This year is just… infinitely depressing and disappointing for so many personal and global reasons. It has been hard to hold onto happiness while my own world and the actual world seems to be continuously crashing down around me.
That’s how it is, though. Life can be brutally unfair to all of us sometimes. It’s best to just embrace that fact rather than let the struggle against the things you can’t change destroy you.
Yeah… needless to say, I needed a fun distraction from all the drama going down.
I had two trips planned this year that obviously got cancelled for coronapocalypse related reasons. Instead of “wisely” investing the returned monies into an uncertain future, I decided to blow it all on fancy components for a new gaming PC and build it all by myself!
My previous PC is a custom built beast for its time, put together by me with LOTS of help from an old friend. I’ve had it for over 10 years. It still works okay, but it was really starting to feel outdated. The final straw was when it refused to open The Division 2. Yep. Time to upgrade.
The process of building a PC isn’t too difficult if you know what you’re doing. I have a college diploma in Electronic Engineering Technology so I’m certainly no stranger to electronic components and how they work. My current job that I’ve been doing for 8 years is all about software testing, which isn’t at all what I went to college for. It was actually quite nice to get back into hands-on electronics work as a personal project.
Step 1: Buy fancy parts
I probably could’ve found better deals on components from online retailers, to be honest, but I decided to buy all my parts from a local computer store (Shout-out to Canadian Computers & Electronics!).
The coronapocalypse has shattered the economy everywhere. I felt a little better about everything by investing my computer monies into something that would help my community out a bit. This is a purely selfish project otherwise. It’s okay to treat ourselves sometimes… right?
Step 2: Put all the fancy parts together… correctly.
The process of putting it together is a blur of memories now. I had junk scattered everywhere, Google search became my BFF, I needed several band-aids because metal is sharp, and I remember waking up to the sounds of my cats batting extra screws around the apartment. At least the kitties got some enjoyment out of the project as well!
Putting computer components together is pretty much idiot-proof. Cables and things usually only fit where they are supposed to go, but always be mindful of polarity and whatnot. One crossed wire can be catastrophic. Have you smelled burning electronics before? Let’s just say in my college days, I’ve seen microcontrollers melt and capacitors shoot across the room. Yikes.
The most tedious part of my build was installing 6 RGB fans on the case. It was only a minor nightmare figuring out all the wiring and aligning them properly. I’m pleased with the end results!
At the end of the whole assembly journey, I was tired with a really wonderful feeling of accomplishment. I got some time away from my distressed thoughts, my eyes got a badly needed break from staring at screens, and my self-confidence level got a huge boost. The only mistake I made was forgetting to connect a power cable to the hard drive. I’m impressed with me!
Yes. It would’ve been infinitely easier to buy an already assembled gaming PC, but the feeling of accomplishment is more than worth the time I spent on this project. Some blood, lots of sweat, and a few tears literally went into this machine. This is my PC and I created it. It just feels so awesome to say that!
I’ll leave off this article with the thing I’m sure everyone is curious about…
|CPU||Intel Core i9-9900K Coffee Lake 8-Core/16-Thread|
|RAM||Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3000MHz CL15|
|Graphics Card||ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Advanced Overclocked 8GB GDDR6|
|Hard Drive||4TB – 5400 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch|
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