tl;dr: I'm a college student and I'm going to build myself a desktop, finally.
A bit about me
I'm an undergraduate computer science student at a small university in rural New Mexico - New Mexico Tech. I'm focusing on Information Security, the specialization of this university, and plan to pursue a career in law enforcement computer forensics. I'm also taking a minor in Technical Communications. Although New Mexico Tech is small, we are well known in the security industry, being an NSA (National Security Administration) Center for Academic Excellence in education and research. Our CTF (Capture the Flag) team (Mr. Lee's Greater Hong Kong Deliverators) recently went to the national CSAW competition hosted by New York University - Poly.
I work for the university computer center as a Systems Programmer. I administer Red Had Enterprise Linux/RHEL (I pronounce that R-Hell) servers and Fedora desktops. I also work for the New Mexico Experimental Project to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM-EPSCoR), a National Science Foundation grant program. I work specifically with a program we sponsor called the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge, in which middle and high school teams use computer simulation to analyze real-world problems. It does a lot to encourage students to go in to Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics (STEM) fields in college (and to encourage them to go to college in the first place!). I work directly with teams to help them design their projects, and because of my programming help I'm often called The Python Man.
I'm passionate about freedom. Over the last weeks I've spent a lot of time advocating against the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT-IP Act, including interviews with local news organizations. I'm passionate about Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender issues (I'm hoping to start a PFLAG chapter at my university). I have nerdy hobbies, like photography and amateur radio (KE7FVF).
I like to play video games, especially Minecraft. Right now there's a lot of Skyrim, though. Also, Team Fortress 2. And Counterstrike:Source. I'm going to buy Battlefield 3 one of these days, and then I'll have to play that too. And a new Humble Indie Bundle just came out, so oh my god so many video games.
Why I want the card
I play a lot of video games... on my laptop. I only own one non-laptop, and it's the video game server, hosting Minecraft, TF2, and CS:S on-campus. It actually doesn't have a video output at all - I recently upgraded to a secondhand motherboard without integrated video, and I can't find a secondhand graphics card for it. Did I mention secondhand? I built that computer entirely off of parts bought from friends or bought from Free Geek, and although it's a great game server it's not really usable for playing those games. That and every single USB controller is smoked, that's why I got the new motherboard for free :).
So, I intend to build myself a desktop. My boyfriend built himself a nice one for a price I can afford, so I think I'll base it on his. I'm thinking about a Phenom X6, although I'm not sure I want to spend that much money. RAM is cheap these days, I can get like 8GB. Mostly, I want storage. Lots and lots of storage. I'm accumulating too many things, and although 1tb hard drives are available in 2.5" by 9mm now, keeping it all on laptops is becoming impractical.
I'll use it for all kinds of things, like putting my radio recording system on a more reliable computer, and testing long-running CS homework on a more powerful processor (I can experiment even more with multithreading!). But mostly I'll play video games on it, and the rest of the time I'll have it BOINC something.