Monday, January 28, 2013


Well it was more than about time. Over the past weekend I have finally upgraded my aging computer with something much better; even if it's no power house the difference can already be felt. Double the number of cores (Intel i5 2.66ghz quad core), quadruple the amount of RAM (8gb) and finally a 64bit OS (Windows 7; Windows 8 is a bit too new to my liking). Yes there are faster machines out there but for me that's a big jump. I do have a pretty serious bottleneck at the moment: I have to wait a couple pay days to get a new video card worthy of the more modern tech so I'm currently using the trusty old GeForce 8800 GT. But even with this old card things are much better. For example, Skyrim. Where it used to take me a good 20-30 seconds to load the game now it's pretty much instantaneous. The aging card keeps me from bumping up the visual quality of the game but where I used to have a few snags and glitches now everything is fast and fluid. Same in EVE Online where I can bump up everything to high. My video card of choice will be a GF 660GTX with 2gb of GDDR5 RAM. Again not the top of the food chain but more than enough for me.

Of course with the new video card I'll also get a new power supply; not that my current one can't handle it but I also needed to use the one from my old box. So soon I will have TWO computers. My boys will be happy... of course the new problem will be to decide who gets to play on dad's machine. I also have to make room for a second computer and in my small appartment that is quite the challenge. But for the moment there's only one working machine so no rush.

But the wait for that magic pay day (February 21st to be exact) will be a long one. I cannot wait to see Skyrim in all its glory, play my Xmas present, F1 2012, and maybe pay a visit to a certain tropical island in the South Pacific; I hear some dip-shit pirate needs a lesson in insanity... I shall teach him all about it >:)

Fly crazy



Knug Lidi said...

Get a solid-state hard drive for your boot drive.

Loading REALLY becomes instantaneous.

The performance gain is substantial.

Benoit CozmikR5 Gauthier said...

"If wishes were fishes..." as the saying goes. I'm running a tight budget and don't forget I have other interests, mainly things to bang on :) But yeah, an SSD would be awesome.