Buying older technology.

On two fronts I’m confronted with the option to save money and buy older technology.

I’m one who will emphatically warn people against buying older technology and normally to consider doing so would be throwing away money…but I’m not so sure.

The first instance is J is considering buying a 32in. flat screen for the bedroom (with an HD cable box and DVR).  The 720p TV is about $200.00 cheaper than the 1080p, which is about 1/3rd the price of the TV.  From a distance of 8ft away could I possibly tell the difference between 720p and 1080p?  Could I even tell the difference between HD and standard TV?  A little research and I found this…

So…it looks like I’ll probably be suggesting the 720p…which is contrary to my mantra of not buying older technology.

The second instance is a little more complex with room for compromise.  I’m looking to either replace or repair my gaming rig.  I believe my motherboard got a little toasty…but it appears that my CPU is fine…so I could replace my motherboard, add 2 more gig RAM, another Nvidia 7950 GT 512mb video card and a system builder’s version of Vista 64bit OR…I could just start from scratch and build a new rig from the ground up.  Option “A” would work and prolong the use could get from my older rig, but option “B” give me more of an operating window but cost more money.  The variability is that I could buy the core components of a new rig and add my older tech to it…such as the HD, Video Card, Pwer Supply, etc…

So it looks like the 720p is IN but the jury is still out on the gaming PC…we’ll see.

MiH

  • INXS – You’re one of my kind
  • Stone Temple Pilots – Plush
  • Foo Fighters – Let it die
  • Gavin DeGraw – Lay me on the Water
  • J. Geils Band – I do
  • 10,000 Maniacs – Stockton Gala Days
  • Lisa Loeb – Waiting for Wednesday
  • Nirvana – Downer
  • Pearl Jam – Hail, Hail
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