So I guess I’m in the market for a new PC. Usually not a daunting task, but it’s been hella long since I’ve had even a passing interest in PC specs. What are we upto, 6GHz? Or do we just count the number of cells now.
I don’t really need a new PC, but I don’t really need clean water either. I haven’t purchase a PC since my AMD 2100+ was hot shit, and I guess it’s about time for a new one. I’ve got a lot to think about and weigh up, and as soon as I know enough to fill the Umart custom pc form, I’m sure I’ll fall off my chair at the price.
Maybe I shouldn’t go custom. Maybe I should stick with a prebuilt system, possibly paying more than what it’s worth, but saving myself from going overboard. If I’m going for a prebuilt system, why not a laptop? It would be useful - especially to keep me social and from locking myself in my dungeon every time I need to google something – but it could hardly be used for gaming, and I could get a fuckpile more bang for my buck if I stick to PC and avoid the portability tax.
Things used to be simple, but I feel like I’m on the bounds of being out of my depth. Yes, I can throw a pc together with no real trouble, but I’ve been out of the loop and don’t want to make any dumb choices; if you’re not informed your making uninformed decisions.
Take hard disk drives for instance. My initial reaction is to drop two WD 500GBs in the box. Fuck yea, a terrorbyte – I had a mate in the day who had spent a thousand bucks trying to get that kind of space, he built an array of ten 80GB drives (at about $120 a pop) and needed a server case to house them in. But is this a smart decision? Do I really want all that space locked away where only this single, selfish machine has access to it? Maybe I should go for a smaller internal drive, and rely on an external LAN accessible enclosure for the majority of my storage needs? Will my PS3 talk directly to this, or will I need to media share through the PC to access the content? Questions I don’t have the answers to. Yet.
So I guess I have a bit of homework, I need to catch up and know my shit, and for this expedition to be a success I’ll need a bit of motivation.
I’m going to need to save for this , as well as track down what specs I need/want and research the best way to achieve them.
To motivate myself, I’ll be posting my progress here. It wont stop me from failing miserably, but at least I can laugh at myself along with my sporadic cast of readers.
Until then, see you over at Tom’s Hardware.