I think we’re there.
I was actually standing in the aisle at Fry’s pondering what RAM to purchase when I decided against buying it. I realized at that moment that I needed to account for everything that was drawing power directly from the power supply that went south on Sunday afternoon.
And, it turns out, that was the right move. I pulled out the nVidia GTX650 ti and ran with the on-board video for a while. I had to turn down some of the video settings in World of Warcraft, but otherwise it seemed to run fine. I then dug out my old video card, the nVidia GTS 450 that I originally put in the system back when I built it, because I never throw any of this stuff away, and it ran find as well.
I brought Vikund back to Stormwind and had him flight flight paths up and down the Eastern Kingdoms, loading up textures and pallets along the way, and everything seemed to go okay.
The video card seemed to be the weak link. I pushed my luck and loaded up the empty RAM slots to give myself as much memory as I could manage, ending up with 12GB running. I had 18GB on the old motherboard, because it had some triple interleave scheme for RAM, so I had to buy and install them in groups of three. However, that idea seemed to fall by the wayside about as quickly as the processor socket on the old motherboard… which seemed to be about 30 minutes after I purchased it. So I have one extra 2GB and one extra 4GB DDR3 DIMM. I’ll put them in a static bag in the closet next to the processor I pried out of the old motherboard, in the spot left by the now active video card. I may need one of the other some day. Or they may just sit there like those 256K SIMMs I have from 1987. Anyway, things ran well for the afternoon. The system was stable.
And that is about all you can ask most days of the week.
Granted, I just about had a heart attack a few hours later. I left the system idle in my office while we were cleaning up the house for Thanksgiving, and when I came back the system was powered down. Obscenities were uttered as I just knew I had missed something. Then I powered the system up and it turned out to have just gone to sleep. I hadn’t changed the power saver settings.
So it is just down to downloading and installing software. And updates. I am not sure I will ever see the end of updates from Microsoft. I was well past the 300 mark this afternoon, but this evening they found 177 more hidden away.
Life in the Windows lane I guess.
I think the biggest short term pain will be recreating my iTunes library. All my playlists are gone. I had a lot of playlists. And a lot of songs ripped from CDs. We still have the CDs, so it will be back to ripping.
But the basic games I play regularly, those are all set. EVE Online and World of Warcraft are running. I am even back up on GSF coms, thanks to their newbie friendly guides. I should be in for fleet ops on Friday.
So the uncertainty seems to be past. Now it is just a very long list of tasks. But that I can handle. I am good at that. It is the uncertainty… a couple hundred dollars in and not being sure that anything I bought up to that point was a good idea or was going to solve the problem in the end… that gets me down.