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#1 Aug 31 2010 at 7:30 AM Rating: Decent
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So, my computer ran the beta kind of slow on low, but Its a 3 year old gaming PC that is passed its prime. I just can't seem to come up with a good enough excuse for my wife to get permission to upgrade my computer.

Basically I need to justify $1,000 USD of upgrade parts

I'm depending on you ZAM!

If it comes down to it, I'll probably just end up upgrading anyway. Although, I'd prefer harmony in my marriage
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#2 Aug 31 2010 at 7:32 AM Rating: Good
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Does she use it too? Me and my wife had to contend over 1 computer. She's a heavy facebook user. Adding a second computer in our case meant we had equal time to be online.
#3 Aug 31 2010 at 7:33 AM Rating: Excellent
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If you look in the right places, $1000 will get you a whole new system that can run FFXIV. Check the computer building guide sticky. or wait for someone to post a link to a decent system.
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#4 Aug 31 2010 at 7:34 AM Rating: Good
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You're gonna upgrade an old PC with $1000? lol...if you're gonna spend that much, just build a new one. How to con your wife...hmmmmm....tell her you're getting a boob job, it always works.
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#5 Aug 31 2010 at 7:37 AM Rating: Good
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As boring as this sounds: Be honest with her. Tell her you need your hobbies. If the money isn't saved up for anything or will interfere with your every day lives ( rent, food etc) I don't see what the problem would be.
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#6 Aug 31 2010 at 7:38 AM Rating: Good
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If you already have a good case, a HD, an OS, and a DVD-ROM/RW, then you should just replace the PSU/CPU/GPU/MB/RAM. That can be done for $1000 or less pretty easily.
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#7 Aug 31 2010 at 7:43 AM Rating: Decent
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Do you have the kind of job you can coax your boss into some overtime hours? If you could earn some extra cash in the month before release, it'd be a lot easier to convince the wife into it if she gets to spend some money too.
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#8 Aug 31 2010 at 7:45 AM Rating: Decent
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Be honest with her. Tell her you need your hobbies. If the money isn't saved up for anything or will interfere with your every day lives ( rent, food etc) I don't see what the problem would be.


Tried this, no dice. We have mortage and everything under control with no money issues.

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If you already have a good case, a HD, an OS, and a DVD-ROM/RW, then you should just replace the PSU/CPU/GPU/MB/RAM. That can be done for $1000 or less pretty easily.


Exactly my plan. I have a still useful full tower Cosmos case, good PSU, large SATA HD,DVD/RW, and Windows 7 64bit.

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Do you have the kind of job you can coax your boss into some overtime hours? If you could earn some extra cash in the month before release, it'd be a lot easier to convince the wife into it if she gets to spend some money too.


Salary Smiley: frown


My plan is

i930
Some type of EVGA Mobo (decent quality)
EVGA 460 GTX
6gb corsair DDR3
CPU cooler, maybe H70.

Comes around in around $1000

Edited, Aug 31st 2010 9:46am by Tarutinkler
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#9 Aug 31 2010 at 7:49 AM Rating: Excellent
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All i told my wife was:
"Hey, I need a new graphics card and power supply else I can't play FFXIV properly. If I can't play FFXIV properly I'm going to get bored. If i get bored I'm gonna go out and chill with my friends and you know all they do is get drunk and hit on women. Which means I'll be getting drunk and hitting on women and since I'm so charming, I'll be getting a lot of women. Is that what you want?????"
To which she promptly replied:
"All I needed was that first sentence, then I tuned you out. Go get one, and get me a card too. I don't need a power supply tho."
Then something about love and raped ensued~
#10 Aug 31 2010 at 7:53 AM Rating: Decent
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You replied to my post that you are experienced in programming so why not tell her you need a new computer for this new project you have about (insert very interesting and money making project here). When you get the new computer just let her know that you found out that someone had already made it and that you would just hit a brick wall if you tried to do it too.
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#11 Aug 31 2010 at 7:58 AM Rating: Decent
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All i told my wife was:
"Hey, I need a new graphics card and power supply else I can't play FFXIV properly. If I can't play FFXIV properly I'm going to get bored. If i get bored I'm gonna go out and chill with my friends and you know all they do is get drunk and hit on women. Which means I'll be getting drunk and hitting on women and since I'm so charming, I'll be getting a lot of women. Is that what you want?????"
To which she promptly replied:
"All I needed was that first sentence, then I tuned you out. Go get one, and get me a card too. I don't need a power supply tho."

Haha epic, I may try this.

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You replied to my post that you are experienced in programming so why not tell her you need a new computer for this new project you have about (insert very interesting and money making project here). When you get the new computer just let her know that you found out that someone had already made it and that you would just hit a brick wall if you tried to do it too.t

Thats actually a very good idea. Although knowing my wife, she'd want a project workflow 1/2 inch thick to review before she'd approve. Smiley: clown
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No excuse, just let your pc have a little "accident".
No pc means new pc.
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#13 Aug 31 2010 at 8:01 AM Rating: Decent
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I told my wife pretty much exactly what CaptainTeng said. After a week of me going out to the bar, the wife said "Ok, but don't go over $1,000". Hopefully, your wife will understand that a man needs some sort of outlet. If you don't get the one that keeps you home and both of you happy, then you'd have to go out and then she'll be unhappy.

My wife is definetely happier that I'm not going to the nudie bar anymore.
#14 Aug 31 2010 at 8:02 AM Rating: Decent
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No excuse, just let your pc have a little "accident".
No pc means new pc.

I think this is the best idea so far for a nitpicky wife. Tho don't actually break your computer just in case the ruse fails. You need a computer lol. Just temp break it with something you know how to fix.
#15 Aug 31 2010 at 8:23 AM Rating: Decent
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Who's money is it? If it is yours I see no problem with using your own money if all the bills are paid. Of course if it is her money then good luck on that.
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#16 Aug 31 2010 at 8:35 AM Rating: Excellent
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Tarutinkler wrote:
So, my computer ran the beta kind of slow on low, but Its a 3 year old gaming PC that is passed its prime. I just can't seem to come up with a good enough excuse for my wife to get permission to upgrade my computer.

Basically I need to justify $1,000 USD of upgrade parts

I'm depending on you ZAM!

If it comes down to it, I'll probably just end up upgrading anyway. Although, I'd prefer harmony in my marriage
You didn't read this from me and I can argument mayor hacking skills if it's what it takes to deceive people from this post!!!

Ready?, are you sure no body is looking?... OK here it is, the name of the game is attention if she gets enough from you, you can get anything you want from her, although you have to be smart!! if she finds out that you are trying to do this on purpose you are as good as upgrading next year.

Be random, something like "Hey Honey what about if we go to that XXX place that you like, we haven't been there in long time", during the date slip the talk about the game here and there, but do not mention the upgrade also you need a plan for your old parts like donate them for a nephew, brother, sister of her who may have use for them, that will be your trump card on the argumentation, save it for the death blow.

I recommend you to avoid mention it for some time, and just let her think about it, play beta A LOT!!! enhanced settings to make your computer even slower, let her see how much you need it, and just wait for the right moment, it will be one and only one when she will ask you something about your computer in relation to the game, if you rush and tell her the wonders of your new parts and how much better the game will be chances are that you will lose your opportunity, you need to start subtle and humble "Well... to be honest I'm having a bit of a hard time, but maybe I can manage" something of that sort, let her know that you are concerned about the house "Besides it's just my hobby... I see how you are cutting your personal budget all the time for the sake of the house" that's a legal low blow by the way.

Once you two are talking about it throw your ball a bit high, "I need 1200 USD", go down gradually "yeah, you are right I can get this XXX which is YYY cheaper and same some money" until you hit the target, slowly but steady concede terrain to make her feel in control, save your last resource and when the time is right finish her with "Also... I think we can help XXX who can use my spare parts" extra points if it's someone who you don't particularity like, lame I know, but some sacrifices are necessary for FFXIV... I mean the glory!

And if it simply doesn't work you can always resort to hot ***... although the efficiency is inversely proportional to the number of years you have been married.

Good luck

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#17 Aug 31 2010 at 9:11 AM Rating: Good
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Kenage is the genius here, though it doesn't always work on ALL types of women.

The other alternative is to annoy her to death over it. To "convince" my wife to "let" me rebuild, instead of suggesting spending any money, I simply designed the computer I wanted to build via newegg and absolutely obsessed about it every waking minute. I still have the printouts of every single part I wanted to purchase--and a full page pic of the motherboard. I talked about it ENDLESSLY, and eventually heard the magic words "just build the d**n thing so I don't have to hear about it anymore"! It worked *SO* well that, while I pretended to debate between a 5830 and a 5870 [a $300 difference in this case] she actually followed up with "just get the one you want instead of settling, i don't wanna hear you complain about it a month down the road because you didn't get what you really want"

It's not glamorous, it won't win you any popularity contests, but you'll have your tech.

Then, AFTERWARDS, I became the type of person Kenage was talking about in his post one or two back as a way of positively reinforcing letting me have my way once in awhile, and THAT is the real trick. Get her into THAT pattern and the world is your burrito :D



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#18 Aug 31 2010 at 10:33 AM Rating: Good
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Tell your wife that you want to build a new computer as an investment toward the future and that you would like her to help you so that the two of you have a fun project you could work on together. Tell her that you will be able to save quite a bit of money using some of the parts you already have. Say that the new computer you have in mind will be able to browse the internet and open other applications faster, play movies and present pictures in higher quality, and allow more storage of pictures and music. Say that you can charge everything on a credit card and make small payments over a year to further improve your credit score.

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#19 Aug 31 2010 at 10:36 AM Rating: Decent
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I temporarily "broke" my computer and told her I needed to get a new one. Suddenly our old one is working again. Odd.

I'm terrible, I know.
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#20 Aug 31 2010 at 10:44 AM Rating: Decent
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i suggest doing something that u can easily fix afterwards just incase.

take some sticktack or something really sticky (that u can remove just incase) and put it under one of your keyboard keys and just turn your computer off.
oo and make sure she can't tell that u tampered with the keyboard(key is stuck down that sorta thing) now if ur wife is anything like my sister (not tech savy) then you will get a replacement comp.

just a little warning... ur computer will beep when u turn it on like no tomorrow and its going to be very loud.
all you go to do then is say its your cpu or gpu or motherboard burned out or something.
#21 Aug 31 2010 at 10:58 AM Rating: Decent
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You guys are so cute and funny! If I were your wife Tarutinkler I'd let you upgrade no problem... as long as I could have a computer too that can also play the game. :D But it looks like she is not a gamer and so it's more complicated than that. What are some of her favorite things? You can try to bribe her with some of those, tell her she can buy what she wants equal to how much your computer costs. Yeah, I know it will cost you twice as much this way but if you don't have any money trouble then I don't know a girl that can turn down shopping for stuff she loves.

If all else fails, then you'll just have to ninja the parts in discreetly. I know that sounds bad but desperate times call for desperate measures. :P
#22 Aug 31 2010 at 11:12 AM Rating: Excellent
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This is exactly why we have separate accounts, and I will never in a million years let our financials mix. My money is my money, and you can't control it!
#23 Aug 31 2010 at 11:24 AM Rating: Decent
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If it's your money why do you need to justify it to her? If a guy told me how to spend my money I would take a crowbar to his groin area. Well that's a little extreme...
What I mean to say is, remind her computer gaming is a very cheap hobby, but to enjoy it properly you need an upgraded computer. If you share accounts and are financially stable, there should be no issue. If she still says no, then buy one anyways and sleep on the couch for a few days. Withhold *** from her until she becomes reasonable!
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If she still says no, then buy one anyways and sleep on the couch for a few days. Withhold *** from her until she becomes reasonable!


lol epic
thumbs up dude that made me laugh
#25 Aug 31 2010 at 12:05 PM Rating: Excellent
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If it's your money why do you need to justify it to her? If a guy told me how to spend my money I would take a crowbar to his groin area. Well that's a little extreme...
What I mean to say is, remind her computer gaming is a very cheap hobby, but to enjoy it properly you need an upgraded computer. If you share accounts and are financially stable, there should be no issue. If she still says no, then buy one anyways and sleep on the couch for a few days. Withhold *** from her until she becomes reasonable!


I think his wife falls into the "What's mine is mine and what's your's is mine" camp. I have no advice for you man, seen some pretty good scenarios here but ultimately you're the one that has to deal with a possibly ****** off spouse so good luck Smiley: wink
#26 Aug 31 2010 at 5:03 PM Rating: Decent
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#27 Aug 31 2010 at 5:07 PM Rating: Decent
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Haha, good fun all.

Thank you for all the great replies.

Alas, I still have no idea what will work or not. ****, at this point i may just order it and not say a word till the bill comes.

I'll try to soften her up tonight with some romance and if that don't work I'll order it anyway.
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I would just tell her that you need a hobby, and MMOs are a very cheap hobby, once you get past the cost of the computer to run them.

How much money would you be spending if you went out once or twice a week with your friends? Go drinking? Dinner? Movies? Granted it depends on where you live, but where I live, a single night out at the bars would probably cost around $150-200. Two people going to the movies is around $40-50 if we don't get any snacks or drinks. Going out to eat is at least $75+. If you do this sort of thing 1-2 days a week, instead of staying at home playing a game that only costs you around $15 per month, it adds up pretty quick. That savings more than makes up for the cost of the computer to run it on.
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Could be like, "i want a new pc or upgrade this one for awsome game my darling sweetheat. Please?
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#31 Aug 31 2010 at 6:19 PM Rating: Default
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Spending $1000 for an upgrade is kinda ridiculous. Be realistic with yourself, do you really need the expensive equipment to run the game? Probably not. Im sure you can go with a cheaper processor and graphics card and run the game just fine on low (who can tell the difference between 720 and 1080 anyway?).
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Spending $1000 for an upgrade is kinda ridiculous. Be realistic with yourself, do you really need the expensive equipment to run the game? Probably not. Im sure you can go with a cheaper processor and graphics card and run the game just fine on low (who can tell the difference between 720 and 1080 anyway?).
Unfortunately... cheap upgrades are more expensive in the long run, it's best to aim to a reasonable high target.

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