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19 February 2010 @ 09:29 am
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Next month, barring anything _else_ really unexpected, i should have my credit cards all paid off. Of course i still have the car loan, but that's a pretty small and long term thing relatively speaking. (And to think, if a year ago i could have predicted the damn car accident i could have gotten the exact same loan for a new car but not had the extra $3-5k of credit card bills from the repairs on the old one =P)

So anyways, now is the time to start thinking about what i want to save for/spend money on next. (shelleycat has this theory that i'm not really happy unless i'm doing research for _something_, and frequently that something is the next toy that i want to get. She may be right =) (And actually i already know what the next thing is. The next thing will be putting more money into my IRA, but _after_ that...)

There are two things i kinda "need" right now. An HD tv would not only look nice, it would also make a lot of those damn PS3 fonts a hell of a lot more readable. (I really do not understand this constant and repeated failure in QA departments.) And although i'm not planning on moving again for awhile, i definitely want to have upgraded to something lighter before the next time i have to worry about carrying it to a new location. The other thing is a new PC. My current computer is adequate for most daily tasks. However the fan (i presume?) has started making whining noises. So either i need to disable the computer and whack some sense into it, buy a new fan, or buy a new computer. And if i buy a new computer i'll actually be able to play some of the games i've bought off of Steam (and some of the games that i'd like to buy from Steam and elsewhere) that my current computer barely meets the "minimum" requirements for.

So which should i get first?

Poll #1527602 Stuff to buy

Which should i get first?


If i get a LCD TV what resolution screen should i get?

720P - 720P is enough for anybody!
1080P - As long as i'm upgrading, i ought to go all the way

And what kind of backlighting?

Regular LCD TV (About $400-$500)
Edge lit LED LCD TV (About $800-$900?)
Dynamically backlit LED LCD TV (About $800-$900?)

And what size should the screen be?

I really don't think anything much larger than 32" will fit in out setup.
But anything larger would be more expensive!
You really think i should get something larger than 32"? Why?

And if i get a PC, what OS should i get? (Yes, those are the only two options.)

Windows XP Pro x64
Windows 7

Of course if i get the TV first and wait on the PC i'll eventually end up getting a better PC. If i get the PC first and want on the TV i'll eventually end up getting a cheaper TV. I can't think of any _other_ new features they could add in to drive up the price. The ones the market currently seems to be focusing on as the next step, embedded internet access and 3D, aren't really things that interest me.
Ambermaggiedacatt on February 19th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
Because I love my 40-inch TV!
Kirin: Skuld-computerkirinn on February 19th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I pretty much just wrote down answers that self-justify what I bought last year. ;)

But also, you (donaithnen) seem to watch more shows/movies than me, so you should get even more use out of a swank TV. Just start looking for sales - TVs go on sale all the damn time; definitely don't pay "regular" retail price for one. I got mine at a new store opening event.

Also also, if you actually need a new PC then sure, but a bad fan is pretty easy to replace, so don't use that as a lame excuse. ;)
Laura Parkinson: Dollstormfeather on February 19th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
I figured if bigger screen doesn't fit, it doesn't fit, but if you CAN get it, bigger is better! It'll help with those fonts and stuff even more!
jon_leonardjon_leonard on February 19th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
Half the point of 1080p is so that you can use it as a computer monitor. More than half, given my usage.
受け継がれる意志: Moss-computer :{clock_hasty}:doctorskuld on February 19th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
When I built my new computer in winter '07, I tried out Windows XP Pro x64. DO NOT DO THAT.

I ended up being so frustrated with it (impossible to find drivers, had to buy a special wireless card with a 64-bit driver, iTunes doesn't support it) that I wiped it and reinstalled 32-bit (I only have 4GB of RAM anyway). Whatever you do, the pain and suffering of x64 is NOT WORTH whatever you may gain.
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 19th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
Huh. I keep hearing that from people, but i've been using XP Pro x64 at work for a couple years now, and i've had zero problems with it. I admit that i haven't tried to play a lot of games on it though. Perhaps i should come in after work some day to try that :)
受け継がれる意志: Bon Clay :{streetrat}:doctorskuld on February 19th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
Support for x64 is really, really crappy. I had all sorts of problems, least of which was finding the freaking drivers for a wireless card. (Seriously, I could not for the life of me find a wireless card that had a 64-bit driver, and had to dig up something pretty obscure on NewEgg.) Really, really basic stuff like that is ill-supported. iTunes also did not support the 64-bit architecture, so I couldn't burn CDs on it, and lots of USB-related problems also popped up there. Basically, I got all sort of weird aberrations when it came to running 32-bit programs, and it was really hard finding 64-bit drivers. I realize that you're running Pro x64 at work, but with the breadth of programs that I install on my home computer, I found that Pro x64 and the hassle of dealing with it was not worth the immunity from certain types of computer viruses and the extended memory that I was getting. Of course, that was winter '07, so maybe the nature of 64-bit support has changed over the two years, but I would still not recommend it.

I do hear that Windows 7 is a hugely bloated memory hog though...

Why don't you just run XP 32-bit?
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 20th, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)
Cause i kind of wanted to have more than 3.5 GB of available RAM? =/
受け継がれる意志: 86-tokyo :{skuldchan}:doctorskuld on February 20th, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
How much RAM are you planning to dump into your new machine?

Honestly, given my shitty experience with Pro 64-bit, I would just go to Windows 7 if you want to run something with more 4GB of RAM. Pro 64-bit sucks so hard I cannot possibly describe.
Dieppe: Concertina Stackdieppe on February 19th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
I personally wouldn't go any less than 1080p. And get as big as you can afford because no matter what you'll be thinking "Ya know, an extra 10" could have fit here just perfectly."

I'm very happy with our 50" Samsung, but still 55" might have been nice. :)

OH yeah, I went with a Samsung because a lot of people I know are happy with it, and investigated them, etc. There's a perfect price point though where over 50" or so is an extra $500 or so, but under a certain size the price isn't lower so much. I'm sure you'll find the right size/price where it works. Good luck!
Coraacoraa on February 19th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
I think a 1080p is a good idea because being able to plug your computer into the TV and have it look good is really nice. We watch streaming media (and also games and things, although I dunno how relevant that is for you) from the computer on the TV all the time, and it's really nice.

I've been very happy with Win7.
pamela.mosiejczuk.netpamela.mosiejczuk.net on February 19th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
I like your polls. I have no useful opinions to give on this one, so I hope you'll tell us about whatever you get so I can admire its shininess.
cwendy41cwendy41 on February 20th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
I like your polls too. The options are all there so I don't have to think much!

I currently have a 24" CRT TV and am thinking about getting and LCD TV. When I go look at them in stores, a 32" LCD TV doesn't look much taller than my current TV since TVs have been getting widescreen. That's why I want one > 40".
Laura Parkinson: Dollstormfeather on February 20th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
Oh hey, don't know if you'll catch this in time, but if you do see this in the next 3 hours or so, check out the gold box deal of the day on amazon.com!
Laura Parkinson: Broodingstormfeather on February 20th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
aaand never mind. It *just* sold out apparently. XD Unless they add more or something in between now and the time it'd normally end. For the record it was a LG 32-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV for like 390 bucks or so, didn't know if you'd be interested.
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 21st, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, a couple people pointed that out, thanks :)

It was very borderline, _almost_ cheap enough that i would be willing to say just screw it, i can get this now and worry about getting a better/larger model in another couple years.

Of course a similar or better deal may come up again in the next month or two.
Dieppedieppe on February 20th, 2010 08:45 am (UTC)
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