Last time I bought a computer, it was from Dell (I know, I know). It broke after a couple of weeks. I called them to let them know I'm shipping it back for a refund. They said they'll send a technician over to fix. I told them that unless that technician's name is Michael Dell, I'm not interested. Mr. Dell was unavailable. So I shipped it back and vowed: never again.
This brings me to my build--a first.
I call her "Blue Moon." Like most of us, she is a product not of planning and design but of a fleeting passion, beer, and circumstantial rebates.
I'm a doctoral candidate. I wanted to build something that could handle the typical RAM strain of an academic: 30 opened Chrome tabs, Microsoft Word, Endnote, Excel, Evernote, Spotify, etc.
The amount of gaming I plan to do on this machine: zero.
Can't say I knew what I was doing. I just did minimal research, then followed the rebates and sales. I got the stuff, opened up the mobo and started sticking things into it like a puzzle. But everything seems to work quite nicely. My first thought after completing this build: why didn't I start doing this 10 years ago? Why doesn't everyone do this?
I wanted zero lag. I wanted snappy startup. Most of all, I wanted to the pride familiar to all of you who have posted on here--the pride that flows from creating one's own machine with one's own hands. And I got all of that.
Comments welcome. Thanks for reading :)