One of the better ideas I've shoehorned into my life recently is not allowing myself to panic and buy things when I end up needing them. See... I could replace that banjaxed hard disk with a pair of 200 gig SATA drives in raid0 configuration, "significantly" (I can't find actual numbers for the % increases) increasing the speed of my renders and game load times and video processing and I'd have about 400Gb of space but I stop and think "Dude... you didn't even fill the 120 Gb disk you had and the reason you never do backups is because you never run out of space". So, one 80 Gb SATA disk it is`.
Now all I have to do is find the recipt for the dead drive, wrap it around a brick and beat the hell out of the guys in ITDirect with it. I swear to God they must use their stock as footballs in there.
Some people assume I have awful luck with computers - not true... recently, here is a list of my hardware purchases, retailers and problems over the past five years.
My first PC - A HP thing from Dixons.
Problems: Not much, the graphics and sound cards needed an upgrade but a hundred quid turned it from passable to excellent enough to get me three hundred quid for it three years later.
My second PC - custom build from ITDirect. Some of you may remember this one.
Problems: The fan fell off the graphics card. Then the CPU fractured because it was improperly installed. Then the motherboard fried something essential. Each time I took it back to get it fixed it took over a month. The hard disk is the only thing that survived.
My third PC - Built the fecking thing myself from parts bought on Komplett.ie and from Peats. I used the hard disk from the old one figuring it should stay okay - and it did.
Problems: None at all. The core unit that I put together on the kitchen table in my last place still works like a *dream*
Cooling upgrade for my PC - figuring that the amount of 3D rendering I was doing was heating up the CPU more than I was happy with I went to Maplins and bought some extra fans.
Problem: Fans caught fire for some reason.
Hard drive upgrade for PC - The disk causing me the stress. Bought in ITDirect. If anyone ever sees me walking in even that general direction again make sure to tell me not to go to ITDirect because it is a bad idea.
Out of all the things that went wrong, I can attribute all of them except one to ITDirect, and that other one is something of a freakish occurance. The moral here is that I build a mean PC so long as I stay the hell away from the retail outlets staffed by monkeys.