Beru’s New Lucky-dos!   5 comments

Brade and I had a few extra funds lying around that we were instructed to “do something fun” with. So, about a week or so ago he looked at me and said “we should get you a new computer”. At first I wasn’t sure about it. We have some remaining wedding expenses (but not too many) and we are taking a trip down to Disneyland in January. But once the thought of (finally) getting a new machine (mine is more than five years old) was planted in my head it grew. It started out as a tiny seed that I could almost forget was there, but soon flourised into a giant beast that could think of nothing but super awesome computers and how nice it would be to have a new, shiny one of my very own.

As a result, last Friday I looked at Brade and told him that if he was okay with the whole new computer thing, I would really like one. He told me to head over to MMO-Champion and look at some of the builds of the month and we could take a look at putting one together. Of course, he had the misfortune that I did this while he was out getting his haircut, which meant that I went straight to the Louis Vuitton rack and skipped over the knock off/clearance items.

Okay, that’s not entirely true. I did glance over at them on my way by!

In the end, I had decided that there two were things that were must haves on my list: an i7 processor and a really kick ass video card. From there, I largely went with the “unicorn” build that was recommended. I made a few changes – I opted for 16 gigs of RAM instead of 8, I opted for a larger SSD and I opted not to get a new internal HD as I had a relatively new 1 TB one in my current system that I’m just going to pull out and continue to use.

All in all we spent a little more than I think Brade and wanted, but I was really pleased with what our purchase. Ok…mostly pleased, let me tell you how hard it is to make a really large online purchase these days with credit card companies being hyper vigilant about fraud! But we won’t get into that!

Anyhow, for those interested, here is what we went with:

Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower (although, Brade did try to talk me into going with a smaller case – I was worried about the video card fitting, so opted to stick with the full tower).

Intel Core i7-3770K Quad Core

EVGA GeForce GTX670

Asus LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI Sata 6gb Motherboard

Crucial 256 GB SSD

G Skill DDR3 (16 gigs)

Asus DVD-RW

Noctua 6 Dual Heatpipe Cooler

Corsair Professional Series HX 750 Watt Power Source

For those interested, we priced everything at both NewEgg and Amazon, and they came out within twenty bucks of each other for the total. We opted to purchase at Amazon for aforementioned credit card security issues and NewEgg not having weekend customer support (where Amazon did). The downside was that we had to pay sales tax, where NewEgg would have been tax free (I don’t even know how they get away with that!). We also have Amazon Prime, so we get super fast shipping and it’s free, which is also nice!

I’m really looking forward to everything arriving and being able to put it all together! I think the worst part is going to be that everything but the case arrives today and tomorrow, with the case arriving on Thursday. However, my parents get in town on Thursday, so I won’t actually have the opportunity to put it all together until next Monday/Tuesday. It’s going to be sheer torture looking at those amazon boxes and knowing that my new shiny is being held hostage inside!

Posted October 30, 2012 by Beruthiel in Computer Setup

5 responses to “Beru’s New Lucky-dos!

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  1. Good choice on the build. The GTX 670 is a great card – got it in my new machine – and it’s a monster. Going for the larger case makes it easier to make additions (new HDD for example) if you need to in the future.

    256GB SSD is a great choice as well. Put Windows and WoW on it, and nothing else. Try to put most of your day-to-day programs on your HDD to keep as much space free for critical stuff on your SSD.

    You’ll enjoy it though ^.^

  2. Very nice system. I have a similar system. Though i never turn off the pc at all. Very good choices there Beru. It should last you a long while since you need to upgrade. I know mine handles WoW at Ultra with no problem at all, while i am using Photoshop, Illustrator and Fireworks CS6 in the background :D

  3. Very nice system. I have a similar system. Though i never turn off the pc at all. Very good choices there Beru. It should last you a long while since you need to upgrade. I know mine handles WoW at Ultra with no problem at all, while i am using Photoshop, Illustrator and Fireworks CS6 in the background :D

  4. Nice build. I have that exact case for my X58 rig. Loads of space. Wire management can be an issue in that case, though, if you’re worred about it being pretty. I would encourage you to use the shroud in the bottom of the case that looks like a PSU cover. Additionally, that beast is heavy. Hope you don’t plan to move it often. That said, awesome build. You’re sure to enjoy.

  5. Congratulations! I’m a bit jealous as I’m stuck on laptop as long as we are living in the RV trailer. I miss my dual monitors so bad!

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