Archive for August 2nd, 2010


The New Set Up

August 2, 2010

Here you go. As you can see, nothing fancy like those gaming rigs with six screens or anything like that, but it’s a huge upgrade from my Dell XPS laptop. People are right; after sitting behind that 24″ monitor, I don’t think I can ever go back to laptop gaming.

My husband doesn’t have a spare desk and the study is currently taken up by boxes and boxes of his books and electronics, so there’s not and inch of room in there. Hence my computer is currently set up on a tiny old writing table in his work out room, sandwiched between his elliptical trainer and the weight bench. This house is pretty much one big man cave and clearly I’m still trying to work on fitting my life into his, but this is great for now. Guess what, if I want to tone a few muscles between raids, the home gym is just right behind me.

Intel Core i7-920 processor, 12GB RAM, Radeon HD 5770…I’m guessing these are some of the specs people will be interested to know. My knowledge in computers and technology is adequate but not extensive (hubby’s the IT expert in the family) especially when it comes to the internal workings of the machine. I nearly had a heart attack when the computer booted up and did not recognize the hard drive, but it just turned out it had to be screwed in tighter. Beside the monitor is my precious 12WX Wacom Cintiq, the tablet/screen hybrid that I use to “draw”.

And as you can see from the above photo, I’m currently downloading the high-res version of Lord of the Rings Online. Because of my better half’s ISP, this 10GB download has so far taken around 3 days of downloading at an average of 120KBps. For a guy who’s an avid gamer, always interested in the latest gadgets and who works in the tech industry, it boggles my mind how he could stand to live at such speeds (it’s so frustrating that it’s become a running joke in our household to liken each other to our internet when someone is being sluggish). Now that there are two people sharing the service, we may have to look into making a switch. Not looking forward to downloading the Age of Conan client before that happens!

So far, I’m very pleased with how graphics look on this machine. On the gaming front, the two games I’ve tested so far are World of Warcraft and Star Trek Online because I have the retail boxes. The latter looks simply amazing — I for one never knew explosions in space could look so glorious.