I bought a computer. No, not a Mac this time. I bought a Windows-PC. Well, not really. I bought hardware to build it myself. As you may have read, I had to decide whether I should wait for the next generation gaming consoles or buy a PC and become a PC gamer again. I went for the latter. The reason: I’m not 100% sure if I still believe in the gaming console market. But let’s talk about this another time. Or maybe I’ll talk about it on the podcast I’m working on.
When I finally decided to go for PC gaming, I asked Leo (who lives in Cologne and will probably help me build and overclock it) if he could come up with a setup which fits my needs. And so he did:
The case is a Fractal Design Define R4 which has been redesigned by German online magazine PC Games Hardware. I like Leo’s decision because it not only looks simple and clean, but it has two integrated fans that should keep the hardware cool.
I must admit that I never heard of something like the Seasonic P-520 FL. A power supply unit without fans but still powerful enough to give juice to the hardare? Take my money!
The MSI Z77A-G43 is the mainboard of
my Leo’s choice. I know MSI and always bought mainboards from them.
The Intel® Core™ i5-3570K is clocked to 3,4 GHz but thanks to the CPU fan you see below, we’ll manage to overclock it to 4 GHz. Fun fact: while working in the IT department for a larger German bank, we once overclocked a CPU and cooled it with nitrogen. I don’t remember ever being as geeky as that day.
There’s not a lot to say about Alpenföhn Himalaya. It’s huge.
The RAM is probably the component I’ll upgrade the soonest. The G.Skill DIMM 8 GB DDR3-1600 I’m using will be doubled sometimes later this year. Just for the lulz.
The GIGABYTE Geforce GTX 670 Dual Fan is really ugly. If I compare it to Marcel’s one I think this one looks really hideous but apparently the GTX 670 is better. And in the end, I’ll never see it unless I open the case.
I own a MacBook Air with a decent SSD glued to the motherboard. Since I’m spoiled by Apple, my PC had to have one too. We went for the Samsung 840 Pro series with 128 GB.
And because the SSD doesn’t really have a lot of space, a simple Seagate ST1000DM003 with one terabyte will store all my files and games.
The DVD drive is probably the most superfluous component. But since Windows requires one I ordered the LG DH-18NS. I may or may not buy a Blu-Ray drive at some point, but as soon as my Apple TV works and my ISP won’t throttle my internet, I have no need for it.
To be honest, this thing sounds huge. I will probably overclock the CPU and GPU a little as mentioned earlier. I can’t remember being so excited for a computer since the MacBook Air. Now that I’m back into PC gaming, anyone looking for someone to do “let’s plays” can hire me.
But first I need to wait. Everything has been ordered, the stuff should arrive next week and Leo and I will start building that thing. And then I’ll throw the last bit of money I have left at Steam. Who needs food anyway.