The one with the last big purchase (action).


So, after much contemplation over the course of an entire afternoon, I decided that I was lacking joshiki after spending the entire time comparing specs on while quoting a custom build for myself on Netlink’s website. The two PCs turned out to be vastly different – the one on Netlink became hella expensive just for the built-in sysbd specs I wanted ($1800 just for LGA775, DDR2, 1066 FSB, SATA RAID-5, GBLAN, NForce4/ATI Express, dual-DVI, four HDDs, etc.), but in the end, I was conservative and went with a refurbished HP Pavilion Media Center a1328x for $370. It had all the basics I needed – LGA775, DDR2, P4 3.0 GHz, SATA, LightScribe burner, and even a 9-in-1 card reader. Sure, I won’t get to have the monster RAID PC in the case I wanted, but aesthetics aside, the PC I need is going to be spending her life on the floor, handling my Japanese media downloading, archiving, and viewing. I don’t think I need much else aside from that. Regardless, the a1328x only had 512 MB of RAM and no DVI port, so I went back to Netlink and bought a 1 GB DDR2 stick of RAM and a GeForce 7300GS. More than enough. The PC was $545 and the upgrades were $215, taxes and shipping included. Cheapest kick-ass PC I ever bought.

Not that I’d honestly use it for much gaming, but I need something with a bit more oomph to play my HDTV encodes. Oh, and Win XP MCE is a nice touch, since I have an orphaned remote control for it.

Now I can relax this weekend, as I had originally planned to reinstall the OS on Mitake from scratch. Talk about dodging bullets!


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The one with all the Lesson Reviews.

I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with this blog ever since I started using Hummingbird last fall. So, I decided to try an idea of mine called Lesson Reviews. Essentially, it’s more of a “what I learned from X anime” than a review, but the thing is, there will be good and […]

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