Dream Computer – Take II

Why have I been conspicuously absent for the past week (minus the unnecessary xkcd links)? I was too busy playing with my new toy!

I left off with my last substantive post explaning my quest to find my “ideal” desktop gaming PC. Ivan was introduced to me on the Hardware Zone Forums. After calling him on Thursday evening I explained to him my requirements and my approximate price range. Together we came up with a set of specifications that suited my needs best and he agreed to come to my house on Saturday (13 Feb 2010) morning to build my PC. Unless I went to a shop and bought a pre-built model, I cannot imagine any other outlet that would have a built to order PC ready in such a short period. Through Friday I badgered Ivan and changed around a few specifications. As always he was eminently polite and gracefully handled my queries.

He arrived on Saturday morning with boxed parts of each of the following components:
[NB: There is no monitor in this list as I decided to get the Dell ST2410 24” Full HD Widescreen (1920x1080) straight from the Dell website]

There was a slight hiccup as it appeared that the WD 1TB Caviar Black was DOA. However, Ivan immediately drove back home and was back within the hour with not one but two replacements (in case the first did not work). Again great service!

Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures of him actually building the PC. However, scroll below for some shots of the completed rig.

The full thing (excluding the monitor) cost S$3,175.

I have spent the last week playing (and completing) the following games:
  • Modern Warfare 2 – what can I say this is my second favourite game, playing on max settings without any problem is like a dream come true.
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – my favourite game of all time. Again an absolute gem on full settings. Unfortunately, I don’t have my new 24” Dell monitor so I can’t wait to play it AGAIN on 1920x1080 resolution!
  • Red Alert 3 – the only RTS that I actually enjoyed so it was nice to watch the explosions on max settings.
  • F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin – playing it now. The lighting effects are very lifelike which creates an eerie atmosphere, creating an ideal setting for this game.
Pictures of my lady love (I’ll post pictures of my keyboard/mouse/monitor once my new monitor arrives):

  1. Anonymous

    February 21, 2010 at 3:45 AM

    meh nothing great..

  1. Anonymous

    February 21, 2010 at 3:45 AM

    haha just kidding.. its aweosme!!!

  1. Abhiroop

    February 21, 2010 at 3:46 AM

    Cheers! I'm completely in love with it :)

  1. Abhiroop

    April 23, 2010 at 8:15 AM

    I haven't tried it out as I was happy with Windows 7, but I don't see any reason it wouldn't. The ATI graphics card may have a problem though.

  1. Sam

    May 9, 2012 at 1:53 PM

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  1. Unknown

    June 9, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Hey I just want to ask, is this "Ivan" Fortrean or something? Is he from Singapore? 'Cause I do want to contact him to help me build a desktop too.

  1. Abhiroop

    June 9, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Yes! He is from Singapore, mail him at

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