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More Computer Surgery: Installing Liquid Cooling

I’m not technologically savvy. I think I’ve established that by this point. I mean, I want to be, but there’s a yearning abyss separating my desire and my ability. I can’t help but think that learning more about electronics, especially computers, would make my life so much easier. I only discovered what an HDMI cable was a few years ago. No, I’m not making this up.

Meet my old TV. No, it didn’t have high-definition capabilities.

Still, I’m capable of surprises. Roughly two years ago, I built my own gaming PC from scratch. Not bad, right? I did all the research, compared all the parts, watched six-thousand YouTube tutorials and, voila, I made a working computer. Honestly, that’s one of proudest accomplishments … up until I realized I hadn’t hooked up any of the fans. Oops. It took a day, but I fixed that problem, or as best as I could.

Today, I go one step further: I upgrade from fans to liquid cooling. Continue reading

Computer Surgery

Let me start by saying I’m not very computer savvy. This will be obvious by the end, but I need to state it now. This way, if you read this post and start wondering ‘wtf, does this go know absolutely nothing about computers?’, you’ll already have your answer.

Here’s my story in a nutshell. A bit over a year ago, I built my only PC. Sounds great, right? I did my research, I ordered parts, I put everything together, all me. This was my first time ever attempting anything like it, and it worked great. My computer turned on first try, and I had a surge of happiness. Unbelievable. I, a person with no computer background, had created a working PC. Time to play some Dragon Age: Inquisition.

There turned out to be one small problem: I didn’t connect any of the fans. Continue reading

Installing Stupid Freakin’ Updates

I’m writing this at 10:30pm, which is very strange. Throughout February, I’ve written every blog post in the morning. I made it my goal, my mission: I would write as much as I could as early as I could, just to check that off my to-do list. It has worked wonderfully, and it gives me a huge sense of both satisfaction and relief. Satisfaction, because it’s adding to my writing streak, and relief, because this task won’t hang over my head like the sword of Damocles the longer the day goes on.

This is the literal Sword of Damocles.

Depending on the day I start writing around 8:00am, sometimes earlier, sometimes later. I’m almost always done by 10:00am, 11:00am at the absolute latest, and it gives me the rest of my day to do whatever I want. I also do all my workouts in the morning, so by noon I have accomplished two major things already. I work evenings, so this is important. It’s been a great system … until today. Continue reading

Building My PC, One Year Later

One year ago I made a rather bold decision. My laptop was dying on me. It had lasted throughout university, and I put it through hell there: taking the class, writing notes, writing essays, writing more essays, plus I played games as stress relief. A day didn’t go by where I used it less than three hours, and the average was likely closer to five. That laptop had been a warrior for me, but it’s days were clearly numbered.

We’ve been through a lot, buddy. I’ll never forget you.

I needed something new, that was obvious, but I didn’t know what. I’m no longer a student, so I do not necessarily need the freedom and mobility a laptop or notebook provides. I began thinking about getting a computer. It had been years since I owned an actual PC, and I don’t even know if that one counted. It was given to me, used, already several years old. It had 2 GB of hard drive space. It ran like molasses, and I primarily used it as a typewriter. It couldn’t do much else, even by 90s standards. Continue reading

Of Cats and Keyboards

Confession alert: I have an extremely expensive computer keyboard. This is the Logitech G910 mechanical gaming keyboard, and it retails for roughly $200. Right away, you’re probably wondering why anyone would pay that much money for a keyboard. Good question. This one has an easy answer: I had extra money to blow and I was curious. So I bought it. I never said it was a good answer.

It looks like half keyboard, half Terminator.

You see, last November I custom-built my own PC. I had never done this before, and the whole process was quite exhilarating. My old computer, and Asus laptop, had lasted me throughout university, but after nearly 7 years it was on its last legs. I needed an upgrade, and with Dragon Age: Inquisition about to be released, I figured it was as good at time as any to get a quality gaming PC. So I built it. Continue reading