My new PC

* CAS: Lian-Li PC-A10 Aluminium Tower Case 420W [+12] (SILVER Color)
* CPU: (Quad-Core)Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme QX9650 @ 3.00GHz 1333FSB 12MB L2 Cache 64-bit [+583]
* CD: LiteOn LH-20A1H 20X Double Layer DVD±RW Super Allwrite + Lightscribe Technology (Black Color)
* FAN: ASUS Silent Knight II CPU Cooler
* HDD: Single Hard Drive (250GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 8MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)
* HDD2: 500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16M Cache 7200RPM Hard Drive [-7]
* KEYBOARD: Microsoft Multimedia Keyboard and Optical Mouse [+12]
* MOUSE: Microsoft® IntelliMouse® Optical Explorer 4.0A USB & PS/2 Compactible [+17]
* MOTHERBOARD: (3-Way SLI and E8x00 & QX9650/Q9770 Support) EVGA nForce 780i SLI Mainboard FSB1333 DDR2 3 x PCIe x16 SATA RAID w/ USB2.0,IEEE1394,&7.1Audio [+12]
* MEMORY: (Req.DDR2 MainBoard)4GB (2x2GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory [-11] (Mushkin Value Select or Major Brand)
* MONITOR: ViewSonic VX2235WM 22" Wide Screen Color TFT LCD Display Wide DVI Monitor [+162]
* MONITOR2: ViewSonic VX2235WM 22" Wide Screen Color TFT LCD Display Wide DVI Monitor [+162]
* NETWORK: ONBOARD 10/100 NETWORK CARD
* OS: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Business w/ Service Pack 1 [+16] (64-bit Edition [+9])
* POWERSUPPLY: 630 Watts Power Supplies (Hiper 630W Type-M SLI/CrossFire Ready Power Supply (85% Efficiency))
* SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO [-41]
* VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB 16X PCI Express
* VIDEO2: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB 16X PCI Express

Well so far, Dawn of War II

Well so far, Dawn of War II seems to run fine in 1920x1200, as does Unreal Tournament III. I missed a couple of quality sliders in UTIII's settings, which I've now rectified, so I might need to back the resolution down accordingly. But earlier in a couple of 20-player deathmatch games online I didn't see the frames per second budge from (vsync-locked) 60Hz.

If you really want a test,

If you really want a test, get into a 40 man PVP raid in Warcraft (One to Ogrimmar to kill Thrall...)

90+ players + NPCs all going for it on your screen at once.

There is no way I am putting

There is no way I am putting Warcraft on this. I'm not the biggest fan of this orange ball of flame in the sky but I do like to see it from time to time.

As I wrote on Twitter: I put

As I wrote on Twitter: I put Dawn of War II on. Turned resolution all the way up to 1920x1200 and the settings to the "ultra" (max everything) preset. Then I played the short performance test demo, which puts about fifty units on the screen. Minimum FPS in that section was 21 and mean was 41 -- so, essentially, perfectly playable. At huge resolution and maximum everything. Damn, it looks good!

Edit - forgot to add - that's running on my 26" Samsung T260HD monitor. The Viewsonics that came with this PC won't do 1920x1200. Next step: Crysis Warhead.

Meh. /jealous /want I haven't

Meh.

/jealous
/want

I haven't upgraded in about 3 years (Except for the 8800 GTX)

If it cheers you up, you

If it cheers you up, you could think about the fact that the desktop PC this one replaces is a Shuttle unit with 2.4Ghz P4 and 756Mb of recycled RAM. And onboard Intel GMA graphics!

Although I did kinda buy a Macbook Pro last week too.

Oh FFS! You tried Windows 7

Oh FFS!

You tried Windows 7 yet?

Yes. I'm impressed. It fixes

Yes. I'm impressed. It fixes my two biggest complaints about the Windows UI: the task bar is shit and apps stealing keyboard focus at will.

We have evaluation copies and

We have evaluation copies and it seems really ggod.

With any luck Ill be able to bypass Vista altogether

Bear in mind that a lot of

Bear in mind that a lot of the bad press Vista gets mostly comes from people who don't know enough to understand what they are seeing. There's nothing badly wrong with it, I don't dislike it any more than XP or Windows 2000. I dislike Windows 7 a little less than the others. Vista does have several genuinely innovative and useful things going on, like the ReadyBoost support, and I/O prioritisation. There's no doubt, though, that Windows 7 is really just Vista Release 2. Note that the server version of Vista was Server 2008 -- and the server version of 7 is Server 2008 R2.

I'd still choose a Unix over any of them though, and that's why this message was written on Mac OS X.

I also have two new 1.5Tb

I also have two new 1.5Tb disks coming for my NAS. Once I have those, I can recycle the 500Gb disks in there. That'll give me four 500Gb drives in total -- which are going in this PC as a RAID 0+1.