*gasp* *pant*

(Again, here, I say "today", but I wrote this yesterday. Smile)
 
*wheeze!*
 
Oh my god… Right… let me tell you about today’s events.
 
I got my last components today… well… okay, YESTERDAY, as today is now the 29th Feb, and I got them yesterday, on the 28th. Open-mouthed¬†They all looked to be in working order, the case was looking awesome even before it was turned on, and all of it looked so easy to do!
 
So I started by reading the manual, hooking stuff up to different components, finishing with the graphics cards and the PSU. It was a NIGHTMARE. It was quite fun to begin with, but when I realised that I should have put the heatsink on FIRST, and then having to remove EVERY piece of equipment from the case again to install the most stupidly complicated fan ever created by human kind… damn!
 
The installation took me ALL DAY. From about 2:00 to 11:30, so that’s 9 hours, with about 30 minute or so break for dinner. It didn’t help that my dad INSISTED helping me, even though he was more of a hindrance than anything else. Apart from when I was installing the heatsink, I guess, but every other time… it was a nightmare.
 
At about 10:30¬†I had the PC assembled, everything was in place and connected up, so¬†I flipped the switch for the first time… and…!
 
NOTHING!
 
No, really! Absolutely nothing of any worth happened! We turned on the PSU and the motherboard¬†lights came on, and the LCD Poster that you got with the motherboard (it displays debug info) just said "CPU INIT". I phoned my brother and he said it might be the cooling fan, so I switched it to another, but THAT didn’t work. I suspected it was something to do with the motherboard. Just my luck.
 
Then he suggested that I press the reset button on the motherboard. I ignored him, and pressed the power button instead, which threw the computer into life! It kinda freaked me out a bit, as my hand was INSIDE the PC as it was on, which isn’t exactly healthy. So, that was that. Except… there was this extremely annoying high pitched beep… constantly going on… BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE…!
 
I had to ignore that, and so I went into the BIOS to try and turn it off. The BIOS is like a very basic program with extremely advanced options, which can wreck your motherboard or other components if you mess with them. Especially the very interesting "Extreme Tweaker" menu, which can fry your CPU in a split second if you OVER overclock it.
 
There was no option in the BIOS to turn that damned beeper off. Worse still, the BIOS wasn’t picking up¬†my DVD drive or hard drive, so I couldn’t DO ANYTHING other than get into the BIOS. That was easily fixed, though, I never connected them to the motherboard, so no wonder.
 
When that was done, I brought up Vista, but it was about 11:00, and with that beeping, I just couldn’t install it because it’d keep everyone awake. I looked on¬†Google to see if I could find what it was, and it was the component that I would have least expected. Well… that was¬†when I saw it.
 
It was one of the graphics cards!
 
I had been moving them around to add extra¬†USB¬†ports, press the power button¬†and¬†to install my LAN card, as they are SO BIG, they block up other slots on the motherboard, so if you want to go SLI, you’ve got to sacrifice a few other things. SLI is so bad, that if you choose to have THREE graphics cards, that’s ALL you can have, as the graphics cards would cover ALL of the slots on the motherboard.
 
Anyway, I had forgotten to plug the graphics card back into the PSU, so I did that, and it worked like a charm! And that was that! I installed Vista, and was slightly insulted that Vista couldn’t even find out the name of my graphics cards, saying they were GENERIC VGA¬†DEVICES and saying that they had 16MB of graphics, which is like, as powerful as my VERY old PC, the one that’s around 15 years old. Easily fixed that by installing the drivers, then Vista¬†seemed to drool over the amount of¬†GPU power it had at its disposal. I¬†enabled SLI on my graphics cards, and overclocked my CPU so that it was at 3.0GHz instead of 2.66, which made it look quite funny in the system settings. "Intel Core 2 Duo E6750¬†2.66GHz @ 3.00GHz"! Hehe.¬†That’s a very good performace increase for a overclocking newbie! The speed is insane! It takes about thirty seconds to get from pressing the power switch to being on Vista’s desktop. It is SO FAST!
 
I was a bit shocked to see that Vista had given me a 1.0 PC rating. The minimum is 1.0 and the maximum is 5.9. I refreshed it, though, and it VERY quickly changed its mind. I was absolutely THRILLED to see that it had given me a 5.9 in RAM speed, CPU speed, Graphics and Gaming Graphics, but my hard drive let me down with a 5.5, therefore making my base score a 5.5/5.9, which is still VERY good!
 
I then let 3DMark06 do the talking. It was brilliant! My computer got 6051 3D Marks in the SM2.0 Graphics Tests, and then kinda let me down a bit in the CPU Tests, giving me a disappointing 2587, but my other computer only got 1034 in those tests, so my computer is 150% faster!
Then came the big daddy tests, the SM3.0 HDR tests, the High Dynamic Range tests. High Dynamic Range adds another layer of realism into graphics, light is refracted and calculated more accurately, surfaces look more realistic… and it puts a LOT of strain onto graphics cards. And guess what? The Pwnage-O-Matic did BETTER in the HDR tests than in the normal tests, getting OVER the sweet spot in framerates, the 60FPS mark! It scored an amazing 7568¬†3D Marks there. Unbelievable. You should have seen the videos it was playing, they¬†were fantastic! Especially Canyon Flight.
 
After some really weird calculations by 3D Mark, it gave me a final score of 13676 3D Marks, which is really good! And I was accidentally using settings that were higher than my other PC, so it was¬†a bit of an unfair test! I’m gonna do it again tomorrow as¬†I install the speaker system and try and find a good place to put her for the¬†time being. That’s if I can find a place to put her in this tiny room.
 
Yes, "her". She’s my baby, the Pwnage-O-Matic. I’ve built¬†her myself, so she’s my baby!
 
Don’t look at me like that! Weirdo.
 
The Pwnage-O-Matic then, is UN-FRICKIN-BELIEVABLE. You just have to use her to believe her. Fast as lightning, graphics that probably match the Xbox 360 in quality, only about ¬£200 more than my other PC and¬†yet FIVE¬†times better. And she has this amazing stylish case that you will NEVER find on a stock PC.¬†AND I know every single part that’s in her! Open-mouthed
 
Oh, and you just HAVE to see the G15 keyboard. It’s INCREDIBLE!! There are no words to describe how MIND-BLOWINGLY COOL that keyboard is. It’s… okay… words truly can’t describe it. I’m gonna show you it on a video that I’ll make sometime tomorrow. Open-mouthed
 
So, even though the assembly was half-nightmare, half-fun, this whole PC build was a GREAT SUCCESS! I can’t wait to start loading up all sorts of games and seeing what this marvel of a PC can do with them! Age Of Empires III… you don’t have a HOPE IN HELL of exhausting my graphics cards! 60+ FPS ALL THE WAY!
 
Just¬†a few final¬†words of advice. Never… EVER build your own PC, if you have NO ADVANCED¬†KNOWLEDGE¬†whatsoever! And if you do decide to, just let me know, and I’ll help you out with where to get parts and how to install and in what order. It’ll usually go – heatsink base, motherboard, CPU, Arctic Silver, heatsink fan, CD/DVD drive(s) or 5.25" LCD displays, hard drive(s), RAM, power block, USB block, FireWire block, other expansion cards (like wireless, sound card, etc), graphics card(s), RAM, PSU¬†and finally, the¬†wiring and the SLI bridge. And for GOD’S SAKE, DON’T FORGET to plug the heatsink fan into the motherboard! You will FRY your CPU if you don’t! And if you get an ASUS Striker II Formula, don’t do a MongMaster and forget to turn the board on!
 
I’ll see you tomorrow, and I’ll be typing from the Pwnage-O-Matic! Now that I’ve got my wireless card installed and I’ve got Kapersky Anti-Virus on my PC, it should be okay to go on the net!
 
Bye bye!

Once again, ULSG!

Yes, I have updated ULSG AGAIN! I’ve fixed a very annoying bug to do with the invincibility powerup and Fruit Frenzy, I’ve increased the time of invincibility, I’ve made levels 36 through¬†50 easier, added a new milestone at 50 trillion, changed the Matrix XP music to some music of Jets & Guns (By far the BEST side scrolling shooter IN THE WORLD, no arguments) and that’s pretty much it! Oh, I made some modifications to the Fruit Bar. And fixed a bug in Fruit Frenzy where the bonus counter could spaz out and look retarded the next time you went into Fruit Frenzy. That’s all. Open-mouthed
 
Right, here ya goes! The 999 trillion score cap is becoming ever-more possible!

http://www.4shared.com/file/39149731/505c8f7a/Ultimate_Lame_Ship_Game_V9_Installer.html

 
Okay, I’ll be off now to set a pwnage of a high score. Bye! Open-mouthed
 
(Oh, by the way, I’m gonna have Dragon Tail for you soon, but you know, the greatest PC I’ve ever used is gonna be assembled tomorrow, and after that… I truly don’t believe I’m gonna be off it for a LONG time. Open-mouthed¬†It’ll be here, though! Don’t worry!)

Two things!

First thing is, I ORDERED MY PARTS! WOOTAGE! They’ll be here either tomorrow or on Friday!
 
Second thing, I’ve just found a video of me and Ped on Guitar Hero, and I ACED Even Flow on Expert. No, really! I know I say I didn’t at the end, but that’s because in multiplayer career it combines your percentages together, while on multiplayer over Xbox Live it just shows you¬†YOUR percentage, and I was used to multiplayer over Xbox Live! I watched the whole song from start to finish, just looking at my side, and¬†I NEVER missed a note! Lemme just upload it, hang on a sec…
 
Right, make sure you DOWNLOAD these videos, otherwise the stupid 4shared player will cut off the end after about 6 or 7 minutes. And as everyone seems to miss the download link for some reason, I’ll tell ya. When you see "Loading file info", just wait until a virus scan check appears, and then the download link is right under that. Oh, and don’t forget to disable Ad Blocking in Norton, cuz that blocks like, EVERYTHING.
 
Okay, here ya goes!
(Nice funky dance at the end. Open-mouthed)
 
And I also have this VERY long video of me and my computer parts, going over what they do and generally making an ass of myself! Some of it you might want to skip, as it’s just me trying to get the parts packed up or get them out of their cases, with me intermittently going "Ow!" or "Come on you turd, get in!"
It’s about 30MB, but it’s about 17 minutes long!
 
Right, so that’s it. Open-mouthed¬†So, I’ll see ya when I get the parts, and I’ll be here with a video of my attempts! Bye bye!

Ohhh yeah!

Oh yeah! Uh-huh! That’s right! They’re HERE, baby! Four of the eleven components!
 
I’ve done a very nice video of me showing the PC parts off! I can’t upload it now, obviously, but I’ll get it on here tomorrow! I dunno why I did it, cuz¬†some of the parts¬†aren’t much to look at. Except the motherboard, god-damn, that thing came so incredibly presented, in a well designed box with shining silver letters, and it had VELCRO on it instead of sellotape, and then when you opened it, you could see certain parts the motherboard, like the ASUS logo and the sound card, and it had a lot of things on the underside of the lid saying what the motherboard can do… and hell… it can do a lot for something that I just thought was a big thing that connected everything together. The most interesting function¬†is the¬†CPU…
 
… Holy shit! I think we just had a mild¬†earthquake or something! The whole room started shaking… that was really freaky!
Okay… where was I?
 
Right, yes, the most interesting function is the CPU Level Up, which ups your CPU speed without affecting heat or voltage needed, apparently, which is very cool!
 
I thought that the heatsinker was going to be a nightmare, what, with everyone saying it was sharp as hell. And I’ve just one thing to say. Everyone is a pussy! The blades aren’t even sharp! I was holding the heatsinker by the "sharp"¬†copper blades with just the tips of my fingers, and it didn’t even hurt! I dunno what it’ll be like to install, though.
 
The PSU is HUGE! It’s at LEAST twice as big than I thought it was! And all the wires… my God…! It’s ridiculous! I’ve never seen so much wiring on one component before!
 
And then there’s the CPU, that came with a heatsinker. An extremely CRAP one, at that! I didn’t need it, anyway, I bought a custom¬†third party one, that "sharp" one. But it’s kind of annoying that I spent ¬£120 on something that’s no bigger than… let’s say… no bigger than an After Eight. After Eights are bigger. Open-mouthed¬†But then again, they don’t calculate extremely complex things in a split second. TWICE in a split second, that is. Open-mouthed
 
Right, so that’s all those components! But the other seven… something VERY annoying happened. The price of my hard drive went up, over my budget. The RAM went down, but not enough to cover the hard drive. So I had to "downgrade" my hard drive, to a 400GB one. Just 100GB less costs about ¬£8 less, a bit annoying, but I can’t afford it, because there is going to be EXACTLY ¬£751.29 in my account, and the rest of the parts cost ¬£746.36, including VAT and postage. A ¬£3.03¬†difference. So…¬†as you can see,¬†it’s¬†JUST enough to cover everything, so if I go over even by 1p, then it’ll just come back and hit me in the face with an unaccepted message. And even the slightest price¬†increase can have a horrible effect.
 
So, I’ll be back later on to tell you the outcome! It’ll be good, I know it! And the great thing is, it’s guaranteed next day delivery if I order before 6:00 PM! Which I will! So, it looks like it’ll be here on Thursday! Or, by the very LATEST, Friday.
 
And then… I can start the… *shudder*… ASSEMBLY.

Jesus, since WHEN have companies been THIS efficient?!

Yeah, so yesterday, I ordered my PC parts… well, okay, FOUR of them, as you might know from reading it. Usually when I buy something, it goes pretty much:
 
Day 1: Process order.
Day 2: Faff around.
Day 3: Deliver items.
Day 4: Parcel gets held up for no reason.
Day 5: Parcel arrives.
 
That’s usually how it goes. For me, at least. But right now with CCL and DABS, It’s been like lightning! Within FOURTEEN MINUTES of me placing my order with¬†CCL, my order was validated, and then an hour afterwards, it was being processed! And then this afternoon at¬†about 1:00, they had¬†dispatched it!¬†It was pretty much the same thing with DABS, only I never got any e-mails, I had to manually check whether it was being delivered or not. But the first four parts are on the way!
 
I’ve heard that the heatsinker is razor sharp, though, so I’d better be careful with that. Plus, it’s supposedly the WORST thing to put in the PC, it’s not easy at ALL.
 
Regardless of that, it’s looking good to be ready by the end of this week! I’d recommend www.dabs.com,¬†www.cclonline.com and www.aria.co.uk if you’re wanting to upgrade your¬†PC or build one from scratch! Just make sure you know what you’re doing before you do it, yeah? Open-mouthed
My brother’s suggested ANOTHER thing I should buy. No, it’s not expensive, it’s only ¬£5, but apparently, it reduces your CPU temperature by¬†up¬†to¬†13 degrees C! It’s called Arctic Silver V, and it’s a kind of paste you put on your CPU, and over time, it spreads over your CPU and conducts heat, which helps your heatsinker to work more efficiently!
 
So that’s in the basket, and that is COMPLETELY IT. I can’t afford ANYTHING more, my budget is now on the edge, I can’t even buy two Arctic Silvers because I’d go over budget! It’s so friggin’ expensive, but hell… it’ll be worth every penny. Open-mouthed
 
Right, I’m off then. I’ll be back on Wednesday when I lose EVERY LAST BIT OF MY MONEY! See ya then!

I’m getting there…!

(I know I keep saying "today" in this entry, but it was really yesterday, it was pretty late and my battery was about to go on my laptop, so I just put it into Hibernate Open-mouthed)
 
Yes! I got FOUR of the 11 components today! I got the CPU, PSU, Heatsink and Motherboard!
 
And so far, that’s cost me ¬£434.75! JUST FOR FOUR COMPONENTS! And the Motherboard cost nearly as much as the other components put together!! Shows you how damned good it’ll be. Open-mouthed¬†My brother got one the other day, and he says it’s bloody brilliant! The thing is, I’m not upgrading, I’m building, so I have no previous motherboard to compare it to, so I can’t be amazed at a performance boost.
 
Wait a sec, I can be! I’ll just compare it to my "Super Computer!" That’s cool. Open-mouthed
 
With that motherboard, though, I get Company of Heroes free, along with ASUS update drivers and stuff, and I also get Kapersky AntiVirus, which is really cool, cuz I left out my anti-virus. I also get 3DMark06 Professional, so that’ll help with seeing how good my PC is. Open-mouthed¬†I’m aiming for about 10,000 3DMarks, which’ll make it about FOUR TIMES better than my old computer. Open-mouthed
 
I’m gonna get the other seven components on Wednesday. I just hope that none of them go out of stock…
 
Hang on… lemme check stock levels…
 
NZXT Apollo… 5 or more stock. Open-mouthed
OCZ 4GB RAM… 5 or more stock. Open-mouthed
GeForce 8800GT… 5 or more stock. Open-mouthed
20" ASUS Widescreen monitor… 5 or more stock. Open-mouthed
500GB Samsung HDD… 5 or more stock. Open-mouthed
Samsung DVD/RW… 5 or more stock. Open-mouthed
Edimax Wireless Reciever… 5 or more stock. Open-mouthed
 
Looking goood!¬†Okay, just checking peripherals and¬†software…
Vista 32bit… 5 or more stock. Open-mouthed
Logitech G15 Keyboard… 5 or more stock. Open-mouthed
 
Oh NICE! I think I’ll be just fine!
 
Okay, I’ll be back on Wednesday to tell you whether this is all going according to plan! Bye now!

Pwnage-O-Matic!

YES! The PWNAGE-O-MATIC!
 
It’s the name of my new PC. Open-mouthed¬†I’m gonna order the components tonight at some point, I have to, cuz then I get free delivery on the CPU, Heatsinker and PSU, which’ll save me about ¬£10. Smile¬†Cuz I have to get these parts from 3 different places. Open-mouthed
 
I decided to change the motherboard back to a Striker II Formula, because the other one that I picked had some really crappy reviews about it not working at all. Which doesn’t really help. And the only other motherboard that I can get is so close in price to the Striker that I just ignored it and went with the Striker. Open-mouthed
 
I took out Norton because I don’t think it included a subscription, and I’ll probably be getting Norton 360 from PC World at some point. I won’t connect to the internet unless I have SOME sort of advanced protection.
 
Overall, it’s ¬£1,180.52. The annoying thing is I have NO IDEA how the price got that high, sure, I added an extra ¬£40 for the motherboard and ¬£50 for the keyboard, and ¬£25 for the speakers… okay. I know how now. Open-mouthed
 
ANOTHER annoying thing is that my EMA hasn’t come through for some reason, so my Mum + Dad have to loan me an extra ¬£30, which puts their loan to me WAY higher than I wanted it to be, about ¬£400.¬†Surprised¬†If I get it now though, then I won’t have to compete with others to get parts, because computer parts are just so god-damned popular! Two days ago, the CPU I wanted was in stock, 5 or more it said. The next day, they were SOLD OUT! See what I mean? And it wasn’t even over 24 hours, I stopped looking at about 9:00 PM, and the next day at 2:00 PM, they had SOLD OUT! And this is just the UK we’re talking about!
 
Oh, and I changed my case. That black and red one wasn’t interesting when you looked at some better pics of it, but I found one cheaper that looks friggin’ great! The NZXT Apollo is about ¬£20 cheaper and has one less fan, but looks so much cooler! Shame that you still have to put up with that horrible side window. I’d cover it up, but, ah… there’s a fan there. Open-mouthed¬†So I can’t. Sad¬†Meh.
 
Right, so when I¬†order it, I’ll be back here telling ya! For now, bye bye!