How much would you be willing to spend on your hobby? You're not going to believe the amount of money a British software engineer spent on a home-built computer. And the worst part is it's barely functional.
James Newman devoted about five years of his life to building his own computer. It cost him a fortune and yet he is barely able to do anything with it.
Newman spent over $51,000 since he began building the mega-processor in 2012. The computer is so huge it takes up an entire room of a house in Cambridge. It weighs around 1,000 pounds and contains 40,000 transistors and 10,000 LED lights. He jokingly said if he were married his wife would have probably left him over the project.
His creation is so old-school and clunky that it is nearly a million times slower and has about a million times less memory than the average desktop computer. The only thing that Newman has been able to use the system for is to play the classic video game Tetris. Now that's a devoted gamer.
Newman says he wanted to build the computer so people could visualize how a microprocessor works. Eventually he wants it to end up in a museum or take it on tour so people can see how computers work and inspire kids to get interested in electronics.