Damnation. I am burning through money. I just got through putting together my new computer…

When you finish Peace Corps there are two main places you get cash. One is your readjustment allowance which you accrued at a rate of $220 a month during your service. I’ve only gotten the third of it that you get in country at COS and that was $1800. The check was cut in expectation of my COS in September, so my two thirds ought to be a little more than $3600, maybe $4200 or so. The other money is you can get a check in lieu of the money they would have spent to fly you home. For me that was right at $2000.

My post-reentrance travels have already burned through $600 and I gave my dad $700 for his car tonight. I just about matched that with the $1100 I just spent on my new computer. It isn’t even all that fancy:

Part Maker Model Specification Cost
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-K8NS Socket 754; nForce 250; SATA RAID; 10/100 Ethernet; Realtek ALC850 Audio AC’97 $62
Processor AMD Sempron 2800+ 1.6ghz clock; L1: 128kb; L2: 256kb $88
Hard Drive Seagate ST3300631A-RK 300gb; 7200rpm; 8mb cache $200 ($100 x 2 for RAID)
DVD NEC ND3550A 16xDVD±R Dual Layer; 32xCD-RW; 2mb buffer $40
Monitor Viewsonic VX924 19″ LCD; $350
Video Card ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 128mb DDR SDRAM; AGP 8X; VGA; S-video; DVI-I $90
Case Enermax CS-800TA $52
Power Supply Enermax EG425P-SFMA24P (Noisetaker) 420W $63
Mouse Logisys MS700BL optical; 800dpi; four-direction scroll $20
Keyboard Microsoft Ergonomic 4000 $50

It’ll be nice to have a computer of my own again. I’m going to have to buy a laptop relatively soon as well because I plan on putting Fedora on this system and I’ll need a system running Windows to test websites with. That’ll come with time though.

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