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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 :)

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Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 7 points

she is a product not of planning and design but of a fleeting passion, beer, and circumstantial rebates.

Amen

  • 62 months ago
  • 4 points

Mostly beer

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks bad ***, does what you want, and totally doesn't suck. Looking good!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

a satire in a blue moon

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

How much in rebates?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

About $80 in rebates, I think.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Everything looks good from what I can see, if you do see any lag it could be due to the GPU since its kind of low-end-ish; but I don't see it being a bottleneck (pun intended) for the programs you have listed.

This rig should keep you very happy with speed, looks good.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Solid build. This will work well for hardcore chrome tab abuse.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

id also get a hdd as well as an ssd because it would be easy to run out of storage but its a good build

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

i would have just ditched the graphics card, and upgraded to an i5. since you are doing no gaming

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

no inside pic little disappointing

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Touche. Will open it up and snap a photo soon.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

"Soon" is NOT a measure of time but a way of saying "Get of my back, this is my computer. Besides, there is a PARTLIST showing what my put in it. So why don't you build a copy of this and SEE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE IN THE INSIDE!!!"

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

how many fans can that case have???