I considered getting a new desktop computer for a couple of months. My all-in-one just wasn't cutting it performance-wise. I stopped playing The Secret World because the computer just couldn't handle it. After looking at the new performance specs CCP released in June I started wondering how the computer would handle them. I figured not too well. I went to a site called Can You Run It? and discovered my all-in-one couldn't run any MMO I wanted to play at the recommended level. Yikes!
With new games like EverQuest Next/Landmark and Wildstar coming out Soon™ I figured I needed to buy a new computer. I originally targeted after Christmas because of all the sales that outlets traditionally hold. But my computer didn't cooperate and failed Friday night. Since I planned on replacing it anyway, I went out and bought a new computer.
Not a top of the line computer, but a much better computer than I've ever owned. I think it's an HP, but I was more impressed with the i5 processor, 8 GB RAM (expandable to 32 GB), and NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 graphics card with 2 GB of dedicated video RAM. Like I said, not top of the line, but I only paid $630 for it. So of course I went and got a 27" monitor at the same time because they were $50 off as well. After buying a service plan and Microsoft Office, the total came out to be $1300. I was laughing as the total came up. The guy running the cash register thought it was because I spent so much. I was actually laughing because I spent so little. Yes, I really hadn't seriously gone shopping for a new computer in quite some time. Prices have come way down.
Should I have ordered a real top of the line gaming rig with an i7 processor and all the fixings? Perhaps. But I'm pretty happy with the performance so far. After installing EVE I changed the settings to optimize for graphics instead of performance and the computer runs real smooth. In fact, I noticed for the first time that my Orca has an Outer Rings Excavations logo on the front top.
The bigger screen also makes a difference. More space means my overview is taking up less real estate on my screen. That will come in handy when I start running exploration sites again. I would sometimes have issues with the cans travelling behind the UI elements I think that problem just went away. Of course, I'm currently on the quest for the holy Tempest Fleet Issue BPC, so that may have to wait a couple of weeks. But for right now I'm happy with a computer that is performing exactly the way I want.