I didn’t think I would get to fall in love again.

A long time ago, I wrote an article on why I preferred the console gaming world as opposed to the PC gaming world. To summarize, I argued that consoles were much more cost efficient and that with one machine, I would be able to play a generation’s worth of games without having to drop over $1000. In response to my old self, I say, “Don’t knock it til’ you try it.”

Two years ago, I purchased a laptop because it was cheap, and I thought it was time my last one should be put to rest… My trusty Toshiba had been through a lot in its three years of service with me… especially with all of the abuse it went through. So when I was looking at laptops, I was looking at all the wrong details (no… not how well it could withstand physical trauma). I was looking at battery life, among other things that didn’t really have much to do with how efficient the machine ran. My brother told me not to, but in the end, I got this HP computer that was I thought slick and stuff. The laptop wasn’t fast enough to play even the simplest of games. It was able to run Starcraft II, but without a cooling pad, it overheated within 15 minutes. Actually, it overheated within 15 minutes of being off a cooling pad no matter what it was doing! About a year later, I had enough of it. I started to use my brother’s laptop. It ran Windows Vista (mine was Windows 7) but it was able to run lots of things! Well, it was able to run… but you know, running LoL at 15fps kind of defeats the purpose. Eventually, it started having overheating problems too, and it was also perma-attached to my cooling pad. At first, the fan was super quiet so it was really sweet, but then something happened, and it all went downhill from there. Jeff likened it to a jet engine.. haha. I was tired of using a computer that wasn’t mine.

At first, I was planning on getting another laptop… but the more I thought about it, the more it didn’t make sense to me. It’s not like I took my laptop anywhere, I even wrote my notes with pen and paper. So if I was about to drop $900 on a laptop, why not spend a little more and go the extra mile to get a desktop that I know would take care of all my needs? I would also know every single piece of hardware in there since my roommates are awesome and have taught me so much this past week. Canada Computer actually had quite a few deals and bundles when I went, so not all of the prices below are actually what I paid. The guy there who helped me was also pretty good, made some good decisions, and I was pretty confident with Jeff and Ferg there too.

So, if you are still following me, this is my new baby ❤

Before

Monitor: Samsung 23.6″ LED

CPU: Intel Core i5-3550 Quad-Core

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H

GPU: ASUS Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Storage: Crucial M4 128GB

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) RAM

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 600 Watt 80 PLUS Bronze Certified

Case: Antec Three Hundred Gaming Case

 

AfterIn this photo, I’ve got all of it put together! The unfortunate part is that the glare off of the screen is so strong you can’t admire it haha… But there’s still much to work on for this rig. The 128GB HDD is no where near enough space. I’m already looking into some internal harddrives, but that’ll run me another $80 or so. I’m also on the lookout for a wired gaming mouse which is another $50.

The building part of it was actually a lot of fun! The screws and everything were very organized and it was exciting to look at the motherboard with all of its chips, pathways, ports, and many other things on it. We unboxed the i5 chip, and Ferg and Jeff told me it was the most important part of the machine, its heart. They also said RAM was important because without it, my computer would forget things (*eyeroll*). The scariest parts were whenever I had to plug or snap something into the motherboard… I kept worrying that if I pushed too hard, I’d snap it, but obviously everything went really smoothly. On top of my Intel chip, there is a fan specifically for it. The guys were psyching me up for it because in their experience, it’s only ever been challenging. So when it took me about 10 seconds to get all 4 of the screws in, their reactions were pretty funny.

A lot of the people I’ve been talking to are concerned that my PSU isn’t strong enough, or that I don’t have enough fans installed. To be honest, I’m not too concerned. I won’t be buying much more for the rig for a while since I don’t plan on overclocking it, or adding another video card, etc. This is leaps and bounds better than what I had before, maybe I’ll worry about all the changes I’ll have to make after the next graphics generation comes along.

The entire time, Jeff and Ferg were telling me that all of the items on my list were one time purchases, or at least would last me a long time. My machine may not be top of the line, but I also really don’t need it to be. It can run all of the games that are currently on the market beyond their recommended settings and I know I’ll be fine for years to come. It is both the most expensive and intelligent purchase I’ve made to date. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back to the stone ages. So thanks Ferg, Jeff, Jordan, and Kenneth for all the help!

On the console gaming front, the next generation is happening right now. I’m not going to be interested in the Wii U until the next LoZ game and I’ve still got a while to wait before the Playstation 4. As for Microsoft’s next console, I’m not too interested. In the mean time, I’ll be patiently waiting for Tuesday when Ni No Kuni gets released by polishing my LoL skills. I’ve got an ongoing list of games I need to finish too!

Viva Technology~!

What do you guys think? Thanks for reading!

Quick Thoughts: Golden Globes 2013

Last night, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the 2013 Golden Globe awards. They were fantastic together; bouncing jokes off of each other, donning ridiculous costumes, and being “catty” about their nominations in the same category. So, here are some quick thoughts from the most memorable moments for me from the awards ceremony. (Maybe I should’ve just written this while I was watching it…)

– I wish there was more Tina Fey and Amy Poehler… Their random appearances were all great.

– Tina Fey remarking how before Les Misérables, nobody had been so alone and abandoned since she co-hosted The Oscars with James Franco, and Anne Hathaway’s reaction was brilliant.

– Ex-president Bill Clinton made a surprise visit resulting in a standing ovation, followed by a dishevelled Amy Poehler saying, “Wow, what an exciting special guest … That was Hillary Clinton’s husband.”

– Lucy Liu: still cute, but what was that dress… and your hair was a little messy =/

– Kristen Bell was totes cute and totes preggo. Someone should’ve surprised her with a sloth up there.

– Personal favourite moment: Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrel’s introductions of each nominee in their segment… J. Law for Jennifer Lawrence… hahahahaha

Les Misérables winning best comedy or musical motion picture (obvs) and wins for both Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman

–  Arnold Schwarzenegger exclaiming that English wasn’t the mother tongue for both him and Sylvester Stallone

– Jodie Foster “coming out.” She was never in the closet to begin with and lived her life being true to herself. Her speech and her belief that having privacy was a gift, sent a very strong message to the audience.

– I was sad that Modern Family lost in each of the categories it was nominated for.

– Jessica Alba’s voice is sex.

– Lena Dunham hobbling up to the stage to receive her awards… lol

– The camera’s flashed to Ang Lee, and my roommate said, “Whoa! What’s your dad doing there?”

– Glenn Close pretending to be drunk was pretty hilarious, more hilarious was when Tina Fey couldn’t keep composure when she looked at her

– What was up with Mel Gibson’s face last night? He seemed to have lock-jaw throughout the entire show..

– Amy Poehler saying Meryl Streep was brilliant in The Flu was hilarious!

Unfortunately I hadn’t seen many of the nominated films this year… like every other year >_> but hopefully my roommate and I will be able to see more before The Oscars next month on the 24th!

If you weren’t able to catch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s monologue at the beginning of the show, here, I have embedded it for your viewing pleasure.

Instead of going to class, I have fucked up dreams.

January 10, 2013 from 9:10 – 10:00 AM

I’m at some kind of performance with my girlfriend (Heather), another friend (LM), and John Barrowman. Heather and I already have a house together, but for some reason, she was going to leave for somewhere forever and I wanted to surprise her by tagging along to wherever she was going. Instead, I was locked in a room with John Barrowman, where we spooned, and I rubbed his penis through his pants and sucked his thumb. I wondered if this was the sort of celebrity fucking I’d be forgiven for. Apparently he is straight in my dream.

I have incredible guilt and all I want to do is tell her that I didn’t want her to leave. As she’s leaving the concert hall, I transform into a butterfly-shaped bracelet and attach myself onto her wrist. LM dresses up in a giant pea costume in my place, where I was part of a duet with John Barrowman to sing Christmas carols accompanied by a full orchestra. I think that she is doing an amazing job, but it doesn’t occur to me why I’m witnessing this and not with Heather, on her wrist.

At the end of the concert, it is revealed that it was actually LM and not me in the costume. John Barrowman goes into a fury and attacks me because I’ve magically appeared. The police hold him down and he yells that I’ve betrayed him and that we were going to be together. I give LM a hug because she’s crying from the commotion and I thank her for helping me out and taking me place. Then I faint.

I wake up in a foreign place, there are 4 cats: a white one, a ginger one, a tabby, and a black one. Heather’s mom is also there. I wake up in a daze and automatically start playing with the cats; I fight with them over pillows, and they have feathers that they’re chasing. Suddenly, I remember everything that’s happened and I dash upstairs to find my things. The only thing on my mind is that I have to go after Heather and apologize for the things I’d done with John Barrowman. I find some of her belongings in a room: a sweater, a necklace, a letter, among some other things. I take the letter and on the outside it says, “Regine, open this in the event that we ever get separated again.” In it, she talks about how sad she is that we’re weren’t together and that she’d always loved me. She also tells me to talk to her mom because she’d know where to find her.

Heather’s mom walks in while I’m still reading the letter, pacing back and forth. When I see her, she tells me that there’s a lot to fill me in on, but first I’d have to find something suitable to wear. That’s when I realize I’d taken off all of my clothes. But she isn’t fazed, apparently this was something I’d done regularly. I ask her how long I’d been out for and she says that it was in July that I’d fainted and it was now April. It clicks that she’s been the one who’s been taking care of me the entire time. I ask her what I did every day because I didn’t remember anything from the moment I fainted up until then. She said that I mostly sat and stared into nothing as I turned my head and rocked back and forth. That shocks me, but the only thing on my mind is that I’d been apart from Heather for 9 months and I dread knowing the answer to how many people she’d been with since I left. I never fully realize that everyone I knew would be fully aware of my condition when I went back out to the world.

Suddenly, I’m standing in front of Heather, fully dressed. We are at some kind of café on top of a mountain. It feels like somewhere in Northern Europe. I don’t remember what she was wearing, but I remember thinking she was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. We give each other the tightest hug ever, but we don’t say a word. Then she points towards the doorway and I see her brother, Ben, coming in to greet me. He’s wearing a denim jacket and has his hair spiked up with gel. He says something along the lines of, “Hey fainty,” and goes on ahead to grab a table. We give each other another hug before we go in. She takes me by the hand and leads me to the table where Ben is sitting. She sits down on my lap, I wrap my arms around her waist and rest my head on her shoulder, and I think, “I don’t really need to know what’s happened since the incident… I can tell she’s waited for me, and even if she didn’t, she’s here now and that’s all I care about.”

We have an amazing view of the mountain side, and I can hear the other customers in the café awing at us. One man drops his pencil and then asks if he can sketch us.

First post!

This is not the first blog I’ve created, nor is it my second, or third… You see, my trouble is consistency and most of the time, I stop using whatever site I have because it’s become overwhelming or I’ve gotten bored of it.

Hopefully, this time will be different. I want to use this space as a platform for me to write nicely structured articles about whatever I want to say. It can be about a review of the latest game I’ve played, a how-to article on choosing the best seat on public transit, or my pet peeves pertaining toilet paper. The bottom-line will be that what I write will be cohesive and well put together. (Stayed tuned for articles relating to each of those examples as well!)

So excuse me while I go tinker with the appearance of my new blog, and I hope you stick around!