Like I mentioned earlier I was looking into buying a computer. During the Christmas holiday (smart move, not) I decided to actually place the order. The components arrived last friday.

1Intel Core i5 3570K Boxed€ 203,90€ 203,90
1Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H€ 104,50€ 104,50
1Club3D Radeon HD 7870 royalKing€ 208,89€ 208,89
1Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST1000DM003, 1TB€ 64,99€ 64,99
1Fractal Design Core 1000€ 30,89€ 30,89
1Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (OEM) 64bit€ 124,-€ 124,-
1Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 Low Profile€ 41,90€ 41,90
1LG GH24NS90 Zwart€ 16,20€ 16,20
1XFX Pro 550W€ 54,50€ 54,50
1Samsung 840 series SSD 120GB€ 88,-€ 88,-
Totaal€ 937,77

Instead of a regular ATX motherboard and case I went with the much smaller micro-ATX form factor. The system I ended up with is quite tiny; it fits neatly behind a cabinet.

Windows 8 both pleases and disappoints. It’s lighting fast running from SSD and Metro really does look nice. Switching between Metro and the Desktop however, is not that great.

I was worried that the configuration I went with didn’t pack enough of a punch to run new games at the highest visual settings, but Metro 2033, Witcher 2 and some other games I threw at it were no problem. Which is awesome.