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New Gaming Rig

Ah a new gaming rig, a joyous occassion for every PC Gamer. That first boot always so magical and then going through the torture of setting up a new PC again! It's been 3 years since I built my last gaming rig and it's still going strong, BUT I decided to take the leap into a new 64-bit system. Not that I'm going to get rid of my big beautiful bastard, need to keep an XP machine for playing all those sexy old school games :)

Old PC:

In that spiffy Antec 1200 case lies a GTX 260, Intel Core 2 DUO E8400 Wolfdale, and 4 gigs DDR2.
It's served me well and while it's not time to move on it's time to get a new partner.

New rig specs:
Puget DIY V4 Kit:
Eclipse System 12 Case
Puget Acrylic Motherboard Tray
Watercool MO-RA3 Pro radiator
Swiftech MCP35X pump

As well as:
1tb Seagate HDD (No, I don't want an SSD, MAYBE go for a hybrid later but I like the old mechanicals ;p)
Core i7-2600k
MSI Lightning N580 (solid caps are the name of the game, surprisingly hard to find a video card with solid caps, cheap bastards)
Corsair HX850 PSU
16gb G.SKILL Ripjaws 1333 7-CAS DDR3
12G 70f Tech Grade Mineral Oil
9x Antec Tricool Fans
BitFenix Alchemy LED Strip

The idea was to put together everything but dry run it for 2 weeks. As what seems to happen everytime I mess with a HS I maimed myself horribly.

One of those cuts looks like the star trek symbol :o

When I first started hooking everything up to start that magical first boot I forgot one very crucial thing: My keyboard was PS2 :o Man had I completely forgot about that :P So after a rush for a USB keyboard from a friend finally booted it up and started with some testing. Ran Uniengine, 3DMARK, and memtest to make sure things were in working order.

Man those LEDs are bright!

So with 2 weeks and no problems it was time to take the plunge, I should have seen it coming but that cruel bitch trouble and her equally bitchy sister massive-problems reared their heads :| First the pump was not working properly, making all sorts of weird noises. Possibly because I had run it by accident when it was dry (but I don't think I did :/) or maybe some air bubble issues. Either way it had to be replaced which mean't the damn thing had to come out. Once replaced when it came time to reconnect the quick disconnects I noticed that the quick disconnects were leaking. When reconnecting them it looks like I was a bit rough and the rubber seals tore off :*(

But finally after some new disconnects arrived (and carefully connected together as to avoid the previous mishaps) finally it was time to get off the ground!

So I present to you!

I don't have a name for it :< uh....

Terror from the Deep (thank you XCOM box on my shelf :P)

With Bubbles On:

With Bubbles Off:

It has been thoroughly broken in with a few of my favorites (Shogo, Freespace 2) courtesy of GOG's good services!

There she is, now it's time to spread the happiness! A contest!

The prize! A Japanese copy of Ni-No-Kuni (Wrath of the White Witch), remeber moonspeak!
Runner up prize! Flonne DLC for Disgaea 3 (pre-order DLC, NA/NTSC so I'd imagine you need US PSN or something)
*First winner can choose DLC instead of NiNoKuni if desired.

For the copy of Ni-No-Kuni I only ship to the US, sorry :< Hate international shipping.

So what do you have to win one of these?!
Simple! (Since in the past I made them specific so noone entered :( Generic contest it is!)
Say what game you want to see a sequel (or prequel/spinoff whatever) of and I'll enter to pick you at random!

All entries must be submitted by Tuesday when I get home from work (anywhere from 6:30-7:30pm EST)

*One game *might* (will) give you TWO entries and some games *might* get you 0 entries (don't pick terrible games :P)

I'm kidding it's all fair.
I'm not kidding pick wisely :|
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