Time For an Upgrade!

I usually don’t spend more than £500 on a new computer. More often than not I’m an incremental upgrader; adding a bit here or a little there, but each time I invest in a new system it’s almost a quantum leap. With this last machine I couldn’t really do that because the motherboard was end-of-life on the socket for the CPU, I already had an SSD in it and the bottlenecks on the motherboard made it so getting a new graphics card wasn’t worth it. It’s gone on for five or so years (though the graphics card is older) and I decided that it was finally time for an upgrade. I’d been saving up for another plan that hadn’t panned out, so I figured I would spend a decent amount, though not only has the game changed in terms of what’s available, but also in terms of the price.

I spent £1520 on a machine that will blow my socks off, and it has just been assembled and is awaiting quality check before being shipped to me. It’s got a 4.4Ghz quad-core i7, 16GB RAM, a 240GB SSD with a 2TB SATA to back it up, with a GTX 1070 from MSI. I’ve never invested this kind of money in a system before, nor have I been this close to the bleeding edge of tech. I always lag behind a couple of generations as best I can to make sure that I get a good deal.

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‘Twas the Night Before the Steam Sale…

This year’s Steam Summer Sale is one of the worst kept secrets in PC gaming. Ever since it showed up as a slip of the enter key on VKontakte, I’ve been holding back on buying anything on Steam, GoG or the Humble Store. The only thing I’ve bought is a pre-order of Shadowrun: Hong Kong purely based on previous outings by Harebrained Schemes. I’m sure I’m far from the only one.

But we’re almost there, and I definitely have certain titles that I will be looking for.

The only ‘triple A’ title that I’m looking at is Shadow of Mordor. Put bluntly, I wasn’t sure if my computer could run it. Tried overclocking the CPU to play a similarly spec’d game and it worked, so now I’m definitely wanting to buy it. I’m also looking at getting the spiritual successor to Dungeon Keeper, War for the Overworld; it looks really fun and what I actually wanted when I bought Dungeons. Darkest Dungeon and Chroma Squad are my blind picks; hearing the good about these titles and being on the hype train for Chroma Squad since it’s Kickstarter.

There’s titles like There Came an EchoRepublique: Remastered and Ori and the Blind Forest that I may get if they’re super cheap. I may also get Fantasy Grounds depending on how heavy it is discounted, since I plan on getting a Dungeons and Dragons group together online and it’s had glowing reviews for people that want to splash out. We’ll see.

My budget is flexible as it’s always been. I’m trying to stick to the £50 wallet credit I grabbed yesterday but Steam will always manage to tease me.

Am I ready for a miracle? Ready as I can be.