I haven't mentioned this before, but almost all of my deviations to date have been created and submitted from my family's computer. You know, the same one that we've had for the past 10 years (with some upgrades). I've been toying with the idea of getting myself my very own computer for years now. Lately I've been getting less time on it as other family members needed it more than I did. This was enough to push me towards getting one for myself.
I've never felt like I need the latest and greatest, (I've been using the same computer for 10 years, haven't I?) so I chose to get a refurbished second hand computer. After some shopping around, I settled on one from Recompute. I liked the specs, but I opted to upgrade it's video card. This was waaaaay back on the 29th of August, a friday.
I was expecting it to take about a week to get here, but by the following Friday it still hadn't arrived. The next Tuesday I rang Recompute to find out what was going on. They said that my computer was ready go... except that they where waiting for my one upgrade - the video card - to arrive so that they could install it. They rang back the following day to say there was another delay on the card. They gave me the choice to either wait longer for the card to arrive, or they could send it sooner without the card, which would be mailed straight to me, meaning that I would have to install it myself. I've never installed a card before, but I've heard that it's not that hard. So I figured 'Why not? I can learn to install a video card.' I agreed to have the computer sent sooner and the card later. They said it would take about 3 business days to arrive.
That Friday, I got an email telling me that two packages for me were in the post. They'd only just left the store in the outer suburbs of in Sydney and were in transit. The following saturday the delivery status was updated to say that they were now... in Sydney... only this time closer to the CBD. (sigh)
The next Tuesday (almost a week ago now) the delivery status updated again, but only for one of the packages. It said that it was at my Post Office, while the other one was still in transit. Apparently the two boxes were too big to fit in one post van, so they were sent on different days. Good ole' Australia Post!
Anyway, it was the monitor that arrived first. I immediately hooked it up to our older computer to see how good it looked. I was surprised by how ugly a display size of 1024 x 768 looked on a Hi-Def monitor. Everything looked better once I set it to full 1080p. I spent the next little while watching some of my favourite flash animations in full HD.
The rest of the computer arrived the following day. The Video Card was already installed, which I was quietly grateful for. I didn't mind the slight delay after all. And oh, it's so much faster. I benchmarked both the family computer and my new PC. Mine got a score that was over ten times better.
Anyway, I hope that that wasn't too boring. I've taken a brief hiatus from my Teraria mod and other things to get this set up, but I'm almost finished now. I hope to complete the first stage of it soon.