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Yay! It's 2006! I'm back from holidays! My computer's fried!

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Welcome everyone to 2006! I'm back from my holiday today so the journal can start up once more.

It has always been my intention that 2006 would be the year that I start thinking seriously about indie game development, and now that's it's here I still believe that it is best that I aim to sell a game this year. After thinking about my current skillset, I've realised that my business skills are the main weak spot in my skill set, and I hope to work on that this year. Having a glance at all the top indie games from 2005 over the last week, I think that all I really need to make a good game is a top-notch design and the business and planning skills to make it happen.

However, I've hit a slight delay right at the start of 2006. I was going to spend a lot of the next few days typing up some plans and trying out some of the indie demos I collected while I had access to a good internet connection in Melbourne, but now I have to make a change in plan. Unfortunately when I arrived back here in Canberra, I installed a memory upgrade that I got as a present into my computer. Once I switched my machine on, the disheartening smell of burning silicon told me that I've got some expensive repair work to do. I've burnt out the new memory chip and most likely my motherboard too, so now I'm computerless for a few days. Given that my computer is now three years old, and was budget when I bought it, it's probably time to upgrade anyway. It's just such a pain to have to go through the whole rigamarole of talking to different salesmen to get a decent cheap computer.

Actually, if anyone has any advice on what hardware I should be looking for, I'd like to read it. I'm a bit out of date on what the latest hardware specifications are. I'm probably going to get another low-end system (I don't see any point in spending top dollar on a computer that will halve in price in half a year, and I'm saving up for an Apple laptop in a few months so I don't want to spend too much of that money), but I still want it to be suitable for development work and reasonable gaming (where "reasonable" means looks decent and runs constantly over 30 FPS). Hopefully my Radeon 9700 Pro survived whatever happened to my computer, and the network card is probably salvagable, as is the DVD and CD burner drives. If I keep my (now almost ancient) monitor, keyboard, mouse etc., and can transfer my copy of Windows XP across to the new computer, it should be quite cheap. However, any advice on CPUs, motherboards, memory etc. would be welcome, as I've got no idea what's been available over the last three years.
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Dual core processors are becoming popular, never used one though. DDR2 is out now, PCI Express is also out now, so much should to get a mobo that supports them.

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Don't kill yourself on something top-of-the-line. Good development boxes can be had pretty cheaply nowadays.

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Dual core processors are becoming popular, never used one though. DDR2 is out now, PCI Express is also out now, so much should to get a mobo that supports them.

Heh, all these choices between these new fangled acronyms is why I hate buying new hardware [smile].

Okay, I do actually know what those things are (vaguely; I can't remember what DDR stands for). Dual core processors are almost certainly too expensive for my comfort zone, though. I was wondering about the video card situation with motherboards these days; do most cards still support AGP 8x? I'm actually not planning on upgrading my video card for a while (I'm not as hardcore a gamer these days), but having that option is useful. Overclocking isn't that important either.

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Don't kill yourself on something top-of-the-line. Good development boxes can be had pretty cheaply nowadays.

I'm definitely going to be following this advice [smile]. Given that pretty much anything better than the total bottom-of-the-range computers these days would be better than my Athlon 2200 I'm not going to spend more than I need to get a replacement.

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I'll think about it (and do a bit more reading on the internet), but at the moment I think it's probably better to get something that's compatible with my old video card, since that's the only piece of equipment I have that's worth salvaging (well, maybe also the network card. And the case fan).

That way I can probably get a decent replacement, twice as good as my fried lump of a computer, for only seven or eight hundred dollars (Australian).

However thinking it throught I might have to buy another copy of Windows XP, since I'm not sure if the one I've currently got is OEM or not. That's a bit annoying if it's that's the case; I'll have to double check that.

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Here in America im about to buy a 700 dollar comp from dell, cutomized... 3 ghz processor, 1 gb DDR2 RAM, 256mb video card (dont rem mondel, best upgrade I can get the machine though dell (i think it costs like 200), 160 gb hard drive, for like 750.

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