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Weekend Recap/Computer Building

I forgot my book at home today and I finished the internet so I am actually posting to LJ, OMG!

Fun weekend! I packed the truck on Thursday night so I could leave directly from work on Friday to go out to Bodega Bay and camp with about 12 other friends. We had expected rain so everyone came prepared and we set up a little tarp-city which kept us all warm around the fire. The alcohol flowed like water and everyone had a grand old time. But apparently it started getting a little windy around 3-4 in the morning and people started slowly packing it up. Any tent bigger than a few feet ended up collapsing in the wind and, even though ours did as well, I was able to sleep in 'til about 7 or so, when too much water started condensing on me from the tent fabric blown over on top of me.

Shan and I drove out to Bodega Head where she saw her first whale, ever! I figured we would just spend an hour or so out there and let the storm blow out. I really wanted to stay, especially since I accused my friends of being pussies when they suggested backing out after seeing the weather forecast. :p But then I saw big black clouds roll in and, about the same time, got a text from my buddy saying, "Get out while you can, HUGE storm system moving in on radar!" Heh, well that was all the impetus we needed so we headed back and packed it up. By the time I left the campsite was ankle-deep in water, so everything was just slopped into the truck willy-nilly. Got home, unpacked, showered and chilled for a while and then Jim and Anna (the organizers of the trip) had all the camping folks over to their house to continue the festivities. It was more awesomeness and they are great hosts, so thanks, if you are reading.

Yesterday we had pho and saw X-Men: First Class, which was good if not great. I love the idea of Prof X and Magneto sitting around in titty bars, I gotta say. :D


In other news I decided to finally build myself a new computer. I had been vacillating about buying one or building one, because building comes with a certain amount of possible risks and annoyances but I just couldn't justify the costs of the machine I wanted pre-built. Some of the parts started shipping last week but some are delayed a bit. I'm hoping to have it done in a few weeks. For those who geek out about this kind of thing, here is what I am building:


When I build my gaming systems I almost always start with the processor, which I choose to be a little slower than the bleeding edge (i.e. expensive) processors, but still allow and get good ratings on overclocking, so I can get the most out of my money. In that vein I chose the: Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K, which overclocks like a beast. I paired it with an ASRock P67 Extreme4 B3 Motherboard and 16 GB of Kingston HyperX Quad Channel 1600MHz ram. To keep access speed up I'm going with my first ever SSD, the OCZ Technology 120 GB Vertex 2 Series SATA II 3.5-Inch Solid State Drive, which will hold all my system and game files and I'm putting in a couple normal 1 TB SATA drives in RAID 0 for my data (music, movies, pictures, etc). The video will scream with dual ATI Radeon HD 6870 1 GB Video Cards in CrossFire. I'll keep it all cool in a Cooler Master HAF ATX Mid Tower case and an aftermarket Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU cooler. That will all be powered by a nice Corsair 750W power supply. The system will run Windows 7 64 bit, to support the massive amount of RAM and take advantage of Direct X 11.

I went ahead and ordered myself a new kb/mouse combo as well, since the last one is a bit sticky from spilled beer, lol. I LOVE the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500 Revolution Bluetooth Mouse and Keyboard. It's like typing on a baby's ass. I know most gamers prefer corded kb/mice but I'm not so competitive as to give up the convenience of cordless peripherals. I'll probably also upgrade to an HD monitor, but Shan has one so I will give hers a try first, or maybe I will trade her, since she is inheriting my old Alienware, which I've totally spruced up. I'm really happy with how it came together and I'm looking forward to having a smokin' fast system again.

Comments

pricciar
Jun. 6th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
The build I am planning on making for myself uses the same class of processor. Without the K because, I doubt I would ever overclock. But, I think the i5 offers the best bang for the buck. Plus, it's priced really good at the micrcocenter around here.
I like the Cooler Master cases. Good reviews and not too expensive.

I flirted with the idea of an SSD, but I just couldn't convince myself they are reliable enough, yet. For the premium price the number of times they fail is still too high for me. Maybe in a couple of years when the price falls alongside the failure rate I'll give it another look. (Or maybe I will see a deal and grab one now. Who knows?)

Fun stuff!

Looking forward to X-Men. Even moreso now that I know titty bars are involved.

pat