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…