speaking thereof, I think I might have found a buyer for it. batwinged's man Ryan needs a better machine, and after I throw a USB card (my existing mobo has two ports that I don't think work) and a DVD burner in it, it will be just the box he needs. Losses from building the PC partially recouped, I can feel slightly better about dumping serious cash in to it.