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Couple Bonding Through PC Building

kdawson posted about 7 years ago | from the heads-and-hearts-together dept.

Hardware Hacking 465

mikemuch writes "When his lovely girlfriend Glenda needed a new PC, Jason Cross, who spends much of the week assembling PCs with the latest gear to test for ExtremeTech, decided he would let her build it herself. She gave him her list of needs, he came up with a part list, and then watched as she did all the screwdriver wielding herself. Despite a DOA hard drive and some mis-connected wires, everyone was smiling when it was all finished. (Slide show here.)"

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How is this news? (5, Insightful)

matts-reign (824586) | about 7 years ago | (#20153017)

Person puts computer together while boyfriend watches. Why is this on the front page of slashdot?

Re:How is this news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153025)

It's not news, it's...

Wait, wrong site.

Re:How is this news? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153037)

It's news because someone on slashdot finally got a girlfriend. CONGRATS!

Re:How is this news? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153159)

Gee. Isn't it great that slashdot provides encouragement such as this? Now girls don't have to be afraid of putting a PC together! I hope slashdot will provide further encouragement by covering the first girl to attend University or do nuclear physics.

Re:How is this news? (5, Informative)

weighn (578357) | about 7 years ago | (#20153269)

I hope slashdot will provide further encouragement by covering the first girl to attend University or do nuclear physics.
Marie Curie [wikipedia.org] was covered in this story [slashdot.org] last year. She did nuclear physics AND was the first female professor at the Sorbonne.

Re:How is this news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153423)

FTFA: "The Guinea Pig Girlfriend, Glenda"

methinks it won't last

Re:How is this news? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153549)

For those who don't know, here's the wikipedia [wikipedia.org] article.

Re:How is this news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153045)

Normally i leave the computer work to myself, and let the girlfriend take care of putting together the dinner during. ;)

Re:How is this news? (4, Interesting)

Xiroth (917768) | about 7 years ago | (#20153051)

Yeah, this really comes across as slimey geek porn. I'm as sex-starved as the rest of the inhabitants here, but putting something like this up on the front page is just...ew.

Re:How is this news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153057)

To generate a few hundred rude comments about the pictures of the girlfriend?

I wonder which will win, "I'd hit that!" or "she's not that hot"?

Re:How is this news? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153075)

This is /. Both are true.

Re:How is this news? (1)

masdog (794316) | about 7 years ago | (#20153095)

And if this was that other site, Studman_69 would be telling us how her knees are too sharp.

Re:How is this news? (1)

PWill (1006147) | about 7 years ago | (#20153061)

Why is this on the front page of slashdot?
To make all of us single Slashdotters feel like shit ;_;

Re:How is this news? (2, Funny)

mwvdlee (775178) | about 7 years ago | (#20153079)

It's a geek, and he's got a girlfriend... of course this is major news!

Re:How is this news? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153097)

Person puts computer together while boyfriend watches. Why is this on the front page of slashdot?

First, a self-professed geek (see author bio), has a girlfriend. This alone deserves several duplicates on slashdot front page. Second, astonishingly, she is not ugly. This would deserve to be on the NYTimes or FoxNews. Third, he manages to combine voyeurism and shiny new hardware - all this documented with color pictures !

Re:How is this news? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153569)

Not ugly? You better get somebody to drive you to the optometrist, you're obviously way overdue for a checkup.

Re:How is this news? (5, Insightful)

91degrees (207121) | about 7 years ago | (#20153453)

A geek managed to watch and not interfere while someone with less experience than them assembled a PC!

Have you any idea how difficult this is? We're all control freaks.

Re:How is this news? (1)

LarsG (31008) | about 7 years ago | (#20153469)

Because it is the ultimate geek pr0n?

Re:How is this news? (2, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | about 7 years ago | (#20153495)

Person puts computer together while boyfriend watches. Why is this on the front page of slashdot?

1. That person is female. Not that girls can't build computers, but rather that ...
2. A geek has a female SO.
3. Power tools.
4. Shiny new hardware.
5. Girl with power tools and shiny new hardware.
6. Quite attractive girl with power tools and shiny new hardware.
7. Quite attractive geek girl with... you know the rest.

I think it ain't so much that it's a computer or that she's female. It's a combination thereof. Oh, and, yeah, she built it or something. Did anyone actually read the article? Oh, suuure.

Re:How is this news? (1)

coldincalifornia (903694) | about 7 years ago | (#20153525)

come on -- the dude's girlfriend was up for doing an engineering project with him. i think he found a winner.

Im in ur Slashdot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153031)

...posting my vacation picturez.

Innuendo? (1)

LoRdTAW (99712) | about 7 years ago | (#20153035)

Re:Innuendo? (1)

atarione (601740) | about 7 years ago | (#20153089)

why the hell does she need a power screw driver to build this thing again?

reality (5, Interesting)

User 956 (568564) | about 7 years ago | (#20153039)

When his lovely girlfriend Glenda needed a new PC, Jason Cross, who spends much of the week assembling PCs with the latest gear to test for ExtremeTech, decided he would let her build it herself.

This article doesn't read so much as "hey guys, it's possible for a girl to put together a PC", so much as it reads "Hey guys, look at my girlfriend. No, really, I have one. Let me show you her."

Re:reality (4, Insightful)

gowen (141411) | about 7 years ago | (#20153099)

This article doesn't read so much as "hey guys, it's possible for a girl to put together a PC"
And even if it did, how patronising is THAT? This isn't 1870. In the past 150 years, women have discovered elements, invented whole new areas of mathematics, unravelled DNA, walked in space, become Prime Ministers and Presidents, run multinational companies, fought and died in wars, raced stock cars, and ... well, pretty much everything men can do except a very narrowly defined range of elite athletic performance.

And the only reason it took so long is that we men did everything in our power not to let them.

Now, we're supposed to wonder that a woman used a screwdriver without impaling herself through the hand?

Pass.

Re:reality (3, Insightful)

QuantumG (50515) | about 7 years ago | (#20153139)

Not to be politically incorrect, but the fact is that the vast majority of women will not even attempt what this woman has, where-as the vast majority of men will.

I'm sure every time someone puts up a blog about how they raised a barn on the weekend (complete with happy snaps) the people in the developing world think "yeah, so what?"

It's not a question of capability..

Re:reality (2, Insightful)

gowen (141411) | about 7 years ago | (#20153179)

whereas the vast majority of men will.
Really? The "vast majority" of men will build, or consider building, their own computers. You really believe that? The vast majority?

You really, really need to widen your social circle. The vast majority of men, and a vaster majority of women, are about as likely to build their own PCs as they are to build their own houses.

Re:reality (0, Offtopic)

QuantumG (50515) | about 7 years ago | (#20153243)

Hate to tell you this, but if a professional house builder offered to supervise an average man while he built his own house, the average man would say "sign me up!" If you don't feel that is the case either, I strongly suggest you widen your social circle.

Re:reality (1)

greenrd (47933) | about 7 years ago | (#20153485)

The average man can't afford to build his own house. Duh.

Re:reality (1)

Eivind (15695) | about 7 years ago | (#20153357)

You're overstating it. There's no indication that the *ONLY* reason women didn't do these things historically was being prevented by men.

Sure, that was *one* of the reasons, but not the only one.

I agree though that it's completely underwhelming that a woman is capable of putting together a PC -- after having been adviced on part-list by her nerd boyfriend and having him assist her. Many women are even capable of putting together a PC with no help whatsoever, which is also not really a spectaculat feat.

Re:reality (1)

syousef (465911) | about 7 years ago | (#20153347)

Actually it reads more like "Lookie I've brainwashed my chickie and can get her to do the work when she asks for help". It also comes across as condescending. Of course a woman with sufficient interest and motivation could put together a PC, or at least many/most women will be able to. To me that's a given. Having a vagina doesn't suddenly mean you're incapable of putting together what essentially is a technical jigsaw puzzle.

Hell I'm more interested in software so while I've fiddled with adding components, I've never built a PC from scratch - I get someone who does it for a living to do it for me when I need one put together.

Aw hell if this all it takes to get onto /. perhaps I should get pics of my fiancee doing advanced edits in photo editing software and put together a "story". ;-)

Re:reality (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153435)

After the epic build, the two lovebirds settled in to view that fine piece of American cinema, "Glen or Glenda?"

WTF? (5, Insightful)

gowen (141411) | about 7 years ago | (#20153041)

Geek has girlfriend. Film at 11.

Look, I'm sure this was fun, and all, but seriously... When did "Stuff that matters" become "Some guy's holiday snaps."

Re:WTF? (1)

QuantumG (50515) | about 7 years ago | (#20153085)

Thank the Firehose. In case you're curious what Slashdot is turning into, here's the future [kuro5hin.org] . Get out before they open the fiction section.

"RAM Bandits XVI" (1)

Kadin2048 (468275) | about 7 years ago | (#20153219)

Give it time; eventually, Slashdot will be just like Cinemax. Respectably lowbrow during the day, soft-core porn at night, infomercials when everyone's passed out already.

Girlfirend my ass... (1)

Heston (1122839) | about 7 years ago | (#20153053)

This guy was clearly spying on her...Why a girl would try to build a computer out of curiosity is still a mystery.

Re:Girlfirend my ass... (3, Funny)

nick_davison (217681) | about 7 years ago | (#20153077)

Girlfirend my ass...
OK, I know these things are confusing, your parents were probably embarrassed talking about it and you're a nerd so you didn't figure you'd need to know anyway...

But, when the nice priest tries to "girlfriend" your ass, it's OK to call him a bad man.

Re:Girlfirend my ass... (1)

RuBLed (995686) | about 7 years ago | (#20153171)

Yup sounds too familiar... let's see...

A girl (woot)
A camera
A power tool
Several good photographs while the girl is doing something...
A title like Couple Bonding through PC Building..

Yup sounds too familiar....

lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153067)

MY GIRLFRIEND

Schools (2, Interesting)

n3tcat (664243) | about 7 years ago | (#20153087)

This is the sort of thing that should have been introduced in schools ages ago. Especially with the number of outdated computers they've gotten rid of. These would be perfect fodder for hardware classes.

And it really doesn't take more than a couple hours for all the kids to get a hands on experience with it.

Re:Schools (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153119)

What, girlfriends? That would be an interesting lab.

Re:Schools (1)

Eco-Mono (978899) | about 7 years ago | (#20153323)

It happens, you know... I have a friend who teaches an "A+ Computer Repair Certification" class at her local high school.

News For Nerds - Stuff That Matters (-1)

Swampash (1131503) | about 7 years ago | (#20153091)

Riiiiiiiiiight.

SLOW NEWS DAY? (1)

atarione (601740) | about 7 years ago | (#20153107)

while i have to agree with those that kinda wonder why this is on the front page

at least it isn't a iPhone story

my g/f needed a new computer a bit ago...I did try to get her to build it with me...(you know me show her how to do it and what not)

zero interest on her part...she just didn't care..she just wanted me to do it and tell me when it was done..... which is fine and all.

I dont beleive this for a second! (2, Funny)

Jackie_Chan_Fan (730745) | about 7 years ago | (#20153113)

Look at his girl! Come on. This fake as can be. Notice the well exposed photos too. Is her Boyfriend an expert at photography too?

HOT CHICK was a dead give away. FAKE.

Re:I dont beleive this for a second! (0)

ypps (1106881) | about 7 years ago | (#20153215)

Well, I'd say she looks about average. And of course it's self-evident that only extremely ugly girls could ever learn how to do anything remotely technical. Like putting some cards into slots and pulling a few screws. After all, the X-chromosome does not have screwdriving hard-coded into it, that's in the Y-chromosome! Yeah it's fake for sure.

Re:I dont beleive this for a second! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153337)

hot?
uhhh

Re:I dont beleive this for a second! (0)

gujo-odori (473191) | about 7 years ago | (#20153477)

Dude, if you think she's hot, you really, really, really need to get out more. I know this is /., but c'mon :)

GAAAAH!!! (5, Informative)

mark-t (151149) | about 7 years ago | (#20153125)

She's using a power-screwdriver on a computer????

For crying out loud, it's a computer case, not a swingset and not furniture... The point of the screw is to hold things in place, not to fix them so fast that they are going to be resistant to coming out.

I was taught that you _ALWAYS_ hand-tighten screws on a computer case, and even then only just to the point that it just stops turning freely, because that way you won't accidentally strip the threads.

Re:GAAAAH!!! (1)

bigtangringo (800328) | about 7 years ago | (#20153421)

Oye vey dude, my relatively cheap electric drill has a torque setting. With an electric screwdriver I imagine it's pretty easy to get a feel for the torque on the screw, not to mention any settings it might have.

I've stripped more threads by hand than I have with an electric, even then I can probably count them on one hand.

Re:GAAAAH!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153439)

Power screwdrivers, even the cheap ones, come with a nifty little torque feature. Some hand-held jobs lock when not active so you can set the torque really low and hand tighten after they slip. It's all about productivity.

Like gotos, globals, and pointers for programmers, you were told not to use power screwdrivers because you'll just end up making a mess that others will have to clean up.

Re:GAAAAH!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153455)

Those screwdrivers can be set to different resistances. It's one thing to do it by hand if you only open your case when you buy a new graphics card, but if you're screwing all day (hur hur), you really need an electric drill to ease the stress on your wrist. Not to mention it's also a hell of a lot faster.

Re:GAAAAH!!! (5, Funny)

gujo-odori (473191) | about 7 years ago | (#20153465)

My dad always hand-tightens screws on computer cases. Of course, most people need a power screwdriver to get them *out* after he's tightened them, but...

what a shitty BF though.. (5, Insightful)

Indy1 (99447) | about 7 years ago | (#20153127)

he made her install Vista. Shame to build such a nice box, and put the worst possible OS on it.

Re:what a shitty BF though.. (1)

QuantumG (50515) | about 7 years ago | (#20153163)

I love that score.. 5.6. Great. 5.6 out of what Microsoft? Six? Ten? A hundred?

Fuckin' genius.

Re:what a shitty BF though.. (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | about 7 years ago | (#20153275)

I also wonder about that, and I think it's a logarithmic scale up to 6. You can throw in all the power you want, it's only going to approach 6, never attain it.

Re:what a shitty BF though.. (1)

GFree (853379) | about 7 years ago | (#20153285)

No, you're just ignorant and prefer to Microsoft instead.

Everyone who's spent enough time with Vista knows the Experience Score is rated out of 5.9, so her score is pretty decent.

Like the stock market (1)

Namarrgon (105036) | about 7 years ago | (#20153365)

Bloody right. I've always wondered what the Dow goes up to, as well. While you're at it, clue me in on the maximum limits of Moh's scale, Scovilles, pH and Degrees Celsius too.

Re:Like the stock market (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153587)

For Scovilles, it's obviously 16000000, and Moh's scale has been chosen arbitrarily to be between 1 and 10.

Re:what a shitty BF though.. (2, Informative)

Baricom (763970) | about 7 years ago | (#20153433)

At the moment, it's 5.9. 6.0 and up is undefined and reserved for future hardware changes. (P.S., this is the first result [windowsvistablog.com] for the query "vista experience scale" on Google.)

Re:what a shitty BF though.. (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | about 7 years ago | (#20153263)

Actually, I was more like: "What, only 2Gig RAM? That's the minimum for Vista. I wouldn't get an XP machine without 2Gig of RAM these days".

Interesting? Not really. (5, Insightful)

Merritt.kr (1120467) | about 7 years ago | (#20153129)

I'm a girl. I build and rip apart computers all the time. And every time I do, MY girlfriend is always bugging me to let her get in there with the screwdriver! Maybe I should write up a story and take some pictures: "The lesbian geek couple mess with computer innards!" Oooohhh.

Let me be the first to say... (5, Funny)

Kadin2048 (468275) | about 7 years ago | (#20153161)

I'm a girl. I build and rip apart computers all the time. And every time I do, MY girlfriend is always bugging me to let her get in there with the screwdriver! Maybe I should write up a story and take some pictures: "The lesbian geek couple mess with computer innards!" Oooohhh.
Useless without pics.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

Merritt.kr (1120467) | about 7 years ago | (#20153173)

Useless without pics.

I DID mention pictures.

Re:Interesting? Not really. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153227)

nobody cares if you are girl, if you are not hot. even lesbian must be hot

Re:Interesting? Not really. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153259)

I hear there are lots of hot girls in Iraq and Sudan. Maybe you should go to either of these places? There's none in Antarctica though, so stay away from there.

Re:Interesting? Not really. (2, Funny)

Xiroth (917768) | about 7 years ago | (#20153271)

On the other hand, let me be the first to say: please don't. At this stage I really am afraid that it'd be posted.

Re:Interesting? Not really. (1)

Merritt.kr (1120467) | about 7 years ago | (#20153327)

Don't worry, I'm with you. I may be a woman, but when I log on to Slashdot, I expect to hear about news in the tech industry in one form or another, or something of interesting relevance. "Hey, a girl I'm dating made a computer with me watching", somehow, just doesn't cut it. At least not for my expectations. I'd rather have a slow news day with a lack of news items, than a day that requires stupid posts to prove that it's a slow day. I don't know about you, but I have better things to do with my time: If not, I could always browse blog sites for that kind of crap. :)

Re:Interesting? Not really. (3, Interesting)

ypps (1106881) | about 7 years ago | (#20153319)

Now we're talking! You could make a whole website around that idea, honestly.

Watch for the follow up. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153137)

I wonder if Slash dot will publish a expose on me walking my dog? Perhaps me grocery shopping?

Today must be a slow news day.... (0, Redundant)

Arimus (198136) | about 7 years ago | (#20153177)

For the sake of humanity can the editors please get a grip (sound of karma evapourating) - while this might be a nice fluffy story for the middle pages of a red-top tabloid (just by the agony aunt letters) wtf is it doing as a /. story???

Re:Today must be a slow news day.... (3, Funny)

deltacephei (842219) | about 7 years ago | (#20153223)

It appears to be the first story tagged under "relationships" and the second tagged as "romance." Next up look for "recipes", "ab crunches" and "what he REALLY wants in bed!"

Re:Today must be a slow news day.... (1)

Arimus (198136) | about 7 years ago | (#20153247)

LOL.

Apart from that he can't be a die-hard geek- he actually has a girlfriend (and one which looks real not just some warped figmant of his darkest desires ;) )

New kind of porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153193)

This is the new kind of porn - geek girls with screwdrivers

Let's all take this as a reminder to (5, Insightful)

The Iso (1088207) | about 7 years ago | (#20153203)

Go to the Firehose and bury inconsequential stories.

Re:Let's all take this as a reminder to (1)

Arimus (198136) | about 7 years ago | (#20153217)

Strangly enough the firehose was where I headed to after reading the navel-fluff which is currently passing as stories

Re:Let's all take this as a reminder to (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153305)

Boy, doing /.'s job for them sure does sound like fun.

Windows Experience Index? (4, Insightful)

QuantumG (50515) | about 7 years ago | (#20153231)

Having seen this screen shot [extremetech.com] I had to ask, what is a Windows Experience Index? It seems this machine has a score of 5.6. Great, what's that out of Microsoft? 10? That's pretty crappy. Maybe it's out of six?

So I googled for a bit and eventually found this page [microsoft.com] . Which says "The base scores currently range from 1 to 5.9." WTF? So it's out of 4.9 and you just add 1 for fun, is that it? I wonder if it's a linear scale or what.. maybe it's logarithmic.

If this is how broken the business rules of their software are, I can only imagine how broken the implementation must be.

Microsoft, you're a disgrace.

Re:Windows Experience Index? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153293)

it has no maximum because computers tend to get faster all the time

Re:Windows Experience Index? (1)

driftingAimfully (516201) | about 7 years ago | (#20153301)

Adding 1 to the score is daft, I agree. And they should explain the scale better. But it doesn't have to be "out of" anything? As hardware improves that top score of 5.9 is going to get higher and higher. Imagine if they changed the scale so that 5.9 was 10. And then next year: "yeah, but mine goes up to 11". :)

Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and...
Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Marty DiBergi: I don't know.
Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.

Re:Windows Experience Index? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153425)

And when I click on "What do these numbers mean?", I get nothing.

Precisely!

Re:Windows Experience Index? (1)

revengebomber (1080189) | about 7 years ago | (#20153497)

I wonder if it's a linear scale or what.. maybe it's logarithmic.
Actually, it's a limacon.

Don't ask how I know.

Re:Windows Experience Index? (1)

drsmithy (35869) | about 7 years ago | (#20153533)

Having seen this screen shot I had to ask, what is a Windows Experience Index? It seems this machine has a score of 5.6. Great, what's that out of Microsoft? 10? That's pretty crappy. Maybe it's out of six?

Not every number is "out of" something. For example, the speed ratings AMD put on their CPUs.

So I googled for a bit and eventually found this page. Which says "The base scores currently range from 1 to 5.9." WTF? So it's out of 4.9 and you just add 1 for fun, is that it? I wonder if it's a linear scale or what.. maybe it's logarithmic.

Have you never seen benchmark scores that are expressed relative to some base score like 100 (or 10, or 1000) ? This is exactly the same thing.

If this is how broken the business rules of their software are, I can only imagine how broken the implementation must be.

If you can't get your head around the concept of a "performance index", which is one of the most popular forms of measuring relative performance in computing, you're swimming in the wrong pool.

Re:Windows Experience Index? (1)

Toreo asesino (951231) | about 7 years ago | (#20153555)

Actually, it quite useful for developers if nothing else. If you know you application takes lots of resources up, you can check the WEI of the machine which will give you a far better indication of overall performance than trying to figure it out yourself.

In other words it gives n00bs the ability to see how shit or great their system is without know how to benchmark, and it gives devs the ability to know how well their app is likely to perform.

Yeah honey, I listened to your needs, honest! (5, Interesting)

nick_davison (217681) | about 7 years ago | (#20153239)

She gave him her list of needs, he came up with a part list
Her list ran:

Run Word or another word processor for college stuff
Heavy Internet surfing (multiple windows)
Store and play plenty of music
Store and manage big digital art files, including many-layered Photoshop files
Operate quietly
Play the latest games without turning details way down
Dropping $400 on a GPU when gaming is at the bottom of her list then skimping on $100 of memory when she's trying to run large PSDs on Vista screams of a gamer who once again ignored what he was being asked to get in favor of what he thought was cool.

2GB of ram will just about get Vista running with a little left over for smaller PSDs. The size PSDs she's talking about will be thrashing the hard drive to run. Doubling that ram up to 4GB, what's generally regarded as the sweet spot for Vista anyway, and dropping to a $300 graphics card would serve her far better for her main needs and let her still run pretty much any modern game with pretty decent quality settings.

But, hey, he gets to reassure himself it's a sweet gaming rig with that quad core processor and the 8800. Just a shame that was lowest on her list of requirements and likely added after a few rounds of, "Are you sure you wouldn't like to play games? I know they're not your main focus. But surely you'd like the option, right?"

Even ignoring that she plays Civ IV and Oblivion (both of which will run just fine on much cheaper hardware), he commits a cardinal sin amongst gamers too: He bought what he figured would be great for running a game in the future (Spore), not what was needed for her level of gaming now. Spore won't be out until sometime next year and probably late spring at the earliest from what they're saying. That $100 off the GPU now wouldn't cost her much right now, would get her the memory that would really aid her, and she'll likely want to upgrade to whatever the latest and greatest GPU is in a year's time for Spore anyway. At that point, it'll be pretty much guaranteed that $300 on nVidia's 9xxx series will beat $400 on the 8xxx series now and have whatever fun and exciting new features the 9xxx series has that nVidia worked with Maxis to get in to Spore.

It's cool to share building their PC with your girlfriend/wife/mother/friend/anyone who wouldn't normally build one, giving them a real sense of ownership and achievement with their new PC. But fooling yourself in to believing they need what you think is cool, rather than actually listening to their needs, is a great way to undo a lot of that when they realize they got you something cool rather than built what was right for them.

And, yes, this comes from a guy who sat there while his wife tapped on dozens of keyboards because she figured I'd make sure it simply worked and so the most important thing to her was the keyboard felt right. To me, that was crazy. To her, it was what mattered. So, crazy or not, I listened and made sure she got what felt perfect to her.

Re:Yeah honey, I listened to your needs, honest! (1, Interesting)

QuantumG (50515) | about 7 years ago | (#20153257)

4GB of ram as a "sweet spot".. just to run the OS.. is beyond crazy. Personally, I hope Microsoft drop support for XP early in an attempt to force people to upgrade to Vista, sending droves of people off to run Linux (or at least a Mac) and completely kill themselves in the market place. It's just insane.

Re:Yeah honey, I listened to your needs, honest! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153283)

4gb is not a sweetspot, its over kill. for vista 2gb is enough

Re:Yeah honey, I listened to your needs, honest! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153491)

Aw... you're so cool and know so much. Yeah, get that 4GB RAM for a 32-bit OS. See how useful it is to you. If you're really counting pennies, then go for 3GB RAM. You'll see very little of the fourth GB on modern hardware, so the dollars you spend taking it from 3GB to 4GB on a 32-bit OS aren't much different to dollars you set aflame with a cigarette lighter.

in other news (1)

quakehead3 (988738) | about 7 years ago | (#20153241)

how to assemble a girlfriend...

Re:in other news (1)

deniable (76198) | about 7 years ago | (#20153487)

MOV HerStuff, YourPlace

Interesting article, lame site (1)

SamP2 (1097897) | about 7 years ago | (#20153245)

Can someone explain to me, WHY OH WHY, does is the article split into not two, not three, but ten, TEN!! tiny chunks of text?

And no, there is no AJAX-shmajax or any other of that fancy stuff...

- Which means that every time I go to the new slice, the WHOLE page needs to reload.

- Tons of garbage served on each instance reduce the readable text to 20% of the overall page content.

- The time to click on "next", wait for the page to reload, and then find where I left off the last page, exceeds the time it took me to read the tiny slice of text.

- I can live with wasted bandwidth (even though many dialupers can't), but can the server, with thousands of readers? EXACTLY the same headers, RSS feeds, ads, etc. were loaded each page, so it's not like they even "won" by serving me more different advertisements.

Seriously, WHY do sites like doing this crap? Do they think it makes me more attached to the site? Do they think they can imprint an extra layer of "corporate image" (read bullshit waste of space) on top of the actual article? Heck, yea, they did achieve a lasting impression... Just not the kind they'd hope for.

Sorry, I know this is not on the topic of the subject matter of the article, but since you link it to this site, I'd at least like to know what's the motivation for the site webmasters of being a pain in the ass to both the readers and their own stupid selves.

Either these guys (webmasters, not actual people who made the computer in the article) learn the KISS principle, or they can just KISS MY ASS because I'm not coming back.

Re:Interesting article, lame site (1)

nonos (158469) | about 7 years ago | (#20153547)

The article is splitted to show more commercials. Use a text mode web browser (I use links) and stop complaining.

My gf has a mac... (1)

ocp (598857) | about 7 years ago | (#20153289)

... and we do 'other' activities together while we are not putting together the computer and *more importantly* while we are not installing windows.

Re:My gf has a mac... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153335)

... and we do 'other' activities together while we are not putting together the computer and *more importantly* while we are not installing windows.
No windows? Guess you don't want any peeping Toms during your 'other' activities.

A slap in the face of gender equality (5, Insightful)

zarkzervo (634677) | about 7 years ago | (#20153363)

My significant other plays video games, has a far better computer than I and she actually played Planetarion. I don't consider my story newsworthy.

This is just another way of saying: "Hey, World! Here on Slashdot, we consider women far inferior to men when it comes to technology. We can't imagine girls interested in computers, so we will make it a headline whenever a girl tries something techy."

Come on!

It's not TRUE love ... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153385)

He let her install Vista on her shiny new PC! :(

Operating system (4, Funny)

tokul (682258) | about 7 years ago | (#20153391)

Friends don't let friends install Vista.

Lunix? (1)

idetik (1121779) | about 7 years ago | (#20153413)

But does she run Linux?

Re:Lunix? (2, Funny)

nonos (158469) | about 7 years ago | (#20153531)

Her name is Glenda, so she runs Plan 9 (http://plan9.bell-labs.com/plan9/glenda.html)

It's a trap! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20153459)

Let us hope that isn't Glenda _Adams_.
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