Howdy folks! Claire here, wanted to give you all a little update on Chris’ new computer–it’s all done! I livestreamed building the new PC on the 14th, which was quite the production, involving setting up a temporary stream studio in the kitchen with all the parts, extra lighting, 3 cameras, and a laptop borrowed from one of our daughters. 

It was a LOT of work and took about 5 hours to complete the build, but it was a ton of fun, too. And when all was said and done, the new computer booted up correctly on the very first try, which was the biggest shock to me because I’ve never built a PC from scratch before. To give you guys an idea of what kind of upgrade Chris was getting, here’s a comparison between his old computer and the new one: 

 

Old PC New PC
HP Pavilion p7-1215 “The old dirty bastard”
Pentium G630 dual core @ 2.7GHz
Integrated Intel Graphics
Crucial 16GB DDR3 RAM @ 1067MHz
Hitachi 1TB Hard Drive (OS and Storage)
LOL what’s an SSD?
LOL what’s a CPU Cooler?
Whatever stock mobo it came with
Stock power supply
Boring-ass black plastic HP case
(Taking Name Suggestions in the Comments)
AMD Ryzen 7 3800x 8 core @ 3.9GHz
MSI GeForce GTX 1650 4GB Video Card
Crucial 32GB DDR4 RAM @ 3200MHz
Seagate 2TB Hard Drive (Storage Only)
Western Digital 500GB M.2 SSD (OS Only)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB CPU Cooler
MSI B450 Tomahawk Max ATX Motherboard
EVGA Supernova 650W Gold Certified PSU
Antec DF600 FLUX ATX Mid Tower Case

 

As you can see, this new computer is LIGHTYEARS ahead of the old one, in every way possible. It’s designed to run fast, stay cool, and be a reliable machine for Chris for years to come. The only issue? It was a teensy bit too tall to fit on his desk, so we ended up putting it next to his workspace on a bookshelf, so now it illuminates our whole living room with dat sweet RGB glow. I know you probably wanna see it after I’ve talked it up so much, so here you go:

Yes, that is Ellen Ripley and Jonesy basking in the beautiful glow inside the case. She’s not just for looks though, she has a very important job to do–protecting Chris’ PC and Photoshop from any bugs, crashes, viruses, or BSODs.

So yeah, that’s the new PC! Chris says he loves it so far, but one little hiccup is that with a new PC comes the newest version of Photoshop (vs. the 5 year old version on the old PC)–which means he has had to familiarize himself with a new user interface, import all his old brushes and re-configure tools, settings, etc. On the plus side though, he’s also been able to play with some new tools, brushes, and techniques the old computer couldn’t handle. You might notice a slight difference in the coloring and shading of this latest comic, which he colored entirely on the new computer. He really hopes you like it!

Oh, and the old computer? As much as we would have liked to yeet “the old dirty bastard” into a handy abyss somewhere, it’s been repurposed. After giving it a good cleaning and formatting, it’s new home is with our 7-year-old, who has been gleefully using it to play Roblox with her siblings for the last few days.