So, one of the things I’ve wanted to do for a while was save up enough money to build myself a custom PC. Unfortunately, that was never really able to materialise seeing as how I never had the money to spend on it, for several reasons (be they paying for on-campus accommodation, paying repeat fees, paying other general crap). However, since I found out I didn’t have to pay anything extra for my studies this year (as well as getting money back!), I now have the cash to do my fancy build. Although what to get for my build is a whole different kettle of fish…
So, for the past few days you may have noticed that my online activity has dropped dramatically compared to what most people would call “normal”. Well, there are a couple of reasons for that, but the one I’m going to be explaining today is probably the one none of you would care about – the new hard drive on my computer (and related crap).
It’s just occurred to me that next week sees my planned trip back up to Dublin for a few days to see the family, reminisce, chat and whatnot. And as with any trip, there is an itinerary planned. And by that I mean, stuff I’ve told myself I have to do, but likely won’t.
Right, so Daniel, after commenting on the previous post about a cheap monitor on Dabs, I have now decided to see which is cheaper for my planned monster rig. Are Komplett, with their Blanch. pick up point and previous shopping experience, or... the other gaff, come out with more money left in my account?
Case – Thermaltake Black Armour
It’s a case, it really doesn’t make much of a difference what it’s like. I originally set my eyes on this particular one, and haven’t changed since.
Power Supply – Something...
A monster machine that has a case that dosn’t have an in-built power supply means I need to get one. The more wattage the better! Unfortunately, proved to be a case of the uncompareable 🙁
Motherboard – Asus P6T Deluxe+OC Palm
Now, this one did change quickly. Previously I was going for the Asus Striker II NSE, but with the advent of LGA Socket 1366, that changed things a bit. For about half an hour. Then I decided cheap is still good. The other problem was that dabs didn’t have the NSE, only the Extreme, which doesn’t take quad-core. So, had to go find a new one... Which meant going back to the 1366 stuff.
Processor – Intel Core i7 Quad Processor i7-920
Well, given I’m moving into Socket-1366, the old Q6600 is useless. Which means I’m now going for the i7-920 – the cheapest of all of them! At 2.66Ghz, it beats the Q6600 🙂
RAM – OCZ Platinum XTC DDR3 1333MHz 6GB
The i7 processor, means I now need some triple-channel memory, which actually severely limits my options. I can either get Corsair CL9, or OCZ CL7. Which wins? CL7, duh...
Hard Drives – Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black 7200rpm 32MB
It’s a hard drive, duh. Although finding one that both places stocked and nearly agreed on the product number was hard...
Graphics Card – nVidia GTX 260 of some sort
The main problem with graphics cards are the amount of manufacturers out there making them. As such finding a match was hard. So here’s a comparison of the Gigabyte version (GV-N26OC-896H-B)
Monitor – Samsung 24″ Wide SM2443BW
I originally had my eyes on a 22″ version, but decided to go for a 24″ one anyway. This particularone has both VGA and DVI, whereas a cheaper version has only VGA. That’s it really.
Optical Drive – LG Electronics 22X DVD-RW/RAM IDE Lightscribe
It’s a DVD writer drive... woo...
OS – Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit OEM
It’s Windows. Big surprise there...
Komplett quotes €60.22
Dabs quotes €34.95
Dabs works out around €250 cheaper for an ever so slightly more powerful build than Komplett. Some items, such as the graphics card, were very similar in price, while others such as the motherboard had a huge price difference (and yes I did make sure they were the same thing!).
As for delivery, well I can’t say much about either. They’ll both come eventually. Komplett have the niche in that I can get it delivered to near Blanchardstown for €7.50 to be picked up, but in this case that might not be as helpful.
In conclusion, I think we can safely assume that my original bookmark for Komplett has been replaced with one for Dabs.
PS: I hate you, Daniel...
So, college has started back up again, but there are a few nagging things that I really do need to get done. They are relatively important, but countering that is the fact that there are other nagging issues preventing me from getting the original nagging issues out of the way and so they’ll stop nagging me. Argh, nagging!
The biggest nagging issue of all is that of registration. I have the repeat form filled out, and the permission from the programme chair to repeat – now I just have to go over to fees, so they can process it, give me my fee liability, and then once it’s paid it’ll go through the Registry and stuff. All I need to do is print off both the form and the e-mail. Enter counter-nag number one. I can’t print them off, because my computer is on the wireless network and the printer in on the lab network. Counter-nag number two. Because I’m not registered, I can’t log in to the lab computers, so I can’t get access to the printer. Counter-nag three. I can’t register without the forms printed and fees paid. And continue in a never-ending cycle.
Second nagging issue is that of money. A couple of days ago I moved around three grand from my online savings (which has been taking half my weekly income and storing it away from me) into my current account, so I could use it, whatever it needed to be used for. First step was to get the nagging bitch off my back and pay her the money that I was refunded from on-campus accommodation last year for the deposits and stuff. Since it was made out to me, only I could lodge it into my account. I then had bills to pay and needed that money. Ever since then I’ve been nagged constantly for it back. So I went, took out lots from the ATM (and the fucking thing gave it to me all in twenties >:( ), and left it on the table at home for her to “peruse”. Now that has to get her off my ba... wtf is that? Sorry, I think Kat just walked in with purple hair instead of her usual bleach white...
Final nagging thing (for now at least), is that computer I’ve wanted for ages. Well, based on how things go with Fees and stuff (i.e. if I can get the loan I may need to pay the fees, then I’ll have the cash available), I should be able to buy it soon. But enter another nagging thing – the build costs around €2k (excluding delivery – anything from €45 to €330), and my card only has a limit of €600. And they won’t take a debit card. So I’ll need to make a pre-payment onto my card. Enter nagging thing number... whatever. I can’t make a pre-payment because I can’t add the bill to my online banking account, because I use eStatements and they don’t provide a bill number. So I need to go ring the Phone part of Phone and Internet banking, or drop into the branch (probably while doing registration) and get that sorted.
Here’s how the build stands right now (barring any more discontinuations that are bound to happen, as they have al over the summer...)
Case: Thermaltake Armor Black, Aluminium Front , 25 cm Fan, Super tower (Without PSU)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower 850W, Modular, 8xSATA, ATX/EPS, 4xPCI-E, 20/24pin
Motherboard: Asus Striker II NSE, nForce-790i SLI, Socket-775, DDR3, 3xPCI-Ex(2.0)16
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz Socket LGA775, 8MB, BOXED w/fan
Memory: Corsair TWIN3X 1600MHz DDR3, 4GB, DHX, Kit w/two 2GB XMS3 modules, CL7-7-7-20
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB SATA2 16MB 7200RPM x2
Graphics: XFX GeForce 9800GTX 760M 512MB BLACK, PCI-Express 2.0, 2xDVI,Assassins Creed
OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 English OEM DVD 64bit
Monitor: LG 24″ Wide W2452T-PF, 1920×1200, 2ms, 10000:1
Optical Drives: LG DVD±RW burner, GH22LP20, 22x, LightScribe, SecureDisc, Black and White
Keyboard: Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard <- Purchased
Mouse: Logitech G9 Laser Mouse <- Purchased
Mousemat: SteelSeries QCK heavy mousemat, Professional gaming <- Purchased
I’ll give odds of 3:1 that at least one of those parts will be discontinued by the time I get to order it.
Jeez, barely even one minute into the 2nd of July and already I’m getting hounded by e-mails, text messages and people wanting to wish me a happy birthday. Yes, I get it – I’m 19. But you really don’t have to make such a big deal out of it!
Although, I think this is turning out to be a bit of a “tradition” – everyone else in the house forcing me up just after midnight to give me their well-wishes, and then me trying to shrug it off and go back to sleep! I know everyone is enthusiastic about it (or at least they make it out as if they are), but I’m really not all that bothered about it, to be honest.
One thing I have wanted lately is for nothing particularly extravagant be put in place for the day (or weekend, in some cases). If we are going to go out for a meal to celebrate, I either insist that there’s only a few people, or that we bring my aunt Paula along – since her birthday is the day before mine (BTW, if you are by some chance reading this, Happy B-day!). And when we go to TGI Friday’s for said meal (again, tradition), I’m always really adamant that we NOT get that special birthday song sung by all the waiting staff. I didn’t mind it when I was younger as a kid, but these days I really don’t want to be the center of attention for the entire restaurant, even if it’s only for a couple of minutes!
Anyway, I’m still slightly in the dark as to what else is going to happen today. Either way, it probably won’t end up being all that different to a normal summer Wednesday – that is to say we all clear out of the house while our cleaner Emily comes, and just do stuff. There’s only really one thing I would really look forward to though – and that’s ordering my nice little Komplett shopping list so that I get to work on building my monster gaming rig 🙂
Odds of that actually happening though? Slim to none...
Well, is there really anything much to say? Not that I can think of. Everything recently has been all too “minor” to really care much about. It probably has a lot to do with me being online a lot less than, well, two weeks ago. After not heading home for the weekend, since I didn’t feel like it, I’m still wireless restricted. Still, at least when I go back it’s almost guaranteed to have been delivered by now. If not, then there is either something wrong with An Post, or with Komplett’s shipping times...
There have been a few things going on which had they occurred in more quantity, would have warranted a proper post. But they don’t. One off things don’t need to have posts dedicated to them.
Today seems to be the day when GTA IV goes on sale across the globe. I am one of the small minority of people who fail to understand why people like that crap... Instead of following the hype and buying it, I will enjoy finishing up some achievements on Bioshock, owning more bots on Perfect Dark Zero (which I got sent instead of the Orange Box because apparently An Post f’d up again and ruined it in transit), and maybe possibly getting something new that’s actually fun to play. Rock Band comes to mind even though it’s still a month away.
Anyway, nothing much else really to say. I should be on for a few games later on tonight, although more likely than not, I’ll be taking a break to watch Man U. kick Barcelona’s asses 😉
Whilst at home for the weekend, my computer had an unfortunate accident. No, nothing was spilled on it. It might have involved Aoife. No, Baby Bear did not clog the ventilation fans and cause it to break by overheating. No, I did not fall asleep on it. Alright, let’s get to the point.
Short of taking up your window describing the exact layout of the living room prior to it – it was on the arm of the sofa, plugged into the back of it were the Ethernet cable (she STILL won’t allow me to use the wireless around the house), and the power supply. Next thing, something nudges the sofa, and it falls off onto it’s back (defines as the other side of the monitor, and the back row of expansion ports. The resulting crash off the ground pushed the Ethernet cable with such force that on later inspection of the motherboard, the Ethernet jack has become disconnected. And not in the simple kind of way, either. Of the 10 or so pins that were soldered to the board, only 1 was still connected, the others were broken and bent out of shape.
So, needless to say I was offline from Saturday evening to earlier on today when I arrived back in college. Surprisingly, my e-mail backlog wasn’t as bad as I was expecting, and the feed backlog was as it normally is when I don’t go reading them...
Still, either way it means I’m limited to using wireless to connect to the ‘net, which means I can only do it while the labs are open. So you won’t be seeing me on (at least not computer-wise, still possibly 360-wise 😀 ) during the night until I can fix this.
Fear not though, as I have a notebook card with an Ethernet adapter already ordered from Komplett. So, by this weekend things will be back to normal (provided it actually works on this thing, otherwise I’ll be waiting on them to restock the Ethernet to USB thingies!)
So, that’s that really. Hopefully I can drown my sorrows in a lot of achievement whoring in Bioshock, which thankfully arrived from GameSenders this morning 🙂