Well, we finished the assembly today and installed the operating system and downloaded all the updates and ran through all the configuration screens and ...
... and everything worked!
Well, there were a few stumbles here and there: the wireless card popped out of its slot after we installed it, and we had to re-seat it; the optical DVD drive turned out to have two different configuration settings on the motherboard and we had picked the wrong one, so the first 3 times we tried to boot from the Windows 10 install DVD we just got a "boot error" message with no useful information.
But those sort of trivial items were nothing for Dan; he breezed through them with barely a sideways look.
And it's running!
If you've never seen The Witcher 3 at 2560 x 1440 resolution with all the settings on "ultra"; well, all I can say is that you've never lived.
Actually, the more interesting thing to me was how The Witcher 3 reacted to the massively upgraded sound system in Storm-puter. It's simply a completely different game when you can actually HEAR it:
- As you are creeping through the forest, searching for the entrance to a hidden cave, you can now hear the panther that is tracking you, rustling in the greenery over the next ridge
- As you approach the scene of a pitched battle for the center of town, with bodies strewn about, you can now hear the flies buzzing, circling about your head and seeming to come from all directions
- As you take a back alley through the city, making for the city gate near daybreak, you can now hear the drunken hiccup of a peasant lying on a bench as he mutters something most un-flattering about your escape.
It is, indeed, a whole different game.
And even though I'm nearly through with the final expansion, and So Many Other Games beckon, I have this funny feeling that 18 months of playing The Witcher 3 will not have been enough, and I'll be starting over soon, just to re-experience it all in its full glory...
Anyway, for the folks who asked, a few more details:
- It's a Gigabyte GA-Z170Z-Gaming 7 motherboard
- The power supply is a EVGA SuperNova 650 G2
- The monitor is an ASUS PG278Q
- The CPU is an Intel i7 4000Ghz
- The case is an NZXT Phantom 410
- The mouse is a Corsair Raptor G45
- The keyboard is a Corsair STRAFE
- The boot device is a Samsung 500 GB SSD
- The deep storage device is a Western Digital 4 TB HDD
- The liquid cooler is a Corsair H115i
- The sound system is a HyperX Cloud II
What did I forget? Anything?