Happy New Year, everyone! And I hope you all had a great holiday break. I know I did. I was able to take two weeks off of work and there was plenty of family get-togethers, too much delicious food and desserts, and many hours spent gaming and generally lazing around. I even spent my birthday gaming because as per tradition, there was a blizzard followed by blowing snow and there was no way I was going out in that only to fight my way through the Boxing Week crowds.
Since it was the big golden birthday and I had been patiently waiting for months to take advantage of online sales, I gave myself a nice gift: a brand new computer. Well, some of the parts were new anyways. You see, I decided that I was going to build my own computer for the first time. I had changed out certain components before but I had never bought the parts and put together the whole thing from scratch.
I’m not going to lie, I was a bit scared while selecting the parts. Luckily I have a boyfriend who’s an hardware expert and he was able to guide my buying decisions. I’m proud to say that he didn’t just pick out the pieces for me. Instead he would give me options and let me choose which one, or I would ask him a lot of questions and pick them out on my own. It was a fascinating learning process.
Putting everything together was also a little daunting. I could just see myself bending, scratching, or shocking something I’m not suppose to, and then I’d have to spend even more money. But through informed purchases, careful assembly, and a dash of luck, I was able to put together an (almost) flawless new rig.
If you’re thinking of doing something similar, here are my experiences going through piece by piece. (You’ll have to excuse me if I geek out a bit. I am pretty damn excited about this build.)
(This post got a lot longer than I thought so I’m going to break it up into parts for bite-sized fun!)