Last weekend I upgraded my computer. It was five years old and still going strong, but when I heard my brother was upgrading his machine I offered him £150 for his old parts because they were better than what I had.
For the geeks among you, I had a Q6600 on an Abit IP35 motherboard with 2GB of RAM. Yes, 2GB of RAM. I came to the conclusion that after trying many different sticks in as many different combinations my motherboard must have been faulty, because it just would not accept more memory. But it didn’t really matter, because I managed just fine for over 5 years and I use big programs like Lightroom (of course) and occasionally edit video.
People make a big fuss about how much memory they have in their computers, and tend to grossly overstate their requirements. I think most of them do so to convince themselves that the nice shiny new Mac or PC they have their eye on is a justified purchase. I’ve been around computers for such a long time that I don’t buy into all the latest high spec gear any more, much like a race car driver wouldn’t be obsessed with owning a high performance car for the road. As long as it comfortably does the job, anything beyond that is a bit of a waste.
My new setup is fairly modest – a last-generation Core i3 processor and 12GB of RAM. I didn’t even look what brand the motherboard was, let alone what model. Going from 2GB to 12GB is a bit of a leap – I’ve got more RAM than I know what to do with now. I’ve been playing with Windows 8 over the last couple of days inside a virtual machine which I allocated 4GB of memory to, just because I could. It amazes me the pace of technology sometimes – our home PCs can run two operating systems, one on top of the other, without batting an eyelid. My first computer had 1MB of RAM!
Anyway, below are some close up shots of the old motherboard. I hope to find it a new home because there is nothing wrong with it, although I don’t think I’ll get much on eBay. I have a friend who collects old parts so I’ll see if he wants it.
I still remember the day I built the computer quite clearly and the sense of relief when it powered up for the first time. Since then it’s done a lot of good work. It might be a soulless commodity, but it has some history.
And I know it’s silly, but I am a little bit sad to see it go.
These were all shot with the 17-40mm f/4 L with a couple of the Kenko tubes fitted. That lens is pretty damn sharp for a zoom.