The Tale of the Beast

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  1. The VCR King

    The VCR King Well-Known Member

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    Today the PC turns 7 years old, and today also marks 3-1/2 years of me being it's owner. I got this PC from the previous owner.

    Story time!
    So 3.5 years ago I really wanted a gaming PC. I spent countless hours on CyberPowerPC.com configuring several dream builds and trying to save up for them.

    I started asking around at my church during fellowship time if anyone knew any pointers on starting a build. An old family friend of ours told me he had an old PC he'd give me for free. His son had built it for him a few years prior and it no longer booted up, and sometimes it'd shut off like someone pulled the cord.

    I offered money for it but he said I could just have it. I tried going the Phillip J Fry "shut up and take my money" way too, but he insisted I took it. So I did.

    When I got home I set it up on my desk and plugged everything in and powered it on. I just got a black screen and the BD drive would open and close repeatedly.

    Back then I didn't know what the hell I was doing so I took it to micro center to get looked at. The Micro center guys were drooling over my PC and they were all like "nice rig man." About $350, a windows install, replacement RAM, and the removal of 300 viruses later, I had a working PC!

    Since I've owned it, so far I've replaced all the case fans because the old ones lost bearings and seized up. I've also replaced the power supply and I replaced the ram and added more (4x4 gb, from 2x4gb). I've also added a card reader to it and replaced the heat sink and I've had to reinstall windows twice.

    As all of you know I have had the worst of luck with The Blue Beast but I look on the positive side and see each part failure or release of magic smoke as another opportunity to learn about electronics. Of course I'll never forget the time I killed one of my graphics cards... when installed my card reader I had to remove one of my video cards to be able to get to the USB header. And I set my card down right on the carpet by the cat. R.I.P. CrossfireX.

    Anyways, that's the tale of the Beast. It hasn't caught on fire yet and I hope it'll still be running when I graduate in 2020.

    And everyone please stop dissin' my rig:cool: I know it has its problems but it's not THAT bad, sheesh!! I honestly take offense to it sometimes :( I really can't help that it has the problems that it does, guys.
     
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  2. Darren

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    $350 for WinRe and RAM? Jesus.
     
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  3. Intel_man

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    That's not happening anytime soon unfortunately.
    It's really THAT bad.
    You should take offense to your computer. It's been horrible to you in every single way imaginable.
    You could've but we've been through this already about spending money on unnecessary things that could be avoided and put towards a fund for a new computer.
    Yea that's ridiculous.
     
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  4. The VCR King

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    I know now that it cost too much but back then I was naive and didn't know any better.
     
  5. voyagerfan99

    voyagerfan99 Master of Turning Things Off and Back On Again Staff Member

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    You're STILL naive and don't know any better.
     
  6. Geoff

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    With all the threads you've made here about issues with your rig, that's why we dis it.
     
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  7. The VCR King

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    I know but I really can't help it. Something somewhere is obviously defective and I have to put up with it
     
  8. Laquer Head

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    You cant just let the thing die can you...

    You know you should save and build new... but your stubborn as shit! I swear your like 70 years old LOL
     
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  9. The VCR King

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    I honestly can't let the thing die... it's now the only working computer in my house and it's pretty much become the family machine now too. I'm the one "responsible" for all the tech in my house (I'm 15 and I'm my family's IT guy. I manage our wifi and the family NASBox.) and until I save enough allowance for a new build I have to keep this rig afloat. Once I get a new PC this one will probably get Linux put on it and I'll use it for a production server or something.

    My family is willing to help but I'm taking on the responsibilities that this machine requires instead, willingly.
     
  10. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    y u no fix?
     
  11. Laquer Head

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    Man, your a good kid.. but seriously, nothing you say makes any sense whatsoever. Sorry!
     
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  12. The VCR King

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    I know I'm confusing at times. But I figured it's my PC, my burden. :p
     
  13. Laquer Head

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    You've made it our burden too though..:cool:
     
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  14. The VCR King

    The VCR King Well-Known Member

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    I don't mean to but you guys have given me lots of good advice to keep this Titanic PC from sinking.
     
  15. Geoff

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    Then why do you let your family use it? I get you're being helpful, but if my parents required me to use my PC as a shared family computer, I sure as hell would make them help with repair costs for that PC.
     
  16. The VCR King

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    It's because since it's technically MY PC, I feel better doing the repairs myself. I don't like making other people do stuff.
     
  17. johnb35

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    But if its a family pc then the family can help pay to fix it, upgrade it, whatever!!!
     
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  18. voyagerfan99

    voyagerfan99 Master of Turning Things Off and Back On Again Staff Member

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    That doesn't mean THEY can't pay for it if they use it too.
     
  19. The VCR King

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    I'm the main user. Most they use it for is to check email and print coupons. 99% of the PC's wear-and-tear is my doing.
     
  20. voyagerfan99

    voyagerfan99 Master of Turning Things Off and Back On Again Staff Member

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    They still use it is my point.....
     
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