Work in marketing and advertising. I love writing fantasy/sci-fi as well as creating my own art work using computers. I have been a gamer for a long time . . . back in the days of the Atari 2600, Sega Genesis, etc. The first computer I used for gaming was the old commodore 64 in middle school. That computer was SLOW compared to our machines today. I bought a few pre-builds for general use and gaming, but always thought gaming performance could be improved. The very last pre-built I purchased was the Dell XPS 630i which included an intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 / 2.4 GHz and NVIDIA 8600 GTS in SLI. I had the machine for a while and when games like The Witcher 1 and Crysis came out the XPS bugged out. So i thought to open it up and attempt to upgrade it. I installed more RAM, swapped out the two 8600s for one GTX 670, and tried installing a corsair 120mm AIO . . . with trial and error and a little case modding, I finally got that machine to work (trust me I didn't know what the heck I was doing!!). I guess that's what got me hooked onto PC building!
I've built a few HTPCs for my parents and my cousin. I've built gaming PCs for my brother and his kids, my boys as well as myself and a few of my buddies who wanted something "out of the ordinary". I've attempted to build a Hackintosh's, but PC hardware and their drivers were buggy with MAC OS. The first one I tried building took a day to assemble and about 2 weeks to debug! I finally got it running but forgot to disable auto updates to the OS . . . going from Capitan to Sierra killed my machine. But I hear AMD hardware gets along with MAC OS . . . my future build is a super workstation that would destroy the new MAC Pro.
I love building custom loops--to me, they are works of art and a lot of effort goes into building a custom loop, but there is so much satisfaction in a complete custom loop build. The first one is always the most difficult, but then you get into a groove, it becomes easier as you build more. My next custom loop project is upgrading both my boys' PCs and building a mini ITX custom loop, but I need to find the right case for this project. Enjoy my builds!