Dear Jon, (@AMD)
I'm writing this letter to let you know that I think we need to see others for a while, possibly up to two years when I may return to your tender touch. We've been through a lot of good, rarely rough, times. Do you remember when I had to under clock your K6-III-450 to 428 because you were so scared to run at your rated speed? You were struggling and making all my zip files give CRC errors for no legitimate reason. ...or when you added XP to your name to look more attractive? ... or even when you went into that weird phase of using random numbers followed by a plus comparing yourself to others?
So I admit it. I lied. When you thought you saw me and Intel in that Shuttle... I lied and said it was someone else. It was me. ... to make things worse the Shuttle and Intel have been here by the television since December. Was I really so wrong?
Things started to get a bit crowded with so many generations of your family living with us... Over the years there have been nine. I hope you and the rest of your family find a good home on craigslist.
Maybe in the future we can get back together. I miss the old AMD that there was little comparison to... but now you're kind of saggy and make my electricity bill higher than I would like. I know you warned me about Intel's horrible heat sink installation issues, but I just couldn't resist this time... you'll need to come up with a more convincing argument in two years when I'm back in the market... As a Duo, Intel and I make a lot more happen in a lot less time, unlike how I end up waiting for you now...
Now that my melodramatic nerdom is out of the way... I've finally broken down and purchased an Intel CPU (and other components) for my near bi-annual computer purchase.
- Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core
- MSI P45D3 Platinum LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
- EVGA 896-P3-1260-TR GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready
- Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2
- Kingston ValueRAM 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) x4 (just in case I use a new OS sometime soon)
- Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10000 RPM SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5
- Western Digital RE3 WD5002ABYS-01B1B0 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
- BGears XPHD.B Aluminum Passive HD Cooler
- Pioneer CD/DVD Burner Black IDE Model DVR-117DBK
- LIAN LI Lan cool PC-K1B Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
I've become completely brand snobby over the last 4 computers. I almost always go with MSI, Kingston, Western Digital, and Pioneer for the respective parts listed above. My computers are always built based on indicated compatibility to be potentially on 24/7 all year. This computer ended up costing less than my previous... certainly a pleasant surprise.