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Building A New Desktop

Posted by Non-Hamster on August 19th, 2011

It's been well over a year now since my last desktop computer finally died.  It was a faithful machine, having run tirelessly for well over three years and most of that it was on 24/7 with only a minimum of reboots.

It died about a month or two after I got my laptop.  Fortunately I was able to get an IDE to USB adapter and recover everything I needed off of it's hard drive.

The laptop has performed excellently for this whole time and it continues to work great.  However with my Minecraft videos I have learned that netbook computers, while really great tools, especially when it comes to computing on the go, are not *quite* up to playing with a good framerate... especially when recording video of the gameplay.  The obvious answer is to rebuild my desktop.

This will be the fourth desktop that I've built and I hope to make it the best I've done yet.  I want it to be powerful enough to run Minecraft and Fraps at the same time and still get a good framerate while rendering a video.

I know this can be done because I've seen countless Minecraft videos where the person doing it would comment that they were rendering a video while playing & recording Minecraft.  This will go a LONG way toward a vast improvement in the quality of my Minecraft videos.

I've already got the following parts:

micro-ATX tower
450Watt atx power supply
windows keyboard
17inch monitor
optical mouse

I still need these parts to continue the build.

reasonably modern motherboard & cpu
several gigabytes of memory
reasonably modern Nvidea video card
good size hard drive
sound card.

...oh, and a legitimate copy of Windows XP PRO service pack 3 because I am *NOT* ready to venture into Windows 7.  Why should I when XP PRO does everything I need?

Getting this stuff is a really super slow process thus far because my financial situation can best be described as "non-existent".  (one has to HAVE finances before one can have a financial situation!)

Some might ask "if things are that bad why spend money on this?".  The answer is that these Minecraft gameplay videos are actually helping me out financially.  Granted it's only by a very tiny amount so far but I seriously expect that to change for the better as the youtube channel that I use for these videos becomes more popular.

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