My new keyboard, a Dell black USB keyboard, which I bought on eBay, arrived today, meaning that my new rig is now 100% complete. Unfortunately, in my haste to order it, I stupidly didn’t bother reading the item description fully before clicking the “Buy It Now” button. Result: it’s actually an Italian keyboard, with some rather unexpected differences in terms of button layout. Luckily, I know keyboards like the back of my hand, so I’m not reliant on the actual descriptions on the buttons to know which keys I’m pressing (also, I’ve been using a US layout configuration on UK keyboards for years now, so it’s not as if I mind having a few mislabelled buttons).
All things considered, this computer upgrade has been filled with mistakes - first the case/motherboard/PSU combo, then the external sound card, then a P/S2 to USB splitter that still hasn’t arrived but is going to be useless anyway, given that my mouse and keyboard are now both USB. Thankfully, I’m now at a stage where I’m as close to completely happy as I can be with my system. This extremely nice keyboard, which is, as it happens, the same model that I use at work, seals the deal (seriously, a lot of people underestimate how important it is to have a keyboard that, for want of a better phrase, feels right).
Now to finally start putting my new system to use. A round of Guild Wars first, I reckon, followed by pining for Hellgate: London and Empire Earth III, both due out later this year.