Category: Computers

I just went to Best Buy at Santana Row (in San Jose) to pick up a game I bought online.  I didn’t expect it to be a learning experience, but it was.  I learned that I should not shop at Best Buy.

Just a few numbers from the experience:

  • Time of arrival at Best Buy - 8:30 pm Sunday, November 23rd
  • Amount of money spent at Best Buy – $8.65
  • Time spent browsing in the store – 20 minutes
  • Number of people in line when I got in the “Store Pick up” line – 2 (not counting myself)
  • Number of people who cut in line while I was waiting - 1
  • Number of people at the counter serving people - 1
  • Time it took for me to get to the front of the line – 30 minutes
  • Time it took for me to give the girl my name, and for her to find my item – approximately 2 minutes
  • Time of departure from Best Buy – 9:25 pm

I waited in line for 30 minutes so I could get my $8 game, and I will not be going back.  Best Buy got a little bit of money from me and alienated me as a customer.

Compare that to the fact that I spent about $100 on Steam this week during which I was visiting with my family for Thanksgiving.  I didn’t have to wait in line, got what I as a customer consider some great deals, and was left feeling very happy.

My experience with Amazon this week was much like Steam.  Great buys and I’m happy about the whole experience.

Man I love the internet.

Photos here.  After five years, my good ol’ A8N-SLI Premium has been retired. It had itself a long run, but it’s now been replaced with the following wolf in sheep’s clothing:

Specs are as follows:

  • Lian Li A05NB case
  • Asus P6X58D
  • Intel i7 930
  • 6GB 1600MHz RAM at 7-7-7-24
  • ATI Radeon 5770 1GB
  • 80GB Intel X25-M SSD
  • 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green
  • Sata Lightscribe DVD burner (I didn’t know about Lightscribe until now… neat stuff)
  • Front panel card-reader/fan controller/temp monitor
  • Seasonic X-650 modular power supply
  • Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler (It’s huge, but it DOES fit inside the Lian Li A05NB)

I’ve posted a gallery of all the parts and the build process here.

I HIGHLY recommend the Lian Li case.  It’s a joy to work with, it’s compact, and it’s light.  It’s also interesting because the power supply goes in the front, and the airflow is back to front.  This is good because the fresh air hits your CPU first, rather than last.

The Seasonic power supply was also a very nice surprise.  It’s my first modular supply, so it has that going for it, but it’s also very quiet.  I should mention also that the packaging is something worth experiencing.  Totally fancy.

And of course, having an SSD make for some really fast startup times (for Windows and applications in general).