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georgeo76
10-12-2005, 05:33 PM
Article (http://www.tomshardware.com/howto/20051014/index.html) about building a budget rig.

The example is extreme, but the principal of buying behind the technology curve is sound.

Two criticisms. the article claims to have been posted two days from now. Also, there budget ends up at just over 500, and they fail to account for shipping.

han freak solo
10-12-2005, 09:51 PM
Earlier in my life I adopted this way of life out of economic necessity.

My income to cost-of-living ratio topped out about 4 years ago. My income has stagnated while the cost of living still increases. It's like getting pay reductions each year instead of pay raises.* Needless to say, I'm still living behind the technology curve due to economic necessity.

* I hear some companies give cost-of-living pay raises. What's that like?

wayno7777
10-12-2005, 09:55 PM
Beats me, Han.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif
I'm always behind the curve....(750 Duron rig http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif).....

arcadeace
10-13-2005, 01:48 AM
Wayno you could consider yourself very impressive http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

HeinzBar
10-13-2005, 07:05 AM
Originally posted by han freak solo:
I hear some companies give cost-of-living pay raises. What's that like?

S!,
It's nothing to get worried about. Cost of living raises are fine, but with every COLA increase, they also increase the amount of insurance costs per employee...grrr. For example, I got a 2% COLA this past year (first one in 3 years, BTW). Two weeks later I find out that my cost for insurance increased 11% effectively negating any increase in pay and actually decreasing my take home check...grrr.

*what the company giveth, the company taketh away* .... errr, something like that http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

HB

fordfan25
10-13-2005, 10:48 AM
Originally posted by han freak solo:
Earlier in my life I adopted this way of life out of economic necessity.

My income to cost-of-living ratio topped out about 4 years ago. My income has stagnated while the cost of living still increases. It's like getting pay reductions each year instead of pay raises.* Needless to say, I'm still living behind the technology curve due to economic necessity.

* I hear some companies give cost-of-living pay raises. What's that like?

i know the feeling man. and the BS gas price hikes are not helping

Armhunter
10-13-2005, 11:51 AM
and I work in the Oil business.. The gas prices are BS.. We have plenty of OIL and we will not run short anytime SOON..! We drill 2000 wells a year and just ONE well can pump 60 barrels of oil a day. That is just out of KERN COUNTY, CA.. They are using excuses to raise the gas prices.. I feel for you all...

bolillo_loco
10-13-2005, 12:34 PM
P4 2.4Ghz 800 FSB 80 dollars with shipping, ebay
albatron 865 pro mother board 80 dollars with shipping ebay

6600gt 150 dollars w/shipping newegg

1 gig of ram (free donation from friend)

reused old hard drive, power supply, case, and cd rom from the computer I was getting rid of.

fired it up over clocked it to 3.0 ghz 1,000 fsb out of the box w/o any votage increase.

upped the voltage slightly on the ram and cpu and presto

3.2 Ghz P4 1068 FSB 310 dollars

the ability to get bolillo to stop posting? priceless.

han freak solo
10-13-2005, 09:18 PM
Originally posted by HeinzBar:
Two weeks later I find out that my cost for insurance increased 11% effectively negating any increase in pay and actually decreasing my take home check...grrr.

I forgot about the cost of insurance. I need my happy place now.