For 6 long years I’ve sat here helping to shift boxes of things I don’t really understand. Don’t get me wrong, I know DDR5 memory is an improvement on DDR3 and that Intel’s Core i7 processor is a step up from their Core i5, but I don’t really know why. (Apparently, “cos it’s 2 more“ isn’t a sufficient answer!)
So to try and expand my limited knowledge, and to keep me busy for the next few weeks, I’m going to roll up my shirt sleeves, do a bit of research and build a desktop PC from scratch.
I could make this easy for myself – I can throw an antistatic wristband in any direction from my desk and it would hit someone who’s built more PCs than this laptop has had Java updates – but I like a challenge and I thought you guys might want to lend a hand.
So where do I start? Where do YOU start?
Is budget the prime decider for your build? Do you see what spare components you’ve got laying around and use them as a base? Do you go for the best value setup or aim for the ultimate in performance? Or do you think through what the PC is for and then spec to your needs?
So with a little help from you, and if the self-build Gods are looking favourably on us all, maybe, just maybe, I’ll manage to get a working PC out of the other end with only minimal harm to my physical and mental well-being.
Keep checking back as I’ll be updating this regularly with progress reports and a live count of how often I’ve electrocuted myself, and if you all behave yourselves and don’t troll me into making a timebomb, we may even run a competition for one of you lucky people to be the proud owner of the very first Matt Berry PC.
Soooo, who fancies pointing this n00b in the right direction??
For this Free Game Friday competition, we’d like to hear your thoughts (telepathy anyone?). Specifically, I would like to know what you think the best thing in gaming is right now. Is it the increasing trend towards 3D gaming? Is it the competitiveness of SSD manufacturers, producing ever more powerful devices? Is it simply a title that you are so into, that you’re happy to exclusively spend all of your free time playing it? Or perhaps it’s all the amazing cosplay that you’ve seen, at all the game shows that have taken place recently?
Whatever it is, let me know but here’s the catch. There’s a word limit and that limit is 100! Sounds easy but trust me, when you get started on something you love, you’ll find that 100 words isn’t a lot at all.
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