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RokkaholikMember Since 27 May 2008
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Posted by Rokkaholik on 29 January 2018 - 07:15 PM
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Posted by Rokkaholik on 28 January 2018 - 01:51 PM
So.... I try to do my best as a helpful person to both friends and strangers, especially if I've had experience or have knowledge with whatever they seem to need help with. A few days ago a lady on my Facebook "For Sale, etc" group posted that she was looking for a decent gaming PC for her son. Their house was robbed and his good laptop was one of the bigger things stolen. She came right out and said that she is a single mom and only has $600-ish bucks to spend.
I won't ever claim to be a PC "technician" nor do I have a degree of any kind , but I know enough to be dangerous. What I will admit that I'm good at is research and finding Bang For The Buck deals on things, so I asked her a few questions regarding her needs.
First, the term "gaming PC" is a wide spread term and can be anything from playing solitaire to the most heavily graphics intensive stuff out there, so I asked her what games her son intended to play because that would be a big factor on how to stay within her budget.
She said he likes some shooter type games like COD and a few others.
I then asked what she all had for Monitors, speakers, mice, keyboards, etc... Apparently, she is covered in all that so basically the entire budget could be then spend on the tower itself.
I suggested online searches first so she could have plenty of things to compare and NOT have to deal with the in-person salesman type seller who may talk up his 10 year old boat anchor and possibly scam her. I broke it down for her how to be able to Google Processors and other parts, read reviews and check to see when they were released as well as looking up current sale prices on ebay, and then gave her a few specs to stay within.
I suggested her getting a few year old Dell or HP type tower that had the available slot for a good PCI Express video card and be able to upgrade the PSU if needed depending on the card. These would also likely already have an operating system on them as well so that would be another $100 she wouldn't have to spend.
I researched a few on ebay and Craigslist and found 4-5 good competitors well within her budget and one slightly above, but worth the extra $50 if she couldn't negotiate the price down.
This is where it gets interesting and infuriating....
The typical responses to her post of people trying to unload their junk and the idiots who cannot read and start suggesting systems $800 and more.
One guy got very vulgar because she had to remind him of her $600 budget a couple times and he basically called her an idiot for even asking if she didn't want responses... Seriously?
Then.... out of nowhere swoops in this hoity toity "IT Professional" of 5 years telling her all she will need and TOTALLY blows the budget out of the water and proceedes to get technical with her about what he does for a living and these other "clowns" don't know what they are talking about, etc... I responded to him about staying in her budget and he basically waved me off because he is an.... "IT PROFESSIONAL" and this is what he does for a living.
Wait... what did that have to do with a budget again?
This asshat was in complete salesman mode and was volunteering to even assemble it for her, etc...
Then SHE chimes in and reminds him of her budget, so he fires back with a slightly cheaper system, but still in the $1100 range...hahahahaha
He argued with her for a while about how NEW is better than stuff that's a few years old, etc... How again does that keep her in budget?
Lets just say it turned into a back/forth between the "IT PROFESSIONAL" and the "Clowns" on who knew more, etc....
Then the post had disappeared altogether. Apparently she got sick of it and deleted it, but then I got a personal message from her about what I had been proposing. She thanked me again for being the only polite person to chime in and actually READ what she had requested and not go through and belittle everyone else.
She messaged a few sellers on the craigslist ones I found that were already done. Waiting for their responses. Depending on that, the next would be the second option of a few year old Dell or HP that can be upgraded to do the job.
On top of all this, she added me as a friend on FB and is a management level Job Recruiter in my area... Good friend to have if the need arises.
I guess I just can't wrap my head around snooty uppity people with "titles" who always have to use that title as an argument or a way to prove they are right. Those titles are usually just a piece of paper.....
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Posted by Rokkaholik on 12 October 2013 - 03:31 AM
Our local Chevy dealership is like that. I know 2 mechanics that quit because they couldn't do the "dishonesty" part anymore as they were getting a bad rep. They were taught how to UPSELL certain repairs when a vehicle didn't need it and they would double bill hours labor on certain repairs like they tried with me and I busted them. To do ball joints is a 4-5 hour job for 4 of them and then they tries to do another 3 hours for a new hub. Ummm..... The HUB is already OFF when you're doing the ball joints? They tried to act all dumb and I had to get a service manager involved and then a GM. My vehicle will never go back there.
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Posted by Rokkaholik on 26 July 2013 - 04:47 PM
First, I don't like to toot my own horn or brag about things or the past. It serves no purpose to me, but an incident about a month ago really got me thinking about how many negative experiences from the past helped shape myself and others.
In 7th grade (1987), I had a 9th grader that liked to push younger kids around, including myself. I was never one to start a fight, but I could handle myself if needed. I was tall for my age, but skinny as a rail. I couldn't bench press sh!t, but I could lift things most people wouldn't believe I could. Anyway... This Kyle kid kept pushing me around day after day. I always just walked away because it wasn't worth it to me. Finally, one day, he swung his backpack at me and hit me in the back of the head. I'm not sure what was inside, but it was metal. I was dazed for a second, but came back around 180 degrees and spun him 2 times with a nice blow. Unfortunately, I felt something in my right hand give and it wasn't good. I was too pissed to care at that point. I got on him before he could get up and Don't remember much except for a teacher jumping in and pulling me off. Friends filled in the blanks later as to what happened. Apparently, I ended up laying 8-9 punches. I ended up with a broken hand (pointer finger main knuckle) and he didn't open his left eye for 2 weeks and ended up with a broken nose. We were both suspended for a day. Oddly enough 2 weeks after the incident, he approached me very shy-like and apologized. We got along fine after that.
8th and 9th grades both landed me into a fight each year, both of which were not my doing, but I finished them. One of them ended up with the other person getting a broken nose and knocked tooth loose.
For 10th grade (1990), we migrated to the "high school". Lucky for our class, the 9th graders followed us to the high school since they were converting the high school from 10-12th grades to 9th-12th grade. Needless to say, the 9th graders got picked on once again as well as some of the 10th graders. Around early-mid year, a new guy (a senior named John) came to the school. He established right away that he was an a$$hole bully to the younger kids. Many just avoided him. He tried his best to pick fights. Apparently, it was his 3rd school in 2 years due to his parents divorcing or something. He had been held back one year so he was 19. Anyway, mid-May came around and school was almost out. There was some commotion going on about a block away from school in a parkinglot. Here is bully John pushing around a 9th grader with 4 or 5 people cheering him on. One of them was my old "friend" Kyle. The kid he was picking on was in ZERO chance of protecting himself, so I approached and asked John why he was picking on him. He puffed his chest out and asked what I was going to do about it, blah blah blah. Kyle got an odd look on his face and hinted to John to just drop it. John kept mouthing off as I just stood there rolling my eyes (although I was getting pissed). The 9th grader grabbed his stuff and bolted. Kyle once again tried to talk John out of whatever he was thinking, but he ended up charging at me. I politely moved to my left and assisted his head into a fence post and then face first into a cement tire stopper. He got up and charged at me like an idiot again and I ended up with him in a headlock with my back against a building. I just kept sneaking in punch after punch until he let go and as he backed up, I remember jabbing his nose with a downward punch as he backed up and quickly flollowed that with a round-house to the side of the face. He stumbled backwards to the ground. I remember his mouth, nose and left eye were bleeding pretty good. Instead of walking away, he tried attacking again and I don't remember much other than being on the ground a few times and punching him while he was on his back. Oddly enough, his "friends" never stepped in.
When all was said and done, He was spitting blood everywhere and wheezing and coughing a LOT. He ended up with a broken/shattered nose, concussion, 7 stitches above his left eye and 3 under it, 2 missing teeth and 2 broken ribs. I had a bloody nose, sore jaw, headache and a dirty shirt. The next 2 weeks in school were odd for me as I heard the rumors fly by... but the school never approached me about it.
Fast Forward to last month...
I un-retired my camera for a city event at the request of a friend who ran the event. He wanted pics of the festivities and both bands for both nights. I had been taking band pics for 10 years and it got old, so I had retired from it for a while. Anyway... people that remembered that I did pics all flocked to have their drunken pics taken as usual (photo-hogs). I did have some fun doing it again, but as usual, a few idiots ruin it.
In the past, there was a cute (but usually drunk) chick who ALWAYS had to have 10 pics taken with anyone and everyone. She was a sweetheart, but a little too flirty. Of course, she had a jealous-as-all-hell boyfriend who was usually dressed in the usual "Bro" attire or "MMA" type attire. He puffed his chest out and walked with his elbows out and triedhis best to look bad-a$$. Anytime he spotted me with my camera, he'd make some comment about taking it and shoving it up my ___ or something to that effect. His girlfriend would usually push him away and want more pics, etc... He'd end up mouthing off and telling me what he was going to do, etc... I ALWAYS hated being in that situation.
Anyway, she was there that night and wanted pics with her friends, so I obliged. Of course Mr. Jealous couldn't help but come over and puff his chest out and make his idle threats. One of her entourage came up, looked at me for a sec and then looked at him with a half-smirk. He said something like "go ahead, but I guarantee you that you'll probably end up with a f**cked up nose like this (pointing to his nose) and a bunch of scars like these (pointing to his eye) after all is said and done". He followed that by saying something like "remember how many times I've told you that no matter how bad-a$$ you think you are, there's always someone tougher and it'll be the person you least suspect"?
I had to look at the guy for a few seconds before I realized who he was... Big Bad Bully John. The cute drunk chick was a step-sister to his wife and they were up from Texas visiting. (small world). Meanwhile, the douche-nugget boyfriend was putting 2 and 2 together.
I hadn't seen him since that fight 23 years ago. He introduced himself very nicely and shook my hand and asked if I remembered him and I said yes... He then went on talking to me about how our little scuffle changed his life. He told me he had never had his a$$ handed to him like that before and as he was all bandaged up from the fight, his parents didn't want to press charges or notify the school since he was 19 and I was 16 at that time. It would have also been his 3rd fight that year, etc... He told me that those injuries were a hell of an eye opener for him and he spent the next 20 years letting the Army straighten him out. It also took 2 surgeries to get his nose to breathe right again. He wasn't in the slightest bit angry about the situation and he was actually glad it happened before it was too late for him. He has 3 kids now; a 16 year old boy, and 14 year old buy and a 10 year old girl. He's used the same lesson/story on both his boys about fighting... "no matter how bad-a$$ you think you are, there's always someone tougher and it'll be the person you least suspect".
We talked for a few more minutes and they had to leave. He shook my hand again. It was a pretty cool moment to say the least. The drive home, I thought about that fight over and over. It was pretty cool to me how a crap situation like that could change someones life for the better like that. The other funny thing was a week ago at the bar, Mr Jealous Boyfriend walked by me and stopped to say "hey man" with a slight smile and half-a$$ handshake .....
Maybe it changed his attitude as well???
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Posted by Rokkaholik on 27 May 2011 - 10:23 AM
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Posted by Rokkaholik on 29 July 2008 - 05:13 PM
Many people are on budgets and that's understandable, but sometimes, certain parts should NOT be skimped on. The Power Supply is at the top of that list. If a good reliable/reputable power supply doesn't fit into your budget at this time, wait a week or two and find a way to make it fit. The NOW, NOW, NOW people will usually spend more money in the long run because they are impatient and will not get the results they expected and will end up having to buy different parts.
The Power Supply will usually be that part. Make sure it's in the power range you will need, has the right amount of power to the +12v rail that you will need to power your video card. Make sure it has the right amount and kind of connectors you'll need to power all your accessories and hardware. For most gaming systems, 500-600w is good. I prefer to go 700w or better just to make sure BUT... look at the specs for that power supply. the wattage isn't the only spec to look at. The amount of +12v rails is something to take into consideration. Many power supplies have only 1 rail. It's better to have at least two +12v rails, and also make sure those rails have at least 20a or above to power your accessories effeciently.
Another part that shouldn't be skimped on is the Video Card. Figure out what you'll be doing most with this PC, and find the video card that'll get you the performance you'll need. Spending $150 on something now, and then it not performing the way you want, and then having to go spend another $250 to get what you want is hardly cost effective. Spending the extra $100 to begin with would've paid off better.
Last, the Memory. If you're running XP, 2gb is sufficient for just about anything. For Vista, 2gb is good, but for gaming or anything graphics intensive, 3gb-4gb is better. Skimping on memory will result in a sluggish PC and alot of swearing. Remember, 32 bit operating systems usually will not recognize more than 3.25gb of memory, even if you have 4gb installed. 64 bit OS's will recognize more, but sometimes be limited to what the motherboard is capable of recognizing.
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