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  • Buy a videocard, replace majority of the system

    Newegg is great and evil. Why you ask? I will tell you, they have their Shell Shocker deals, which can actually be a great deal on products. A couple of weeks ago, I found a sale I couldn’t refuse. I have 3 different computers that are powered on and running all the time. Hey I am a geek so that’s actually low from what it has been in the past. So anyway, I have a dedicated gaming machine, a TiVo storage machine, and my other computer that I consider my main one that is the one everything else is done on. We will call it Mordor for the purposes of this post.
    Like I said, Mordor is the pc that is the catchall machine, email, videos, pictures, day to day web surfing, etc… So last year I upgraded the machine to Windows 7 and due to the old hardware, it constantly shit itself and froze. So I finally break down and buy a new motherboard w/built-in video card, CPU, and ram. What do you know when you have 4gigs of ram and a new Athlon II X4 635, the system runs like a champ again.

    Fast forward to about a month ago, being the genius I am, when I reimaged Mordor, I did an upgrade from XP 32bit to Windows 7 32bit, now I want to add more ram to get more speed out of this pc. Unfortunately since I am running Windows 7 32bit, it won’t recognize any ram over 4gig. Way to go Microsoft! Bastards. So now I must actually reimage my computer with 64bit Windows. No problem, I do the usual backups to one of my many external drives. After all this done, I’m running 8gig ram and the system is definitely running better, awesome!
    My guilty pleasure is playing Sims 3; I am manly enough to admit that. Onboard video card can handle the Sims 3 and I have 8gig ram on this bad boy, no problem. Too bad Mordor had a different idea on running this game. It shit itself every time I try to play the game. Ok, then time to get a new video card, so I start looking for that awesome deal. Low and behold Newegg has just such a deal a few weeks ago, a brand spanking new Sapphire Ati Radeon 5870 2gig Eyefinity video card. I’m set now right? Wrong.

    Holy shit this is a big card, so big in fact, I can’t use my first PCI-E slot on the motherboard because my sata ports are in the way of where the end of the card goes. So now, I have to use my 2nd PCI-E slot but first I have to try to shift the hard drives (I have 3) around so I can fit this big bastard of a card into the slot. 30 minutes later and plenty of cursing trying to remove and reposition the hard drives so they aren’t in the way. Finally, all done! Connect everything and I’m ready to boot this bad boy, getting epeen wood thinking of the uberness that is this card! Hit the power button and all I hear is screaming from Mordor because I’ve exceeded what this power supply can take. Fuck me, off to Fry’s Electronics, new power supply gotten, go to install this bastard, fuck me again. Power supply has a fat arse and won’t fit into the case because of the top of the case fan. Keep in mind, the video card was 200 bucks and new power supply was 90, so now I’m 300 into this bastard. So I make another trip to Fry’s to get a new case, too bad they are shit at keeping stock of good cases. Alrighty, online I go and get another virtual stiffy at the new case that is now mine. Ok, I have now spent 450 for a damn video card, power supply, and a case.

    Finally, have it up and running and working like a champ. Too bad that isn’t good enough because now with the Eyefinity, I can run two monitors as one monitor that spans both screens but it would look even better with a 3rd screen. So that’s where I’m at now, searching the interwebs for that awesome deal on another 24″ monitor. Why is it that even after all this and enjoying my new video card and case, it’s still not enough and I want to add a 3rd 24″ monitor? What say you, any minor upgrades turn into several days and/or much more money spent then intended?