Merry Christmas to myself

Being a geek and having a website where I supposedly write posts about geeky things means I must give proof of my geekiness. As Sarah, my parents, siblings, and anybody who tried to shop for me for Christmas knows, I’m particular about the things I buy. Well as a gift to myself I decided to upgrade the core components of my computer because we all know money serves zero purpose sitting in a bank account. My upgrade included:

  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ CPU – Dual core 2ghz processor, very nice
  • 1GB (2x512MB) Corsair Value PC3200 (DDR 400) RAM
  • GeForce 6800 GS PCI-E x16 – Blows the pants off of all but the most uber expensive video cards
  • MSI K8n Neo4 nForce4 Ultra motherboard – decent board but nothing too special
  • Zalman CNPS7000B-AlCu CPU cooler – very quiet and very good, nearly same one I had for past 2 years but it is compatible with my new 939 cpu socket

I’ll probably be overclocking and tweaking things for the next year because it’s not like I have anything better to do. The CPU was a majority of the cost but it will last me for a good while since the trend will be toward multiple cores and multi-threaded applications. When I have some free time I’ll probably stick in a spare hard drive and dual boot with Windows XP 64-bit to really take advantage of my new hardware.

If you understand anything I am talking about then you get a gold star on your geek progress chart.

2 Replies to “Merry Christmas to myself”

  1. You got me thinking about upgrades, so you earn geek points for inspiring a fellow geek.

    So what I’ve read about windows xp 64-bit is less then exciting. Sounds like 64-bit stuff won’t be viable as a sole desktop until vista, which makes me think I could wait until that is out to do any big upgrading.

    I remember running the rc1 release of windows xp and how sweet that was. You going to try the beta releases of vista?

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