10.01.2008

Loathe and Love: My New PC

I had my new PC for a couple days now, and having it is a double-edge sword since it can be both awesome and irksome. Here are the reasons why I loathe and love my new PC.

Loathe

  • Software Deletion
The thing I detest about buying a branded computer are the bloatware, useless and crappy software that you don't need but are already installed in the PC. These software chokes up your hard drive, and some of them are even resource hogs. So I usually spend an eternity removing them from my hard drive and cleaning their traces in the registry files in order for my PC to run smoothly.
Some of the many software and games I installed today.
  • Software Installation
Since all the cool and important software are usually not included on a new PC, you'll have to manually install them yourself, one by one. That's what I did the whole day today. I've installed three games (Spore, The Witcher and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.) and a lot of various software such as Ad-Aware and Firefox 3. In addition, I also defraged my computer after each installation to avoid fragmentation of files and reduce the loading time of applications, especially the games.
  • Software and Driver Update
Another important, but irksome, part of having a new PC. After you install all your favorite software, you also need to update them to fix all the bugs they have. Updating the drivers of all your hardware will also fix some technical problems and improve the performance of your computer. I had to download a plethora of patches and drivers, since my softwares are newly installed and my drivers are outdated, and install them all. What a pain.
Love
  • Better Performance and Storage
What I like about my new PC is that, beside its updated hardware, there's still not much "dirt" to drag it down. I've been running a lot of things, simultaneously (scanning with an anti-spyware, anti-virus and trojan scanner while defragmenting), in this computer and its memory can still stand it. Plus, with my bigger hard drive space, I can also install a lot of my games.

The dilapidated atmosphere of S.T.A.L.K.E.R., in hi-res and max settings.
  • Playing Games in Hi-Res and Max Graphics
Perhaps my favorite part, and the reasong why I got a new PC, is to be able to enjoy my games with great graphics. I'm not a graphic whore, mind you, I just like to run my games without hassle. But since I already got the goods, why not use it. That's why I re-installed S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and The Witcher (I'll also install BioShock tomorrow). I've played these games last year but I had to set their graphics to the lowest possible setting. So, now, with my new PC, I'll be able to play and enjoy these games with an invigorated visual experience.
Well, those are my reasons why I loathe and love getting a new PC. A lot of people will probably think me a dork for going through this arduous steps of setting up my computer when I could just plug it n' play it. But ever since I've read the articles at Tweak Guides, doing these procedures just became a habit. Happily enough, I also never had any major crash since I did so.

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8 comments:

Junelle said...

Ayos ah .. no wonder you have no GF ... you love your gadgets more than humans :D

Hmmm ... has my application been answered yet? hehehe

Skron said...

Nope. I haven't checked out any applications lately. Too busy with gaming.

RONeiluke, RN said...

hays... kelangan ko na yatang magpalit ng PC. ang bagal na kasi eh. wala pang games yun ah. hehehe! peace out! :)

RONeiluke, RN said...

hehehe! marami talagang EPAL sa mundo. yung mga feeling close tapos biglang aastang magaling?! hahaha! masarap kayang mangarap. minsan ayoko ng magising! hehehe!

Skron said...

Maraming murang PC dyan sa pinas. I remember I commissioned a friend to build me a good rig. I only bought a good motherboard/processor combo but rest of my hardware were clones. It's not good stability-wise but it gets the job done.

Nobe said...

im thinking about buying a new pc. pero two months pa lang maluluma na kaagad. haay technology. can't keep up.

love,
nobe

www.deariago.blogspot.com

Nobe said...

@skron: actually nakiki gamit lang ako ngayon sa pc ng husband ko. he has a decent setup. AMD athlon yung processor niya and i think ATI radeon yung video card niya. i remember medyo mataas na yung specs niya at that time.

tech support kasi ako dati then nag segway into computer technician kaya i was so impressed nung malaman ko specs ng pc niya noon kaya siguro i married him, joke, hahaha. pero ngayon mas standard Php 15k computers. turn off na tuloy ako.:)

huhuhu. trigger happy pa naman ako kapag gumagamit ng PC. nababagalan na ako sa PC na to.


love,
nobe

www.deariago.blogspot.com

Nobe said...

hahaha! naaliw ako sa entry na to. for some reason, this reminds me of my college days na nagka-cut class ako to play starcraft. goodness, hanggang ngayon addicted pa rin siguro ako sa game na yun.

can't wait for starcraft 2!