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 Responsible spending   
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, November 24 2004 @ 02:19 AM PST
 Viewed:  1242 times not something at which I excel.

Oh sure, I manage to stay mostly afloat, but realistically, I spend about three or four times what I should in a given week on food. In the entire time I've lived in this apartment, I've eaten from the fridge probably eight times, and I've actually cooked (prepared a meal sans-microwave) exactly once.

What does that have to do with anything? Not much really. I'm just kinda going on record with it. Hi. My name is Matt, and I'm a takeoutaholic.

Anyway, as some of you may recall, I spent most of the year stressed out about some taxes I owed, and I'm proud to say that due to some astute financial wrangling (read: a visit to the bank), I'm not only going to have that covered, but I've also paid off all of my credit card debt. The net cost to me (aside from a little time) is about $40/month for four years, which I'm pretty much okay with.

So, what did I decide to do with my newfound solvency? I spent $1200 for computer parts. 800-900 of it is justifiable expense. I am, after all, composing this missive on a P2-450 that I bought when that was the fastest chip around. If I remember correctly, that was over six years ago. At about the time I bought the Jeep, buddies were already giving me a hard time about my slow-ass computer. My Jeep is almost paid off on a five year note. Anyway, the remaining $350 or so is just gravy.

Here's what it's going to be (I know one or two of you are curious):
Pentium 4 3.0 Ghz (LGA775)
1 GB DDR2 @ 533Mhz
Dual, striped (RAID-0) 160GB S-ATA drives
nVidia PCI-Express 6600GT video card
All snuggled into a nice little black midtower

From what I can tell, the 3D graphics that this machine will be capable of will be hot enough to make my face melt. We'll see how that goes, but I'm optomistic (for a change). I've already told my brother that if he wants to get me Half-Life2 for Christmas, I won't object.

I figure I saved about $500 bucks by doing it myself, but of course it just means I'll have to use the bathroom mirror to bitch at the warranty department.

The other bit of news is that I'm taking a vacation. Weird, eh? Officially, my vacation starts today at about 5PM, but I'll probably go in or work from home on Friday. Habit and all. Next week I'll be down at my buddy Gary's place building the aforementioned abomination (yes I know, but vacation is the only time I have to do it... and you know I'll be having fun), playing video games, and eating New York pizza, which I'm told has some merit.

By next Tuesday or so I hope to have the machine outperforming his boxen, but I have no hope of outperforming him in the games. He still plays the first person shooters consistently. I can't even load the current ones, so I'm, shall we say, a bit rusty.

It's okay though, because my dick's bigger.

I actually have no idea, but I figured I'd reward you with a laugh for having made it through that rambling stream of conciousness I just shat out. ;)

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  • Responsible spending
    Authored by: stacey on Wednesday, November 24 2004 @ 07:44 AM PST
    The Half-Life engine makes me sick. Literally. I get all blah playing it. So no Half-Life2 for me. But I could really go for some UT2004 killing... Maybe you should ask for that for Christmas? ;)
    Takeoutaholics Anonymous
    Authored by: Dan4th on Wednesday, November 24 2004 @ 08:12 AM PST
    We should start a support group.

    Unfortunately, we'd start every meeting with "You hungry? Who delivers?"

    Mazel Tov on the new toy.