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.

<table width=100% border=1 bordercolor=#dcdcdc fontsize=12 cellpadding=4> <tr> <td bgcolor=#ededed align=center>#</td> <td bgcolor=#ededed>Product</td> <td bgcolor=#ededed>Prijs</td> <td bgcolor=#ededed>Subtotaal</td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor=#fafafa align=center>1</td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa><url=”http://tweakers.net/pricewatch/305922/intel-core-i5-3570k-boxed.html”>Intel Core i5 3570K Boxed</url></td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa>€ 203,90</td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa>€ 203,90</td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor=#fafafa align=center>1</td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa><url=”http://tweakers.net/pricewatch/307986/gigabyte-ga-z77mx-d3h.html”>Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H</url></td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa>€ 104,50</td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa>€ 104,50</td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor=#fafafa align=center>1</td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa><url=”http://tweakers.net/pricewatch/310135/club3d-radeon-hd-7870-royalking.html”>Club3D Radeon HD 7870 royalKing</url></td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa>€ 208,89</td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa>€ 208,89</td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor=#fafafa align=center>1</td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa><url=”http://tweakers.net/pricewatch/297054/seagate-barracuda-720014-st1000dm003-1tb.html”>Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST1000DM003, 1TB</url></td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa>€ 64,99</td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa>€ 64,99</td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor=#fafafa align=center>1</td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa><url=”http://tweakers.net/pricewatch/283176/fractal-design-core-1000.html”>Fractal Design Core 1000</url></td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa>€ 30,89</td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa>€ 30,89</td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor=#fafafa align=center>1</td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa><url=”http://tweakers.net/pricewatch/308905/microsoft-windows-8-pro-(oem)-64bit.html”>Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (OEM) 64bit</url></td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa>€ 124,-</td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa>€ 124,-</td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor=#fafafa align=center>1</td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa><url=”http://tweakers.net/pricewatch/284488/corsair-vengeance-cml8gx3m2a1600c9-low-profile.html”>Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 Low Profile</url></td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa>€ 41,90</td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa>€ 41,90</td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor=#fafafa align=center>1</td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa><url=”http://tweakers.net/pricewatch/305264/lg-gh24ns90-zwart.html”>LG GH24NS90 Zwart</url></td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa>€ 16,20</td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa>€ 16,20</td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor=#fafafa align=center>1</td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa><url=”http://tweakers.net/pricewatch/279914/xfx-pro-550w.html”>XFX Pro 550W</url></td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa>€ 54,50</td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa>€ 54,50</td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor=#fafafa align=center>1</td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa><url=”http://tweakers.net/pricewatch/318250/samsung-840-series-ssd-120gb.html”>Samsung 840 series SSD 120GB</url></td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa>€ 88,-</td> <td bgcolor=#fafafa>€ 88,-</td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor=#ededed colspan=2><url=”http://tweakers.net/gallery/183041?inv_id=321947#tab:inventaris”>Bekijk collectie</url> <url=”http://tweakers.net/ext/pricewatch?Action=Winkelkar&Koekje=305922%2F1%2C307986%2F1%2C310135%2F1%2C297054%2F1%2C283176%2F1%2C308905%2F1%2C284488%2F1%2C305264%2F1%2C279914%2F1%2C318250%2F1”>Importeer producten</url></td> <td bgcolor=#ededed>Totaal</td> <td bgcolor=#ededed>€ 937,77</td> </tr> </table>

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.