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21 December 2012 @ 07:00 am
Plans for 2013  
Staring in early January I am gonna begin amassing money to upgrade my PC. This is not a "build a new rig" thing. I'm pretty content with the base hardware.

But this is what I plan to do:

  1. Get a 40 or 80 GB SSD to use as a boot drive.

  2. Reinstall Windows 7, this time moving from 32-bit (what I use now) to 64-bit.

  3. Add another SSD to hold my Steam games.

  4. Repurpose my internal 1 TB HDD to hold music, maybe videos too.

  5. Repurpose the external 1 TB drive for character art, comissions, and so on.

  6. Add a 2+ TB Drive to serve as a Backup/Recovery drive.

  7. Install brand new RAM modules. Since the motherboard only has 4 slots, this means a RAM cap of 16 GB most likely.

  8. MAYBE upgrade the video card. Mine's behaving well enough but its an XFX Radeon HD 6850, and that's outmoded now.

  9. Given the number of hard drives involved I may need a larger power supply. All the hard drives will have to be SATA of course. I might just limit myself to three hard drives instead of five to cut costs.

And that's about it. Need to do this a little at a time and not all at once. So it will stretch well beyond January.

EDIT: Oh. My mother has been talking to me about having me buy a fixer-upper somewhere in Norfolk VA to rent out to people. Use it to get a bit of actual income as a "landlord". It sounds nice, but I am a little leery due to Landlord laws.
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aerozaine: SilverLiningaerozaine on December 21st, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)

Depending on how picky you are about your hardware, I have loads of hardware sitting around due to the last two years of computer hell I've had (along with various other things). I plan to get around to going through it to see what is still good and what isn't, so if you're interested, I'll let you know what I've got and you can have it for free or cheap, depending...

Amateur Photographer? Or technogeek? You decide!markmccloud on December 21st, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
I have a particular interest in an SSD to use as a boot drive. And a good large HDD to put the music and videos on. :)
aerozaineaerozaine on December 21st, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)

I have at least 6 harddrives sitting around, though about half are not functioning for one reason or another.

I won't be looking into this until at least January, but I'll keep you in mind. I really want some of this shit out of my apartment. e.e