Building a new PC: Part 3

newcompPart 1, Part 2

Yesterday I got the SATA data cables in the mail, and in short order I hooked up the second and third hard drives. After partitioning them, I assigned the second SSD (~180 GB) to be for MMOs and the standard 1 TB hard drive to be for media (music, photos, TV shows).

It was the moment of truth. I couldn’t leave this thing in my kitchen any longer, and I needed to make the switch. So I said goodbye to my trusty old HP desktop that I’ve had since 2010 (!) and unplugged it carefully. Then I cracked open the case and removed the GeForce graphics card, transferring that over to my new machine.

With all of the pieces in place, I secured the wires, put back on the front and side panels, and brought my surprisingly light tower over to my desk. Everything hooked up well, and I was back in business within minutes.

I saw someone say on Twitter the other day that making the jump to using an SSD is kind of like instantly visiting the future, and I can attest to that feeling. Having a computer that boots up in seconds with programs that are near-instantaneous to start is a beautiful, beautiful thing. I’m already planning on buying a third SSD at some point, these things are so wonderful.

Plus, it’s so nice to have a rig that’s free from all of the bloatware and extra crud that accumulates on a PC after a while, even when you’ve tried to be diligent about cleaning it.

Of course, setting up this PC wasn’t done just because the hardware was in place. I still had a lot to do with the software and files. I used my external hard drive to transfer all of the files I had saved from my old computer. That took about a half-hour, after which I turned my attention to re-downloading a dozen or so must-have programs, including The Secret World, Guild Wars 2, and various tools that I need for Massively OP.

It is pretty cool to look at this machine and think that I had a hand in making it (or at least assembling it). It’s definitely a great birthday present and I look forward to running it through its paces. So far so good!


4 thoughts on “Building a new PC: Part 3

  1. DannyF June 2, 2015 / 12:41 pm

    Congrats! ones’ first self-build is very satisfying.

  2. Aywren June 2, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    Congrats! I don’t own a SSD yet, but my geek friends swear by them. Hope you enjoy your machine. 🙂

  3. Blake June 2, 2015 / 2:47 pm

    Congratulations on getting it up and running! I just built a new system myself a few months ago and boy that new SSD is a game changer isn’t it? Booting up in less than twenty seconds is just amazing. That’s my first SSD as well.

    I have a 500gb SSD as my boot and ‘main’ game/mmo drive and man does it make loading games SO much nicer. I just put in a 2tb second drive for the rest of my storage… Steam and storage ended up there.

    So as a fellow built my first PC guy to another enjoy that new baby and here’s hoping that it gives you years of enjoyment.

  4. baldwinp June 3, 2015 / 8:25 am

    Congratulations on getting it up and running without any major hiccups. With the amount of games you cycle through, you will probably run out of SSD space sooner than later. Lotro is one I would definitely put on the SSD as it loads Much faster. Not that you play ESO, but it actually loads quickly on a regular hard drive, so the priority is not as great. Not sure about GW2 and TSW.

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