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Bad, Bad Tech Problems Over Here

Not to be an alarmist, but I just got the bad boot/clicks of death when I booted up after getting home from work earlier this evening. System sat cold for ~5 hours before I tried booting again and here we are now--for now. I'm shutting down in 5 minutes before the clicks start again.

I'm thinking of investing in an external hard drive to back everything up on this 4-year-old system, then using that as my boot device unless someone's got a better idea. Money is an object, but I'm also acutely aware of the Cost of Ownership principle. Any and all help is appreciated, even if it means no dick/poop/pedophilia/homosexuality/marmotfucking/grammar jokes for one moment.

Oh, and anyone with a spare tower, I would totally dryhump right now (or also give a couple hundred dollars); all my accessories are great, but my CPU's days are Swayze-style numbered.

Help me, Obi-Blackheart Kegoldpants, you're my only hope.