For me, it will be a new desktop rig to prepare for the sweet, sweet games coming later this year (Fallout 4, mon amour) and during winter.
A bicycle! My old one got stolen :c Enjoy your new rig, it's totally worth the investment in my opinion!
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Me and the wife just picked up a couple of bikes last month. So, I might be able to offer a few notes...
- Trek, Specialized, and Giant are big names but there's a lot more out there. Giants are generally cheaper (200-300) while a Specialized will run you closer to 500. I personally liked the Giant's I tried out, but ended up with a Specialized Crosstrail due to it's gear shifting.
- From what I've read, about 500-600 is the sweet spot for bikes. Anything more expensive is just adding more features to the rig
- Hit every bike shop near you and test ride everything. seriously. I spend a month's worth of weekends driving to every one in the area and taking one out for a test ride. Ask them to write down the prices and models so you'll have that to refer to when you go back home
- Expect a number of additional purchases right off the bat, including car carrier, helmet, saddle, inter-tube, pump, tire patches, lube, and all of the crap you need to care and feed a baby bike. Bike shops will normally give you x% off if you pick them all up whenever you get a bike.
Eh, sort of a braindump. Hope some of that helps you. Don't hesitate to hit me up if you have any questions!
I'm not super knowledgeable I'm afraid, especially when it comes to light commuter type bikes because I'm a mountain bike guy. It is possible to save money and still get a great bike by buying something used, but maybe not the best idea if you don't know what you're looking for unless you can find someone knowledgeable to help you in your search. Sometimes people buy bikes and never really get around to using them, and then they sell them cheap even though they're in really good condition. So yeah, if you could find someone who knows a little bit about bikes to check them out with you, that's one option.
Fixed gear bikes or "fixies" seem to be popular at the moment. I don't know anything about them except that they seem to be cheaper and lighter, so they work well for some people.
I agree with idlethreat about Giant, I've had good experiences with Giant bikes. Of course there are loads of other great brands too!
Also aluminum is nice, it doesn't rust :D
Me to. I have a ok bike now, but it's not a good fit for me. I want a typical "Dutch" bike with a rack front and back and a upright riding position (and proper mud guards, chain guards and so on). So looking at a Workcycles Fr8 at the moment. Possibly with retrofitted e-assist. We'll see ...
Do you go to work/school with the bicycle or do you enjoy riding as a hobby?
Mostly as a hobby but I use it for transport sometimes too
It's not a huge purchase, but my next one will probably be a Raspberry Pi 2.
I currently use a Pi B+ as media center via OSMC and I plan on swapping it with the Pi 2 since it is faster and using the B+ for another project.
I have the old Pi at home but dont know any usefull Projects....? Any suggestions?
What about that other project?
A friend of mine recycled his Pi into a portable radio receptor.
I'm not entirely sure yet to me honest. There are so many cool projects you can do with them that it's hard to decide.
PlayStation 4! :) It's probably about 6 months out but I'm saving up and it will be just in time for a bunch of new releases!
I'm thinking about getting one of those too! I had the original playstation and I'm looking forward to getting back into gaming a little bit. I'm gonna pick up the Witcher 3 as well, that game looks awesome.
Well, probably a car for me. I'll be able to get my permit later this month, and eventually, after that I'm going to need a car. I just hope my parents are willing to help me out with it. I really don't have very much money.(That's totally my fault though) I'm lucky to have the parents I do, and I'm sure they'll help me pay for it, or even buy the whole thing like they did for my sister, but considering the costs of buying that, and later repairing it, I'm not sure how long it will be before a new car is even an option. I don't buy much else though, so even if it's a year before we buy it I still probably won't get anything. I guess it's possible that I'll get a new computer, but that seems unlikely, and the same for any gaming consoles. My phone is plenty up to date, so I don't need to waste any money on a new one. I think a car will most likely be my next purchase. Now look at that. You've gone and made me all excited!
I don't know where you live but back where and when I passed my driving lessons and tests (I failed once) it was such an annoying process to go through. Best of luck with getting your licence.
A tombstone. Something nice and slab-ish. I prefer something upright, as opposed to just a stupid marker lying in the grass.
A hefty chunk of granite is a good $5,000, installed.
Don't get me wrong: I'm not THAT old. I probably have at least another 40 years. But I think I've stopped making big purchases. When my Subaru blows up, I'll just fix it, or trade its corpse for something modest. Same thing for my electronics. I don't mind used computers.
Perhaps a weeping angel. I love how creepy those are.
Careful with that weeping angel.
It might come after you when you blink.
i was talking to my husband about this the other night,. decided i want my corpse bronzed in a weeping angel outfit and pose.
so then i can scare the hell out of people like that and if a magic-based zombie thing happens I can be a boss battle bronze weeping angel zombie of nightmares. The pyramid head of zombies.
and in the far future they can drill into the bronze for my fleshy parts and bring me back with cloning (and then the teleportation/cloning conversation happened again)
I'm both disturbed by and impressed with your plan.
thank you :D Not a lot of thought went into it, it just seems like that because my brain works on strange tangents
For me, I'm looking to pick up a small gaming system. I currently have a PC for games, but it's not quite up to snuff for any current stuff. One big requirement for me is that it has to be portable. Last time I went to a LAN party there were guys with huge boxes with tons of lights and fans. I'd feel stupid lugging that around.
Getting pretty close to pulling the trigger on a Syber Vapor K. Good specs, nice video card, good size. Would make for a nice general gaming box, or can stick it under the TV and use Steam's Big Picture.
I tried putting something together using pcpartpicker, but the pricing difference between build-my-own and the Syber was so small (< $200 bucks), there's probably no point in building it from scratch.
I'd still consider building a computer from scratch for three potential reasons:
1. You could get more powerful parts (either more ram or a better graphic cards)
2. Or you could buy the material that would help you move your potentially new gaming system (specially made case, bag, etc...)
3. Get another monitor (because you never have enough of them).
I see where you're coming from but, with the extent of gaming that I do, a manually-built system would cost me more in time and effort than it would ever save me in raw equipment pricing.
I figure a system would last me 3-4 years. By then, I'd be shopping around for a brand new Next Big Thing rather than trying to dust out my current shit pile and trying to upgrade it.
I don't know they don't list what brands they are using are specific parts.
You could try looking at this there are also some different cases some smaller some more compact that you could look at but I personally like that one. There are also a lot of places to save money with that one but this gives you the option of an SSD and a fully modular gold plus rated power supply and a few other premium things.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
CPU | Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor | $159.99 @ Micro Center
Motherboard | MSI H97M-E35 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard | $65.98 @ Newegg
Memory | A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory | $42.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $79.99 @ NCIX US
Storage | Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $52.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card | MSI Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card | $329.98 @ SuperBiiz
Case | BitFenix Prodigy M Midnight MicroATX Mini Tower Case | $77.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply | EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply | $64.99 @ NCIX US
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) | $86.98 @ OutletPC
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $991.38
| Mail-in rebates | -$30.00
| Total | $961.38
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-07-11 09:27 EDT-0400 |
Probably a 9mm but maybe a 40S&W or 45ACP. So many choices!
A double-barrelled 1911 firing 45ACP.
Always do in the excess!
How about a John Dillinger special? Automatic .38 1911 with an extended mag and a tommy gun fore grip? I'd love to get my hands on that for an afternoon.
Well... Eh... If you're an American citizen you can buy a M134 General Electric Minigun!
I'm thinking its time to replace my car. Its always fun to be driving around in a new vehicle but I'm nor really excited for the hassle of getting one.
But think of the smell of fine brand new synthetic leather filling your nostrils!
Best luck to go through the administrative papers.
Time to upgrade the old big screen. It's like a foot thick and the space around the screen is about 8 inches, massive compared to todays top of the line flatscreen TVs.
Remember: A new screen doesn’t improve the programming
A vacation to Mexico to celebrate my 30th birthday. I'm hoping that my thirties will bring me a new sense of peace and contentment that have been missing from my twenties. I'm still waiting to reach an "everything feels right in place" point in my life.
I'm going to be incredibly boring here, but I just moved into my first flat, and it's going to be a washing machine. Currently hand-washing clothes and it sucks. Roll on next pay day!
I was old enough to partly wash my own clothes when washing machines weren't a thing. When you've been washing by hand for a while, washing machine is the best and very exciting purchase, not boring in the least :)
I actually ordered it today. It comes Sunday. I can't wait :)
Upgrading my desktop for pretty much the same reason as you (Fallout 4 yessssss). In terms of next $100+ purchase though... it's faddish and not economical, but somebody talk me out of getting a Sodastream please.
A house!!! I'm so damn excited. Just gotta get my money right but we should be good to go in about 6-8 months.
I've been wanting a new DSLR for awhile now. The end of this summer or this fall I will finally have enough saved up for me to get a quality camera. It's been almost 8 years with my old one and I am pumped to try out something new. Now I'll have that old excitement of being scared of getting it dirty or dropping it while I'm out in the field.
That feeling when you're carrying your new tech stuff or glasses around, sheathing out the good old eyeglass tissue to wipe off the tiny spec of dust that was molesting your new acquisition!
Lol you describe it perfectly. The worst is the first time feeling of taking new equipment out in the kayak. Just doing things I've done thousands of times before like changing out lenses has to be done with super care. Make sure everything not in use is in the dry bag. With my old stuff I just don't worry about it as much because I would have loved to have the excuse to buy new equipment.
A new bass guitar, which will be my first high end bass.
Either the wiring harness and din kit for my new radio for my car or a better vape. Possibly a house(!!) If the financing comes through.
Eh, buying a house is a big and long-term investment. Hope you can pull it off if you go through with it.
Mine is either between a bike (for use on campus) or a tattoo, I feel the ink will cost a bit more
Dental surgery. My wisdom teeth have gotta go!
Just had my last one pulled on Thursday. Godspeed.
A drone... before they get banned from sale and become illegal to use!
We're buying a couple of Ikea shelving units, big ones for the lounge. then maybe we can finally display some of our cool stuff that's been in storage since we moved in.
then in the autumn it'll be an xbone + lego dimensions (as much of it as we can afford) because yuuuuus lego dimensions!!!
Planning on beefing up my computer set up by a lot. Which means a monitor, a (possibly wall mounted, still sort of pricing that) 4k monitor, a new desk, a new speaker system, a mechanical keyboard, and a really nice gaming mouse. Depending on what I go for with the desk, it could run me around $1000. Still, I would pretty much have the setup I've dreamed of since starting high school.
Either a car - Peugeot 107, Citroen C1 or Toyota Aygo
Or a house - in Ireland or Spain
Hopefully a new MacBook Pro when I graduate! I'm currently using the mid-2009 model and it's quite slow sometimes. I can manage 2 Adobe programs running simultaneously with the browser but when I bring Spotify or another Adobe program into the mix, it slows down real fast.
I'm quite of the Anti-Apple people myself but to each their own treasures.
To carry out heavy softwares I always advise to get a proper desktop with all the juicy computer parts to fine-tune the rig to your own wishes.
I do plan on getting a PC down the road though!
An Aeron chair for my home office. I spend more time in it than I do in my bed.
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TFW you can funnel out one's parent money for one's extravagant purchases.
Those were the good times!