Gaming Machine

It’s been a while since my last post. WoW has been pretty slow lately. We’re still struggling with recruiting as a 25 man group, but hoping to get back into the hard mode game this week–if only we could get a full raid.

In the meantime, I’ve been playing SWTOR quite a bit–a few of us have. It’s fun, but my laptop was really struggling, which was part of the catalyst propelling me to convince my wife that a new computer was in order. I had to sacrifice my laptop to do it, and various other things that I don’t need to go into here, but everything arrived from NewEgg yesterday afternoon, and I got busy putting it all together as soon as I got home from work. It is not uber-top-of-the-line as I do have to pay for this stuff, but I’m very happy with my selections.

Here’s the list of parts:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Performance LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
CPU Cooler: CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
RAM: 2 x G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular
SSD: Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5″ 120GB SATA III MLC
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5″
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Mouse: RAZER Naga Black
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4
DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner

All said and done a price tag just short of $1500, including Win7, various cables, etc.

I do not have any advanced bench-marking tools, but it performed very well on the Windows Index, lowest was the i5 at 7.4. Everything else was 7.8. I have not been able to test is much yet, as by 2.30 this morning I was loading software and had to get to bed. I can’t wait to see how this beast handles SWTOR and D3 (when it comes out).

Here are a couple shots I snapped on my phone. Look for more updates in the next couple days.

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Protection Guide Complete

Having beaten KoA: Reckoning over the weekend, I now have some time to get to work on the Protection Guide. First couple pages are up; look for the rest in the coming days. If anything looks off or there are comments/questions please let me know.

3/1 Update: Completed Stats, Gemming, Enchant, and Reforging page and Keybinds, Macros, and Power Auras page for the Protection Guide.

3/3 Update: Done!

- Kura

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Arms Warrior Guide Complete

After several hours of compiling information, the Arms Warrior Guide is done. That’s not to say that I haven’t overlooked something, so please let me know if you have any questions or comments!

I’ve put some serious blood, sweat, and tears into this. No, not really, but I did work through a head-ache and forgot to eat earlier. I’ll be continuing to work with any updates as needed and writing up a guide for Fury. I hope to be able to add video guides to my UI and captures of our raids. Check back for that in the near future, and if you like what you see or have any ideas for improvements, I’m happy to read them!

- Kura

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