We already know what I’d do
In my last post, I talked about the desktop I’m building with my hardware budget for this year (and, uh, some of next year’s, too…). Based on awesome feedback from you all, I made a few changes to the specs.
And holy cow, ordering made things even more different. Here were the problems I ran into:
- The websites with the lowest prices were often out of stock on items with no restock date
- Some websites said they had things in stock, but after my order was placed I got sad face emails
- The number of items I wanted were only partially available
With everything ordered, plus tax (holy cow the tax), I ended up a little extra over budget, and with a 1 TB M.2 instead of the 512 GB.
Why? I already had to pare down the number of SSDs I was getting because of stock limitations, and a price bump. I can try again for those in the new year.
Of course, the 1 TB M.2 is a pre-order, so I’m going to be waiting a bit for that. Fun!
What went well?
I found the CPU and MB at Microcenter for much lower prices, so things balanced out a little bit. I was able to walk over and pick both up same day.
The worst parts about this experience?
- It was like 0 degrees Kelvin and windy for my 20 minute walk
- I now have to fight the urge to try to jam them in my laptop
Now it’s your turn
I don’t mean that Brent is giving you $3k to build a computer. I’m curious what kind of specs you’d choose for different scenarios.
- Scenario One: You have a $5k budget to build a server for your developers to use. Assume local storage.
- Scenario Two: You have a $15k budget (not including licensing) to build a server for Standard Edition. Assume the server needs local storage, and will be taking part in Log Shipping.
- Scenario Three: You have a $50k budget (not including licensing) to build a server for Enterprise Edition. Assume the server needs local storage, and will be taking part in an AG.
- Scenario Four: You have $3k to build a computer to play your favorite video game on, and you get to donate whatever’s left to your favorite charity.
How would you spend money differently in different scenarios?
Thanks for reading!
Brent says: I got so excited when I realized it was my turn, and then I realized I was going to spend the next hour working on it. Damn you, Erik…