My very first home-built computer is up and running and I’m feeling a little proud. I’m still waiting on some parts to make it prettier, but it seems to be working well, even after an intensive workout with Darksiders 2.
We hit a couple snags over the weekend, first when I realized that the case I got didn’t have any brackets for the 2.5″ hard drives I was using for my laptop. I guess it’s usually the hard drives that are sold with the brackets, but, you know, I got these from my laptop where they didn’t need brackets, so I was out of luck. Saturday morning I drove all over town looking for these brackets to no avail. Apparently I don’t know how to operate a phone and decided to visit each location in person. It didn’t help that every place I went to seemed very sure that the next place I went to would totally have them.
So after being thwarted on that front, I decided I would just let my hard drives hang out on the table for a few days while I waited for brackets to get shipped from the onlines, which has everything in stock.
But then we ran into more problems when I tried to do a fresh install of Windows. I thought I had a CD, but it turned out to be exclusive to my laptop. When I tried to use it, it was all like, “This is not a ASUS laptop, yo,” and then it shut down. And I was all, “Well, this sucks.”
So I decided to just use the OS hard drive from my laptop instead of doing a fresh install and hope for the best. This little guy was not happy at first, either, but after I removed all the laptop drivers and installed all the drivers I actually needed, things seemed to be looking up. My hard drives splayed out on the table are still making my computer look like an autopsy cadaver, and there may be a few artifacts from the hard drive’s laptop days that are still slowing things down, but it’s doing well and the best part is that I didn’t have to reinstall any of my laptop’s programs. We’re good to go on coding and playing all the video games I couldn’t operate over the last year.
Um…yeah, okay this might actually be a problem. There are way to many games in my Steam account begging to be played now… I know this is common problem among Steam shopaholics, but the thing is, I don’t really think I am a Steam addict, I’ve just been accumulating games for a while now that I just couldn’t play because of overheating issues, and now I suddenly can.
Seriously, we’ve got Darksiders 2, Dark Souls, Sleeping Dogs, The Witcher 2, Trine 2 and Mass Effect 1 & 2 all desperate to be played, and then those bastards at AMD went and gave be Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite and Far Cry: Blood Dragon for free when I bought their video card. Don’t these people know I’ve got SO MUCH coding to do?