Conflict of interest
There are times when we gamers do things to ourselves that any normal person would shake their head and walk away at.. This is my little moment…
Feb 1st, I ordered a new computer from Dell so that I could give my old HP some much needed rest, it’s ancient in computer terms. P4 2ghz system, 512Mb ram, 256Mb video card (AGP) and the HDD is only 40G and getting quite full.
I had ordered a system that would blow this out of the water without even noticing it was there, but is still on the low end side compared to the bleeding edge of computing.. But hey, I have a budget to work with and got the best I thought I could get. Intel Core 2 Duo (2.8GHZ dual core proc), 3GB ram, a ginormous hdd (500gb or so i think) and a 512BM Video card. Since i didn’t take one of the off the shelf packages, (I did upgrade the proc and memory slightly) their website said that it would be delivered around march 1st. OK, I can live with that….
about Feb 18th or so, I get an email from them that the pc build has been delayed to March 8th. Ok, not happy with this, but can live with it..
March 3rd I get a call from them, it has been delayed to the 15th. /frown alright, as long as it gets here. They had to call because by law they have to get permission to continue if delayed more than once. I also received an email notice that it was delayed and i needed to contact them. (dated the same day as the call I received.) I ignored that because of the call. (*** Mistake ***)
I’m rocking along around the 9th and get an email from dell saying my order has been cancelled, needless to say the brown stuff hit the rotating blades, and my BP spiked. After getting calmed down (2 or 3 days later) I send them an email reply, letting them know that I had responded to their call and didn’t feel the need to respond to an email on the same day.
Their helpful service coordinators on the phone call i placed next put me on hold and after 15 minutes I lost it. I sent another email reply telling them that I had changed my mind and they could leave the order cancelled, I was taking my business elsewhere.
I got a reply to that message asking for clarification, that they were not certain what my intent was with the previous message. I was in meltdown stage there and responded to them one last time. I told them that I did not realize they were illiterate as well as incompetent. and that it doesn’t get any clearer than “leave the order cancelled”
Well, I contacted one of my vendors from where I work, (i’m in IT after all, i should use my contacts and network to the betterment of all right?) I had my guy put together a similar system (1gb less ram, and a smaller hard drive, but a 1GB video card instead) for a comparable price (roughly 900 for everything) and got the order placed.
Everything arrived today from my new order, I’m happier than a hound dog in a hubcap factory. I can install wow on a new system with a killer video card. Gone will be some of the problems i was encountering with performance. (i hope)
Here’s the conflict.. In my computer room is also a playstation 3, and last night, I picked up Final Fantasy 13, which has been out only a few days…..
I am now torn between what I will play this weekend and most of next week while I am moderately free of wife aggro. She and the kids are going out of town for a spring break trip, I have to stay home and work..
I booted up the game last night after the kids were in bed, the game seems to be an improvement over FF12 so far. (10-2 and 12 being the only non-mmo ff’s i haven’t beaten yet, I couldn’t get into 12.)
I will probably have some experiences to share (wow related) but, time to crash for now.
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