Friday, June 15, 2007

Once Again, Technical Difficulties


I have posts just sitting on my computer at home, waiting to be published, but I forgot my flash drive at work.

This also means that I couldnt order my new computer parts this morning (Im gutting my old computer-- gutting it. Im keeping the power supply and the DVD and CD drives, but thats it WHOOOOO!) to have them shipped today so Id get them ~Tuesday. Itll be Thursday before I get them now.

So angry.


Tyler DiPietro said...

I typically replace the power-supply when I upgrade my workstations as a matter of necessity. Power-supplies degrade overtime and you can't afford much of a loss with today's high end graphics and physics-based rendering hardware.

But I love upgrading my computers, it's always fun to jack the hardware. It's almost as if computer's are the new hot-rods.

ERV said...

I replaced the power supply not too long ago, and I dont do anything too power intensive ;) Its just that when Im working Ive got a million tiny programs running, and I NEED more memory... and I want a new processor and a new graphics card, which of course requires a new motherboard... :P

I dont necessarily want to trick out the ol boy (I dont play games or anything), but its cheaper to upgrade yourself! I can spend less than $500 to make a high-end machine... or I can drop a couple thousand to get one with a crappier processor from Dell (and have an old computer to get rid of).

So now I have extra $$ to spend on a cheap Mac laptop the next time they upgrade those for Mac-only programs and emergency portability.

WHOOO for practicality!

Ugh. Im going to go home now and see if I have internet yet. If you hear an agonized scream in like 30 minutes, its me.

Tyler DiPietro said...

Yeah, the whitebox industry is fast becomming a total sham. The low-end stuff isn't bad, if all you want to do is browse the internet and word-process and all that jazz, it's really not worth it to put down any more than around $500 for a basic setup. But Dell's high-end workstation and gaming rigs (they recently acquired alienware) are fucking murder. Anyone with a smidgen of technical knowledge can save at least a couple hundred dollars just building it themselves.

If you're using tons of tiny programs at once, that's one of the areas multicore processors come in handy. As someone who uses his computer as a dual workstation/gaming rig, the multicores have really come in handy. I've been very satisfied with my Opteron-based rig. The only problem has been with OpenGL, which has been a bit late in integrating multi-threading and task-sheduling with their rendering context system. Thankfully the new GL releases are solving this problem.

ERV said...

A 2.6 GHz dual core upgrade in a Dell is $450, but I bought a 2.6 AMD 2x for $180! To up it to 4 GB memory is $270 on a Dell, $100 if I did it myself (Newegg sale, normally $144, Im only getting 2 GB though). Ridiculous!

Man I want my stuff nooooooooow. :(