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Should I have waited?

October 9th, 2009 at 01:09 pm

My ethernet port was broken on my computer. The port is part of my motherboard which doesn't have any room for expansion (can't just add an ethernet card). I ended up deciding to upgrade the major components since I needed to replace them anyways (likely excuse).

I probably spent a week shopping for all the parts, decided to do an upgrade instead of a completely new computer simply to keep costs down. It cut the total cost in half. That said, I am building a monster.

I have the money but I do feel a little guilty. I was going to wait. Everyone else knew it wouldn't be for long but my goal was to wait as long as possible. Why is it that once I decide a plan of action, I almost immediately put it into place?

I used to be a big time procrastinator (stopped because it became too painful thanks to sleep deprivation and project pile ups) but nowadays, once I decide to do something, its already started.

I think part of my problem this time is that this is the first time I have done this type of project so I am excited to get working on it. Its built-in entertainment. If I had stuck with prebuilt computers, I probably could have waited months (or until I had wanted to play my pc games and they wouldn't run because I can't activate the reinstalled windows). Paying money for something isn't nearly as exciting as doing something.

*Sigh* Does anyone else tend to jump the gun on projects? I seem to always need to pace myself and I am not sure how other than don't do it if I don't have the cash.

5 Responses to “Should I have waited?”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    I am the "jump the gun type." Balance that with "don't do anything I don't have cash for," and it works out.

    In the end, it comes out to a decent balance.

    But I completely understand. There are many things that I just want to jump in and finish. I've actually made quite a few rather rash decisions in my life. But because I had the cash, they usually turned out pretty okay.

  2. Broken Arrow Says:

    Haha, this is totally speaking to me. I felt like I was jumping the gun too when I was building mine. Still do. But sooner or later, you just do it and that's that.

    Here's a thought though: Windows 7 is coming in two weeks. Just 2 weeks! And I've heard a lot of really good things about it.

    If you were to hold off at least the OS installation until then, and then go straight to 7, I'll bet you can save yourself a bunch of upgrade headaches that way.

    Just a thought!

  3. Caoineag Says:

    Funny you mention that BA, that was my plan. The supplies don't come till next week and I will want a weekend or two to put it together in case things go wrong and then I will order the OEM version of Windows 7. I am looking forward to having a 64-bit operating system that is stable.

    Thanks Monkeymama, it is cash only from now on so that does help a little. Still, I have to balance my other goals with things like this. There is a limit to the cash.

  4. Avery Says:

    You should stay with your old computer if possible,you should wait for it as long as possible,the technology is changing rather fast,and you can enjoy high advanced technology and cheap price,when they are not that hot like launched at the first time.

    Good luck dude.

    Avery

  5. baselle Says:

    I totally jump the gun on projects. I used to procrastinate in high school and college, now I don't - my job just kicks it out of me.

    Sometimes if I get the feeling like an expensive project is coming up .... eg buying a house, something I want to do in a couple of years, I have to do the mental equivalent of sticking my fingers in my ears and saying "la la la la". If I don't, I will look, and if I look I will find ... a couple of years too early.

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