3D Printer vs (Holy-fuck-thats-a-lot-of) Computer
So this morning, my mom asked me how much the 3D printer I've been talking about buying was going to be. I told her it was going to be a little over $1300 for the printer plus an accessory or two (frostruder and a couple of spindles for the plastics). Her jaw dropped and she went into a tirade over how expensive it was. Once a year, I make a big purchase using some of my biannual tuition disbursement (the money from my loans and FAFSA that's left over after the school takes it's cut); last year it was "Go to PAX Prime", the year before it was "Buy a Nintendo DS", and the year before it was "Buy a new laptop".
Anyway, So to prove how committed I was with buying the printer, I went on NewEgg and built a computer for around $1300.
Well, my plan has sort of backfired on me.
I'm now staring down a list of parts for a screaming machine, complete with a sweet 24" monitor. This rig is made even sweeter by the fact that my gaming laptop has a broken screen that will cost me $169 to replace. I have it hooked up to a monitor and it's acting as a desktop right now. Even better is that I have a firewire card that I know works with my audio equipment, which then eliminated the need for me to use a separate machine for recording Friday Night Party Line.
/_\ So much for commitment.
However, the problem I face if I get this bitchin machine is, what I think, a major loss of face. I've been pretty much talking non-stop about getting this printer, at home and at work. In addition, I was planning on using the printer to print custom gifts for the relatives I like and for fab-ing parts for my arduino projects.
It's not that I don't want to get the printer (if I could have my way, I'd get both) but this is a reeeaally good machine and it would last me until I graduate (three years) in terms of gaming performance.
I dunno, what would you guys do?Here's a link to the parts list.