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  1. Yeah, I was there as well... there were still 3,000 left in the 4th quarter when it was pouring rain.
  2. In my experience, they're not worth it. Most of the failure are going to occur during the standard manufacturers warranty. If anything fails past that point, then it's going to be easier to buy something new.
  3. I've been building systems for 18 years, and I've never experienced what you're saying. On top of that, I'm a member of a forum community full of people that build their own systems, and I've never heard of it from any of them either, except if they had a bad mobo or something. Also, bullshit on the eMachine... those came out in the late 90s and were pre-loaded with Win98/98SE. Furthermore, Windows 3.0 didn't have a full TCP/IP stack, that came into play with Windows 3.11 for workgroups, and/or through third party applications. However, they didn't run on 3.0 as far as I'm aware, due to the 16-bit nature of the OS. Working in a help desk environment just takes learning scripts and having a basic knowledge of what you're supporting. Being an admin or engineer (which I spent 13 years of my career as) takes lots of time, experience, and knowledge and not everyone in the IT industry is cut out for those types of roles. I've worked with everything from MS/DOS, Windows 3.11, Windows NT 4.0, Netware 4.x/5.x, AS/400s (and other mainframe Unix based systems), and every "modern" GUI based OS from about 1993 on. I don't do any of that anymore, as engineering just burnt me out, so I moved over into Project Management and am working towards going into Big Data/Analytics now. I still retain the majority of my knowledge though, and could jump back into a sysadmin/devops or even break/fix role in a heartbeat if I had to.
  4. So the main thing that I see that's a red flag is going with a GTX 1050, it's an odd pairing given that he wants to go with the 7600K. You're going to get more bang for your buck by going with a higher end GPU than a faster CPU when it comes to gaming. Taking the monitor out of the equation, since I didn't see one listed in your buildout, gets us to this machine. CPU Intel Core i5 7600k - $229 CPU Cooler Cryorig H7 - $35 This is the best air cooler on the market, and the price difference between this and the H60 lets us get more bang for the buck elsewhere, mainly in getting the 7600k. GPU EVGA GTX 1060 6GB - $231 Significant step up from the 1050 Motherboard MSI Pro Series Intel Z270MSI Pro Series Intel Z270 - $130 Hard Drive Samsung Pro 950 250GB M.2 - $139 (I went with an M.2 here, but you could go with a standard SATA and save about $25) Western Digital Blue 1TB $50 RAM ADATA 16GB DDR4 - $110 PSU EVGA 650W 80+ Gold Modular (I have this exact PSU) - $75 Case NZXT S340 - $70 Case is a personal preference, so I left that in place Total $1,069 I didn't include Windows or a monitor in this build. But this is pretty much the absolute most bang for your buck. Upgrading to the GTX 1060 is a night and day difference. The 1050 is a entry level budget card, while the 1060 will give much better performance. He'd be in a situation where he would want to upgrade the 1050 quickly, while the 1060 should last him until the next generation. He's not going to get 4k gaming out of it, but at 1080p, he should be able to run most every current game at high or ultra settings. It's a bit higher than what your initial price point was once you factor in Windows 10, monitor, and keyboard/mouse... but it's a really high performing machine without completely breaking the bank. The 1070 and 1080 would provide better graphics performance, but it's hard to justify it at their current price points. I'm actually looking at doing a full rebuild of my computer over the summer, and I'll likely use what I have above as a framework. But I'd be happy with the machine as configured for just straight gaming. I'll end up with a Kaby i7 instead of the i5, but that's because I do a lot of virtualization and labs, and the hard drives will be much larger. I'll probably keep my GTX 980 Ti in place for some cost savings.
  5. So here's what I have for a build... it's right at the upper range of your price point, but it's a really solid system. CPU Intel Core i5-7400 Motherboard MSI B250M RAM G.Skill Aegis 8GB Hard Drives WD Blue 250GB Internal SSD Western Digital Blue 1TB Video Card Gigabyte Radeon RX480 Case Corsair 200R Power Supply Seasonic S12II 520W Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home Monitor ASUS VX228H Total $936.81 I left off the keyboard and mouse because those are dependent on personal preference.
  6. That's odd. Like I said, I've been building PCs for 18 years and never had any issues even close to approaching what you've detailed. I know plenty of other people that build their own PCs and haven't had those types of issues either.
  7. I have no clue what your friends are doing, but I've built and rebuilt all of my computers for the last 18 years. I haven't had many issues to speak of, and certainly not like what you're saying. The times that I've had issues are when hardware components inevitably fail from age --- fans die, power supply goes out (after 7 years), motherboard capacitors pop; all things that could happen to a computer that was bought off of the shelf. I suppose if you went cheap and bought way off brand things, then you would see more issues, but I, and other people I know, tend to buy quality parts. The PC I'm posting this from right now I originally built in 2013. The only things that I've done to it in that time were to replace the SSD drive twice with larger models, and upgrade the video card twice. Oh, and replace the power supply, but that was a PSU that I had from the previous computer build. The only part that actually failed was the power supply. I gave away the older video cards, and I re-purposed the smaller SSDs into other machines.
  8. Napolitano's claim was that the Obama administration went to other foreign agencies to spy for them. This new information says that the information was captured by foreign intelligence agencies and then the US was notified.
  9. No... just, no on that link.
  10. An i7 is honestly pretty overkill for a simple gaming computer. It's nice to have to more CPU intensive tasks, but an i5 is going to serve most people just fine. Spend the savings you gain on the GPU, which is far more important. I built my first gaming computer when I was 16, and I had a whole lot of fun doing it. AMD K6-2 500Mhz, with a Diamond Stealth S220 and dual VooDoo 2 cards in SLI. When I get home tonight I can put together a parts list based loosely on a system that I built for my friend's birthday (gift from his wife) last year. I'd highly recommend buying parts and putting it together, it's a lot more fun than buying something off the shelf in my opinion.
  11. Or it's an imagined martyrdom complex. Yeah, I'm going to go with that.
  12. Conservatives don't believe this. They want to regulate who can and cannot get married, the ability to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation, increased regulations on personal freedoms, and a number of other items. "Liberals" don't believe this. They want to regulate what you can and can't eat, increased federal regulations on personal freedoms, and a whole host of other items. My prescription for "installing" the NAP is that everyone should treat each other equally. Nobody should discriminate against each other based on what their beliefs are, their sexual orientation, their race, their gender, or anything else. The equal protection clause in the 14th Amendment should apply to everyone, not just the groups that the right and left want it to. That doesn't make me a "liberal", it makes me a libertarian. It's quite clear that you're among the group that labels everyone that doesn't adhere to the GOP or "conservative" way of thinking as a "liberal". My socioeconomic beliefs are significantly different than those that the Democrats or those on the left believe in. They're also divergent, though less so, from those that the GOP or those on the right believe in. Let me live my life, and I'll let you live yours.
  13. Sounds about right... having the valley serve as the major N/S traffic artery in California, combined with the agriculture and dairy farms makes it an inevitability. Plus there isn't a natural outlet for it all to get out of the valley. A big part of why I had to move away (other than work prospects) was due to the air quality.
  14. They need to share the shit they're on with the rest of us.
  15. I don't advocate the use of violence by either side, it ultimately doesn't accomplish anything, and it infringes on the rights of other people. I believe that people should have the right to live their lives the way they choose, as long as their choices do not infringe on the rights of others to do the same. This is a central belief of Libertarianism, the Non-Aggression Principle. I'm also a pragmatist when it comes to exercising how I live my life in accordance with the NAP, as you could technically draw it out to include the absurd.