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Once Again Hunting Motherboards

As I’ve been doing on and off for quite a long time now, I am once again searching around trying to find a really good motherboard, preferably at a bargain sale price for a state of the art hardware package..  You know, something that has a quad core (or more!!) cpu running at 2.5ghz or faster, the very latest high end graphics card and can run anything that I’ll be able to throw at it for at least the next five years.

Asus M4A78T-E MotherboardThe big difference is that this time I’m not just shopping for something to use for upgrading my outdated main system, there’s an old Dell Optiplex GX240 that looks like it needs a new motherboard.  The first sign of this need was when I rebooted it this morning only to have it take four tries to get it going.  Then, when it finally did start, the ethernet interface was apparently dead because not only could it not access the Internet, I couldn’t even see it from my machine on my LAN.

The one thing I don’t care for about Dell machines is that, as far as I know, they’re built the way plumbing fixtures are made…. so that only their parts can be used to repair them.  If that were different, I’d love to drop this Asus Motherboard & Quad Core CPU combo into it and give it a REAL upgrade.  Of course, while I’m at it I’d like to drop a second one into my main machine.

I built this computer from parts about four years ago and while it was pretty good then, the things that I’m asking it to do, such as process video and 3D animations are just more than it was intended to do and having a new, state of the art mainboard & CPU would frankly do wonders for my productivity to say the least!

Technorati Tags: motherboard, 3d, upgrade, video, wishlist, old system, dell

Two Printers, No Printing

My office is a model of efficiency.  The problem is that it is not a WORKING model of efficiency, it only looks like one.  Heck, it doesn’t even play one on tv.  (yeah, that’s a *really* old joke, I know.)

For example take my printers, please.  Seriously one of them, the best of the two, is an old cannon BJC 4300 ink jet that I got second hand in a yard sale for five dollars.  It worked reliably for over six years with a bare minimum of expense.  Ink was dirt cheap compared to most other models and I only had to replace the print head twice in all that time.  (I don’t do a lot of printing)

The other printer is an HP P.O.S. for which the ink runs fifteen dollars a cartridge for black and a little more for color.  A new ink cartridge has about almost enough ink in it to print just under a hundred pages, about half of which gets used to print test pages which it does every single effing time you turn the damned thing on.

Canon Bubble Jet i80 PrinterI’ve been looking around and have come to the conclusion that I’m NOT going to find another golden deal like I did with the last Cannon printer, which recently died of a ROM failure. However I’ve found a new unit, a Canon Bubble Jet i80 Printer that looks like it should be every bit as useful as it’s predecessor.

As for the HP unit, the only thing wrong with it is that it’s out of ink.  The thing there is that I flat out refuse to pay those horrifying prices for ink when that blasted thing is going to waste most of it in head cleaning and test page printing.  I wouldn’t EVER recommend HP printers to anyone.

The cannon on the other hand, looks like it will be a fine addition to my office.  … Just as soon as I can convince somebody that it would also be an excellent birthday present!

Technorati Tags: hardware, wish list, printer, office

I Changed My Mind

After re-reading my last post, I think that what I’d REALLY like to have is a 48 hour day.  That way perhaps I could get more of the things I really need to do accomplished.

Technorati Tags: time, longer days, enough time, short day

Still Dropping Hints On The Wish List

Yep. I’m still at it, dropping more hints via the wish list.  Now I *know* that it’s not like one of these continuing wish list additions are actually very likely to ever happen but I figure what the heck, I can still “Window shop” as it used to be called and who knows?  Anything is possible.

Besides’ that, I’m always on the lookout for a good high end machine with recent technology, a fast processor, boatloads of RAM, and a graphics card that will actually NOT freeze up and cower in the corner when I ask it to process video or 3-d model rendering & such.

ASUS-K52JR-X5-LaptopThis ASUS K52JR-X5 Laptop looks like one of the better possibilities that I’ve seen lately.

Not only does it have the much coveted high end graphics card (a recent model ATI Radeon with a gigabyte of video memory!), it’s also got four gigabytes of RAM, and runs at 2.6 gigahertz.

I have to admit that I’m not overly thrilled with it having Windows seven but since the thing is on sale and because if *I* ended up with one it’d probably be a gift anyway, I figure it wouldn’t hurt to give Windows Seven a try just to check it out.  Besides, I’d probably end up making it a dual boot with KUbuntu Linux anyway.

Technorati Tags: 3d modeling, graphics, video editing, laptop, wish list

More Wish List

I know that I keep tossing things into the wish list but I figure that there is absolutely no percentage in being conservative with a wish list because who knows, maybe someday something from it will strike somebody as the perfect gift idea.  Or, to put it another way, “If you’re going to dream, dream big.”

And so every once in a while I go browsing sale pages to see what goodies there are that would make worthy additions to the list.  And with the determination about a month or so ago that the laptop that I’ve currently got is, in fact, dead beyond reasonable repair costs that gets elected as the subject of this addition to the wish list.

HP NC6400 LaptopThis HP NC6400 Laptop may not be the most powerful state of the art machine going today but It’s still got plenty of potential as a workhorse machine that will A) allow me to work away from my office when I need to (you’d be surprised how many times I find myself thinking “If I had a working laptop I could be getting *something* done while I’m sitting here waiting for xyz” and B) serve as a utility machine to handle things like rendering video so that my desktop machine is free for me to work on other stuff while a video or 3-D model renders.

Then there’s the OS. an important consideration is the fact that this machine is not infected with Vista OR “Seven”.  Instead it’s got good old reliable, I don’t have to re-learn how to invent the wheel, XP Pro.  Which means that it would be a seamless operation to set it up with copies of my software tools without having to chase around looking for different versions to suit a new OS.

All in all, it looks great, the price is pretty good too.  $384.95 for a refurbished unit.  Spend a few hours removing the default bundled HP software that I’ll never use and I’d be ready to go.

Technorati Tags: workhorse, laptop, portable computer, xp pro, wish list

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