16Apr 2014

A new year, a new computer – Part 3

This post is a continuation of a post series where I talk about my experiences with my first computer build, including the things I learned while choosing and installing each part. In Part 1, I talked about the CPU, the CPU fan, the motherboard, and the RAM. Part 2 has the details about the video card, the power supply, the hard drive, and the case.

Software woes

Part 3 is the end of my journey to build my first computer. By this time, all of the hardware was installed and plugged in, just waiting for me to switch it on. I was eager and nervous do so, silently praying that the whole thing didn’t explode in my face. So with my heart in my throat, I hit the power button.

Nothing happened.

As I mentioned under the Motherboard section of Part 1, I had missed one of the two power cords that needed to be connected to the motherboard. The motherboard had power, the CPU did not. It’s rather hard to start a computer without a powered CPU, impossible you might say. So…my first attempt was rather anticlimactic but it was a problem that was easily fixed. I don’t believe I’ll ever forget to plug both of those cords in again.

My second attempt to switch the computer on was much better. Fans started whirling, lights began flashing, the boot screen appeared on my monitor…it was magical.

Then the screen stopped on a message that it was unable to find my hard drive.

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28Mar 2014

Cave Clutter: MMOs, RPGs, and lots of building

So the whole posting-once-a-week idea…not really working out as you can see. This is why I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, because I’d probably just break them within 24 hours.

Things have been busy with work and personal life. Sometimes I don’t want to write in my free time, just play some games and relax. Other times I’m too tired even for that and will just spend the evening reading and go to bed early. I know, I lead such an exciting life.

I’m also making an attempt to get out of the house more. By more, I mean once a week for about an hour to take archery lessons. It’s kind of strange to be the only female AND to the only one over the age of 15 in the group but I still had fun. I haven’t done any archery since high school where we spent a week in the gym with cheap plastic longbows and the techniques consisted of “aim in the direction of the target and hope it hits”. At this place, we get fancy compound bows with sights and everything. I think I may be in love with the bow they’re letting me use.

Now I shall move on to the games I’ve been playing: Continue reading "Cave Clutter: MMOs, RPGs, and lots of building"

06Feb 2014

A new year, a new computer – Part 2

This post is a continuation of a post series where I talk about my experiences with my first computer build, including the things I learned while choosing and installing each part. In Part 1, I talked about the CPU, the CPU fan, the motherboard, and the RAM.

The Video Card

PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 1GB

Image source: NewEgg.ca

PowerColor 1GB Radeon HD 7850, $170

This was one of the hardware pieces that I moved from my old computer to the new one. That’s because I had purchased it back in February 2012 to replace the video card I had before. I can’t recall what exactly the old one had been but technically it worked fine…it’s just that one day the fan in the card started sounding like a jet engine taking off. No amount of cleaning seemed to change that and I couldn’t stand the noise so off I went to buy a new card.

Video cards are one of the most confusing things to purchase in my opinion. The product numbers are almost arbitrary and the companies (AMD and Nvidia) have even been known to rebrand what is essentially the same card with a higher product number. So how do you decide which is the best one for you? Continue reading "A new year, a new computer – Part 2"