New Computer Time
I’m writing this from my new computer, Nene, which my wife slaved tirelessly yesterday to construct for me (she really is the best.) I can now return to playing emulated games, and graphic and audio editing. Our long national nightmare is over.
For those curious (because I’m sure someone will be), the new machine is an Intel i5 quad-core machine @3.4GHz, with 8GB RAM, a 128GB solid state drive for booting and permanent applications, a 2TB hard drive for data storage and game installs, a 640GB hard drive from my previous system for critical backups, a GeForce GTX670 video card, and a Soundblaster 3D Recon audio card. None of these are “absolute top of the line” components, but they’re pretty up there, we shopped smartly, and they all kick the crap out of what I was using before (Core2 Duo processor, 4GB RAM, one partitioned 640GB hard drive, GeForce 9800 GT card, non-functioning Soundblaster Audigy Platinum audio card.)
Although I’m thrilled about the new, faster machine and what it means for my Photoshop and CoolEdit activities, I’m probably most excited about the audio card upgrade. My old Soundblaster card was either dead or virtually incompatible with my machine and the breakout box that I’d bought with it was my only method of recording audio through optical. The new sound card not only has a working optical port but promises better performance overall due to natural progression of technology. This means I can return to recording game music, particularly from modern systems. That Scott Pilgrim vs. the World soundtrack isn’t going to record itself…
There are still various things to install on the machine and tests to run, but depending on how the weekend goes, I’ll have new posts up starting today or tomorrow.