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System Upgrade.
It's bad when I start looking at computer upgrades, and think about it in the same sort of setting as 'hmm, I _could_ get that on my credit card...'

You see, I've seen these:
The Tyan Thunder K8 Quad ($500)
Opteron 850 processors ($1500 ish each, provided you buy in multiples of 1000)

And of course, then you start thinking about the prices for 32Gb of DDR3200 memory, and 4 way 160Gb SATA drives...

This could get expensive. But it would mean _the_ ninja bastard system of all time.
Well, at least until the next big new tech...
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ehrine From: ehrine Date: September 13th, 2004 04:21 am (UTC) (Link)
What, you mean dual-core opteron 850s? :D
From: portilis Date: September 13th, 2004 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)
The temptation is great isn't it.

Especially after Egg informed me recently that they are happy to give me loans well into the 5 figures.

*slaps own wrist*
sobrique From: sobrique Date: September 13th, 2004 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Getting the loan isn't the problem - I've currently got several credit cards with 'useful' credit limits (read 5-10k range). And 'low percentage' balance transfers (it's good really. get a new ccard. Balance transfer at 0%. Sweet).

The _real_ problem is that they expect me to give it back again. Bastards.
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sobrique From: sobrique Date: September 13th, 2004 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)
WahhH! NO AGP!
That's no good. Can't have a NINJA BASTARD system that doesn't have AGP.

Hrm. Need a _different_ Quad mobo.
ehrine From: ehrine Date: September 13th, 2004 10:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Just wait for the release of AMD supporting chipsets with PCI-Express. Who needs AGP then ;)
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ehrine From: ehrine Date: September 13th, 2004 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Umm, please note that PCI-X is not the same things axs PCI-Express. PCI-Express is a _lot_ better, up to 16 times faster I believe, making it twice as fast as AGP 8X (as well as being full duplex rather then AGPs half duplex). Sure, it's more expensive to buy PCI-Express kit, but that's because it's new. Give it 6 months and the price will probably start dropping. Then wait for the graphics cards that actually use this ludicrious bi-directional bandwidth :) Imagine your CPU having to do none of the model calculations itself for even detecting object colision as your GPU has specialised hardware for it and can hand back the data at 4 gigabits a second ;)


More seriously, if you want I've got a rather nice article on PCI express kicking about I can drop over to yours tomorrow.
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