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Gabe / on Tue, Feb 19 2019 at 10:10 am

Computer Stuff!

The last time I really took PC gaming seriously was honestly around the time the comic strip started. So, about twenty years ago I guess. I can still remember keeping up to date on the latest improvements in Voodoo graphics cards. As time went by I played on consoles more and more until I had fallen off the PC entirely. I usually had a laptop or something that could run a game or two but I lost track of where the technology went. About a year ago I decided I wanted to give PC gaming another try and so I bought a computer for the sole purpose of playing games. We even made a comic about it at the time.

I recognized what I was buying was not top of the line but I figured it would be a good start. I honestly wish I’d taken the time to talk with folks about my options and maybe built something from scratch. As it stands I picked up an Omen from HP and while it’s been a solid PC for me, upgrading it has been a bit tricky.

I’ve been playing more and more on my PC in the last few months. Kara and I switch from PS4 to PC for Overwatch and that really opened the floodgates. We started playing Sea of Thieves and Destiny 2 on the computer as well. When Apex Legends dropped I got hooked immediately but really noticed my computer struggling. The same thing happened with the Anthem demo and I started to wonder if it wasn’t time for an upgrade. I did some research but in the end it was folks on Twitter giving me great advice and helped me settle on getting the RTX 2070. Another Twitter pal mentioned that I should make sure my power supply will handle the new card and thank Jesus he did.

It turns out my little Omen gaming PC came packed with a 300w PSU and even better, it was non-modular which is something I didn’t even know existed until I opened the case. I hopped in the car and headed down to Best buy where I grabbed the new card along with a 750w Corsair power supply. Thanks Twitter friend!

Unhooking the old power supply ended up being pretty painless and the case had plenty of room to accommodate my new hardware. It was a simple matter (with my son’s help) to plug all my components back into the new power supply and I’ll be damned if it didn’t fire up and work the first time I turned it back on. I posted a couple pics on the tweeter of my handiwork and the hive mind was quick to point out that I had placed the new PSU in upside down. What’s funny is I was actually really excited to get back in there and flip it around. I even tightened a couple other screws while I was in there, just for good measure.

I am thrilled with the results. Apex Legends is not the same game I was playing on my GTX 1050. My other games scream at max settings and I can’t wait to see how it tackles Anthem. The problem now is that I have a serious desire to get back in that case and fuck around. The CPU cooler is garbage and the couple fans I have in there don’t even light up! Honestly this case is really holding me back I should probably…uh oh.

-Gabe out


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