I'm on a shopping spree

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 29, 2008
Updated • Jan 13, 2013

I did make two large purchases in the last two days. I finally ordered my new computer yesterday, or better the parts for the new computer, and cannot wait to build it once all the parts arrive at my home. Most of the hardware for the PC did not change since my last article about my plans to buy a new PC. A chat with my accountant had the result that I had to buy a more expensive computer to gain the full benefits from the state.

The new PC basically consists of an Intel Core 2 Duo Wolfdale cpu, a Gigabyte DS4 motherboard, 4 Gigabytes of DDR2-800 RAM, a Samsung Spinpoint 1 Terabyte hard drive and a Leadtek 8800 GTS video card with 512 Megabyte RAM. I did add some other stuff to the mix to break the 1000€ goal. My plans are to write an article about the building process with lots of pictures and details about the hardware.

The second purchase was a Xbox 360 Elite video game system. I never thought I would buy one but this offer was just to tempting. The German Amazon website is currently selling each Xbox 360 system, that is the arcade, normal and elite system with a free copy of GTA IV, a free HD DVD drive and a free 3 month XBOX Live GOLD membership. I did pay 374€ (about $600) for the complete set.

I first thought a normal arcade version would do it but I have hopes that I can eventually add XBMC to the XBOX so that it can replace my old Xbox as a media center. The package with the Xbox 360 Arcade sells for 200€ (roughly $320) currently. If you wanna take a look here is the link to Amazon Germany. Remember those are European prices, they are not comparable to US prices.

I probably will have to purchase a new television soon to gain the full benefit of the video gaming system. Any suggestions on a good LCD TV ?


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  1. Martin said on April 30, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Transcontinental the really hard part in purchasing computer parts and assembling them is to buy the parts that fit with each other. Nothing is more frustrating than to buy a cpu that is not supported by the motherboard, or a video card that does not fit into the motherboard and case.

    The assembly itself is relatively easy, just connect a few cables with each other, add a few devices to the appropriate slots and you are ready to go.

    I will make pictures of the process and write an article about it so that everyone who never build a PC might want to try it as well.

  2. Transcontinental said on April 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Does this sound appealing!
    I’m thinking about getting myself computer-updated as well, but still hesitating between a laptop and a PC.. moreover, the market is so wide, how to make the right choice. In fact, is there A right choice, or only several wrong ones?

    Anyway, Martin, yo are building “à la carte”, which is certainly better than a menu. I’m afraid that’s out of my skills!

    Have fun and, hum… keep on the good work, your website is a real pleasure.

  3. wakak said on April 29, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    wewt 4 gigs ram and a 1 terabyte harddrive :o

    nice haha

  4. Martin said on April 29, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    yeah it’s a new prototype developed for ghacks ;)

  5. Dante said on April 29, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Just to make sure I didn’t miss a new Intel development: a Core 3 Duo???

  6. Polymath said on April 29, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    So finally uve accomplished u r goal [:)]

  7. Kennii said on April 29, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    lol ok ;)

  8. Martin said on April 29, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    I already promised it to my sister in law ;)

  9. Kennii said on April 29, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    nice! so if u don’t need those other parts from ur old pc, hit me up i’ll take em! ;)

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