Tuesday, 12 February 2013

This is Why I am Single!

I am so psyched! Ten months into the making of my brand new, pseudo-uber, Intel based system build, I finally get the remaining components... minus the second 23" IPS monitor, which I hope to purchase be the end of summer.

Now that I have the components that I have waited for the longest time for, reasons being lack of money, unavailability of the components, insecurity of the components chosen and thereof, I may now return to saving up my monies for photography related gadgets.

With this build, I am much more older than I was before when I built my previous systems, meaning that I really know how to keep this new build from dying prematurely; that is not to say my previous builds died the following day after building, nay, my previous builds each had a life span between 3-4 years before dying from a preventable cause (for which I will not state here... because its so avoidable you'd call me stupid).

I have pulled out all the stops on this new build, and will see this lasting well over it's predecessors - and when it is high time to upgrade my whole system again, certain parts will remain such as the case, my eventual dual 23" IPS monitors, extension cables, HDD's, SSD, the cooling solutions, and my peripherals like mouse and keyboard. Lessens my future expenses on the upgrade, I can buy the beast (yes not best, but BEAST) of a CPU (I currently run an i7 3770, which is a beast on its own, and I don't to overclock, so I chose the locked version of the CPU... aka, the non-K), quad channel my RAM (I still run on dual channel), and of course, spend on the latest beast of a video card (I have never owned an AMD, formerly ATI, videocards, I have always run Nvidia since that is what I was used to plus Adobe Creative Suite seemed to love CUDA; who knows maybe in the future, I will try out AMD cards).

Gotta love receiving packages; As I opened the box I was greeted to my previous smoked black window side panel (behind) and my new clear side panel, of which I haven't removed the covering just yet.
First off, I received a package last Saturday containing my custom made clear side panel to replace my smoked windowed side panel. As you can see, I haven't removed the protective covering yet, I plan to do all that this coming weekend as I upgrade the parts to my PC. I will also re-imagine how I would want the LED lights to light up my system now that I have a clear side panel.

The most awesome component that I finally have is the Gainward GTX 660Ti that I ordered in the shop I usually buy my parts, PC Hub. It is a beast of a box, and a beast of a card! Effectively using 2 slots on my expansion slots but is really taking up to 3 slots inside the case, I will have to sacrifice one legacy PCI and one PCI 1x slot to have this bad boy in my system... which is okay, since I don't plan on using the legacy nor the PCI 1x. And if I do, there are one of each extra in my board. Surely can't wait to try this out on my Adobe products and use the CUDA cores plus the Intel Quick Sync to render videos faster and of course! GAMES! I can't wait to return to Tamriel and play Oblivion again. Yes, I like Oblivion better than Skyrim. But that is coming from me who hasn't played Skyrim as much yet. But Oblivion was effectively my first Elder Scrolls game I played, so there is so much sentimental value to it, and I love the green environment as opposed to the Nordic icy feeling of Skyrim.

Completed my NZXT extension cables; this will look great with my already owned 24-pin and 8-pin NZXT extension cables. These are all sleeved.

NZXT didn't have SATA 3 data cables that were sleeved, so I got my buddy at WestSide Case Mods to make this.

I then completed my sleeved cables and sleeved extension cables from NZXT; I previously had just the 24-pin and 8-pin motherboard extension cables. Now I have two 6+2 PCI-e extension cables, three SATA power cable extension cables, both are sleeved by NZXT, and three custom made SATA 3 data cables. I don't like how the Corsair GS700, my current PSU, had it's cables sleeved, so I got these sleeved cables and extension cables to have a cleaner look and hide the aesthetically unpleasing PSU cables tucked away, creatively, in the back of the motherboard tray. Good thing the Bitfenix Shinobi has a respectable cable management option, it may not be the best, but it is indeed respectable... especially, like I said, if you ahave creativity in tucking your cables away.

My Bitfenix Superspeed USB 3.0 Card Reader and the 5.25" to floppy bay adapter that came with my Bitfenix Shinobi case.

Plextor M5 Pro 128gb SSD! Finally in the SSD bandwagon!
And was previously mentioned in other posts, I also got my card reader from Bitfenix and a 128gb Plextor M5 Pro SSD. With these components, I wish to see an increase in overall performance and a decrease in the time I spend on post-processing and rendering.

Now, I shall save most of my money on that lens I have been craving for two years now. Of course, I still want to get the second 23" IPS monitor, but it isn't as much of my priority now.


I'll just throw in my previous purchases; you can see some of my components I bought in the 10 months leading up to my recent purchases.

Will put all these together in the weekend!

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Sunday, 10 February 2013

2013 Week 6: Headache Headache Headache

This week was riddled with my chronic migraine bugging me most of the time. Must be the heat, must be other factors; it just happens every afternoon in class, and even if I take my medications to thwart this migraine, it was all in vain, as it persisted in spite of it all.


Its a three day weekend for me! More or less... because I have to be in school on Monday for a research. But it still is considered a three day weekend for me. What I plan to do first is to fix my laptop by backing up all its files and switching to Windows 8; it will be my genie pig for my desktop before I make the big leap to Windows 8 and subsequently into this, mysterious, Windows Blue, that is said to be a free upgrade from Windows 8, that is, of course, your copy of Windows 8 is legit.

I also plan to finally do that series of self portraits that I have put off for weeks.

I also happen to have received my clear side panel window that I had cut so now my inner workings of my PC system can now be seen. I will post pics in time... I also received some good news that my orders, Gainward GTX660Ti and my PSU extension cables are now available in the shop where I purchase most of items. It's time to play Morrowind (Overhaul) and Oblivion again (up to this day, I haven't completed either game) and I will finally try out this Skyrim that has been collecting dust since I can remember.

I can then begin my long awaited "debut" in videography or even just a  simple venture to audio visual presentations. I got my copies of Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and After Effects CS6. I am quite psyched I got a videocard that can handle own its own (especially when OC'd) in games and that has enough silicon power in the form of CUDA cores to aid me in my media edits.

Now, I will have to venture on my own to San Fernando, which is ways to go from where I am living, just to get those items. Time to shelf out some cash to get it and be poor this coming Valentine's which doesn't really make a difference anyway; I got no one to spend it with T_T

Anyways, I shall try and finish my reports for this coming Tuesday so I may pick up my items on Monday afternoon.


Saturday, 9 February 2013

I Switched to Windows 8

Actually I am still testing Windows 8 on my guinea pig of a laptop.

I will be chronicling my time with Windows 8 for the next 30 days. No, I will not post every day til the 30 days are up for my personal evaluation period of this OS. I will be posting like I always do... weekly (BTW, my weekly 2013 posts will be updated soon... I am busy with med school stuff and computer stuff as of the moment. I can't even do my self portrait project T_T).

So far, I had a slight hiccup when installing since I was trying to install the ISO from the site using my flashdrive, but after an hour more of tweaking, I got it to work.

When Windows 8 first started, some personalizing, etc, here and there, had to be done. After that, I was taken to the interface formerly known as "Metro" (a tribute to Logan from TekSyndicate ), the Start Screen, and it was lovely, but I was soooo confused!

I can't navigate to where I'd want to check my system, etc. I had to go to desktop view and navigate my way around. Still was confusing as hell.

I then went on to Ninite.com to download my necessities, like Chrome, and I also got the start orb for Windows 8. Now, I can easily navigate Windows 8 from the desktop. I'd still have to get used to the Start Screen though.

As for now, I will be heading to bed and continue my evaluation run in the morning. I like how fast it is in boot. But only time will tell if that is the only strong point of this OS for me...

Saturday, 2 February 2013

2013 Week 5: Hello February... Hello new PC components!

First off! It's February! Do you have date? Because I don't! The 14th will be singles awareness day, forever alone, or whatever day you'd want to call it. It sucks. I know.

Big eyed geek with his SSD

But anyways, such a productive week I had in terms of getting closer to completing my dream system build; I posted earlier that I just bought my Plextor M5 Pro 128gb SSD - I'm still learning how to properly set SSD's up so I could fully utilize it's speed and provide for it longevity. I was supposed to order me a Gainward GTX 660ti but I guess the staff in PCHub got confused and said I can't place my order for those because their supplier doesn't seem to have it even if hey advertised they did. I talked this over to the main branch and they said they do have it in their main warehouse and that even if they hadn't, their supplier would. So, to put it short, I ratted out on the branch near my place to the big bosses and they said they cleared this up, so the next time I go there, they will process my order. BOOYAH! I will also complete my sleeved PSU cables when I order my video card.

The Bitfenix Superspeed USB 3.0 Card Reader and the 3x SATA 3 sleeved cables on top of the box
Just this morning, I got my Bitfenix Superspeed Card Reader and 3 SATA 3 sleeved cables in the mail. So it really is coming into fruition, the completion of my mega system. Of course I would still want a second 23" IPS monitor, but that will be in summer now. I decided to buy me this card reader since I don't have a card reader installed on my desktop, I had to run my SD cards and whatnot on my laptop which is in my home network and I simply transfer it to my desktop. Daunting. So now that wouldn't be a problem. I got the sleeved cables because I trying to go for the clean look inside my chassis. Oh yeah, by tomorrow, I will be sending in my window panel to the custom shop in order for them to make a clear side panel as opposed to my original smoked black window.

Next weekend is a 3 day weekend, thus perfect time to upgrade some components. This way, on Friday night it is planning and studying the SSD, Saturday is build and installing day, Sunday is benchmarking and stress testing, and finally Monday is gaming day. Perfect.