Wednesday, March 20, 2013

System Building Lessons Learned

As promised, here are some lessons learned (or re-learned) on system building:

Sunday, March 3, 2013

In which I build a new PC...

A history of PC gaming and PC building...

Anyone who's known me for any amount of time knows that one of my main happy-makers in my non-work, non-child raising, non-husbanding time is gaming. I've been a PC gamer for a number of years, ever since I got my first PC back in 1995.
I've done 3 builds in my lifetime that I can think of, and a number of upgrades to those builds. Unfortunately, my strategy for part picking for the past few years has amounted to:
  1. What my friends have cast off that I can use
  2. What I can afford and get WOC (Wife Oversight Committee™) approval for that is better than what I have.
As a gamer, this generally left me disappointed with something that circled the low-spec realm of system requirements; and generally had me running eye-candy games at lowest settings.
This comic from XKCD sums it up my usual gaming experience:
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