Nah, that sounds like bullshit to me. Probably marketing spiel. If it's compatible it will probably be fine. Of course, check the user reviews (amazon is OK for this).
It's not hard to figure out what goes with what. When I built my last machine, it was the first time I'd done one from new completely (all the others had been piece by piece creations from hand me down or found parts) and I was about 5 years out of date in experience with current hardware.
About half an hour reading shit off google and you're good to go. Any fool can do it. I'm posting from that machine now, it's been going strong 4 years now. Only time I've ever seen it struggle is in Skyrim where there is a lot of fire in the background and it's on high graphics settings (I need a new graphics card). Other than that, it handles everything I throw at it effortlessly.
Why get a whole new computer just because the hard drive is getting full? Even for hardware wary guys like you they now have USB external hard drives. Grab a terrabyte one and dump all your stuff on there.
If the video card is getting flaky, replace it. Maybe dump a bunch of new RAM in, if you're low on that. (What do you mean by flaky anyway?)
Could be all you need is a reinstall of windows. Or Linux of course.
I suppose at that point, you're getting towards getting a new machine...But if I was going to do that I'd build it from scratch anyway so this is just how I think.
To be honest, although this is a law it's not heavily enforced. Although, I have heard that a high percentage of women in prison in England are there for avoiding paying the TV license.
I lived for 11 years in a council flat on my own (give or take a year here or there where I lived with someone else, I was getting the flat for free so figured why not keep it) I never bought a TV license. At first they send you a polite letter saying "You may have a TV, thought about getting a license?"
These letters get ruder, and with more large red ink print in them where they threaten they are going to break down your door and cart off your stuff to pay for the TV license. Now and then they will send someone with a machine in his hand to knock on your door, and wave it about while you look through the peephole and tell them to fuck off.
After about a year or two of this, they start sending the polite letters again and it circles on like that. Never once did they call the real police, who I suspect don't give a shit about enforcing it. I bet the people who were arrested for having no TV license had done something else really, and it was an excuse to bring them in.
Ah, turn based RPG's are quite fun, although the only ones I've ever really got into enough to pour hundreds of hours in are the Final Fantasy series. Pretty damn cool they have the original team onboard.
God damnit, talking to you has reminded me I've run out of weed. I need to go on a mission today. The Mrs wants to go out drinking and dancing tonight, so I reckon I'll score when we are in town then. This always ends up with me blasting a joint while out on the town and being too zombied to dance. Maybe tonight will be different.
I haven't tried GSB yet. I did download it to try on my netbook, as the specs page said it should be well within its means, but for some reason it wouldn't launch. Probably to do with the integrated graphics, Linux support is a bit patchy for that. Anything that isn't 3D I usually only play on the netbook as I have more engaging games on the main machine.
Not heard of Shadowrun, but that kind of simulated 3D dungeon crawlers aren't really my thing. For some reason, I do like grinding games though.
I've been putting in 16/20 hour stints on X3: Terran Conflict. Space battle/world simulator.
I captured a badass enemy ship a few days ago, it's a massive beast but it was crippled (shield and lasers both fucked). Last night I finally found somewhere selling shields for it (although I could only buy two, it takes 3). I've had some kickass lasers installed on it for ages, and it's just been waiting in the shipyard. Now, it is my flagship! Also got a squadron of 7 smaller fighters under my command to protect it. Shit is awesome.
Some people like to just build up a fleet and direct the battle from the back. I like to be the first one charging in with guns blazing, while directing the battle at the same time.
The graphics are awesome in this game, every ship has so much detail...and the space stations are varied and massive, beautiful to look at.