Uncle Roger's Notebooks of Daily Life

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My life is, to me, ripe with frequent challenges, occasional successes, spontaneous laughter, adequate tears, and enough *life* to last me a lifetime. To you, however, it surely seems most pedestrian. And therefore, I recycle the name I used previously and call this my Notebooks of Daily Life. Daily, because it's everyday in nature, ordinary. These conglomeration of events that are my life are of interest to me because I live it, perhaps mildly so to those who are touched by it, and could only be of perverse, morbid curiosity to anyone else. Yet, I offer them here nonetheless. Make of them what you will, and perhaps you can learn from my mistakes.


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Sunday, October 09, 2005

New Iron

I've been working on putting together a new computer specifically for video editing. We have a lot of video of the kids just sitting there on the shelf doing nobody any good. I want to convert it all to DVD's that we can watch and share with the extended family. So, with a little extra jingle in my pocket, the time came to get another computer.

I don't need the fastest computer in the world, but I do want a fair bit of disk space. I also like single-tasking my computers -- I have one just for photos, one just for work and general software development, and my laptop for personal stuff. So, for video editing, I wanted a new, distinct computer. I thought about getting a cheapie from Dell -- it would work fine for the editing -- but decided to put one together myself. After shopping around and snapping up some bargains, here's what I ended up with:

DescriptionTypeSourcePriceQtySubtotalShippingTax RateTaxTotal
AMD Athlon 64 2800+ CPUHardwareFry's Electronics$63.681$63.68$- 8.25%$5.25$68.93
ECS K8M800-M2 MotherboardHardwareFry's Electronics$46.311$46.31$- 8.25%$3.82$50.13
PQI 1GB (2x512MB) DDR PC3200 RAMHardwareFry's Electronics$89.991$89.99$- 8.25%$7.42$97.41
Maxtor 200GB 3.5" Ultra ATA/133 Hard DriveHardwareFry's Electronics$69.991$69.99$- 8.25%$5.77$75.76
Round Floppy CableHardwareFry's Electronics$2.991$2.99$- 8.25%$0.25$3.24
NEC 16X DVDRW ND-3540AHardwareNewegg.com$39.901$39.90$- 7.25%$2.89$42.79
10-Bay Matrix ATX Window Case w/450-Watt PSHardwareGeeks.com$29.991$29.99$8.007.75%$2.32$40.31
Artec Black 52x32x52 CDRW & 16x DVD-ROMHardwareGeeks.com$25.991$25.99$3.037.75%$2.01$31.03
Samsung Black 1.44MB 3.5-inch FloppyHardwareGeeks.com$5.991$5.99$0.707.75%$0.46$7.15
24" Round IDE Cable -- YellowHardwarePCMicroStore$5.002$10.00$- 8.25%$0.83$10.83
Legacy 4.7GB 8X DVD-R 25PKMediaNewegg.com$- 1$- $4.007.25%$- $4.00
Pinnacle Studio 9SoftwareCompUSA$29.991$29.99$- 8.50%$2.55$32.54
Microsoft Windows XP Home OEMSoftwareFry's Electronics$89.991$89.99$- 8.25%$7.42$97.41
Total$561.55

Mind you, the case, while cheap, is gloriously ugly. It is bright yellow, with a clear sheet of plexiglass on one side. Smack dab in the middle, though, is a fan which lights up -- as does the power supply. The front features black accenting, so the drives, naturally, all have black faceplates. The rounded IDE cables I got are, of course, yellow to match the case.

At this point, it's nearly all put together, with only testing, formatting of the drives, and the loading of the software left. After that, I can go ahead and start loading video from the camcorder and putting it all together into DVD movies.

In my copious spare time, of course.

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