I finally ordered my new rig today. Have to say it cost quite a bit more than I initially budgeted, but, oh well, fuck it. I have the money now, and probably won't have any that I can spend like this again for awhile. And, before anyone starts bitching, yes, I ordered from Alienware. I probably could have built it myself, for less money, but I'm only moderately versed in computers, and a couple parts are a bit out of my league. The liguid cooling for the CPU especially. I would hate to fuck that up and ruin my CPU and motherboard, just because I didn't know what I was doing. So I just gave my extra $ to Dell, not to mention the warranty, as well.
Anyways, here's what I ended up going with:
- Alienware Aurora with ALX Chassis
- 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3820 (10M Cache, Overclocked up to 4.1 GHz)
- 8GB Quad Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz(RAM)(I was going to go with 16GB, but if I ever need that, its no biggie to upgrade)
- 4GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 690
- 500GB SS Hybrid MAIN + 1TB 7200RPM Storage
- Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ Titanium
- Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BD-ROM, DVD±RW, CD-RW)
- Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit
- Alienware™ 875 Watt Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply
- MicroATX Motherboard, Mid-Tower Chassis
- Alienware™ High-Performance CPU Liquid Cooling
- Alienware Active Venting
- Enhanced AlienFX™ System Lighting - 8 Lighting Zones
- Slide-in, tool-less, and cable-free hard drive bays
- Internal Theater Lighting
- Asus VS248H-P 24-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Main monitor, 19" Dell for secondary)
- Razer Deathadder Infrared Gaming Mouse
- Logitech G13 Programmable Gameboard with LCD Display (I was going to just get a nice keyboard, but I like what I heard about the G-13)
The estimated delivery is on the 19th. Luckily, I live slightly more than an hour away from the main Dell plant in Round Rock, so it should ship here on time. I also wanted to get a 2560x1200 monitor, but them shits is expensive. Ironic to hear from someone who just dumped $2000 into a pc, I know, but I'll wait until I can find a good deal on one. I also had to order a new desk, speakers, chair, and surge protector, on top of getting my car fixed. Probably should of gotten my car fixed first, but, well, priorities, ya know!
The real question is, what do I do until then? Other than driving my car a couple towns over to get repaired, I'm pretty much sitting around waiting for my pc. I'm chomping at the bit for the Steam summer sale, which is rumored to start on Thursday the 12th. The downside to that is I currently have little to no room on my hard drive. 12GB on my C: drive, and maybe another 10GB on an external. So if I do some shuffling, and top off my external, I'm looking at 20gbs. Not a whole hell of a lot. I've even got box copies of Battlefield 3 and Max Payne 3 sitting on my desk right now, taunting me. Nowhere near enough room for MP3 (35GB is a shit-ton), and maybe just enough for BF3, but my current pc barely meets the minimum requirements, anyway. I want to play both of those games with all the bells and whistles at as steady of a frame rate as possible. From what I've heard, they are 2 of the most gorgeous games yet made.
So, with the exception of buying an ass-load of games from Steam, and not installing them until my new rig gets here, I'm kinda bored. Well, gaming wise, I'm kinda bored. I bought The Darkness 2 and BioShock 1&2 from Amazon. The Darkness 2 was decent, but rather short(as I expected), and although I love BioShock(particularly the first), its not like I haven't played them both several times before. I'm roughly half way through the original(which is still a fantastic game, even several years later), and have hit that point where I'm just trying to get through it, so I can play the second one. I have several games that I'm definitely going to replay, such as The Witcher 2, Skyrim, Arkham City, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but I'm waiting on my new rig so I can max them out and behold them in their true glory. Especially Skyrim, which I can't currently run with the HD texture pack(not enough RAM, meaning constant CTDs). So, yet again, waiting on my new rig.
Which brings me back to my current situation, and my question to you Duders and Duderettes( is that even a word?). What should I do for the next 9-10 days? As stated above, I'm bored, so even though game suggestions are welcome, any wild nonsense that the community is famous for is also appreciated,lol.
I'm sure you won't disappoint!
(EDIT: While typing this I got an Email from Dell saying my debit card was declined. Seems I forgot to call my bank and let them know I was going to be making a large purchase online. I got it straightened out, but it set my order back by a day..............FFFFFFUUUUUUUUUU-)
(UPDATE-7/19/12: So for some reason Dell is now telling me that I won't get my PC until the 26th.............Lame.........Super Lame.....)