Prof. Jessica Penner | D304 | Spring 2022

Austin Vegas: Memoir 1 (Revised)

Ever since I was younger, watching various YouTube videos revolved around gaming. I’ve always been interested in getting my own pc that can run all the games I wanted to play from those videos.

The older that I got the more my ‘want’ became more obtainable to me. When I enrolled in City Tech I got my first financial aid check which allowed me to build up my bank account in order to buy my own gaming computer.

During most of 2020 I started to research the type of computer that I wanted to buy. I looked up various websites for parts and components to determine what was my price range to get the best for what I needed. I got a lot of input from family members and friends that are more tech savvy and they recommended me to check BestBuy for deals because they had various sales each week for what I wanted.

When I was searching various websites I found that buying a gaming computer that was prebuilt, meaning someone else made it and you didn’t need to purchase the parts which would cost more with shipping. That’s when I researched different companies that make prebuilt computers such as iBuyPower and CyberPowerPC.

Based on the budget that I had and the different computers that I saw on BestBuy I came to the model that I wanted so I just wanted and was about to run out of stock on their website. For those who want to know it was a CyberPowerPC – Gamer Xtreme Gaming Desktop – Intel Core i7-10700F – 16GB Memory – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 – 1TB HDD + 500GB SSD which was $1350 at retail price.

I asked various people if I was getting a good value computer for the price it was set to, after numerous times of me debating on whether it was truly worth it I saw the stock was low so I placed my order. The six days of shipping time was full of many regrets at the back of my mind of whether or not it will come in one piece or if anything will be broken on the inside.

In May 2021, I was able to buy what I’ve wanted ever since I was a kid. Once it was delivered to my house I opened the box and there it was.
In its sleek black case with a glass window on one side allowing you to see all the fans, circuits and wires that makes the computer work. It came built in with colorful lights in the fans and the inside of it so that you are able to change the colors and light patterns at the press of a button. 

This computer has the latest graphics card series from NVIDIA in it so the value will always be high even 5 years from now. Since there is a i7 processor in it too there will always be a market for it so my gaming computer will be at higher value for most of its lifetime. I will continue to upgrade the parts in this computer to suit my needs accordingly.

I played all of the childhood games that I dreamt of playing on my gaming computer but soon later I realized I can play more than just the games I wanted before, but newer upcoming games that would take more resources to run.

Purchasing this computer allowed for me to learn the importance of timing, because once I got this computer online it was never sold again for the same price. In addition, this object taught me that if you work hard enough in life you deserve to treat yourself for your efforts. Being able to attend college and stay engaged gave me the opportunity to purchase what I’ve wanted. 

The best reward I got from this object is being able to turn it on and play the games I’ve always wanted to play, make new friends from all around the world, and be able to get my assignments done for various classes in an efficient way unlike before. 
If I had not purchased this computer, I would never of met the friends that I made and the memories that I was able to make along the way. Without their help I wouldn’t be the same person that I am today. Encouraging me and allowing me to improve on myself helped a lot during the hard times. I don’t regret the purchase I made because it made all the difference in my life. I value this computer more in the present than I did in the past because there are more people that I want to talk and play games with now than before.

If I had the opportunity to give it to someone it would be my best friend who I’ve known since elementary school. This is because he would find the most use for it from anyone I know and he is a hard worker so he deserves it. I would say to him, “Make lots of friends and create new memories.” Also rewarding yourself for all of the hard work that you put in over the years of your life is important for good mental health and allows you to set goals that can help you later in life.


  1. JamesVegas

    I know how you got your computer, but it’s good to remember the process on how you got it last year. It’s a good writing piece based on recent memory. Just make sure the end of your memoir has a bit of a stronger ending to what you put on it.

  2. Simi

    Rewarding yourself to a big gift like that is amazing no matter how long it takes. Definitely better late than never

  3. Aninda Das

    The Story was really great and i loved how wrote about why making a certain purchase for yourself helped you a lot.

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