Thanks to the employee stock purchase program and a hefty New Years special, I was able to give in to the flirt. So far, I’m very pleased with my Blackbird gaming PC.
Here are the basic specs:
3.0-GHz dual core CPU
4 GB 800-MHz RAM
Dual 512MB video cards
160-GB 10000 RPM Hard Drive
900-Watt power supply
Windows Vista Ultimate
My Blackbird was supposed to ship on the 24th, but it shipped 3-weeks early, which cause me to go through some trouble because it was scheduled to be delivered to my home while I was away at CES. Thanks to the kind folks in receiving in SD, I was safely able to take possession of my machine upon returning to SD.
The first thing I want to say about this computer is that it is huge and HEAVY!!! At 80lbs, it was more than I could manage to even budge. Fortunately, my husband is big burly guy so he unpacked it and put it into position for me in our upstairs office area. The Blackbird comes with a keyboard and mouse. My came with a Logitech pair; in fact the same pair that we saw at CES! Happiness! The computer also came with all the cables and connectors needed to do future upgrades, backup software, The Orange Box (Portal, Half Life 1 and 2, and Team Fortress), and a Tom Clancy game. Plugging stuff in was a breeze, though, I did have to check the user’s manual to figure out which video card I needed to connect to my monitor. And then I was ready to power it on …
I was pleasantly surprised by Windows Vista (I had brought up drinks and snacks in preparation for a long night of fighting with the OS). It asked for a user name, password, and my time zone. After that it connected to the Internet, downloaded updates, and brought me to a welcome screen. I installed some codecs and then browsed my home network to find some anime to watch. Yep! I didn’t have to configure anything to access my home network and within 15-mins of powering up, I was watching anime. I was so pleased. I watched a few minutes of a hi-def file our entertainment laptop was struggling with. It ran smoothly on the Blackbird — SWEEEEET!!! Next I installed The Orange Box which took quite a while. Immediately, I experienced the woe that is known as “Steam.” I won’t go into the details of “Steam”, but sufficed to say, I burned a little over an hour installing The Orange Box before I could start playing Portal. BTW: Portal ROCKS!!!
The next night I installed “Titan Quest”. I purchased this game about a year ago, but my poor old computer could not handle it and refused to even attempt to load the game after I had installed it. The game is a straight-up “Diablo” clone with updated graphics. I liked “Diablo” so I’m having fun with this game and the Blackbird is allowing me to enjoy the in-game environments to their fullest. Next up is “Call of Duty 4”, a game my husband has been dying to play. I’ll let you know how it goes when we get it.
Anyhow, so far, after a little more than a week, I’m pleased as punch with my purchase and I highly recommend Blackbird 002 to all you PC gamers out there.