Yesterday I got the SATA data cables in the mail, and in short order I hooked up the second and third hard drives. After partitioning them, I assigned the second SSD (~180 GB) to be for MMOs and the standard 1 TB hard drive to be for media (music, photos, TV shows).
It was the moment of truth. I couldn’t leave this thing in my kitchen any longer, and I needed to make the switch. So I said goodbye to my trusty old HP desktop that I’ve had since 2010 (!) and unplugged it carefully. Then I cracked open the case and removed the GeForce graphics card, transferring that over to my new machine.
With all of the pieces in place, I secured the wires, put back on the front and side panels, and brought my surprisingly light tower over to my desk. Everything hooked up well, and I was back in business within minutes.
I saw someone say on Twitter the other day that making the jump to using an SSD is kind of like instantly visiting the future, and I can attest to that feeling. Having a computer that boots up in seconds with programs that are near-instantaneous to start is a beautiful, beautiful thing. I’m already planning on buying a third SSD at some point, these things are so wonderful.
Plus, it’s so nice to have a rig that’s free from all of the bloatware and extra crud that accumulates on a PC after a while, even when you’ve tried to be diligent about cleaning it.
Of course, setting up this PC wasn’t done just because the hardware was in place. I still had a lot to do with the software and files. I used my external hard drive to transfer all of the files I had saved from my old computer. That took about a half-hour, after which I turned my attention to re-downloading a dozen or so must-have programs, including The Secret World, Guild Wars 2, and various tools that I need for Massively OP.
It is pretty cool to look at this machine and think that I had a hand in making it (or at least assembling it). It’s definitely a great birthday present and I look forward to running it through its paces. So far so good!