Ordered the parts for my new desktop from Newegg; total bill with shipping came to ~$209, which is a little over the budget I set, but at least the new beast will have plenty of RAM and a decent headset so I can finally be heard on Teamspeak during fleet ops. Whether this is good or bad depends on how you like the sound of my voice, I guess. It's basically a MSI MBOX with 4GB RAM, a couple of donated 250GB hard drives in a RAID-0 setup, probably at least one of the hard drives from the Optiplex, the CD/DVD drive from the aforementioned Dell, and an AMD Sempron Sparta that runs at 2.3GHz. Maybe not a hardcore gamer's box, but it ought to run Civ III and the EVE client happily (especially with the GeForce 6100 videocard native to the MBOX) and handle all the other stuff I currently do on Cowzilla with the greatest of ease.
Not much else happening, but I did want to draw your attention to the vehicle of your future:
jointly designed and produced by Chrysler, Ford and GM with a strong assist from our
Also, Rachel Lucas goes after one of America's last sacred cows: cute animals. (RSMcCain)
Finally, Ace mentions eleven SF films being remade (and, undoubtedly, fucked up) by Hollywood even as we speak. Sadly, none of them is Showgirls Troopers, which may well be the Plan 9 From Outer Space of our generation. You know a movie sucks when people like the second sequel better than the original...