Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Pulled the Trigger.

Well, I did it.

Pulled the trigger and bought the pieces to build a new computer. The Main system in the house is 7 years old. It has held up pretty well, with only one video card upgrade 3 years ago.

Here is the new system.

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

Best non-liquid cooler on the market:
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
XIGMATEK XLF-F1253 120mm 4 white LED LED Case Fan - Retail
Xigmatek Intel Core i7 compatible THOR'S HAMMER HDT-S126384 CPU Cooler - Retail

Op System:
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

Power Supply:
COOLER MASTER UCP RSB00-AAAAA3 1100W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Power Supply - Retail

Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Disc Drives:
LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray Disc Reader SATA Model iHOS104-08 - Retail
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM

Video Card:
EVGA 02G-P3-1185-AR GeForce GTX 285 2GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail

New Monitor:
Acer P235Hbmid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

OCZ Diesel 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model OCZUSBDSL4G - Retail

Lots of room to upgrade after this too. She can take another GTX285, or two more if I get really crazy in SLI mode. Room for 6 more GB of Ram as well. Motherboard came out this week. USB 3.0 and SATA III capable. So I can get a nice Solid state drive when the prices drop a bit.

I'll be posting pics of the assembly and finished beast.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Something Funny happened at work...

Funny thing just happened at work. Most of you know I work Security at a University. Well, I'm doin my job, driving around campus and I see this guy, whom I'll refer to as Skatepunk from this point forth, on a skateboard. Skatepunk doesn't have on a helmet / pads or even a shirt. To make things even more interesting he is being pulled through the parking lot by an SUV going about 30 miles an hour.

The Driver, aka DriverDude, of the SUV sees me, and rather than stopping, drives off campus with the Skatepunk in tow. They pull into a parking lot of a business just across the street from the University. So I park the car in a position I can watch them to make sure they don't come back on campus. I got Boston Sports talk radio and a new Dunkin Donuts Large coffee cream only, I'm good for a nice long wait. After about 15 minutes, Skatepunk and DriverDude walk away from the car with the skateboard and walk into the Civic Center parking lot to "Skate". After another 10 minutes, "Artsy Granola girl who was in the SUV and doesn't want to get into trouble" starts up the SUV and drives back on campus. I've seen ArtsyGirl before, she is an art student on campus and a good kid. DriverDude and Skatepunk see her drive off and give a "Where the heck are you goin?" look with palms up. I stay where I am and watch, slowly Skatepunk and DriverDude walk back onto campus at which point I approach them. I only catch up to DriverDude as Skatepunk has decided to walk fast and keeps walking as I start talking to DriverDude who is carrying the skateboard. I explain to DriverDude that I appreciate the exuberance of youth and but there is No skateboarding on Campus especially behind SUV's going about 30 miles an hour. If your friend wants to get himself killed, that is fine with me, just don't do it on campus...too much paperwork. Ok I didn't say that last part...but I really wanted to. DriverDude is like "Oh, OK...can I carry my skateboard?" I tell him yes and let him go on his way.

I drive over to the parking lot I originally saw the Skateboard/SUV event and see the SUV with ArtsyGirl in it. I see Skatepunk and DriverDude walk toward the SUV, skateboard in hand, and they are join by "PoorBastard" who looks like he just got out of class. They stand around and talk for a bit. Skatepunk climbs on top of the SUV looks around, hops back down. ArtsyGirl, walks towards a building with books in hand, probably going to class.

PoorBastard climbs into a MiniVan, DriverDude and Skatepunk hop into the back seat. PoorBastard drives off, only Skatepunk decides that he wants to be different and fight they system by leaving his passenger door open as they are driving though the parking lot. Yeah, I don't got to follow the rules...yeah, I'm young a full of angst.

So I start up my vehicle and follow them to make sure Skatepunk doesn't jumpout at speed to do some more surfskating, ala Marty McFly. They leave campus and get to big 4 way intersection on the main roadway, door still open. I pull into the last parkinglot on campus to watch them and make sure they leave for good. PoorBastard drives through the intersection, up a hill, and past motorcycle police officer that is just off the side of the road, with the door still open. They get pulled over, and I have a good chuckle that is too good not to share.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Random Musings...

Been a while since I posted here, so here is my monthly installment.

1) I've caught the painting bug. which is a very good thing. Been far too long since I've made any serious progress with my painting hobby. You can see what I've been up to over in my three army project logs.

2) The baseball season started today. I'll be a Red Sox homer and say they are the team to beat this year. They have solid pitching both starters and bullpen and they are deeeeeep, with 7 starters and 4 guys that could be closers on other teams. The lineup is solid 1-7...if 8 and 9 can have average years, the Sox will win it all again.

3) 40k is the game of choice at the moment. I've been spending my free listening to the guys over at 40k They have a weekly show that they talk for 2 hours about 40k.

4) This last weekend there was probably the biggest indy 40k convention Adepticon in Chicago.
While looking over some of the images I saw the most beautiful Eldar Army I have ever seen. I now have a goal. To some day paint as well as this guy.

That is all for now.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Hey Folks,

I got to roll some dice today. It was nice playing a very little bit down in the bullpen. However I was a little embarased that a grand total of 1 figure on the table was completely painted.

Something must be done about this.

So I went a little nuts, and made three new blogs. One for each 40k army that I have. I plan on updating these sites as i finish painting stuff...and keeping the Gamers Bullpen blog, for everything not related to those 3 armies. I added the new links over to the right.


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Just another reason John Elway is the greatest football player...ever.

I know it is the "slow" time of year for football. Never really talk much football, much more into Baseball. My favorite football player of all time is John Elway. In my opinion the greatest football player to ever play the game. He carried 3 teams to superbowls with a group of wide receivers that would barely make other clubs, only to lose the big game. Then when he finally got some help in the form of a running game, he goes on to win two. His receivers came up with a term called the "Elway Cross"'s what they called the little cross shaped bruise the football left on them when Elway zipped a pass to them.

Anyway, I saw this article and had to share.

Years after retiring, he is still the man.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Spring is coming soon!

Sounds of Spring!

I also heard to day that Takashi Saito is going to wear #24 for the Sox this year.

When I got my Sox jersey with the #24 on was for Dwight Evans, my favorite Red Sox of all time. Not for Manny. Kinda Happy the Sox didn't waste any time putting putting the number back into the rotation.