So, buzzfloyd made the mistake of saying I could upgrade my computer for christmas. Initially we were looking at just replacing a fan and maybe a DVD drive with a bad bearing or two each. The current total is expected to exceed one thousand pounds before all's said and done now. Thanks to the help and advice of (and occasionally beatings upon) Roman and E-Man, I've assembled a tasty selection of components that should last me another four or five years with only two major upgrades in a year or two to keep the thing coasting smoothly. We'll also, hopefully, be able to cannibalize the two existing PCs in the garner household to give buzzfloyd a slightly better PC than the one she currently has (half a gig faster clockspeed and half a quarter gig more memory... maybe.) anyway, that's the dream. the reality has been more difficult, and is becoming something of a nightmare. see, i like to get my computer components in the states. cheaper there, and usually more available. but my usual supplier won't ship internationally anymore, so it's a phone call to the parents and promises of remunerations before orders are placed, and then promptly cancled because the supplier won't ship to any address other than the billing address, and parent 1's billing address is about a 10 hour drive from his residence. parent number 2, being more patient in these matters, arranges for the delivery with the intention of redirecting the delivery to her office where she can collect it during the day. but the supplier was wise to this tactic, and told the shipper to refuse to allow redirection. and the shipper's christmas rush staff appearantly think parent 2's office and/or home address doesn't exist. joy. meanwhile, back home in blighty, i'd gone to get the case and motherboard locally, as these will be far too unrealistic to ship over. carrying them home down a long hill in the evening was not a pleasant task. finding out an hour later that i'd picked up the wrong model mother board by mistake was even less pleasant. luckily the local supplier was happy to refund my purchase price and said they'd try to order in the model i wanted in the first place. unluckily, there are a grand total of, appearantly, zero of these things available in the UK at present. they MIGHT be able to get one next week. might. they'll find out on tuesday and, hopefully, give me a call to let me know. ug.