Today, I formatted and performed a clean installation of Windows and all my drivers. It was the first time I formatted the computer since I built it in Dec., 2015, I believe. So, almost five years. The i5 6500/GTX 970/16G RAM/SSD doesn't really seem very dated compared to my friend's 8xxx/GTX 1060 computer, though I know it's a generation behind. I'm just not yet very impressed with newer computers, but my friend is also upgrading now to an AMD 3700/RTX 2070. That's going to be a real monster. I'll judge after I see it in action if I want to upgrade, but I'm not messing with it until after New Years.
Minecraft runs so much better now. I suddenly started having poor performance, not just with it, but with the computer in general. It was an issue with Windows update. Runs like a well-oiled machine again! I was glad to get back to flying around upon rocket-powered wings. About a month ago or so, I started getting stutters, glitches and even crashes when flying, so I haven't played very much. It felt good to take a spin around the cloud-covered peaks of the Olympian Mountains in my five-year-old large-biome world. It wasn't that I'd been away from my Minecraft home for a long time; it was just that I hadn't been able to play as I liked due to poor performance. Felt like a new "Steve!"
As I rocketed around the high peaks and zoomed down and through the steep banks of the rivers cutting through the mountains, I noticed a small cave. I had forgotten to turn off the atmospheric music on the new installation, but I let it play. Hadn't really listened to it in years. I walked into the cave and found it had a precipice overlooking not just a ravine, but a large one with a second, deeper, ravine running perpendicular at its base. It was like it had a huge crack in its floor. I could only see blackness inside. Looks like a good place to explore and find adventure!
I didn't have time tonight to look it over, but I can't make a post without a pictures!
Thanks for reading!