- Nov 5, 2006
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- Raleigh, NC, USA
What do I do? The short answer is I'm an IT guy who wears any of a dozen or so hats at any time, on the software side.What do you do for a living? Remote launches of Tesla's satellites?
However, my job does not include assembling computers, or anything to do with hardware. I do that for fun.
These days the actual assembly of a desktop computer is actually easy. Doing the research to figure out what parts to buy? NOT so easy. As Varis & I have said, the tech changes so fast that what was current 6 months ago is no longer now. I have a copier paper box of old parts that need to go to recycling, as they are literally useless.
Assuming you had all the parts, I could talk you through the assembly. It's all a matter of plugging the right things into the right slots. I had the book for the motherboard (mainboard, it's what everything is centered around) open and used it to ensure I was doing it right. Although mostly the plugs are different shapes, so you can't plug something into the wrong slot without forcing it.
I had breakfast with a friend Saturday, he's been in IT as long as I have. His response to me building another PC? "I buy PCs, I don't build them."
Yup! That pre-dates me, a bit.I'm a little older than you. My first build used a Z-86 from Zilog. Man, those were the days...many happy sleepless nights...
My first PC was a Zenith Z-100. The CPU was clocked at a whopping 4.67 MHz. I spent $25 for a chip that upped the speed. Pull the CPU, plug in the new chip, then plug the CPU on top of the chip. It increased the clock to 7.5 MHz. It doesn't sound like a lot, but that was a 60% increase in speed.
In comparison, my current PC is at 3,700 MHz