Single Status Update
Something about seeing the money I've been carefully and tight-fistedly saving up all my life basically delete half of itself in a period of a few months made me want to buy something for myself. Well, first it made me want to "buy low", but then I realized I really didn't have enough to bother investing, especially after transfer fees and currency exchange fees and fees fees and all that jazz, so I bought a new computer. It was about 2 hours from the time I had the idea until I made the payment--very unlike me.
Anyway, I had some 900 dollars to spend. Unfortunately in Japland PC parts seem to range from 120-180% of what they go for in the US, which was disappointing, but other than the PSU I managed to find some good deals. It's worth noting that my current PC is one I built basically to run the leaked alpha (and destroy Morrowind) way back in 2002 or so, and I've been making due with it unchanged ever since. It's still serving me well, but the gears are starting to grind as I upgrade various software, and needless to say I fell out of the new gaming loop a while ago (Oblivion was playable but painful).
-SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCIE Dual (Prolly get a second one for CrossFire in a few years)
-Intel Core 2 Duo E7200
-WD Caviar 1TB HDD
-UMAX PULSAR DCDDR2-4GB-800 (PC2-6400-2GBx2) for 70 bucks (I had never heard of them either but there were dozens of detailed 5-star ratings and the price was unbelievable compared to anything else)
-Antec ＮｅｏＰｏｗｅｒ５５０ PSU (paid three times newegg's price, and Corsair and other companies were about the same so I decided to grit my teeth and not skimp)
-Some cheap Buffalo DVD burner because my current Iomega can barely read anything anymore
Oh, and I splurged on a 22-inch widescreen and unceremoniously retired the 15-inch stop-over I bought when my projector broke (because it sadly may be a good while before I get another projector).
Now I'll just go through System Shock 2 to prime myself for Bioshock until this motherfucker arrives.
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Not terribly impressed so far. By far the most baffling thing is that the quickload function is disabled the moment you die, meaning that you you have to go back to the menu and load from there, which is like 10 seconds as opposed to quickload which is 1 second. Of course you could just turn vita-chambers on and then quickload after you respawn, but that defeats the purpose of having an option to fucking turn them off.
Edit: On second thought I'm not even going to bother finishing it. The physics are capped at like 10fps and it's just too distracting.