New PC

My PC was getting kind of slow, so time to build another. I decided to try out a fancy new case and use SLI to power a 4k display. Most of the components arrived, but I'm now waiting for PCI-E power extension cables because the ones which came with the PSU weren't quite long enough to handle the combination of a large case and tall video cards.

The pic below gives you an idea of the size of the case. It's large and heavy.

Photo of computer case

The following pic shows everything fitted inside the case. I'm quite happy with the cable routing - the motherboard compartment is pretty clean. Unfortunately, the video cards were too tall to fit in the case - something which was *NOT* mentioned in the manual. The manual only mentioned restrictions on video card length and CPU cooler height. I've had to modify the case and will create a couple of adapter plates on the CNC.

Photo of motherboard compartment inside computer case
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Completed putting together the hardware and installing all the software. I found out that not all HDMI cables are created equal, despite what many opinionated tech writers say. I've tried 3 different brands of "high speed" HDMI cables so far, and the only one which copes with 3840x2160 @ 60Hz is the one which came with the TV. I'm quite happy with the image quality of the display for both gaming and development tasks. I guess it's not really surprising though - it's an IPS panel just like in a PC monitor, but at a fraction of the price.

Here's a comparison of old and new. That old monitor hardly small at 30", but is dwarfed by the TV.

Photo of completed PC.

Obligatory xkcd, seeing as the first game I bought in the Steam sale was a PopCap Flash game.

xkcd Flash Games comic strip