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neurological dryer lint

dirty deeds... and the dunderchief


let's give it up for the new year

well the old desktop PC is starting to go. this one's had quite a run - i built it in 2002 with an Athlon 1.5Ghz, 512MB RAM and a Geforce2MX video card that served me very well. the motherboard is an Asus A7V8X-X was a good buy, pretty cheap at the time, full-featured, but the onboard components have been failing one by one - first the sound, then USB, then the PCI bus... i expect pretty soon the thing won't boot.

most notably is the OS - XP SP2 has been rock-solid, i formatted/reinstalled only once, in 2004, and really only out of an anal-retentive need to reinstall Windows born from the 95/98 days. the install that's been on there since has been running great.

it's seen its' share of power supplies, though - i think i'm on my fifth - it just gets mega-clogged with dust constantly and they end up dying. good thing they're (semi) cheap.

things look so different as i browse pricewatch now... processor models i don't recognize... some newfangled disk technology called serial ATA (i hear it's fast)...

i guess it hasn't been that long since i built a PC - dad and i built my brother's not too long ago... and all i'm doing is replacing the MB/proc/RAM/video card. shoot, i may not even have to reinstall Windows. i may throw in a cheap SATA disk so i can dual boot to ubuntu.

so - some of you have actually touched PC components in the last two/three years - recommendations? does ABIT still stuck? i especially am clueless about modern video cards... browsing through tom's hardware and ars are helpful, but i'd love some personal experience.

i am most certainly putting an ez-bake oven in my PC, though. delicious brownies, covered in dust... mmm....


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Blogger B-Call Says:

you can't beat ours. our computer is like 12 years old, for real. honestly, we might have still been in high school when our computer was built.
i think we're running something like windows '91 or something like that.

Blogger MikeE Says:

I think I built that computer for you didn't I Brian?

I'm with you on the hardware stuff ... I've been out of it for a while. Just have no clue on stuff anymore. I just buy from Dell now ... whether its the proper Geek thing to do or not, I do it.

Blogger Justin Hall Says:

nod, i'm with you, some of those systems are pretty slick... i would likely go that route if i wasn't just looking to replace a few parts. my hard disks, optical drives, case, network cards, etc. all work fine and so i'm just looking to swap out a few things.

tom's hardware does have a 40-age 2007 processor review... but every proc they discuss costs at least $400. i'm looking to do the whole thing at ~$200...


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