A Much-Needed Upgrade

My current desktop computer is just about to kick the bucket and I’ve been needing a new computer for a very long time. Today, I finally placed an order for my dream computer!

Current setup

I got my current computer back in 2014 as a gift. It is an Alienware AX51R2 running Windows 8.1 (upgraded to Windows 10), a computer that wasn’t really powerful at the time but it was much better than what I was using prior. I’ve always been told to buy your parts separately and build the computer that way because it is cheaper. I am well-aware of this but I simply just don’t trust myself to put together expensive parts.

This computer had lasted me a those 6 years, but it wasn’t without some problems. Beginning about a year ago, any game I played would eventually result in something in the computer crashing. My main monitor would turn off and go to sleep and my secondary monitor would freeze. Nothing else could be done until I forcefully shut the computer down. This happens no matter which game it is and no matter how demanding the game is (even AoE2HD caused this crash). Because of this I’ve had to resort to playing games on my laptop which, while more powerful and able to play more games, isn’t that comfortable to play on.

One day while I was on my computer doing my daily routine everything froze up hard and I couldn’t do anything, so I did the usual forceful shutdown. However when it started back up I noticed that my startup programs weren’t starting. File explorer was incredibly laggy and I suspected some of the OS files had gotten corrupt. I tried to open the Windows folder and nothing would load in. Now was the time to start backing up all the files that I could. I grabbed my 1TB external HDD and backed up all I could with explorer locking up every few minutes and requiring the process to be restarted. For some dumb reason I was so confident that this was a hardware failure and that installing a new OS wouldn’t fix it that I didn’t back up absolutely everything that I wanted to. Genius.

After I backed up all that I wanted, I got set on installing Windows 10. I was able to use my laptop and the Windows Media Creation Tool to grab a Windows 10 ISO, put it on a formatted USB flash drive, and boot my desktop from that drive to install Windows 10. Much to my relief the desktop hadn’t suffered from some hardware failure and it was just that the OS decided to destroy itself.

This, however, predictably did not stop crashing while playing any game.

New setup

I already had a list of specs in mind that I wanted for any new computer I would be upgrading to.

* CPU: Intel® Core™ Processor i7-9700K 3.60GHZ 12MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1151
* Drives: 480GB WD Green SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD (x2), 2TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 256MB Cache 7200RPM HDD
* Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR4/3000MHz Dual Channel

I think that this computer will last me quite a long time and I’m super excited to get it!

The only downside to this new computer is just that it will take close to a month to ship due to a little virus going around that you may have heard of. However, it will very much be worth the wait.