New Computer Day!

Like many geeks, the act of buying and setting up a new computer is a sacred — and thrilling — event for me. I got my previous computer back in early 2007, a nice solid machine that’s done me well until now. I like to upgrade computers every three years or so, so this was kind of pushing the limit, but that’s okay.  Even with a new graphics card, additional RAM and a new fan, I was starting to have more and more problems playing some of the higher-end games, and I kept butting my head up against the measly 80GB hard drive limit:

My wife gave me the thumbs-up, and I was off to Best Buy to get a new darling for my house:

It’s a quad-core with a nice graphics card in it, 8GB of RAM, Blu-ray player and a 1TB hard drive.  That’ll do, pig.  That’ll do.

I know it’s a weird thing, but I really love to make a huge production out of the whole unveiling of the computer, which my wife watched with bemused eyes.  I got home from the store around 2:00pm and didn’t end up turning the computer on until 3:45, because I decided to revamp my whole desk area and do a lot of organizing while I was at it:

Anyway, I finally got my new workstation set up, and started the long and not-that-unpleasant process of getting all of my files transferred and programs installed.  New computer, Syp is happy:

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25 thoughts on “New Computer Day!

  1. victorstillwater April 24, 2010 / 7:30 am

    Looks spiffy! 😀

    What are the specs on your new computer?

  2. Grimfire April 24, 2010 / 8:52 am

    Ah the feeling of getting a new computer. Reading about yours makes me want to impulse buy new parts for mine. I’m trying to wait until early next year though. Enjoy the new computer.

  3. Mark April 24, 2010 / 9:34 am

    You didn’t build your own? GASP!

    Looks good otherwise though!

  4. Xapur April 24, 2010 / 10:08 am

    I can’t stand to wait until x-mas for my new one…
    Have fun !

  5. mbp April 24, 2010 / 10:17 am

    Congrats Syp, that looks like a great machine.

    Is that lamp beside you monitor as bright as it looks? Does that not distract you from the screen?

  6. moxie April 24, 2010 / 10:23 am

    Wow, nice! You’re not alone in the unveiling of new computer stuffs. My geeky husband is the same way. It usually takes the better part of an entire day by the time everything is cleaned/wires are ran/hardware is rigged/etc.

    I’m trying to hold off as long as possible on the home PCs, but we’ll probably be getting new video cards this year. 🙂

  7. Spidubic April 24, 2010 / 10:24 am

    Ah, the smell of a new computer. Is there anything better? 🙂

  8. Ethic April 24, 2010 / 3:35 pm

    I don’t get that thrill unless I build it myself. Picking out each and every part is fun. Opening up each part one by one is exciting. Putting them together is fantastic. Firing it up for the first time is glory.

  9. Hatch April 24, 2010 / 4:07 pm

    I am due myself. Shout yourself a bigger desk 🙂

  10. kaozz April 24, 2010 / 6:13 pm

    Gratz on the new machine! Now the fun of installing everything onto it hehe.

    Btw your old pc (if that is where you kept it in the pic) looks as if it had poor ventilation. Heat= The number one danger for a computer esp if your gaming on it a lot. Looks like the new one has a bit more breathing room though 🙂

  11. Wonderwyrm April 24, 2010 / 7:17 pm

    Uhh you didnt build it yourself?……

    I figured most pc game bloggers to be tech savvy, you save more money in the long run building your own, you know what you put in and what you can upgrade later on.

  12. Professor Beej April 24, 2010 / 8:39 pm

    Congrats, Syp! I love the feeling of settling in with a new computer. I expect my next computer purchase will be a MacBook Pro (15 inch) and a nice (antique if I can afford it) rolltop writing desk to go along with it.

    I assume this one has Windows7. Have you messed with it much before this computer? I got it a while back and absolutely /love/ it.

  13. Tyrhoor April 25, 2010 / 1:29 am

    Digging the carpet.

  14. We Fly Spitfires April 25, 2010 / 5:17 am

    Very nice! I’m always kidna nervous when I get a new computer actually incase it doesn’t work 🙂

  15. Mr. Stoneskin April 25, 2010 / 1:13 pm

    Thats pretty sweet, what kinda gaming do you do on that bad boy?

  16. Syp April 25, 2010 / 8:58 pm

    To answer a few questions here:

    – I did not build it myself… I really don’t have the time to do so, so a prepackaged computer is fine with me. I will be upgrading it in the future, especially the graphics card (probably in the next year or so).
    – I haven’t messed with Windows 7 too much prior to this, need to really sit down and learn the ins and outs of it. So far, it is a great improvement on XP in many ways.
    – The lamp is actually pretty dim (25 watts)… just looks bright in the picture.
    – The stats in question: http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/series/category/desktops/HPE170t_series/3/computer_store

  17. Tarisai April 26, 2010 / 5:22 am

    A new computer is totally sacred for me. It takes months for the whole thing to come together.

    First I put my dream basket together on Overclockers – my personal SkyNet.

    Then I despair for I could never afford such a machine. So I put the budget basket together – my personal Holly.

    Then I find the balance between things I need and things I want. The extra weeks of deliberation have increased my savings and therefore my budget and it all comes together as an up to date gaming rig.

    Then it get’s delivered (usually to my neighbour whilst I’m at work. She’ll chap my door at 11pm or something to mention I have a package…).

    I start the assembly, cut my fingers on the casing, smear thermal paste across my face and wrestle that stupid oversized GFX card into the stupid case with 70 HD bays.

    I turn it on.

    It doesn’t work.

    I fault find.

    It doesn’t work.

    I go outside for a smoke, drink some juice and scream into my pillow.

    The fan isn’t connected. I connect it.

    IT’S ALIVE! Now 2am, work the next morning – only 7 hours game time. I should probably call in sick…

  18. George April 26, 2010 / 10:44 am

    Gratz on the new computer. Looks great – hope you follow up with your thoughts on the new hardware and OS. Still running XP here on a duo core 2.66 machine. Still serves me well at the moment.

    As you stated time and my sanity are a big factor when I decided to buy pre-made. I purchased my current system from pugetsystems.com and they did a great job. Even if you don’t buy from puget you can use their on-line computer builder to put together a great looking machine, price it out and see if the difference between buying yourself is worth the time.

  19. Tizlor April 26, 2010 / 9:36 pm

    Nice battlestation

  20. Jeremy S. April 27, 2010 / 12:34 am

    Heeeyyyy You bought my computer, only better! Nice.

    I bought mine 2 years ago now. It’s in the same line as yours only mine is much less powerful.

    Hope you have many fun nights gaming on that. Sounds awesome!

  21. O.G.N April 27, 2010 / 7:59 pm

    Gratz on the new computer.

    The only real downside to buying rather than building is that you need to download and run PC decrapifier before the new PC is fully functional.

  22. olivergodfreed April 28, 2010 / 4:54 pm

    Haha, I have the exact same computer as your old one 😛

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