Meet Colin

Last week I bought the parts to build a new computer and get myself up to date. His name will be Colin, after the tiny spherical bot that helped Ford escape the offices of the Hitchhiker's Guide. He will replace Hactar, who has served me well for several years.


This machine is similar to the one I helped Matt build, and if his is any indicator, it should be awesome. The primary goal of the upgrade is to have a bit more power to play The Orange Box, to have better support for HD video playback, and for processing photos.


  • Kyle
  • March 3, 2008
  • 11:38 am
sweet jesus
  • ryan
  • March 3, 2008
  • 1:21 pm
looks good, im jealous =)
what are you doing for OS?
  • Ethan
  • March 3, 2008
  • 1:53 pm
I'll be going with the time-tested 32-bit Windows XP. I've been using Vista on my work laptop and have not been happy with its behavior in general, and some simple research into XP64 leads me to believe it's more trouble than it's worth. Any advice?
  • jennifer
  • March 3, 2008
  • 6:25 pm
ooh, your responses get highlighted in the comments... all these details are awesome. colin sounds like he will be awesome. how much does he end up costing? (i'm too lazy to look up all the individual prices of the parts)
  • Ethan
  • March 3, 2008
  • 9:49 pm
The total comes to right around $1500, which I think is a pretty darn good price. Isn't it great how technology is always getting better and cheaper?
  • Matt M.
  • March 4, 2008
  • 12:19 pm
Couldn't resist the temptation to outdo Smaug, now could you? I have you beat, well, nowhere it appears, although I think my case looks better.
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