View Full Version : A ship lost at sea. (not entirely OT)

07-24-2005, 06:11 AM

07-24-2005, 06:25 AM
If you need a good computer, try Aldi's or Toys R Us. I got my PC from Toys R Us and the spec was the best at that time for the money. I know that Aldi's use the same supplier (it's a Medion PC) and all the parts used are branded stuff. The only thing that I have upgraded in 1 1/2 years of abuse is an extra 512 meg memory, and an extra 260 Gig hard drive.

BTW, the specs where:

3.06GHz P4 HT
120 Gig Hard Drive
17" LCD monitor (12 ms responce time)
G-Force FX5600 256mb graphics card
1 DVD Rom
1 DVD RE-Write Burner
multi-card reader
400 mHz mainboard

All this was for 1100 in December 2003 (a bargain in those days!) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

07-24-2005, 07:17 AM
Invest in a Pistol. Model 1911 in 45cal would do nice. You can use it to make your brother take the ram, also get you would get more play time on the comp. http://users.telenet.be/eforum/emoticons4u/violent/sterb026.gif

Check into Emachines......I got a better computer than a dell that would have had less options, and it was $300 cheaper.
Dells are overmodeled!http://www.techhelpers.net/e4u/comp/comp03.gif

07-24-2005, 08:19 AM
Brothers like giving brothers stuff ..they also like to stuff your girlfriend or wife!

tip: keep an eye on your brother, don't trust him too far.

07-24-2005, 08:48 AM
buy him some ram so you can fly as a team

kolla p¥

han freak solo
07-24-2005, 08:52 AM
Get his wife to let you "fix" his computer while he's at work.
And keep it a secret! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

07-24-2005, 09:13 AM
About the computers. Building your own is worth both the time and patience. Trust me, I had absolutely no idea whatsoever about computers, but the process of choosing components and the building taught me a lot. Besides everything else, it's something useful to learn http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif just ask in forums(there are no stupid questions, just stupid answers), there are a lot of people who love to help and enlighten. And I'm pretty sure your brother would love to give a hand.

About your brother... You have to convince him, it's the passion of the flying as a team, that makes you want to buy him whatever he needs. you may have some succes in portraiting the noble deed - "buy him RAM" as a slight egoistic point of view "I am doing it for myself, so I could enjoy the flying and fighting better", but don't overdo it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif You can beat his "buy something yourself" view by saying that you will feel guilty spending money to enhance your own ride, while he's struggling with his old machine. And here is a good point to insert that all the improvements won't do any good, since it's not "enhancement" that you lack, but teamplay, and you need HIM(your brother, not the Finnish gothic rock band http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif ) (using the famous "I need YOU" Uncle Sam posture, will pay off, as he probably will smile or laugh, if he has seen it) Lightening the atmosphere with laughter will help a lot.
You are NOT showing off, you are just a good brother. And brothers help each other. and By the way, you are not helping him. you should not portrait yourself as a "giver". You should avoid displaying that you earn more money. because it is hurting his ego, even if it isn't meant that way.

Looking at what I just wrote, it's quite sketchy, but maybe it will help you in some way. Good Luck http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Failing everything, you always have the option of buying a gun and using kind words to persuade your brother. A kind word and a gun are always better than kind words only http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif(I believe Al Capone said that)

07-24-2005, 09:43 AM
Buy him ram and mail it!! Post it in some other part of the world so he doesn´t get that it´s from you. Or give him some ram and say that if he´s not taking it, you would give up simming and brotherhood at the same time. "If you don´t take this, I´m no longer your brother!" in a kinda maffiatone! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

-HH- Beebop
07-24-2005, 10:05 AM

As for your computer....
I'm with Ankanor. Build it yourself. It's really not that hard, you'll have the pride of doing it yourself and if things get "funny" you'll have a much better idea of what went wrong.
Or, if you REALLY don't want to build it yourself, do you have a local "Mom & Pop" store nearby? You know, a small operation run by just a few people? You'd be surprised how much they want to help, not just to make a buck, (of course they do), but to help you out. If so, go there and first just get to know them. Tell them what your "perfect" machine would be like. If you feel comfortable with them as people start asking about parts prices. Maybe you can't afford the top of the line but they can steer you to comparable parts at a cheaper price.
They would be happy to put it together for you and often it's a set, very low price.
One of the benefits of the "M&P" route is if something goes gunnybags, your service is just a few blocks away and you won't be without your computer for 2-3 weeks. Tech problems? Often they will help you over the phone.
It's a thought.
But if you decide to build your own, you have a wealth of well informed and helpful people here.
Both of these methods will be cheaper in the long run, you will learn something about computers and then you'll be able to provide tech support to your brother as well.

Whatever course you choose, good luck.
(and btw, buy your brother the ram.)

07-24-2005, 12:22 PM
If you are looking for the best bang for buck from a pre built computer you cant go wrong with these guys.
ABS computers (http://www.buyabs.com/)
You can customize it to your hearts content and the prices are great.

07-24-2005, 12:28 PM
Thats a great poem Altanor.

07-25-2005, 04:19 AM
Thanks for the input guys. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
I think my brother understands now, how important he is to me and that I simply cant leave him with rotten apples while my table flows over with goodies.


I found some alternative computerpackages with more (better) customising options, thanks to the help of mates and this forum.

I also have looked into why some disslike Dell so much.
Never had troubles with my old dell though and my brother was quite happy with his aswell.
I asked around and the general answer was that they only put in cheap parts and charged more for them.
Generally they also said that Dells are not bad aslong as u dont do anything with it ,like upgrading parts, because they may not be compatible.

Another thing I found while going through different packages from many places this week was that Dells deals aren't as bad as some others and in packages many dealers one way or the other may try some foul stuff.
Some allow more customising than others but even with these you may be forced to buy a floppy drive for 700 kr(swedish) and support or/and warranty for 3 years for almost 2000kr each although u can customise the rest of the components.
In some expensive waranties u still have to pay shippingcosts if it breaks and some have extra sneaky regulations for the customer shipping packages.
Often a dealer may cut the price by not adding shippingcost wich may be extra expensive wich seems fairly common, while Dells are included in the price and they have a few more options regarding support.

Perhaps many Dell deals would have been fine with a few more options and the option not to buy a monitor or modems and such?

Im still looking for a while longer but thanks a lot for the comments :wink:


I have a great respect for those who manage to build their own machines and tweak them for maximum performance.
I constantly learn new things about computing. and I hope to build one of my own some day when/if my funds increase enough to enable me to take some risks.

A special thank you to the ones that helped and advised me and explained stuff in detail, although it took a while for me to understand. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif