Yes, it was past time for me to build a new computer. Over the years, I have made some additions and replacements here and there to my old machine; I chronicled one such upgrade in this tongue-in-cheek blog post. However the core of my old computer has been a constant and stalwart workhorse and has enabled me to apply to, complete, and make use of a Master's of Science in Biomedical Communication. It's a bittersweet parting.
Part of the reason (beyond the expense) it took so long to upgrade is because purchasing a computer comes with so many decisions: Windows, Mac, or Linux? Laptop or desktop? Pre-assembled or self-assembled? Intel or AMD? NVidia or AMD? Water-cooled or air-cooled? How much RAM? Everything fits in the case, yes? How about that Samsung NVMe boot drive: Pro or Evo? And do you really need a USB type C port on the front of the case? No, but calculus involving shipping times, availability, cost, colors, side panels, so yes I have one. The list is nigh endless.
I'm not going to discuss pros and cons or rationalize all the decisions I made. I am confident that I did sufficient research and made decisions that were right for me, which are not going to be the choices that anyone else should necessarily make. I try hard not to be a fanboy for any company (I'll admit my chief failing in this regard is Redshift3D). I don't think brand loyalty is worth very much for consumers of hardware, though it's worth a tremendous amount for companies. Food for thought.
So (five paragraphs in), let's cut to the good stuff. All the components arrived in exciting boxes. The case shipped later, so I opted to assemble the guts outside the case in the meantime to make sure I didn't have any dead components.
|Like Christmas morning|
|The streetcar print was a secret santa gift. I love it/hate it.|
|It's convenient that so much gaming hardware is perfectly functional for workstations.|
|This smallish piece of silicon came in the most dramatic packaging I've ever opened.|
|I broke one of the stand-off posts, I think. Ah well, not critical I'm sur&#,%20&..#^@.......|
|Fans are available in beige and brown. No, beige AND brown.|
|Blower-style. That's not a joke, that's what it is.|
|The computer component most likely to explode, kill you, catch on fire, or all of the above. Buy reliable.|
|The CPU fan started and stopped a bunch and freaked me out.|
|It's bigger than it looks. But I didn't go crazy and get a Corsair 1000D.|
|If you see blue and red, your computer's not dead.|
And that's it! I'll need to upgrade my monitors and mouse (circa 2007-2008) next, but that can wait another few months or years.
I hope with this post I struck the right balance of detailed enough but not boring. If you're down here instead of on Instagram, then perhaps it was okay. I'm happy to answer any and all questions via blog comments, Twitter, Instagram, Email (stuart at biocinematics d0t com), or wherever. You know: "Stuart, you simply must tell me, is your VRAM GDDR6 or HBM2???"
Teaser: My next post will the last one on this blog. What? Why? How? Wherefore? Come back next week!
Thank you for reading.