Release the Dragon: Unboxing

I recall a certain somebody requesting an unboxing when my new PC arrives so here you go. It’s called Dragon, after this little guy.

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The whole thing starts with a box.

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A box? Is it steel? Are there locks?
Is it filled with a pox? A pox?
How delightful, a pox!
If you please!
(Excuse me, I can’t resist bursting into Nightmare songs on occasion.)

unboxing_insidethebox

So far so good. Packaged well and there’s another little box within that contains a setup guide for idiots (I made very good use of this to make sure I plugged things into the right sockets) and all of the installation discs might I need those. Actually, I’m pretty sure this is the first proper Windows disc I’ve owned so that’s pretty nice to have. The graphics card included a £50 voucher which can be used for Neverwinter, Marvel Heroes, or Warframe store currency but that went out of date on 31st December 2013 and the PC turned up on the 6th January 2014 soo… That’s not much help. But hey ho.

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Here is the general setup, complete with old, broken desk (we’re working on this), messy surrounding area, my laptop mouse, and my precious Guild Wars 2 mousemat.

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It’s green! :D

Anyway, that’s all you need to see, so I guess you want to know what’s inside?

  • Windows 8.1 (64 bit)
  • Corsair 450W
  • Asus H81M-E: Micro-ATX, LG1150, USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs
  • 1TB 3.5″ SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB Cache
  • Intel Core i5 4670 CPU 3.40GHz
  • 8GB Kingston Dual-DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 8GB)
  • 1GB Nvidia Geforce GTX 650

It arrived on Monday morning. We’re now into Wednesday evening. I spent some time playing with it before doing this post and it runs fantastically well. I’ve got Guild Wars 2 and FFXIV on mostly high settings and they run so smooth. Even in windowed mode. I’m in heaven, I swear. I’ve never had a PC that has run this well. My first PC was the shared PC my dad got us from Tiny years ago. Then I had an average build PC for World of Warcraft playing which I had for 5 years. Then I played on a laptop intended for watching anime and writing novels on. So being able to play my MMOs on decent settings and have them run so smoothly.. I keep expecting somebody to pop their head around the door and ask for the PC I borrowed back. Haha. Not used to it at all. Loving it.

I’m very much looking forward to finally being able to do group content without holding groups back! And those pesky jumping puzzles in Guild Wars 2..

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