I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

Well our insurance company, State Farm, came through. It was remarkably quick and painless. Even with the deductible, we were able to afford a new digital camera. Circuit City was out of the 4600 so we got the Nikon 5600 5.0 Megpixel, a case, a GB memory stick, and some batteries. I am amazed that the renters insurance covered us. I really wish we’d get our pictures back, but its time to move on. We may get a DVD camcorder again but that will hopefully be later definitely before we have kids.

I have had a strange thing happen on my computer. Every time I played certain games like Battlefield 2 or use the visualizations in Winamp, the screen would display anomalies. It would shift and be off center. I would work around this by changing my resolutions until one of them worked. Or sometimes the display would bulge at higher resolutions. I recently came across a Microsoft(MS) support page that helps with this issue and although it discusses MS games in particular, I figured I would give it a try. Well anyway, the option to override the DirectX settings regarding the refresh rate have solved my problems. Now all the games I play (so far that I have noticed) display correctly. It was a strange problem and an even stranger fix.

I really need to build a new machine. I may have griped about this before. I have to play all the new first person shooters on the lowest settings and even then the load times are insane. Yes, the old Intel/AMD debate has started again. I am even trying to decide between ATI and nVidia. Here is a preliminary setup I am trying to decide on.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ CPU $585
ASUS A8N-SLI Premium Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX Video Card $184
Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1Gb) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Memory $344
Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JS 250GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA II Hard Drive $140
BFG Tech BFGR78256GTXOC Geforce 7800GTX 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card $619
LITE-ON Black IDE CD/DVD RW Burner Model SOHW-1693S Optical Drive $49
VANTEC VAN-520A ATX 520W Power Supply $95
Lian Li PC-V2100B Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case $290

Total: $2,306

Prices are taken from Newegg but even with Internet prices and no sales tax its way more than I have now. I compromised on the CPU. The 4600+ was $300 more and I think that is too much of a price gap and too small of a performance gap. I actually am debating a RAID drive setup but for now a single 250GB SATAII drive should be fine. I really am bummed that Seagate doesn’t have any SATAII models. Priced about the same, I chose nVidia because its simply the newest technology. The case maybe a slight over kill. I could use a less expensive model. I didn’t get a monitor because I think I will continue using the one I have.

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