Meet the Beast

This weekend, I am going through the laborious undertaking of setting up a new personal computer, a high-end desktop gaming PC to replace my five-year-old system. It’s been a hot day here, and there was much sweating and swearing involved! (Also, crawling under my computer desk, something I abhor.)

Setting up The Beast—notice the ultra-high-tech Valve Index base station stand? 😉

I bought it online from a local computer company whom I know and trust, and from whom I have bought from in the past. My timing was less than perfect, however; if I had waited another couple of months, I’m quite sure that the price of the NVIDIA graphics card would have been cheaper, due to the crypto crash! It would appear that the market for bitcoin mining rigs is not what it used to be… 😉

I also got a surprise at all the fancy coloured lights on and inside this machine when I first switched it on, I was not expecting that! I have decided to call her The Beast.

I just got the basics set up today (Firefox, Chrome, Discord, and of course the Firestorm client for Second Life!); I still have to set up my Valve Index and Steam library. I’ll probably do that tomorrow. It’s going to take me a week or longer to get everything I want moved over from my old PC, so don’t expect a lot of blogposts in the interim!

UPDATE July 17th, 2022: Setting up my Valve Index this morning was a breeze (much easier than the rigamarole I had to go through with my old Oculus Rift!). I popped into VRChat just to check that everything was working okay.

I think we’re ready to go! I’m quite looking forward to getting into NeosVR without constantly crashing, and visiting ultra-high-end metaverse platforms like Sensorium Galaxy (my old rig didn’t meet their minimum specs). And I should now be able to use my Vive Facial Tracker, which used to make the CPU on my old PC cry! 😉