Keeping in mind that there is a snowball’s chance in hell of my wife approving another of my crazy schemes this year, I’m thinking about upgrading my home PC. It’s been three years sinc we got the Dell in March 2005, but I feel it’s about time for some cleaning up. I’m absolutely considering a fresh install of Windows XP (I’m ruling out Microsoft Vista on the advice of about, oh, the 1,000 people I’ve spoken to.)
I also started down the slippery slope of, “Hmmm, what else should I upgrade?” Adding 1 Gb of Crucial extra memory would cost me $29, which is pretty good. Adding 2 Gb more would cost me $50. Cheap. Since I’m in there, about how a new Nvidia 8800 GT video card? That’s only $203. Before I install a new video card, I need more power. A Dell Dimension 8400-compatible power supply unit — a 500w PSU would cost me only $109.
A little over $300 would get me faster and better, which is pretty good. In the end, with a newer faster PC, I could run Vista (one day) with a future monster widescreen 30′ LCD monitor. The challenge is figuring out precisely when the slippery slope morphed into a dangerous precipice.