Eddie


His name’s Eddie. Eddie is the Heart of Gold’s shipboard computer, and is always in a constant state of amazement and excitement. That’s how this new PC is.

It was a real pain to get this one. My older PC was pretty much dead. It wasn’t broken down, but all support for hardware had ceased. Intel’s graphics drivers for 82845G had a virus which disabled the Task Manager and Registry, and I was forced to use Process Explorer, which, for the record, is fantastic.

Right, so I had to persuade dad to get a new PC. He delayed it till the boards ended, and little further away till the holidays started. Then I really began to pester him, with constant reminders. He gave an offer for a Dell desktop, which didn’t have even half the configurations I actually wanted, and cost nearly as much.

With Digit magazine’s help, I could design a PC which fit my budget, and conveniently forgot to include a PSU. The Zebronics cabinet I mentioned was not designed for the motherboard, and I now have this iBall cabinet. Dad was getting my PC assembled with the help of his office’s technicians. Apparently, none of them understood by AMD-based configuration. After a lot of “please papa”, he finally relented, gave the go, and here the PC is ready.

2×2 GB Corsair 800MHz DDR2 RAM

AMD Phenom II X4 @ 3.00 GHz per core

Leadtek GeForce GT 240 1GB

ASUS M4A785D-M PRO Motherboard

Seagate Barracude 7200.12 SATA 500GB Hard Drive

No floppy drive :(

While it may be a “far cry” (pun intended) from a gaming rig, it is enough for me. I’ll just play the occasional game at medium settings, but I really wanted to watch videos in HD. A friend handed over a Blu-Ray rip of Avatar. Bliss…

I have Windows 7 installed, and a download of Ubuntu’s Lucid Lynx has just been stopped. It’s Isadora all the way.

Now why did I go for AMD? Simple. It’s cheaper. Way cheaper. Core i7 began at Rs 14000/- and I could get my Phenom at 7500/-. Nice, huh?

Well, I’ve already finished Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. As usual, don’t expect any reviews.

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Do watch this.

Don’t forget to watch in full screen high definition.

“Ronal–d’oh!”

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Also, the UEFA Champions League final was epic. Hats of, Milito, though I was really was supporting Ribery-less Bayern Munich. Seems like Jose has got a magic wand with him.

Don’t worry, the best football club in the world will win the League next time.

Prepare for trouble treble

And make it double!”

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15 comments

  1. Akshat Boobna · May 30, 2010

    Nice! Looks like we all like DNA names :p
    I’ve always stuck to intel..felt comfy. didn’t know there was so much of a price gap!

    • Aditya · May 30, 2010

      I was shocked too. Even Core 2 Quad was priced higher. IMHO, 7500 for a Quad Core Processor @ 3GHz is very, very good.

      • Akshat Boobna · May 30, 2010

        I got Core 2 Quad @ 2.86 Ghz for around 9k, though it was a year back. But still I doubt the 3.06 Ghz version would be as cheap as AMD

  2. karmanya · May 30, 2010

    Hey, stupid question – if you’re going in for an AMD proc cuz its cheaper, why not get an ATI card?. Same principle applies (Or at least did 9 months ago)

    • Aditya · May 30, 2010

      You’re right. My first choice was a 9600GT, and it wasn’t available. The dealer was supposed to get an ATi, but got a GeForce. Little sad, as my motherboard supports CrossFire.

  3. Samridh Kudesia · May 30, 2010

    Kewl !!!!
    but is there reallly just a little gap between i7 and phenom ??also, is phenom better than i5? (srry if i sound silly :D) how much did ddr3 ram cost ??
    also, I disagree with that Dell PC thing :p

    • Aditya · May 30, 2010

      Phenom is better than i5, IMHO. i7 is really good but highly priced. For i7, a quad-core processor clocked at 2.83 Ghz per core costs 14000.

  4. Samridh Kudesia · May 30, 2010

    i meant performance gap btw

  5. Ankur Banerjee · May 30, 2010

    My favourite mission in CoD4 is ‘Death from above’.

    • Aditya · May 30, 2010

      Hmm… Mine was the final mission(s). Entering the abort codes, and then finally shooting the bad guy while injured.

      • Ankur Banerjee · May 30, 2010

        MW2 is awesome too. Especially the ‘No Russian’ mission. (That’s the infamous one in the Russian airport.) Am I bad if I *enjoy* staying behind and killing each and every civilian, even if they’re injured and trying to crawl away?

        • Aditya · May 30, 2010

          I’ve heard a lot about that mission. Saw it on the GameSpot review. Chilling.

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