New Computer Day ’16

computerObviously, 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?

For fun, here’s me back in 2010 on New Computer Day!

4 thoughts on “New Computer Day ’16

  1. Nick Foster (@goldenhornet) July 14, 2016 / 9:14 am

    Hmm, that new computer smell 🙂 It takes a while to get it comfortable again, there’s always something you forget to install.

    Rather than use tons of hard drive space for your music, why not store them online and stream them when you want? For example I use Google Play Music and for free you can upload 50,000 tracks and stream them whenever you like. I’m sure other places do similar services.

    A terabyte is a lot of stuff though! 0.o

  2. Hugo July 14, 2016 / 9:42 am

    I know the feeling since im redecorating some rooms in our house and moving over our administration and computers. When im done with all these changes i will love to make a new setup (thinking of getting 2 new 24″ monitors and creating connections for the desktop along with the laptops and surface we have in our household).

    If you wanna check out my progress you might wanna check my blog 😉

  3. Aywren July 14, 2016 / 10:27 am

    Woo! Congrats on the new PC! Enjoy getting to know your machine — it’s only new once! I really like the look of that case, btw.

  4. Syp July 14, 2016 / 10:33 am

    It’s working really well so far. Able to crank game settings up to the max, and I have probably 80% of my needed programs installed.

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