A PC Named Blastoise

Because you think that, after looting a MacBook and an iPhone, I’ve completely turned to the Dark Apple side, right? Hell no. With desktop machines, it’s build or GTFO! Much as I whine about those damn front panel wires and my hatred of Intel motherboards, I like building way too much to give that up.

I’ve picked out most of his new parts– pretty much everything except the video card. Leaving off a separate sound card because onboard doesn’t suck so much anymore. It looks to be a bit of a splurge (about $870 in parts before the video card), but… dude, this is Blastoise, the flagship of Altima Network and my box of awesome. He’s worth it. >:D

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 ($210)
Mobo: Asus P8Z68-V Pro ($195)
Mmmm, USB 3.0 and a crapload of USB ports… and I get to keep my Firewire… *Homer drool*
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 16GB ($105)
Video: ???
System: Crucial 128GB SSD ($192)
Secondary: WD Caviar Black 1TB SATA ($70)
Optical: LG Super Multi Blue ($0, Reused from previous body)
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast TX750M ($110)

Ah… the video card. This would be a no-brainer, except… remember that Blastoise is running dual monitors. Even though games are bound to his primary rather than stretched across both (which would be weird and fugly), doesn’t his card have to split the payload between both, or have I been duped by nerd crazytalk all this time? >_>;
Though most of the time my gaming is WoW/City of Heroes, I have been tip-toeing into, you know, “modern” games that would prefer I have something better than a mid-range GPU, so BIGGER IS BETTER LOLZ and such. This would also explain why I’m going to shove 16GB of RAM in there right off the bat. (Man, remember way back when 1GB was a lot?)

I said before that I would really like to reuse my case, but… I don’t see it happening. Eyeballing the motherboard, it looks to be taller than the one Blastoise is packing. I’ll crack him open to check before I order up the parts, but odds are I’ll have to get a bigger case. Booo!

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