Electric Blue was my “downstairs” computer, my secondary. Born April 24, 2006, declared officially dead November 16, 2015.
The sad thing is… all the components work great! (Uh, well, the IDE drive finally ran into the ground. And, yeah, okay, the CMOS battery is dead, but that wasn’t a big deal; I just had to leave an electricity bleed on it, or enter the current date when I booted up…) It’s just that WinDoze wouldn’t boot from the SATA drive!
The cosmic joke here… the secondary, SATA, drive is what I’ve been running Windows on for that machine. The IDE was the boot drive, but somewhere in the misty halls of memory, I had it immediately swap the IDE and SATA root partitions using Junction Link Magic or somesuch voodoo.
Anyway, after spending 8 hours trying to get Windows XP to accept the SATA as the root/boot drive… and Windows XP failing…! I had to decide to get on with my life.
Electric Blue, and my upstairs computer, Blue Steel (no relation to Zoolander; it’s a line from a Top Gun song) are from AVA Direct. I don’t get any kickbacks from AVA (wish I did, I always pimp them out whenever someone is looking to buy a new system), but I have to tell you just how cool these guys are.
I have been using them since… I don’t know when. Before having them build Electric Blue in 2006, I had ordered a MoBo/CPU combo to upgrade my then-current system. Then when I was ready to upgrade from Electric Blue, I ordered Blue Steel in 2009.
I found AVA Direct through… well, some search or other. But what clinched the deal for me was this… I went to Alienware (which was THE huge name in bleeding edge gaming machines… not some Dell subsidiary that they seem to be now??), and I specced out a not-quite-top-of-the-line gaming rig. Then I went to AVA, where I put together a list of comparable components and it came out about 500$ cheaper. Yep, ever since then, AVA have been “my boys” for my computers.
Not that I used them a lot, sadly. I mean, heh… I haven’t bought a new computer since 2009. :X But when I do use them, I get top notch all the way. When speccing Blue Steel, I had no idea what power supply I needed, but the guy I talked to (techs, not salespeople) told me what it would take to run my uber huge video card.
When I had money to expand my memory in Electric Blue… I was falling badly off the geek-wagon even back then, so I called up and said I’m an idiot, I don’t know what kind/flavor of memory goes in my machine. Again, I got a tech, not a salesman (do they even have salespeople?), who looked at my order history, and gave me a line on what brand was good that season. No, not the most expensive. Bonus!
Anyway, it has been a while, but I have been planning to get a new machine between now and February of 2016. Uh, I guess now is good, since I’m down to one computer. I know things change, and the good ol’ days don’t stay good. Little companies grow and turn into big conglomerates that suck.
I am hoping AVA is still the amazing group of “tech guys” that I remember. Because I don’t know when I’ll have money for a new computer beyond this one, so I hope it will last. I know one thing, when they put a machine together, that mofo lasts!
I was worried when I experimentally specced out a high-end system (with no clue) and it came out to 2500 dollars. And Dell Alienware were 1200? Oh my. But I went to New Egg to see if they were cheaper. And no, they weren’t.
Then I was reading some reviews for stuff at New Egg. Not to shine a bad light on them, but there were some reviews about systems being DOA, components not working, etc. And New Egg just being a distributor not a manufacturer. Well, AVA will build my machine, partition my drives how I want them, install the OS, and then do a 24 hour burn-in test, to make sure the system and all the components are running.
So yeah. I’m sticking with my boys at AVA! Stay Good, guys!