Q6600 G0 overclock success

I put together my workstation replacement over the weekend (finally).  It ran prime OK overnight, and now it’s sitting at 3.6ghz stable.  Love how it is dead quiet as it sits 2 feet away from me underneath the desk.  Total cost for hardware?  Let’s break it down:

Antec Solo case: $70
Coolmax 500w PSU (the 120mm fan really keeps it quiet): $30AR
Samsung SATA DVD burner:  $30
Q6600 G0: $300 shipped
Coolermaster HyperTX2: $16AR
Abit IP35-E: $55AR
OCZ Gold 2gb: $55AR
Maxtor 500gb SATA: $107  after taxes f/ Fry’s
eVGA 7900GT: Bought for $180 2 years ago
Zalman VF900: $35
Logitech G15 Keyboard: $35 AR
MS Intellimouse Explorer 4: Can’t bear to get rid of this thing.  All the new mice are crappy anyway.  Bought new for $12.

Total: $925 on hardware, counting everything.

Now let’s count software:

Ubuntu Studio: Free
Salvaged copy of Win2k for Win Apps: Do I have to count this?  This was paid on some other system.  Let’s just call it free.
Google Pack: Free
Rest of the Apps: Free (Firefox, Audacity, Paint.Net, Visual Studio Express, VMWare player, VLC, IM Proggies, PuTTY, etc…)

Total Software Cost: Free.

Gotta love price wars.  Who would ever imagine 20 years ago how fast and cheap things would get??


iPhone: And the firesale begins

So, as hot as the iPhone is, there will eventually come a time when the hype gradually dies down and Apple finds a channel to let go of the backlogged refurbs.  So guess what?  If you don’t mind the thought of someone else’s grubby hands have already tried out your sexy tech toy, you can grab yours right now for $100 less than retail.  Yep, the refurbs are now available at the Apple Store.

So if you are one of the more patient iPhone nuts, here’s your 20% off coupon.

You are welcome.

Why you shouldn’t buy an iPod (right now, or later)

Engadget posted this article, speculating that the new iPod is just around the corner and you’ll just be plunking down money to buy some buyer’s remorse.

Yes, I am interested in seeing what the Cupertino boys have up in store for us. I thoroughly enjoyed playing around with the new toys available at the local Apple store. Every time Apple releases a new product, I get all giddy inside– those are really nice toys. But why haven’t I bought any Apple products since a 1st Gen iPod?

Let’s do some math here. Assuming that you’ve kept your whichever generaton iPod for 3 years before you get the itch to upgrade, and assuming you paid $300 for it– you’ve just spent $100/year in basically renting the device from Apple to enjoy the device to play music for you. Regardless of where you acquire your mp3’s, that the minimum amount you’ve paid to enjoy your music on the go. Let’s say you spend 5 hours a month stealing music off the web– over the 3 years you’ve owned your iPod, it means you would have spent 5 X 12 months = 60 hours a year, or 180 hours over the 3 years to fill up your iPod.

With the competition in the PMP market and rapid commoditization of such services and technologies, it is pretty evident that not only do these devices receive refreshes on a yearly basis, but other competitors continuously release better, cheaper products. Yesterday I pointed out this “deal” offered by SanDisk and Yahoo! Music. Let’s compare the alternatives to see how Apple’s value proposition compares to this SanDisk/Yahoo combo:

* 1 iPod Nano: $199, + 180 hours of scouring for music over 3 years (time assumed you’ll keep this Nano)

* 1 Sandisk Sansa Connect: $140, 2 years of unlimited music from Yahoo Music To Go: $144. Total cost: $284

Cost per year for you to enjoy unlimited music on the go:

Apple: 60 hours of your time + $199 iPod amortized over 3 years = $66/year + 60 hours

Sandisk + Yahoo: $284/3 = ~$95

So the 60 hours you spent stealing music equates to roughly the value of $95 – $66 = $29, or $0.48 per hour.

Not sure about you guys, but my time is definitely worth more than that.

This is why my next music purchase will be the Sandisk+Yahoo combo. Assuming that I will toss the Sansa Connect after 2 years, $142/year (or $0.39/day) spent on having unlimited music still sounds (no pun intended) like a pretty good deal to me.

I love the iPod. It’s a great device. But until Apple can bring up its value proposition for its products, I am taking my money elsewhere.

SanDisk Sansa Connect + 2 years of unlimited portable music for less than the $ of an iPod

You can now get this little gadget for less than $150 (you can get it here, for example). WiFi enabled, allows you to listen to net radio, integration with Yahoo Music Unlimited, which means you can now download tracks straight from Yahoo Music if you have a premium account. Get one of these and sign up for the service via this promotion and you get 2 years of unlimited portable music for less than what you pay for an iPod.

2 years of unlimited music on the go for $300. That’s less than $0.50/day. Definitely sounds better than getting an iPod, where owning the device itself will cost you the same amount.