How Do You Walk Past an Absolute Bargain

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By on May 20, 2015 1:41:58 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums External Link

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I hadn't planned to make any more tech purchases once I'd gotten my CoolerMaster Cosmos II and a Z97 motherboard to upgrade my i7 4790K rig, but plans do not always go to plan, as I found out yesterday, now.

So there I was, trawling through price comparison pages for PC tech, as you do, when I spied this ASUS ROG Mars 760 Dual GPU graphcs card going for an unusually low price... and better still, the place selling it is just 20 minutes away by bus.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I took a trip to the establishment, slammed $279.00 on the counter and walked out with a graphics card I'd seen going for a $1000 plus.  Put bluntly, I was fechen gobsmacked.  In most places I'd seen this card was just shy of 500 bucks and upwards.... and here was I, walking out with one for a tad over half price AND/OR considerably less.  I mean, take a look at this, for example, one going for over $503, and the other for a grand 37[$1037]

So yeah, it has two GTX760 GPUs, 4Gb of GDDR5 RAM and a 512 bit memory interface.   According to ASUS, it more than rivals a GTX690 and is 7% faster than a GTXTitan, so it's a more than decent card at a very decent price, even normally speaking... but even moreso in my case.  Tom's Hardware reviewed it and pretty much gave it the thumbs up and said it is a rather powerful GPU for the $650 pricepoint.... see review here

Hehe, so there I was, NOT gonna spend any more money on tech this year to deal with more pressing matters, but how do you NOT buy sh!t when it's going for a song? 

Yes, I'm a bad, bad boy.    I even considered getting up in the morning and taking it back, but that's not gonna work.  I'd still be a bad, bad boy cos I did it in the first place, only I'd be more miserabler cos I wouldn't fechen have it any more, so yeah, you guessed it, I decided against taking it back.  Like fech it, why should I be more miserable than I already am?  Right, I shouldn't  Hence I'm gonna keep it ... and drink and extra shandy or 3 every day to drown the ...  er., did I say guilt and shame?  Nah, not me, squire, not me.

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May 20, 2015 2:18:45 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Score one big time for the cap'n. Way to go, smokin' bad ass graphics card. Now all ya gotta do is put up some pics without burning down the house.

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May 20, 2015 5:10:16 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Uvah,

Score one big time for the cap'n. Way to go, smokin' bad ass graphics card. Now all ya gotta do is put up some pics without burning down the house.

Yeah, she's a beauty orright, though I won't get to tes it out properly until next week.  The plan is to install it in my main rig when I've rebuilt it around the new Z97 mobo when it arrives next week... ETA is May 26, so in the meantime I shall have a few days to contemplate the mysteries of the universe and why yer belly button don't leak after one too many cups of tea or coffee.

Thing is, were I not upgrading my main rig, I may not have splurged on this GPU.  I had the choice of putting back the Radeon HD 7990 or installing the GTX560 that's in my AMD machine, but when I saw the ASUS ROG Mars 760 and recognised the astounding bargain it was, it just seemed like the right thing to do to beef up the capabilities of my main rig.  It's not the absolute best graphics card one can get, there are some in the GTX900 series that outdo it, but for the money it is unbeatable for value and performance.

As fer them thar pics, I hope's ye don't want anyfing nude, like.

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May 21, 2015 2:18:00 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

I don't which is why my house is constantly full of electronics.  My friends laugh at me because I'll open a closet and find a video card or SSD that I had forgotten I even had.  I used to be on a 6 month upgrade cycle for my main PC but I made my self stop that.  Then started buying servers.  Things went downhill quickly after that.  There's 3 adults in my house counting me.  At this point, we have a total of 16 active computers plus literally an entire 42U rack's worth of equipment I've been trying to sell.  The really old stuff I just give away but I can't bring myself to just trash perfectly good albeit older equipment.

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May 21, 2015 2:53:46 AM from Ashes of the Singularity Forums Ashes of the Singularity Forums

Time for some 286 therapy methinks

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May 21, 2015 8:01:31 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting XavierMace,

I don't which is why my house is constantly full of electronics.  My friends laugh at me because I'll open a closet and find a video card or SSD that I had forgotten I even had.  I used to be on a 6 month upgrade cycle for my main PC but I made my self stop that.  Then started buying servers.  Things went downhill quickly after that.  There's 3 adults in my house counting me.  At this point, we have a total of 16 active computers plus literally an entire 42U rack's worth of equipment I've been trying to sell.  The really old stuff I just give away but I can't bring myself to just trash perfectly good albeit older equipment.

I have 4 crates full of PC parts that I need to go through and sort for keep me's and toss me's.  Much of it is leftovers from personal upgrades and still viable/in good working order.  The rest is from parts people dodn't want back after I'd worked on their machines.  That's the part I need to sort through, being some of it looks like it was on board the Ark in the navigation system. 

Thing is, there are weekend markets locally where people sell older PC components to others seeking bits n' pieces they can't access new anymore, and maybe that's the answer.  I don't know that I'd want to sit around markets all weeked, though, but maybe I can find somebody who already does it to take them off my hands... the lot for $50 - $100 bucks or so... would help recoup some of my costs from those unpaid jobs for friends and family: eg; screws; cable ties; plugs and cables, etc.

Quoting hedetet,

Time for some 286 therapy methinks

Hehe, I also got some stuff that Moses used... and, coincidentally, it's gonna be up for sale once I've sorted through it.

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May 21, 2015 8:44:20 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

If your 760 is half as good as the 980 it'll be twice the value....my 980 was 4 times the price...

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May 21, 2015 10:53:35 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Jafo,

If your 760 is half as good as the 980 it'll be twice the value....my 980 was 4 times the price...

Dunno about twice the value.  Most I saw for sale were upwards of $600 - $700... even surpassing $1000 in some places, thus rivalling what you paid for your 980.  Now I've not read anywhere that this card is as good as or even half as good as the GTX980, but going by those other prices, methinks I've done somewhat better than just twice the value.  Tom's Harware tested this card and put it on a par with the GTX690, GTX780, 780 TI and GTX Titan.  There are some 960 and 970 series cards it rivals or beats, but according to what I've read thus far, the 980 is faster... though not necessarily twice as fast. 

Various reviews have put this particular 760 up for some very serious overclocking abilities, thus enabling clock speeds that match or better even some GTX980 cards.  I read one overclocking review [if I can find it again] that had one running quite stable at 1575 mhz, with the potential to go higher under liquid cooling. That would push this GTX760 beyond the GTX980 by quite a bit, but then we're talking factory settings and what's what out of the box.

Thing is, I don't know that I'd ever need to overclock to such a degree, being I'm not a serious gamer running graphics intensive games, but if there is any advantage to my tweaking it for the purposes of video editing, etc, then maybe I'll up the factory clock speeds accordingly..

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May 21, 2015 10:59:15 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums


Yes, I'm a bad, bad boy.

 

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May 21, 2015 12:13:01 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I'll just watch. 

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May 21, 2015 12:31:47 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

How Do You Walk Past an Absolute Bargain

 

I'm sorry starkers, but I just couldn't see that and not give a reply...

 

How do I walk past an absolute bargain? With my two feet usually! 

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May 21, 2015 12:53:03 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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May 21, 2015 1:17:26 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting LightStar,

How Do You Walk Past an Absolute Bargain


 

I'm sorry starkers, but I just couldn't see that and not give a reply...

 

How do I walk past an absolute bargain? With my two feet usually! 

Actually, I didn't even need to use that much energy.  I saw this bargain on-line, and all I had to do was click off the page.... but no, I lacked the willpower and failed to resist the temptation to buy. 

Funny thing is, I thought it may have been a typo or misprint at first... given the prices I'd seen at other stores for the exact same graphics card.  Anyway, curiosity got the better of me and I decided to call the store to see if that price was right.  The assistant assured me that it was, even after a double check to be 100% sure, and that's pretty much when I decided a 20 minute bus trip to go pick one up was in order.

If only the bus trip home had been better.... and hour shorter.  The bus I got there was a No. 500, and that's what I thought I'd got when coming home... unlil it started taking deetours from the N0. 500 route.  That's when I enquired with the driver, who informed me that it was instead the No.522, which went in and out of several suburban streets along the way to pick up and drop off damned noisy schoolies who's just been 'released' from class..... a ****** hour 25 to travel the same A to B distance that earlier had taken just 20 minutes... AND that included 3 -4 minute wait during a change of buses mid-trip.

Oh well, I got what I went for, and that's what really matters.

And then there was the woman who sat directly opposite me on that long bus ride home.. whose medium to large [read huge] boobs were more out of her top than in for much of the the way, thus preventing me from taking in the natural delights and breathtaking scenery of the journey.  It shouldn't be allowed.... but that's another story.

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May 21, 2015 1:52:38 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting starkers,

And then there was the woman who sat directly opposite me on that long bus ride home.. whose medium to large [read huge] boobs were more out of her top than in for much of the the way, thus preventing me from taking in the natural delights and breathtaking scenery of the journey.  It shouldn't be allowed.... but that's another story.

 

I would have loved to be on that bus! The scenery must have been fantastic! 

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May 21, 2015 3:30:07 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting LightStar,


Quoting starkers,

And then there was the woman who sat directly opposite me on that long bus ride home.. whose medium to large [read huge] boobs were more out of her top than in for much of the the way, thus preventing me from taking in the natural delights and breathtaking scenery of the journey.  It shouldn't be allowed.... but that's another story.



 

I would have loved to be on that bus! The scenery must have been fantastic! 

Nah, missed all the scenery... well all the scenery on the outside of the bus, that is. The trouble with those situations?  Looking [read staring] without appearing to be doing so.  Believe me, when you're sitting right opposite the objects of your fascination.. I mean, the person of interest, and she's frequently glancing across and smiling at you, it's just not that easy.... cos there they are, in all their glory and pointing at you and virtually begging you to "look at me, look at me.... LOOOOK AAAT MEEEEE."

Worse still, with every pothole and bump in the road, your gaze widens to see if more popped out for a 'hello' than the previous pothole, bump in the road.  And with the poor state of many of our suburban roads, and NO bra, it's pretty obvious after you've travelled a couple of hundred metres together that you ARE in fact looking at... I mean ogling at them.  It's about then that you wish you had a pair of dark glasses and a white cane, but alas, you're miles from your destination, without as much as a newspaper with a couple of 'peep holes' in it to hide behind.  It's sooooooo embarrassing.

Actually, looking back on it, I don't know which was the more embarrassing for me:

Her looking over at me and smiling as if to say: "I know that you're looking at my boobs".

My facial gestures suggesting, er, begging, "more, more, please more" when she folded her arms underneath and pushed even more bare flesh from her top.

Or when I tried to be the perfect gentleman and offered to put one back after the bus had hit a bump and forced it free.

Ah, the things you notice in retirement that you were always too busy to notice before .... but as usual, I digress.

The CoolerMaster Cosmos II case, ASRock mobo and a couple of accessories I ordered [cables and adapters] have been received at the warehouse [Thursday May 21] and I should get them late today [Friday May 22] or early on Monday May 25, depending on the courier.

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May 24, 2015 8:37:04 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Starkers, you really, really, really are a bad, bad boy!  Keep up the good work! Oh, did I mention you are a very bad boy?   

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May 25, 2015 5:34:52 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting ElanaAhova,

Starkers, you really, really, really are a bad, bad boy!  Keep up the good work! Oh, did I mention you are a very bad boy?   

I already knew I was/am a bad boy.  In fact, I recall being a dirty old man at a very young age.... like when I was at kindy and being fascinated by my kindy teacher's boobies.  So it's not just a recent thing that suddenly came over me, but more a progression of tastes and desire.... from kindy teachers to lap dancers.

Nah, not really!  While I admire beauty and the female form, of which boobies are an important part, I have a better opinion of myself than that.  Oh, and the part about offering to 'put one back', well that bit didn't actually happen, though I'm embarrassed that I thought it.  No, the true gentleman would have turned away and pretended that he didn't see anything, which despite some compelling 'viewing', is exactly what I did. 

So, at the end of the day, maybe I'm not such the bad boy as I'd like to think I am.

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May 25, 2015 11:08:06 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

How to pass up an absolute bargain......with extreme predjudice. 

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May 25, 2015 11:37:04 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Uvah,

How to pass up an absolute bargain......with extreme predjudice. 

Or extreme brokeness.

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