Re-adventures in PC Building – BIOS Bastardry

Having been a Mac user for over two years now, and coming to the terms with how mind-bogglingly awful I am at console gaming, I decided to build myself a new PC to play some games.

After Claire helpfully provided me with a components list for a system she built recently, I’ve now built it and got it set up running Windows 8 (yeah, I know…). It’s been at least 6 years since I’ve built a computer, so it was quite interesting to see how things had moved along.

I thought it might be interesting to share my thoughts so far:

  • Processors are f**king tiny these days… That and the heatsinks are getting much, much bigger.
  • IF all else fails, re-set the BIOS… Something rather curious happened when I shut the PC down, it started up again. Google suggested a few issues (Hybrid start, a rogue software patch, settings for Wake on LAN), all of which eventually lead to a suggestion to re-set the BIOS, which worked.
  • Windows 8 is weird… I’m still not convinced about the Metro interface on a PC screen (seems perfectly sensible for tablets), and it’s going to take a while to un-learn some of the established Windows behaviours to be able to use it.
  • SSDs are AWESOME… With the OS partition installed on an SSD, the bugger boots up in seconds.

I’ll share some more thoughts as time progresses…

B

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Gîc Cymraeg Defnyddiwr Mac Podledwr a ffotograffydd Welsh geek, Mac user, Podcaster and Photographer
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2 Responses to Re-adventures in PC Building – BIOS Bastardry

  1. scatmania says:

    And so the chain continues! (I think Claire built her box based on a spec I put together for Matt)

    I’ve been using an SSD for boot for about two and a half years now, so they’ve probably come on a little, but even mine is incredibly fast for booting. Well-worth the investment.

    I’m still unconvinced by Windows 8; we’re using it on Tiffany2, our media centre box, and while the panels of the Start Screen are nice and big and suitable for a ten foot interface, it still FEELS like it ought to be on a touchscreen, or not at all. What were Microsoft thinking!

    Give me a shout if you’d like me to recommend some of my favourite high-spec PC games of the last six years!

    • bryns says:

      I think once you fiddle with the tiles, it gets a bit better (taking out things like the News, Weather and Calendar tiles). My next big task is to tune the OS down to a good working state (pretty essential for any Windows build).

      Regarding games, that would be awesome. I’ve started out with a copy of Skyrim and Bioshock: Infinite. What else do you suggest?

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