Eleven months later, I’m getting the new PC!

First off, let me say, “Booyah!” Now that I let that out, let me continue.

I’m finally getting the new PC. My Dell Dimension 8400 is 6.5 years old, and it is reaching it’s last useful months left. I’ve survived one hard drive crash (and lost data), upgraded memory, and added an additional backup hard drive. In the end, it was time for a new PC. A quad-core PC.

I initially predicted in December 2010 that I would get a new desktop PC, and I thought I was so close in February 2011 that I even worked out the specifications. Unfortunately, reality set in, and we had other expenses come up that took priority. My dreams of a new PC were put on hold for the time-being.

Why am I so excited by a new PC? First off, if you have to ask that question, you don’t know me very well. Secondly, unlike many people, my desktop is the center of my digital world. I keep my digital media on it. I stream video from it. I sync my calendar and contact data to my phone from it. I do my video and photo editing on it. I watch the occasional movie on it. It’s the nexus. Using a PC that is huffing and puffing as your nexus ain’t that fun.

I flirted with buying an HP, but talked it over with my friend Plexy, and opted for spending the same amount of money on better parts, but which requires me to put it together. We worked up the specifications, and ordered the parts. They should be here by Friday, and I’m working with him on Saturday to put it together. Interestingly enough, the specifications are very similar to what I had planned back in February, apart from some minor updates:

  • Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower case
  • Intel i7-2600 3.4 GHz processor
  • Corsair 8 GB Vengeance DDR3 RAM
  • Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 motherboard
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1280 MB graphics card
  • Samsung Blu-ray player / DVD-W drive
  • Creative 7.1 Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
  • 2 TB Western Digital 7200 RPM HDD

Sometime in Q1 2012, I hope to pick up a new 24″ LCD/LED monitor, and a new desk. That should complete the home office refresh. I’ve got the 3-day weekend coming up for New Year’s, so I hope to finish the rest of the data transfer and complete the software installs during my free time. Very exciting. Well, for me, anyway. 😉


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