Well, we did it, took the plunge and rejoined the PC master race…by which I mean got a very high spec machine that I fully anticipated only playing The Sims 3 on…
I got this beauty from PC Specialist (the monitor, though, is from Amazon – PCS do put a cheeky markup on monitors if you buy from them, I find) because after combing through the usual crappage in Dixons and PC World and suchlike I just wanted something that would last a good few years. Barring, you know, sudden leaps in quantum chips or something. I’m unfortunately nowhere near coordinated or capable enough to build my own rig, much as I’d like to as I’m reliably informed it comes out even cheaper, but I’ve never had issues with PCS in the past and they once again delivered.
- Eight core i7 processors @3GHz each with a 20MB cache
- 64GB of RAM (hot DAYUM)
- 500GB solid state hard drive (cos why would you not get an SSD these days)
- 4GB AMD Radeon graphics card (I like nVidia but I’m not paying what they ask for a shedload of 3D and whatever that I don’t need or want)
Well sufficient to say it is blooming gorgeous. It starts up so fast that I did my previous plan of turn on and go to make a cup of – oh, Windows is loaded. Holycrap.
Sims 3 runs nicely (natch), I’ve got the Sims Medieval running as well (after a bit of wrangling; turns out it has problems with Windows 10) and I’ve finally been able to dive into Elite Dangerous, which is an absolutely beautiful game.
It’s tricky to get the hang of – the tutorial videos are pretty useless and the default controls for mouse and keyboard are fairly diabolical. Fortunately I found some fan-made guides and “let’s-play” type videos on YouTube which got me sorted out. By the time I figured out how to sort out the controls so the blooming yaw on the ship wasn’t controlled by moving the mouse (who thought that was a good idea as the default), and mastered the art of slowing down to exit hypercruise, I was able to start actually making money.
I’m still pretty poo at the combat, but you can’t have everything at once. But at any rate that’s why I’ve been rubbish at blogging recently!