New year, new computer!

January 29, 2013  •  1 Comment

Well it's the New Year at last and Christmas 2012 is but a distant memory, even if it was only 4 weeks ago! I hope you all enjoyed the festive period and got something you wanted, I even got some photographers socks!

 

I'm sorry I haven't posted anything for 6 weeks but, not only was I very busy over the festive period, I was in an awful amount of pain from my damaged neck. I was heavily dosed up on Morphine and unfortunately I find that Opiates do nothing for my creative juices! I did manage to get out with the Lumix LX5 when the snow was on the ground. I have a few images that I am currently sorting with Photoshop, they will be up on the gallery in the next few days.

 

Towards the back end of last year I was editing some images. They were not big files but I noticed that my computer was struggling and running very slowly. The computer in question was a home build I had put together some 7 years ago and it was clear that it needed upgrading. Fortunately Amanda had also noticed how slow it had become and agreed that it was time to invest in a new build.

 

Now I quite enjoy tinkering with computers, I have built a couple for friends in the past and it was my intention to build the new one. Oh how wrong I was! As soon as I started looking for components I started to see words like SSD, dual card and 64 bit program! To be honest I felt totally out of my depth and realised that I needed help.

 

Fortunately I have always got on well with the guys at http://www.overclockers.co.uk/ so after a fairly lengthy chat with Darren I placed an order for a new machine and waved goodbye to £1120!! For those who are interested, here is the spec for the new machine.

 

- Case: Antec Gamer 302 Tower- Black
- Power Supply: Corsair GS 600w PSU
- CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.40GHz @ 4.50GHz Ivybridge CPU
- Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX2 Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard 
- Cooler: Alpenfohn K2 Mount Doom CPU Cooler
- RAM: TeamGroup Elite 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit
- Hard Drive: Samsung 840 120GB SSD & 1TB HDD
- Graphics Card: OcUK GeForce Nvidia GTX 670 2048MB GDDR5
- Sound: Asus Xonus DG
- Optical Drive: OcUK 24x DVD+/-RW SATA Drive

-Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium SP1

 

The new system arrived in 5 days and it then took me about 7 days to transfer files and basically set it up to my satisfaction. One thing I did notice was how different Windows 7 is from my old operating system Windows XP. I felt totally lost for the first couple of days and it is only now that I am starting to feel comfortable using it. I can thoroughly recommend Windows 7 to those yet to try it, it is a massive improvement on Windows XP. Now when I run programs, particularly Photoshop CS6 the new machine flies along its barely noticeable that I am running any programs at all!

 

Well that's enough geekiness from me for now, I am off to have a play with Photoshop!

 

Until next time, stay safe and well.

 

Andy 

 

 

 

 


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