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2009-12-16 09:20:32 AM
My big ass computer tower is always full of brand new parts....and always one year obsolete....

I have convinced myself that I am one computing year in the past, and it saves me thousands of dollars.

Of course you do have to resign yourself to not buying the newest software right when it comes out....which is a tad annoying, but if you wait a year then you can afford the video card that will actually operate it.

For instance, the latest game is usually 60 bucks, and the video card to play it might be 600 bucks.

A year later....you can get them both as a package deal from tiger for like 200 bucks.
 
2009-12-16 09:43:00 AM
ta terrible topic, but that article is extra-special in craptacularity.
 
2009-12-16 09:43:42 AM
Not a terrible topic...
/ftfm
 
2009-12-16 10:20:12 AM
archichris: My big ass computer tower is always full of brand new parts....and always one year obsolete....

I'm like this with digital cameras. I don't mind spending more for a really, really good camera, but by the time I'm done comparing different models & shopping for the best price, the one I originally wanted is already replaced by a newer version. So, rather than starting the process all over again, I find the "obsolete" camera I originally wanted which ends up being about $100 or so less than when I started looking.

But I don't regret my SlapChop impulse purchase. That was $10 well-spent, as far as I'm concerned.
 
2009-12-16 10:31:46 AM
brigid_fitch:
But I don't regret my SlapChop impulse purchase. That was $10 well-spent, as far as I'm concerned.


So you really did love his nuts?
 
2009-12-16 11:50:26 AM
bought my blackberry storm this fall, after waiting 2 years or so after I decided I wanted a smartphone (because of the continuing cost, I waited longer). very much worth the wait, and worth the cost. however, to be fair, I bought the newest model of netbook.
 
2009-12-16 12:16:18 PM
urger: brigid_fitch:
But I don't regret my SlapChop impulse purchase. That was $10 well-spent, as far as I'm concerned.

So you really did love his nuts?


Not enough to kiss him.
 
2009-12-16 01:04:36 PM
archichris: My big ass computer tower is always full of brand new parts....and always one year obsolete....

I have convinced myself that I am one computing year in the past, and it saves me thousands of dollars.

Of course you do have to resign yourself to not buying the newest software right when it comes out....which is a tad annoying, but if you wait a year then you can afford the video card that will actually operate it.

For instance, the latest game is usually 60 bucks, and the video card to play it might be 600 bucks.

A year later....you can get them both as a package deal from tiger for like 200 bucks.


I do this too.

It also helps if you pretend that your web browser is a time machine that looks 1 year into the future. I bet your friends don't have that technology.
 
2009-12-16 02:54:54 PM
brigid_fitch: But I don't regret my SlapChop impulse purchase. That was $10 well-spent, as far as I'm concerned.

Well, yeah. You stopped having a boring life.
 
2009-12-16 03:31:20 PM
i only buy expensive brand new things if tons of people can see me use it. that's why i have a diamond encrusted bluetooth but bought my fleshlight second-hand.
 
2009-12-16 03:57:44 PM
"I was a grad student at the time, and every penny counted, so after a month of fantasizing about a salad spinner I bought one," Vietri, obviously a man of modest needs, said in a telephone interview. "I used it a few times the first week, and in a month it was pushed into the darkest recess in the darkest cabinet in the kitchen."

Who the hell fantasizes about a salad spinner for a month? Just get the prewashed stuff.
 
2009-12-16 04:01:15 PM
archichris:
A year later....you can get them both as a package deal from tiger for like 200 bucks.


For $200 you can get a xbox, that's why I gave up on PC gaming, sure you get RROD but still way cheaper than replacing a video card every year.
 
2009-12-16 04:01:42 PM
Beta testers always pay more to get screwed
/More news at 11
 
2009-12-16 04:06:50 PM
I want one of those super cool new LED HDTV's, so I should wait and I'll get it for free?
 
Slu
2009-12-16 04:08:33 PM
The headline has nothing to do with the article. The article just states that you won't use some gadget as much as you think you will.

I find that to be the case sometimes for me as well.

I also like to buy "last year's model" if I can.

I am typing this on a Macbook I got a great deal on about a year and half ago when new ones were released. Like $400 off.
 
2009-12-16 04:13:09 PM
thomps: i only buy expensive brand new things if tons of people can see me use it. that's why i have a diamond encrusted bluetooth but bought my fleshlight second-hand.


I believe posts like this should not be passed over but recognized. So in recognition of your post, I say, "EEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!" ;o)
 
2009-12-16 04:30:13 PM
I just snagged a 60-something inch rear-projection tv offa craigslist for 100 bucks. I have really no urge to spend 1000 bucks on a flatscreen. So, yeah, im one of those 'followers' of technology.

/still plays my ps1, too.
 
2009-12-16 04:37:50 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2009-12-16 04:46:10 PM
Where is the obvious tag, watching the home shopping network?
 
2009-12-16 04:59:22 PM
 
2009-12-16 05:00:19 PM
Er right, ^^ is obviously NSFW.
 
2009-12-16 05:21:13 PM
Eh. Depends. I restrain myself from buying stuff I *REALLY* want. Rarely buy something I don't end up liking and using constantly.

(on the other hand, I tend to research stuff hardcore before I actually pull the trigger).

re: newest vs older, it depends entirely. When Core 2 Duo came out, the insane performance and drastically reduced power consumption made it a no-brainer. On the other hand, lots of people who don't even encode video moved to Nehalem based on hype.
 
2009-12-16 05:28:14 PM
Illidan: re: newest vs older, it depends entirely. When Core 2 Duo came out, the insane performance and drastically reduced power consumption made it a no-brainer. On the other hand, lots of people who don't even encode video moved to Nehalem based on hype.

As someone who's currently in the process of ripping my DVD & bluray library to MP4s using an E8500 based computer so I can house them on a uPnp server I recently built, I'm getting a kick out of your reply.

/An hour per DVD ain't that bad, especially with Handbrake's queuing function.
 
2009-12-16 05:30:41 PM
Larry Mahnken: brigid_fitch: But I don't regret my SlapChop impulse purchase. That was $10 well-spent, as far as I'm concerned.

Well, yeah. You stopped having a boring life.


That, and you stopped crying. Your pre-SlapChop life full of boredom and tears must have sucked.
 
2009-12-16 05:36:31 PM
archichris: My big ass computer tower is always full of brand new parts....and always one year obsolete....

I have convinced myself that I am one computing year in the past, and it saves me thousands of dollars.

Of course you do have to resign yourself to not buying the newest software right when it comes out....which is a tad annoying, but if you wait a year then you can afford the video card that will actually operate it.

For instance, the latest game is usually 60 bucks, and the video card to play it might be 600 bucks.

A year later....you can get them both as a package deal from tiger for like 200 bucks.


That may be the way it used to be, but these days, if you're using a $200 video card and can't play the latest games, you're not spending your money wisely (the exception being graphics orgasms like Crysis, but even those are playable with a few tradeoffs).
 
2009-12-16 05:44:01 PM
archichris: My big ass computer tower is always full of brand new parts....and always one year obsolete....

I have convinced myself that I am one computing year in the past, and it saves me thousands of dollars...

For instance, the latest game is usually 60 bucks, and the video card to play it might be 600 bucks.

A year later....you can get them both as a package deal from tiger for like 200 bucks.


Yep. Just a few weeks ago I saw a guy on some forum that spent $600 on two video cards for crossfire and then wanted advice on a monitor under $400. I told him that the monitor would last a lot longer but he was steadfast in his decision. Seriously. It was a good idea to spend $600 on video cards but spending more than $400 on a monitor was too rich for his blood.

The only new "computer" parts I buy are case and monitor, and they last me at least 5 years each. I want one of those nifty SSD drives, but wow are those prices ridiculous. $300 for 80gb.
 
2009-12-16 05:53:36 PM
God-is-a-Taco: I want one of those nifty SSD drives, but wow are those prices ridiculous. $300 for 80gb.

Just get two magnetic drives and raid 0 them, up to the same price for virtually the same performance and massive space over the SSDs.
 
2009-12-16 06:35:43 PM
HeartBurnKid: archichris: My big ass computer tower is always full of brand new parts....and always one year obsolete....

I have convinced myself that I am one computing year in the past, and it saves me thousands of dollars.

Of course you do have to resign yourself to not buying the newest software right when it comes out....which is a tad annoying, but if you wait a year then you can afford the video card that will actually operate it.

For instance, the latest game is usually 60 bucks, and the video card to play it might be 600 bucks.

A year later....you can get them both as a package deal from tiger for like 200 bucks.

That may be the way it used to be, but these days, if you're using a $200 video card and can't play the latest games, you're not spending your money wisely (the exception being graphics orgasms like Crysis, but even those are playable with a few tradeoffs).


Just for fun I tried the Crysis demo just to say "My computer can run Crysis!"

Dual core 3ghz Athlon XP64, 4gb DDR2, ASUS 9600GT, and I was bouncing between 30fps - 60fps in Crysis on medium at 1440x900. You don't need a $1500 machine to run current games and have them look Xbox / PS3 quality.
 
2009-12-16 07:17:59 PM
God-is-a-Taco: archichris: My big ass computer tower is always full of brand new parts....and always one year obsolete....

I have convinced myself that I am one computing year in the past, and it saves me thousands of dollars...

For instance, the latest game is usually 60 bucks, and the video card to play it might be 600 bucks.

A year later....you can get them both as a package deal from tiger for like 200 bucks.

Yep. Just a few weeks ago I saw a guy on some forum that spent $600 on two video cards for crossfire and then wanted advice on a monitor under $400. I told him that the monitor would last a lot longer but he was steadfast in his decision. Seriously. It was a good idea to spend $600 on video cards but spending more than $400 on a monitor was too rich for his blood.

The only new "computer" parts I buy are case and monitor, and they last me at least 5 years each. I want one of those nifty SSD drives, but wow are those prices ridiculous. $300 for 80gb.


I paid $210 each for 2 60GB OCZ Agility drives. The nice thing about flash drives... you can build a RAID-0 striped array and you basically multiply the read/write rates for every drive added. 450 MB/s is a nice read rate, heh, and no seek times. Ridiculously fast.

I'm still installing software and transferring stuff to my new system, but the SSD drives, though a bit over the top, will allow me to keep my usual 2-year cycle and not feel to obsolete within that period. Flash drives are coming down in price, though. As they perfect the controller chips and the flash memory becomes even more ubiquitous now that it's been mainstreamed, the prices can only tumble.

I'm not sure when flash will catch up to platter drives in capacity and price, but I would say it will happen in the next 7 or 8 years. Platter drives have always battled a wall in increasing their density, and the race is on - platter drives also have the huge handicap of having a fixed overhead, no matter what the capacity is. The only way traditional drives will compete is by increasing the capacities by ridiculous amounts, adding platters (which will increase speeds, oddly enough) and keeping their sweet spot at around $100 (2TB drives will be there in 6 months, 3TB drives by next Christmas). They'll hope that SSD makers will be satisfied to take a larger profit margin and keep the prices artificially inflated - but there are way too many players already in the flash market.

This time next year, I'm pretty sure you'll be able to get 128~256GB SSD drives for around $100, with transfer rates hovering between 300 and 400 MB/s; more expensive "cutting edge" drives will double or triple that transfer rate in a single drive, but like intel's "Extreme" processors, you'll also be paying 4~6 times more money for the privilege, too.
 
2009-12-16 07:27:38 PM
It's obvious advice. Technologically-speaking, I live a couple years in the past and rarely, if ever, think that I'm missing out because of it. My cell phone is showing its age, but it still does everything and more that I need it to do. Frankly, it still blows my mind with the features it has. My computer is almost 8 years old. Well, the tower, at any rate. Most of its guts have been replaced at least once, using parts that were not cutting edge. It could be faster or bigger, but it suits my purposes fine. Heck, I still use a CRT monitor. People keep throwing them out, never mind that they work fine, so I keep using them. When one invariably blows, I replace it for free. I do often think how nice an LCD would be, but I just can't justify using one when I have a seemingly limitless supply of CRTs.

I figure I can catch up to all of the top end gadgets in time, for a lot cheaper than I would if I were to try and be as trendy as possible. I'll appreciate them as much then as I would now.
 
2009-12-16 08:36:50 PM
I haven't purchased a dirty magazine since 1996

/not joking
 
2009-12-16 08:55:29 PM
PsyLord: I want one of those super cool new LED HDTV's, so I should wait and I'll get it for free?

"LED TVs" are just LCD TVs with LED backlighting...I wouldn't get all crazy over it unless you're a greenie or need to have the newest thing.
 
2009-12-16 09:04:29 PM
Postal Penguin: "I was a grad student at the time, and every penny counted, so after a month of fantasizing about a salad spinner I bought one," Vietri, obviously a man of modest needs, said in a telephone interview. "I used it a few times the first week, and in a month it was pushed into the darkest recess in the darkest cabinet in the kitchen."

Who the hell fantasizes about a salad spinner for a month? Just get the prewashed stuff.


Quite possibly Gorgor. And no, you don't want to know.
 
2009-12-16 09:09:16 PM
laid off

Pc is a single core

guess I'll go play halo AGAIN!!! grrrrrr

/need a job to upgrade
 
2009-12-16 09:20:02 PM
1) A header from the article:
'Misguided Purchases Have Environmental Impact'.

Nice to see ABC turning into the BBC

and

2) There is a banner ad on the page I looked at (don't know if everyone gets the same ad each time) and the chick in it looks suspiciously/surprisingly like Market B, from the MET soft core porn site.
 
2009-12-16 09:36:17 PM
www.colinfahey.com
 
2009-12-16 11:13:19 PM
What's this? Nobody commenting on the Douchbaggery of the way the story slides into full tilt guilt mode over the (weep weep) environmental impact of purchasing products we don't use. Why the fark can't MSM ever write a story without a bullshiat AGW/environmental impact angle to it?
 
2009-12-17 01:31:50 AM
BumpInTheNight: Manditory Onion's report on Sony's release of a Stupid Piece Of shiat That Doesn't farking Work (new window)

Oh my gawd that was funny.

Guess where I work. :)
 
2009-12-17 03:55:34 AM
OgreMagi: BumpInTheNight: Manditory Onion's report on Sony's release of a Stupid Piece Of shiat That Doesn't farking Work (new window)

Oh my gawd that was funny.

Guess where I work. :)


Jizz-mopper at the local peepshow?

/resistance was futile
 
2009-12-17 06:34:42 AM
They give porn away for free?!

If it wasn't for PC games I'd be using a 5 year old machine, no problem. Instead I drop $2K every couple years.
 
2009-12-17 10:05:29 AM
I'm like that with a lot of stuff. Basically everything "techy". Computers, digital cameras, cellphones...

I'm cheap, and I'd feel like a chode if I dropped big bucks into a thing that was worth half as much 6 months later.

/posting this on an old Dell Latitude C400 motebook. 1GHz of raw computing muscle... Yee-haw.
 
2009-12-17 10:06:13 AM
erm... notebook... with an "n".
 
2009-12-17 11:00:27 AM
No pics of "What porn might look like"??? (sigh)

/I'll not be in my bunk
 
2009-12-17 02:59:10 PM
grimatongueworm: No pics of "What porn might look like"??? (sigh)

/I'll not be in my bunk


Like this?
benchmarkreviews.com
 
2009-12-17 03:03:35 PM
Doctor Jan Itor: grimatongueworm: No pics of "What porn might look like"??? (sigh)

/I'll not be in my bunk

Like this?


Oh yes that is nerd porn of the highest grade :) My father actually has such a config (if those are 3xGTX280s). What the biggest kick in the pants is how my pair of much older 8800GTXes are pretty comparable in performance up until you start to get into the higher Anti-Aliasing settings of certain games (like crysis).

/Ahh the 8800GTXes, the last of the no holds barred power eating beasts
 
2009-12-17 09:27:37 PM
I like how many ads there are for Brand New Gadgets in this review of the study.
 
2009-12-17 09:35:58 PM
crowbait: archichris:
A year later....you can get them both as a package deal from tiger for like 200 bucks.

For $200 you can get a xbox, that's why I gave up on PC gaming, sure you get RROD but still way cheaper than replacing a video card every year.


I kind of like the fact that my PC also runs my business and lets me run my website.....oh and the fact that I can have friends over to my den without them seeing a console game and losing all respect for me. (im old) My daughter has a console game.
 
2009-12-18 04:31:34 PM
swahnhennessy: It's obvious advice. Technologically-speaking, I live a couple years in the past and rarely, if ever, think that I'm missing out because of it. My cell phone is showing its age, but it still does everything and more that I need it to do. Frankly, it still blows my mind with the features it has. My computer is almost 8 years old. Well, the tower, at any rate. Most of its guts have been replaced at least once, using parts that were not cutting edge. It could be faster or bigger, but it suits my purposes fine. Heck, I still use a CRT monitor. People keep throwing them out, never mind that they work fine, so I keep using them. When one invariably blows, I replace it for free. I do often think how nice an LCD would be, but I just can't justify using one when I have a seemingly limitless supply of CRTs.

I figure I can catch up to all of the top end gadgets in time, for a lot cheaper than I would if I were to try and be as trendy as possible. I'll appreciate them as much then as I would now.


Do a simple ROI on the cost of electricty usage between a similarily sized CRT and LCD monitor. My guess is it would probably be close to lifetime of an LCD monitor, but if you got an el cheapo "old" 19" monitor off ebay you could justify the cost in lower electrical usage.
 
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