September 14, 2010 at 6:09 am #1840
* I try not to write too much in detail. I worry this blog can be too boring (technical) to normal folks.
It’s been some time since I made major purchases. I think my last major purchases were Gibson Les Paul for Christmas 2009 ($1.4k) and an air purifier on April 2010 ($430). I’ve been doing good with money since then. After my 20% pay cut last year, I had no choice but being extra thrifty. It’s a tough time for a lot of people.
Anyway, a man can go without shopping for only so long. It’s about time I buy something good. Again, I try to justify my spending by buying something useful.
For example, guitar is good for my soul. I play my new guitar all the time. Air purifier helps me with my breathing condition.
This time, I have decided to replace this computer (pictured below).
This is my secondary computer. It’s running on 6 years old technology. My primary computer runs on 3 years old technology. My new system will be about 30% faster than what I have now. This will improve my life style. It’s definitely a justifiable purchase. I can also write it off as a business expense.
It’s almost stupid not to get a new computer. 🙂
I built this computer 10 years ago, then I made an upgrade 6 years ago. Building computer is not fun anymore. But, good computers are expensive. So, I have decided to build it on my own.
From this old computer, I can salvage power supply, DVD drive, DVD writer, 3 hard drives, and some cables. I am not sure if I have to buy a new video card. I’ll have to try and see.###
September 12, 2010
These are computer parts I ordered from Newegg.com.
I am happy that I only spent $557.43 (So far)
I hope I don’t have to buy a video card ($100 – $150).
September 14, 2010
I received 2 packages so far. I am waiting for 1 more package (motherboard). I just realized that my new motherboard takes 2 memory sticks at a time. So I ordered one more memory ($97.41).
So far I spent $654.84
I hope I don’t have to buy a video card….
September 15, 2010
My main computer is dead today. How ironic is that?
Computer will not start – I am going to look at the power supply. If power supply is not the culprit, I will have hard time troubleshooting this.
September 15-18, 2010
I ordered a power supply ($66.93), Video Card cooler ($35.21) & some wires ($12.70). I spent $769.68 so far.
Good news. I can use my old video card on this computer. So, I saved 100 – $150 on video card. But this video card had been loud all this years. So, I am going to replace the cooling fan on this video card with a fan-less cooling system. I think $35.21 is a small price. Now I can have a quiet working environment.
USB 3.0 ready
September 17 2010
New computer is built – The whole thing took only a few hours. I was amazed at myself. I was expecting some technical difficulties, bios issues, and compatibility issues. But I had absolutely no drama.
September 18 – 19 2010
Installed programs, re-established network & backup system.
September 21, 2010
Ordered a gigabit switch & a matching network card for $36.45
This will increase data transfer rate between my 2 computes from 100MB/s to 1000MB/s. That’s a 10x speed increase. I have waited so long for this technology to become affordable.
Total money spent so far: $806.13
September 22, 2010
My video card was too noisy (fan) – So, I replaced the video card fan with a fan-less heat-sink ($35.21)
Total money spent so far: $841.34
November 9, 2010
I have more things to buy, but they can wait. So, I am officially done with this project.
Total money spent: $841.34 (estimated savings: $500.00+ ? maybe a lot more)
* I have a co-worker who recently spent $2,600.00 on his computer. He had to over-clock his machine to match my processing power. If I overclock my machine it will me even more powerful. But, I don’t feel the need for it. I am very happy with my computer. Actually, it’s amazing.
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