With my birthday next Sunday (only six shopping days for the public left!), my wife asked me what I wanted. And really, there was only one answer to that: I’ve been needing a new computer for some time now. I’ve had my current machine for at least four years and it’s started to cause some problems, despite giving it as much maintenance and love as I can. In particular, I’m running out of storage and have to deal with slower load times for games, not to mention that one of my CD-ROM drives has burned out.
So I got the go-ahead to get a new computer. In the past, I had the mindset of just wanting to buy some pre-built rig, either from a store or online. But everyone I’ve mentioned this to has been strongly advising me to suck it up and build my own machine — “It’s not too hard.” “It’s like building LEGOs.” “For heaven’s sake, you used to be a computer tech who built laptops, what are you scared of, scardey-cat?” OK, that last one might have been me.
Thus, building my own computer for the first time it is. I called up my brother-in-law, who does this sort of thing regularly, and we sat down for an hour to look over PC Part Picker for a good build. I don’t need a top-of-the-line anything, just a general upgrade with more storage. Since my graphics card is relatively new, I can just bring that over, and perhaps repurpose my hard drive to be a secondary one as well.
What we settled on was the following:
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit – OEM
- Case: Corsair Carbide Series 100R Silent Edition Quiet Mid Tower Case CC-9011077-WW
- CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 LGA 1150 CPU – BX80646I54460
- CPU Cooler: Enermax Cooling ETS-N30-TAA Black/Blue/Aluminum
- Motherboard: ASRock H97M-ITX/ac LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6G
- Power Supply: EVGA New Version SuperNOVA 80 PLUS 750W
- Hard Drive: Western Digital Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB
- SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM)
- RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDR
- Blu-ray Drive: ASUS BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS 12X Blu-ray Internal Burner Drive with Disc Encryption – Black – Retail Box
I ordered all of the parts last night from Newegg and Amazon, so they should be arriving later this week. Until then, I need to do a lot of backups with this computer and make a list of all of my programs that I’ll need to be re-installing. Fun but scary! This will be the rig that I’ll hopefully be using for the next few years, so it’s more personal than professional.