On Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 01:21:41PM +1000, Russell Coker wrote:
Of course if they are going to keep using the old
upgrading the RAM won't be such a waste. Having a second PC is a
really good idea for anyone who's serious about a computer hobby and
it could also be given to a friend or relative.
yeah, that's the way i see it, i can always find a use for another
computer or someone to give it away to. not everyone wants almost every
available surface in the house covered in computers and parts though.
When I'm buying new hardware I visit Grays Online. You can get entire
i've never actually dealt with them so maybe i'm wrong but whenever i
look at the grays online website (usually because you mention it, so i
check it out), something about them really creeps me out and they don't
seem like the kind of company i'd want to buy anything from.
their 15% "buyer's premium" is a large part of it. and a general vibe of
used-car-salesman. i've also read several accounts of dummy bids to push
your bid up to maximum if you're stupid enough to use their auto-bid
feature (even when there are multiple listings for the same item, the
one you autobid on will be bid up to maximum and the others will not be
bid on at all - no real bidder would be that stupid).
i'd buy stuff from a random seller on ebay before i'd buy stuff from them.
(also, i like my ebay sniping program, jbidwatcher. i set my maximum
bid in the software running on MY own computer and then ignore it until
the auction is over. it gets bid at the last minute so i don't get into
bidding wars with competitive morons and i avoid getting sucked into
being a competitive moron myself by the adrenaline thrill of the chase.
if i get the item, i get it at a price i'm willing to pay. if i don't
get it, then tough luck to me but i don't really care because it cost
more than i was willing to pay for it)
and, really, buying parts to build a new, modern system isn't that
it might cost you some time putting it together (or pay the shop to
assemble & test it) but it's new, it's under warranty, and it'll be a
shitload better than some crappy overpriced and underpowered 2nd-hand
brand-name desktop machine from 3-5 years ago. and there's no bullshit
gotchas like proprietary connectors or power supplies or whatever that
suggested, a RAID-1 array is better/safer. but if you
don't need the extra terabyte of storage, 2x2TB drives is a lot
cheaper than the 2x3TB drives he suggested.
At the above there's a Seagate 2TB disk for $119 and a Seagate 3TB
disk for $139. Not a lot cheaper, only $20 for the extra TB.
that's probably just TECS being overpriced on the 2TB drives. MSY has
2TB Seagate for $93 and 3TB Seagate for $135 (4TB for $197)...that's a
$42 difference per drive not $20, and adds up to $84 difference for the
There's a WD Green 2TB disk for $99 and a WD Green
3TB disk for $159, so if
$94 and $133 for WD Green at MSY - about the same as the seagate drives.
craig sanders <cas(a)taz.net.au>