On-board audio, although supporting digital SPDIF, is still pretty weak sauce. My bass is almost nonexistant.

So I bought an HT Omega Striker card. Should pack a nice punch and support my Z-5500s nicely. A mild concern is that my board only has 1 PCI slot and it’s situated directly between two PCI-E x16 slots. Should I ever get a second 5850 to Crossfire, I’m gonna have the sound card sandwiched in between. Not sure of the logistics of that just yet. We’ll see.

I feel like I just don’t have time for anything anymore. Every day is more and more work. Physics is horribly demanding. Russian’s a pain in the ass. Music’s a HUGE pain in the ass. Stats is the only class that doesn’t seem to annoy me with work as much. God.

I want to play Far Cry 2 and fucking can’t. I love having Windows 7 on a blazing new computer and having everything respond instantly, but what the fuck was the money for if I can’t even play a Goddamn game? Awful.

Rammstein’s new album, “Liebe Ist Für Alle Da” is fucking awesome. There are numerous songs on there that get in your head and DON’T FUCKING LEAVE. Waidmanns Heil, Mehr, Haifisch and Rammlied are all dangerously addictive.

I saw Lewis Black at the State Theater the other night. Fucking hilarious performance. I can’t wait to listen to the CD of the tour. He is one of the best comedians out there, period.

Parts have changed rather significantly over the last week or so.

Here are the updated specs:

Apevia X-Plorer

Athlon II X2 250

ASUS M4A79 Deluxe

Seagate 750GB SATA

Corsair 750TX

Corsair XMS2 4x2GB

Sapphire Radeon HD5850

Unfortunately, because of a combination of significantly better parts (and all of them new now, I’m think I’m pretty much done with used boards), the total price of my “budget” computer has unfortunately risen. With the $270 GPU included, my rig has crested $900.

Oh well. This thing should last me ages, and I’ll always be able to upgrade to a quad core CPU down the line if I see fit.

Protip: Make sure your motherboard has support for your CPU (apparently socket compatibility isn’t enough) and driver support for Windows 7. I bought an older board that doesn’t have support for any of the II Series AMD CPUs. It also has no support for Windows 7. I’ll sort of be going on a wing and a prayer here. If there’s problems, I’ll likely have to go with another board.