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  • SharkyForums.Com - Print: How the heck do I afford a new computer!?

    How the heck do I afford a new computer!?
    By Skeelo May 30, 2001, 09:20 AM

    Ok I seriously need a new comp...I have a career in computers and I'm starting to get behind in software technology because my current computer can't handle today's software, so I MUST upgrade! My problem is I don't really have the cash. I would really like to finance something, but the only place that finances are the big companies like Dell and Gateway, but why should i pay $1000 for a 1Ghz system when I could get a custom built system twice as good for half that price? I could shell out at most $200-$300 upfront...anyone have any ideas?

    By bigdog77s May 30, 2001, 09:24 AM

    quote:Originally posted by Skeelo:
    Ok I seriously need a new comp...I have a career in computers and I'm starting to get behind in software technology because my current computer can't handle today's software, so I MUST upgrade! My problem is I don't really have the cash. I would really like to finance something, but the only place that finances are the big companies like Dell and Gateway, but why should i pay $1000 for a 1Ghz system when I could get a custom built system twice as good for half that price? I could shell out at most $200-$300 upfront...anyone have any ideas?

    what kinda system you have now??? list that and see what u can keep and build on. But off hand of course i'd recommend building yourself... use a Duron... with $300 you may be able to start yourself to a good computer if you can use the parts in your computer now... look at it this way you want to put some mobney down and then pay alittle each month... well you might be able to upgrade a big part of your computer now and then everymonth buy some new part to upgrade lder pieces... do you know what's in your current computer.. CPU, and video and harddrive????

    By Kilted Fool May 30, 2001, 09:30 AM

    At the risk of sounding like I'm lecturing, you'll need to pick up some spare cash elsewhere. Two nights' solid bartending, a week or two of odd jobbing and such would get you the cash that would make enough of an impact.

    I don't know your age, but these are all the standard things teenagers do for extra cash. College students, depending on their moral view on it, donate plasma or go to the yank yank bank. As a college student I donated 5 pieces of skin the size of a pea from my forearm for 50 bucks (UV radiation research).

    Find some uses on the side for your computer skills, be it making/tweaking someone's web page or simply taking advantage of your typing speed by charging a few bucks a page to type out things for college kids.

    DO you, like me, have a lot of "stuff" cluttering your place? yard sale it.

    I'm brainstorming and rambling with no real data so I'll shut up now. But if you want a barebones computer system, I'd go to resellerratings.com and research the companies that have the highest ratings, many of them sell barebones systems, which would save you a massive amount over Gateway and Dell.


    KF

    By Skeelo May 30, 2001, 10:12 AM

    Right now I have an HP AMD-350 w/ 64MB and 4GB, it's not really upgradeable. Hate proprietary hardware.

    I'm looking to spend around $600, possibly $700 at the most. I do actually have the money in my bank account, but I cannot just drop that much cash, I might need it for something like emergency car repairs which happens quite often. I just need some extra cash. Kilted Fool I am attempting to build some websites for money but I'm not going to have them finished anytime soon. What really sucks is I have a job doing web stuff and I should be making about twice what I am now. Slut management! Donating skin sounds like a good idea, never heard of it around here though. Used to donate plasma, don't really have the time now with my job. Maybe I should just steal a car or something!!

    By blk-sabbath-fan May 30, 2001, 10:15 AM

    quote:Originally posted by Kilted Fool:
    At the risk of sounding like I'm lecturing, you'll need to pick up some spare cash elsewhere. Two nights' solid bartending, a week or two of odd jobbing and such would get you the cash that would make enough of an impact.

    I don't know your age, but these are all the standard things teenagers do for extra cash. College students, depending on their moral view on it, donate plasma or go to the yank yank bank. As a college student I donated 5 pieces of skin the size of a pea from my forearm for 50 bucks (UV radiation research).

    Find some uses on the side for your computer skills, be it making/tweaking someone's web page or simply taking advantage of your typing speed by charging a few bucks a page to type out things for college kids.

    DO you, like me, have a lot of "stuff" cluttering your place? yard sale it.

    I'm brainstorming and rambling with no real data so I'll shut up now. But if you want a barebones computer system, I'd go to resellerratings.com and research the companies that have the highest ratings, many of them sell barebones systems, which would save you a massive amount over Gateway and Dell.


    KF

    gee i bet he could get a bad ass machine if he donated a whole arm

    By Skeelo May 30, 2001, 10:16 AM

    One more thing I'm not really looking to build my computer. I probably have the knowledge but don't have the time or the patience.

    By Kilted Fool May 30, 2001, 10:24 AM

    Hmm on second thought, there's only one solution that I can see, and that is to follow the example of Chef, and whore yourself out all over town.

    Seriously, you're likely to need to get to a 500 dollar total outlay to get a solid computer. AMD Soldier probably could give you a lot of pointers on it, he's in a similar construction project right now.

    KF
    (Just remember, people have financed entire movies with cash from a research hospital )

    By bigdog77s May 30, 2001, 10:46 AM

    look at a place like ebay... they have whole computers fdor sale for low prices.. all geeneric stuff in it but it would be better than what u have now...

    By toonzwile May 30, 2001, 11:23 AM

    Granted you dont want to go out and get a 1+ghz machine, the best single upgrade you can get for a computer system is the CPU. Of course, since ull also need a new mobo and some new RAM, u should be able to get something fast (~800mhz -- a lot faster than ur current setup) for between $200-$300 if u spend the time to look around. Everything else in ur current system can carry over, im sure, and then whenever u have more cash to spend, u can upgrade the other components. Note that a new video card would prolly be the next major upgrade in terms of performance.

    By Skeelo May 30, 2001, 12:33 PM

    eBay is great for computers but I still don't have the cash. Wish some people had some sorta financing. Hmm maybe they do. Toonzwhile it's not worth it upgrading my computer, fastest processor it can take is a 500Mhz...that's not really jack over 350. Tried upgrading the memory, just lost out there because it can't take generic.

    By jtarchit May 30, 2001, 05:03 PM

    maybe its possible to go to the bank and get a loan. or try getting a temp job for the weekends or eveings for a week or two. hmmm...there sure are ALOT of options out there if you REALLY want a new rig.

    find it!

    By funkymonkey May 30, 2001, 05:12 PM

    A loan would work. A one year loan would not be too bad.

    By muisejt May 30, 2001, 05:32 PM

    A friend of mine took out a loan to buy a new computer, the computer is the collateral.

    By gateways_rule May 30, 2001, 09:39 PM

    Get a real job

    By fatroundporker May 30, 2001, 10:32 PM

    Why don't you just sell your present computer and use the cash along with the extra you had to spend to buy a new one? I've done it time and again. Since 1990, I've had about 20 computers. After they get a year or two on them, I used to sell and upgrade.

    By BMGundam May 31, 2001, 01:02 AM

    You don't have the time or patience? Umm, do I smell bullsh!t? Well maybe the patience thing but time? (the never have enough time excuse is hardly ever true unless you are on call 24/7). Anyways, if I was in your situation I would just buy four parts for now.

    Processor, Mobo, Ram, and a case. If you want to know I'd specifically, get well here's the list

    Duron 750 MHz @ $35 (@newegg)
    Epox 8KA7 Mobo @ $132 (@newegg)
    Crucial 256 MB DDR Ram @ $66 (+free S & H)
    Antec SX1030 Case @ $82 (@microbarn)

    The total is $315 just for the above, with S&H, it would be approximately $350. You could get Mobo that uses PC133, but CL2 PC133 costs more than PC2100 @crucial.com and PC2100 is more future proof.

    By krazie662 May 31, 2001, 01:38 AM

    2 words:
    Sperm Bank

    By Uberon May 31, 2001, 08:33 AM

    Well if you have a job you're at least making some money. A friend of mine started eating a LOT less, maybe two minor meals a day, for a while to save the extra $$$ so he could buy a GeForce 2 when they were new Noodles and stuff day in and day out.. lol.

    Well seriously. Sell whatever you can sell. Save whatever you can save. Don't buy state-of-the-art stuff because they are expensive, but don't really skimp too much on the stuff you're buying either or you'll have to upgrade again soon.

    My suggestion would be to, since you said you have a job, wait for as long as possible and just save as much cash as you possibly can. If you could add $100 to your computer budget each month for 2-4 months then you will have enough for a decent computer (if you add what you have now).

    I'm not so sure about if you should get a Duron, really. Because you are in fact upgrading to get better performance and Thunderbirds aren't really that much more expensive. Often it's better to wait and be patient than to just rush out and buy. I saved money for 2 years myself when I bought my first computer when I was in high school. Patience? No I didn't have it, but I waited anyway and thanked myself later for it.

    Amen.

    By Skeelo May 31, 2001, 09:11 AM

    Well seeing how I'm $10,000 in debt a loan is not a possibility. Gateways_suck for your info I work for the #1 Online Retailer of adult DVDs (#2 for General, never going to beat Amazon). If that's not a real job I don't know what is.

    Ugh yuck not a temp job! I spent 2 years going through temp agencies and could not have hated it more. Fatroundporker I doubt I could get a whole lot for my computer, and setting up a mini network for UT multiplay has always been a small dream of mine. BMGundam I just don't want to build my own computer just because of the lack of support and warranties, I can't handle the fact that I would be the only one responsible for my computer working! Krazie662 that is the best idea...now I just gotta find one! Uberon I'm not about to starve myself for a new computer....I could maybe though cut out some beer drinking. I've already sold everything I could...except my soul. Anyone want to buy it?

    Now I'm really confused. I want to start saving up money for a new computer, but I'm pretty far in debt and I really should be hacking away at that. Ugh! Anybody need a website?


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