Back with new content and a new PC

大学生の人生は大変だろう

Alright then… first post of 2016. Sor­ry about the sud­den dis­ap­pear­ance of new posts. What was sup­posed to be a month-long break from the blog for school turned out to be a dis­as­ter.

You see, I was going to write a Christmas/New Years post about my 2015 weeb high­lights for 12 Days of Ani­me, but appar­ent­ly my blog was hacked (hence the new lay­out you see before you, my old cus­tomized Pool theme was infect­ed and had to be replaced because it was no longer sup­port­ed by Word­Press). Based Mae­stro thank­ful­ly fixed the blog for me, kudos for the great ser­vice even after all these years. But by then, it was no longer Christ­mas nor New Years Eve, so I decid­ed to scrap that post entire­ly and the dis­ap­point­ment made me go on an indef­i­nite break. I did spend some time to rework a new­er theme to my lik­ing, but… that was basi­cal­ly it. I think I have an idea as to why my blog was hacked, but I’m not going to get into it. Not worth it.

Here are some of the anime/manga/video game titles you may have seen if I was able to write the post on time: Owa­ri­mono­gatari, One-Punch Man, Non Non Biy­ori Repeat, Naga­to Yuki-chan no Shoushit­su, Shen­mue III, and oth­ers. I might prob­a­bly just give them indi­vid­ual arti­cles one day, how­ev­er.

But yeah, what have been up to since my last post? Well, my typ­i­cal normie life aside, I man­aged to save enough to build myself a new PC dur­ing Black Fri­day, of course for my Design major, dig­i­tal fan art, HD/1440p PC gam­ing, con­sole emu­la­tion, and XTREME!!111 ani­mu view­ing. Here are the build specs.

Proces­sor: Intel Core i7 4790k @ 4.00GHz (with over­clock lat­er when I get a bet­ter CPU cool­er)
Moth­er­board: MSI Z97 Gam­ing 5 (the psue­do-sound card audio qual­i­ty pro­vid­ed by the moth­er­board is sex­tas­tic out of the box)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Super­clocked ACX 2.0
Mem­o­ry: Kingston HyperX Fury Red 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866
Local Stor­age: Sam­sung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5″ Sol­id State Dri­ve
Sec­ondary Stor­age: Sea­gate Bar­racu­da 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Inter­nal Hard Dri­ve (should have got­ten the 2TB ver­sion, but I was a dum­b­ass and got scared by Back­blaze’s cir­cum­stan­tial fail­ure rate sta­tis­tics)
Case: Ener­max ECA3253-BW ATX Mid Tow­er Case
Pow­er Sup­ply: Cor­sair CSM 550W 80+ Gold Cer­ti­fied Semi-Mod­u­lar ATX Pow­er Sup­ply
Opti­cal Dri­ve: Asus DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS DVD/CD Writer (reused, the case leaves room for me to add in a Blu­ray play­er, but I already have a PS3 in the mean­time)
Case Fans: 1 Stock (Bot­tom-mount­ed), 1 Ther­mal­take Pure 12 LED 41.0 CFM 120mm Fan (rear)
Oper­at­ing Sys­tem: Win­dows 7 Pro­fes­sion­al 64-bit
Draw­ing Tablet: Wacom Intu­os Pen and Touch w/ Clip Stu­dio Paint Pro
Mon­i­tor: Dell ST231​0 23″ Full​ HD Widesc​reen LCD
Speak­ers: Altec Lans­ing ATP3 3‑Piece Speak­er Sys­tem

Once I get my gam­ing keyboard/mouse com­bo and a new mouse pad, I’ll post pics of my set­up. Very recent­ly, I also received my copy of The Fruit of Gri­sa­ia along with the Gri­sa­ia series dis­play box from Sekai Pro­jec­t’s Kick­Starter (the side I have on dis­play vs. the oth­er side). Can’t wait for the oth­er two to come out.

Any­ways, I’ve planned to start off a new year of Mahou Zenkai ~The Otaku Spot~ with a new series of posts called Local­iza­tion Deci­sions For Lit­er­al Dum­mies, where I take a piss on extreme­ly asi­nine localization/translation deci­sions and mishaps that hap­pen in Offi­cial Eng­lish versions/subtitles of the ani­me, man­ga, and games that come over here. Qual­i­ty Con­trol can be real­ly bad on the trans­la­tion side because of edi­tors (peo­ple tak­ing the trans­lat­ed text and mak­ing it sound nat­ur­al in spo­ken Eng­lish) not being famil­iar with the source mate­r­i­al. Gen­er­al­ly though, it also prob­a­bly hap­pens because they weren’t real­ly think­ing peri­od or they’re just sim­ply the type of peo­ple that like to smear their shit all over for­eign works because they think they’re more cre­ative than the orig­i­nal cre­ators. With video games, it also isn’t lim­it­ed to trans­la­tion, but also han­dling the UI and type­set­ting as well. This series will gen­er­al­ly con­sist of shitshort­posts unless the sub­ject mat­ter hap­pens to be real­ly, real­ly stu­pid.

Just as always, I’ll also con­tin­ue to update my series of Card­cap­tor Saku­ra posts and con­tin­ue my recap of the Suzu­miya Haruhi light nov­els. I must say, I am absolute­ly hyped at what CLAMP has in store for Card­cap­tor Saku­ra’s 20th anniver­sary. Cheers to an upcom­ing fun year.

2 thoughts on “Back with new content and a new PC

  1. Wel­come back.. From the specs, it looks like a pow­er­ful com­put­er. I would con­sid­er build­ing my own cus­tom Hack­in­tosh since I am not that hap­py with the new Mac lack­ing upgrad­abil­i­ty and no nVidia graph­ics, but I set­tled with an old­er 2006 Mac Pro I got on the cheap and then upgrad­ed the proces­sors to two quad core Xeon 3.0 GHz (eight cores close to the per­for­mance of a first gen Core i7), a nVidia Geforce GTX 970, 250 GB Sam­sung SSD, 750 GB 2.5 7200 RPM HD from my 2012 Mac­book Pro (which got an SSD) and 16 GB of ram and it runs games. While it has old bus­es that lim­it the poten­tial of the SSD and pos­si­bly the GPU, it runs games decent­ly close to 30 to 60 fps at 1080p when the games can use all 8 cores, which is true with some of the new­er AAA games. Even runs Raise of the Tomb Raider decent­ly at full res­o­lu­tion. I guess since I know how to upgrade CPUs and apply­ing ther­mal paste, maybe I’ll build one in the future once I get a pro­mo­tion and pos­si­bly when the new nVidia Pas­cal GPUs come out

    But yes, I’m not a big fan of Win­dows 10 giv­en the pri­va­cy issues and forced updates, which is why I would rather use oth­er OSes and con­tin­ue to use Win­dows 7 until its not sup­port­ed.

    1. @chikorita157: Tin­ker­ing with an old­er Mac com­put­er and adding in new parts is a nice viable tem­po­rary solu­tion until you save up the funds to build a Hack­in­tosh with all the DIY parts. It’s a shame that Apple makes it a pain to install OSX on com­mod­i­ty hard­ware. The oper­at­ing sys­tem is pret­ty much the only rea­son to go with an Apple prod­uct, so if there was a world where you could eas­i­ly install OSX onto a machine you built your­self (fail­ure to upgrade sol­dered parts and deal­ing with a 5400RPM hard dri­ve for con­tent cre­ation is a big no for the price range) + boot camp for games with­out wor­ry­ing about part com­pat­i­bil­i­ty and run­ning into issues, I would total­ly sup­port that option 100%. Though I am com­plete­ly com­fort­able with Win­dows 7 by itself, Final Cut Pro X and oth­er Mac-exclu­sive soft­ware is pret­ty sexy.

      Yeah, I’m stay­ing away from Win­dows 10 right now. I like the UI and the snap­pi­ness, but that pri­va­cy issue and forced updates aren’t worth it for any­one imo. I already have every­one I need with Win­dows 7… until they give it the boot.

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