That urge to buy stuff (I know I don't need) Page 11

  • Deleted user 4 July 2018 17:41:10
    I cancelled my pre order for the win 2. Ultimately I want better performance for emulation and games so decided to go for another mini console sized pc instead (MSI Trident).
    For those getting the win 2 I'd suggest joining the discord group. Lots of good info on there.
  • THFourteen 4 Jul 2018 18:37:28 50,968 posts
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    So Iíve spent a lot of time on YouTube and reddit taking a look at what people have got running.

    Out of the box itís a bit ok, but with a reasonable amount of tweaking, TDP adjustments, undervolting, thermal paste replacement and killing off of resource hogging windows processes itís amazing to see what people have got running at 540p/720p.

    Stuff like BattleTech can run @24-30fps, same with andromeda and older games are anywhere up to 50-60fps.

    I think if you arenít a stranger to the ins and outs of tweaking you might get a lot of mileage.

    Iím kicking myself for not backing this and now have to deal with the shitcunts on AliExpress.
  • HarryB 4 Jul 2018 22:45:10 7,379 posts
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    Wife told me to buy an OLED TV. Didn't really think it was necessary but did it anyway, can't turn down an argument free purchase like that!
  • Carlo 6 Jul 2018 09:11:53 20,476 posts
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    rice_sandwich wrote:
    @Carlo

    How's your no buy July going?
    So far so good. Still buying a coffee in Costa and stuff when out with the missus, but 'stuff' like games and gadgets = 0.

    Might get Skyrim vr as it's on sale but even then I'm wondering could I play a game like that with the headset for 100 hours? Doubtful
  • THFourteen 6 Jul 2018 09:14:44 50,968 posts
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    /cough

    its on its way

    FML.
  • fontgeeksogood 6 Jul 2018 09:15:06 4,699 posts
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    You bought a mini SNES yet
  • THFourteen 6 Jul 2018 09:16:10 50,968 posts
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    fontgeeksogood wrote:
    You bought a mini SNES yet
    Such a waste of money.
  • Graxlar_v3 6 Jul 2018 09:33:24 5,023 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
    fontgeeksogood wrote:
    You bought a mini SNES yet
    Such a waste of money.
    I bought one,my litte'n carries the controller around every now and again...
  • rice_sandwich 16 Jul 2018 07:12:44 5,040 posts
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    Well, this is boring. I now have a budget, where I've allocated every pound of income so that it has a 'job'. I've always kept a spreadsheet of the regular monthly bills but I've never kept a close eye on making leftover cash be for the things that are most important to me. I anticipate some reasonably big expenses over the next 2 to 5 years so it's time to get into it. I'd also like to travel more and eventually work less.

    It's so easy to fritter away fairly large sums of money over the medium to long term. The category of 'games and gadgets I regret buying or didn't make the most of' must run into 4, if not 5(!) figures over the years. So I'm going to see how this budgeting lark works out.
  • uiruki 16 Jul 2018 07:48:10 4,728 posts
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    Iíve been using YNAB (the old non-SAAS version) for a while and itís great for keeping an eye on what Iím spending, especially now I pay for pretty much everything on card and import the transactions etc. Iíve been spending a lot less on games than usual lately so Iíve got a nice ďnest eggĒ saved up for later in the year.

    Only issue is that Iíve now convinced myself that I can totally afford this new laptop I want...

    Edited by uiruki at 07:49:32 16-07-2018
  • rice_sandwich 16 Jul 2018 08:04:16 5,040 posts
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    @uiruki

    I bought YNAB a long time ago but didn't get into using it properly as my bank didn't offer transaction downloads at the time. Now that they do it makes things a lot easier to import data. I had a look at the new version but it's subscription based and a web app so I think I'll stick with the older version.
  • uiruki 16 Jul 2018 08:59:26 4,728 posts
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    Yeah, the old version still works perfectly for me across all my computers and my phone. Since the bank data stuff is all standardised in a single file format I donít think support is going to change and I honestly canít see an advantage in paying monthly for it.

    Definitely a case of people trying to charge in a situation where it isnít needed, and them removing the version that runs locally is kind of bad. Iíve been looking at some software stuff to help my team at work and everyone just wants to charge per user for some Azure or Amazon based software rather than providing something we can run on our own servers which is really getting annoying when thereís scope for anyone at my company of 4000+ people to use it.
  • mrpon 16 Jul 2018 09:16:02 34,985 posts
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    Prime day starts at noon, talking about tat you don't need.
  • THFourteen 16 Jul 2018 09:31:44 50,968 posts
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    My GPD Win 2 arrived last week....
  • Phattso 16 Jul 2018 09:41:31 24,388 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
    My GPD Win 2 arrived last week....
    Still in its box under a pile of cheap magazine subscriptions still in their cellophane wrap, and a load of fast food containers (empty)? ;)
  • uiruki 16 Jul 2018 09:44:07 4,728 posts
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    Yeah, slightly concerned you didnít immediately launch into how amazing it is.
  • THFourteen 16 Jul 2018 10:03:01 50,968 posts
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    Heh well i was wondering whether to bother starting a new thread about it as there seemed to be a bit of interest from a few people.
  • fontgeeksogood 16 Jul 2018 10:07:25 4,699 posts
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    What about your SNES mini
  • uiruki 16 Jul 2018 10:20:12 4,728 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
    Heh well i was wondering whether to bother starting a new thread about it as there seemed to be a bit of interest from a few people.
    Iíd definitely read it but I think much like the Dragonbox Pyra thread someone else made itíd likely be something I just observe with interest. Saw a photo of someone playing K-Shoot Mania with a mini sized Sound Voltex controller and briefly got the green mist though!

    Edited by uiruki at 10:20:25 16-07-2018
  • Carlo 18 Jul 2018 10:42:19 20,476 posts
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    Carlo wrote:
    rice_sandwich wrote:
    @Carlo

    How's your no buy July going?
    So far so good. Still buying a coffee in Costa and stuff when out with the missus, but 'stuff' like games and gadgets = 0.

    Might get Skyrim vr as it's on sale but even then I'm wondering could I play a game like that with the headset for 100 hours? Doubtful
    Onto my final week (payday to dayday) and so far I've done it! No non-essentials, and only going to things like costa etc with it s with the wife as some 'us' time.

    The list I want to pull the trigger on is growing, but that'll be next month!

    Edited by Carlo at 10:42:45 18-07-2018
  • brokenkey 18 Jul 2018 11:47:03 10,130 posts
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    If you pick up a 3 Sim, then you can get a free costa every fortnight or so on their loyalty app.
  • SnowmanRR 18 Jul 2018 14:29:37 130 posts
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    Each evening Iíve been catching up on the Tour de France and now I Ďneedí a road bike...despite cursing all these middle aged lycra clad men everytime I get stuck behind them while driving!!
  • Carlo 24 Jul 2018 10:45:26 20,476 posts
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    Last day, holding off buying a couple of bits I've had my eye on.

    It's tough as marketing is getting very good at putting things in front of you, but it's taught me something.

    I'd recommend uninstalling any Store 'Apps' from your mobile, stop them nagging and popping up deals on your phone.

    Edited by Carlo at 10:46:45 24-07-2018
  • rice_sandwich 24 Jul 2018 10:56:37 5,040 posts
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    I failed the no buy month as I bought a very cheap Chromebook the other day. On the bright side I didn't take it as an excuse to suddenly blow out on loads of other things. My budget tracking will kick off properly the next time I get paid.
  • rice_sandwich 7 Jan 2019 07:38:23 5,040 posts
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    Bump. A new year and a chance to refocus and make 2019 the year I get a real hold on miscellaneous expenses aka don't buy crap I don't need. I have even started a spreadsheet to log purchases. Let's see how long that lasts.

    Edited by rice_sandwich at 07:46:50 07-01-2019
  • SambaApe 7 Jan 2019 07:45:19 1,293 posts
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    @rice_sandwich What does how long that lady is have to do with this?
  • Tonka 7 Jan 2019 07:46:17 29,060 posts
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    Yes! This will definitely be the year when I don't buy stuff I don't need.

    I'm in.
  • rice_sandwich 7 Jan 2019 07:47:28 5,040 posts
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    @SambaApe

    😁 Almost as bad as a Dangerous Dave typo!
  • THFourteen 7 Jan 2019 08:51:13 50,968 posts
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    rice_sandwich wrote:
    Bump. A new year and a chance to refocus and make 2019 the year I get a real hold on miscellaneous expenses aka don't buy crap I don't need. I have even started a spreadsheet to log purchases. Let's see how long that lasts.
    I did that last year, and doing it again this year. Last year i got up to an average of £350 a month on "stuff". I also marked in the spreadsheet of where something turned out useful, something turned out a waste of money. I also put down -ve where i re-sold something on ebay.

    Surprisingly, i only ended up with about £800 of "useless" money, i thought it would be more than that.

    I need to properly curb it this year though, got less money as going 4 days a week from february.

    So far, made £33.40 from Diablo and spent £4 on into the breach so i'm up!

    Edited by THFourteen at 08:51:42 07-01-2019
  • rice_sandwich 7 Jan 2019 09:04:48 5,040 posts
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    @THFourteen

    Sounds like a plan. I've spent about £120 on unessential stuff in the last week although about £90 of that was on 3 games I really wanted for the 2019 challenge. I'm planning to buy a book in the sales and that should be it for January.
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