This will be the masterthread for my newest enterprise: losing weight and building myself a new computer.
You see, my girlfriend had a great idea to help her stay motivated to lose weight. She’s the farthest thing from a butter troll I can think of, but she wants to lose a few pounds, and tighten certain areas up, so more power to her. Of course, as the 212 pound hulking beast I had become in the past year, I decided I should follow this plan as well, and this weekend, she made me a paper chain thingy that represents the major landmarks in my weight loss.
Currently, I’m at 206, and at 205 I can order myself The Walking Dead comic book series.
At 199 I can get Battlestar Galactica v2.0 on DVD.
At 193 I can buy Battle Royale on DVD.
And when I get below 180, I can purchase either an Xbox 360 or a brand new PC, and seeing as Roms and Jon both have 360’s, and I don’t mind annoying them both, I’m going with the new PC. This is where you all come in.
Now, I’m no computer hardware expert, but I’m going to build this thing myself, just so I can choose every last component, and make it my own (this will cut down on cost, increase individual component reliability, and increase the longevity of my purchase). I’m not really on a super tight budget (let’s say $1200 to $1600), but I would like it to be as cheap as possible (to allow for maximum game buying once I get the thing up and running!).
Here’s my www.newegg.com wishlist as it stands. Any and all suggestions are appreciated when it comes to products you’ve worked with before, brands you like and don’t like, motherboard suggestions, and anything else you can think of (see if I’m bottlenecking anywhere).
Oh, and I’ll make changes here as I make changes in my plans. I’ll even post pictures of the hot new box when it’s all built. YOU CAN LIVE VICARIOUSLY THROUGH ME: A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER FOOLISHLY PISSING AWAY HIS MEAGER INCOME ON A LUXURY ITEM!
Case: Antec SUPER LANBOY Silver anodized aluminum ATX Mini Tower Computer Case - Retail
Motherboard: ASUS A8N-SLI Premium Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - retail – $166.99
Video Card: HIS Hightech HX80GOQT256-3TOEN Radeon X800GTO IceQ II Turbo 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
I would love suggestions on video cards!
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA3800BVBOX - Retail – $322.00
I’m really happy with this, I think, but if you know something better…
RAM: CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered System Memory Model VS1GB400C3 - Retail – $164.00
Price is times 2, because everyone needs more RAM.
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE WD3000JB 300GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM – $125.00
I’m thinking of skimping here. I don’t really need 300GB, as I’ll be keeping my current Dell, and it can be used for storage, and random Internet junk that I find. I’m not even sure I’m going to take my new computer “online” (meaning to cookie filled porn websites).