A few weeks ago I put together my own PC for the first time! It was an exciting process shopping around and figuring out exactly what to get. I will say that there were a few headaches along the way in terms of availability and pricing. Almost all parts are marked up anywhere from 1000 to 3000 yen so this computer ended up being over my budget. A $600 build will run you almost $800 here… even Japan made products are similarly priced so you might as well get the imported parts.
CPU: AMD FX 6300
MOBO: ASRock 970 Extreme4
RAM: ADATA 2 x 4GB DDR3 1600
HDD: Western Digital 1TB HDD (blue)
GPU: GTX 750ti
PSU: Corsair CXM 500W
CPU cooler: Hyper 212 EvO
OS: Windows 8.1 courtesy of a lovely friend.
Almost everything I got from a store in Nipponbashi (Osaka, of course)
Had to replace the incredibly noisy default fan
The most annoying part was getting that heat sink installed. I’m terrified of anything that has to do with the CPU. Screwing it into place was a little scary because it needed quite a bit of pressure. Looking back it wasn’t all that terrible.. just time consuming.
I also couldn’t get a picture going because I was using my TV and didn’t have a proper monitor at the time. There was never a post beep at start up so I did a lot of trouble shooting. I got all kids of beeps when the ram was removed or if other things were removed so it had to have been fine. Lugged the entire thing back to the store I got it from and it immediately displayed the BIOS with their monitor! Anyway, it works perfectly and it turns out my computer doesn’t beep on start-up. I can run any game at the highest settings with 0 lag. I just really missed having a desktop.
Late to the party… So far I’m loving Left 4 Dead 2
My room is almost complete. Finally I have a proper desk, chair, and curtains. The curtain situation seems to be my last hurdle. Gonna be in Tokyo again on Saturday so it’s going to have to wait until next week.
The next post probably will be coming relatively soon (within 2 weeks). I need to get it together.
Last week I was in Tokyo again. I only had Saturday to roam around and decided to swing into 109 since my friend had never been there before. I forgot if it was B1 or B2 but we checked out the new PUNYUS store! They have some interesting stuff. Can’t really tell from that first picture but it was pretty packed and girls of all sizes were shopping. The store is pretty small though.
We didn’t try on any clothes. We ended up buying matching headbands (featured on me in the purikura picture further down). Is it just a headband? I don’t know what those things are called since this is my first time buying one.
Look at that! They just opened!
Earlier in the day we were searching for pancakes or a fancy cafe. It’s always the perfect time for breakfast with us We wandered all over and went around in a big circle and couldn’t really find anything. The area we were in was right outside Shibuya station (H&M, Outback Steakhouse~ that area). There were sooo many izakayas. I figured we should have just stuck to the restaurant floor of a department store. We ended up going to Mee’s Pancake. Mmm mm it was good.
Definitely going back later this year.
Lastly, from Tokyo, the purikura pic that was sent to my phone.Not the best shot but that’s the PUNYUS headband. Fried eggs pattern.
Back to Osaka: Finally… Mexican food
Back to Osaka: Finally… New computer
Obligatory computer blog coming up next.
Walking around Namba Parks I came across this lovely wall!
And below we have a view of Umeda from the Hep5 building. Not sure what’s going on with the building to the right. Looks as if many windows were smashed??
Here is the obligatory cherry blossom shot. I would have totally missed hanami season if it weren’t for my old co-workers. Happy I got out there to participate. We went to Osaka castle. The best time to see the flowers was plagued by bad weather. It was overcast the entire day rained just a little..
Then, this past Saturday, me and some friends went to see our friend play in her band SECONDLADY. We went to the Hard Rock Cafe which is located near Honmachi station in Osaka. It was a lot of fun because my friend and some other customers were being hype machines. Someone even started to sing along which caught the vocalist off guard
Me and a friend split this enormous cobb salad with real blue cheese dressing. It was really good.
I was excited to get dessert because I ate around/under 1600 calories a day 7 days straight prior. It was time to let loose. I ate about 2/3 of their apple pie & ice cream. #fatnessfirst.
I’m going back to Tokyo either Friday night or Saturday morning! Just for one day of training… The free shinkansen ride makes up for it. My current job is pretty cool. So far, since things are just starting up, I’ve had a lot of days off and free time. On a few days I’ve had 3-4 hours of free time in the middle of the day or I’d just come in for 2 hours in the morning. Eventually things are going to pick up but not too much. Overall I’m pleasantly surprised. The kids are adorable and hilarious. It’s fun listening to their little conversations.
I took a relatively short break from nails. Last week I received a coupon from someone working around hikkakebashi for gel nails. The deal was any design you want that could be done within 90 minutes for 3500 yen. Which is incredibly cheap as the design I chose would have easily been over 6000 otherwise.
Yay! Semi-old pic of me and my co-worker. Just by chance I ran into that girl on the right after losing her contact info for many months.
Random purikura from a few weeks ago. Didn’t ask about uploading so I hid the eyes