New Toys

Say hello to Sideswipe.


Sideswipe will be taking over as my primary gaming and ALL THE THINGS machine for the foreseeable future.  He’s replacing my current rig, Prowl.  Regular readers will know Prowl has been giving me no end of trouble and a replacement for it has been on the docket.  The Lenovo Y510P model that made the final cut has the following stats:

  • Intel i7-4700MQ Quad core CPU (2.4GHz before any overclocking)
  • 2 Nvidia GeForce GT755M graphics cards for a grand total of 4 Gigabytes of video memory in SLI mode
  • 1Terabyte of hard drive space.
  • 16 gigs of RAM (spent a bit more then my budget really called for on this one, but it was buy now or later.)

A heavy lifter. It’s been sitting on my desk for 2 days now as time has simply not permitted me to do much with it.  Also it’s Windows 8 and we’ve already talked extensively about the problems with that.  Thankfully Windows 8.1 has some adjustments to it that make it less terrible and there are settings you can turn off that will reduce the tablet feel of the OS.  Still, it’s going to take some major tweaking.  The floor model that I got to experiment with at the store let me switch between the desktop and the metro UI by simply hitting the windows key.  That setting is buried somewhere and will get turned on soon enough.  Testing out the Metro UI will be a goal in the near future, but Rainmeter is still the best UI customization tool anywhere and it’s tempting to just go straight to the desktop, set up Rainmeter and never look at the Metro UI ever again.

There’s also the requisite backups, passwords, bookmarks, and assorted other mountains of things that need to get transferred.  Not to mention that I’m at the end of Mass Effect 3 and would like to finish that before Prowl gets handed off to the family for more low grade general use.  It’s going to be a busy weekend for sure.

E3 happened this week and there’s plenty to talk about there, but will probably wait till there’s more commentary about it from others before chiming in.  This site has never promised topicality.  Speaking of topical, next week if work is still being done bringing Sideswipe up to speed, we may just post a video game review of an older game.  Time will tell.  In the meantime, pardon my bragging at my new toy.  It’s hard not to be excited when new equipment comes in.  Talk to you all soon.

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