Every time I try to run a game—not anything else, not a word processor or a graphics app or anything else that's big and memory hogging, just a game—the fucking thing dies on me. Sounds like the hard disk's going click-death on me. So I spend a few hours rooting around in settings and checking files and re-seating connections, and things appear to work but nothing does, not really. Net investment: minimum of an hour and a half. Unpaid.
J.'s using it during the week for work, which is fine. After that, she'll fire up one of the Civ games. And it runs fucking flawlessly. Not a problem, not a glitch, not a care in the world.
All I want is to power the machine up and run Bioshock or City of Heroes. That's all. Turn on, double-click, everything works. The weekend's the only time I get to touch my desktop as it is. But no, instead I have to spend those quiet weekend mornings when I should by rights be playing video games up to my fucking elbows in settings and dying hardware.