Obviously, getting a new computer is a Big Deal in the Syp household. Generally I only upgrade machines every four or five years, although this year was an exception after struggling with a subpar home build for the past 12 months.
A few weeks ago I ordered a custom built machine and got a few nice freebies tossed in, such as an upgrade to a 3TB hard drive (spaaaaace!) and a free headset/keyboard/mouse. It took a very long time to get made and shipped, but so far I’m quite pleased with the result.
We couldn’t afford anything near the top of the line, of course, so I had a budget of about $1,000 and worked within that to get the best bang for my buck. I think the end result (no specs here) is pretty solid, giving me a flexible computer that’s good for both work and gaming. It’s a little weird that I have water-cooling for the first time ever, but hey, whatever keeps it chilly in there.
It was probably the worst day to get a new computer, however. I had to spend a couple of hours driving the kids to camp, then juggled a ton of work on top of an evening lecture I gave (ever see a pastor blitz through all 21 epistles and the book of Revelation in 60 minutes? That was me). So getting this set up was low priority, but I eventually scrounged up some time.
I ended up ditching the free keyboard — it was too chunky and the backlit keys were downright distracting. It’s weird, but I like the Amazon Basic keyboard. It’s sleek and I can type on it quite fast. I am using the new mouse since my old one has gotten a little hinkey lately.
Setting up a new personal computer is equal parts awesome and stressful. It’s awesome because it’s new, it’s fast, it’s a field of potential, and it’s a “friend” that I’ll be getting to know well over the next few years. But I also had a ton of stuff to set up, such as re-downloading key programs, installing fonts, getting all of my work stuff organized, entering in all of my passwords, importing bookmarks, and the like. I have a list I’m working down for this and so far it’s coming along nicely.
Over the weekend I had backed up about a terabyte of media — pictures, music, and TV shows — onto my two backup drives, so part of the setup was transferring that onto my computer. Got to have my video game tunes, after all!
I am thinking that it’s really time to upgrade both my desk and chair. The desk is way too small for my needs and at a bad height, while my chair is disintegrating more every day. I would love a small office or even a corner to call my own in this house, but it’s hard to do that and still remain near the kids when I watch them and work, so for now I’m stuck in a niche in our living room.
Next up — testing out MMOs! Man, those take forever to download en masse, don’t they?