2021 Wish List Update

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We are halfway through 2021 and I have knocked two items off of my wish list for this year. In January, I acquired an Xbox One X for $255 from a local seller on Ebay. That was a little bit more than I wanted to pay, but after losing bids on several systems, I decided that I needed to go for this one. It came with 3 games and two controllers, so it was a fair deal. Next, I did something I thought I would never do. I bought a computer from shopgoodwill.com. There is a lot of competition for used computers. Over the last 7 months, if I found a computer on their auction site that met my specs, I would add it to my watchlist. I bid on a few of them, but always got out-bid in the end. My budget of $300 for a i5-6400 PC was more than I wanted to spend at shopgoodwill.com. Then a few weeks ago I came across an Asus Essentio CM6870 with an i5-3450 processor, 12 GB RAM, 500 GB HD, and an Nvidia GeForce GT 520 graphics card. My winning bid for this CM6870 was $125 including tax and shipping. I compromised on the processor, memory, and graphics card, but it was $175 less than my target price. This is a 9 year old PC, but I am replacing an 18 year old PC. It was very clean for a older PC. Normally, you find the insides covered with dust on a used PC. Either this one didn’t get much use or the Goodwill in Texas has a very good computer refurbishing department. The computer came with Windows 10 Home already activated. So far, it has been working well. It runs fast enough with the 500 GB Seagate mechanical HD, so I won’t need to get a solid state drive for it. The other two items on my wish list will have to wait until some extra money comes my way. My need for Metro style storage racks is not a priority now that my Ebay selling is so weak. And, replacement windows are much more than I can afford right now. I also need to start thinking about replacing my 2010 Honda Accord. Another big expense for next year’s wish list.

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