I built a computer! =D

So because it was high time that I invested in a new computer (and because my almost 4 y/o laptop was on its last legs) I decided to use it as an opportunity to learn something new. I have always been interested in computers and technology at least in regards to online media and that kind of thing, so to take it a step further I wanted to learn more about how an actual desktop works. And what better way than jumping off a bridge and learning to swim? But with computer parts. Not water.

To start, there was definitely a lot of this during the experience:

But what better place is there to start learning?! Luckily I do have some awesome friends who did help explain what everything does and how to install everything to make sure it works.

Obviously the first step to any project is research. I did spend a lot of time lurking in BuildAPC on Reddit to see the kinds of things that people were building for the budget I had in mind. Plus they have a very useful wiki that breaks down what all of the PC parts actually do. I also read through this guide on Tom’s Hardware which goes into a lot of detail on how to actually build a PC.

For the project itself I had a budget of about $600. (Yay for Christmas bonuses!) This is the build that I ended up going with:

    • ASUS Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition HD7770-2GD5 Video Card
    • CORSAIR CX series CX500 500W Power Supply
    • AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ Eight-Core Desktop Processor
    • ASUS M5A97 R2.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    • Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive, Blue
    • Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory

And this is everything when it arrived! =D

PC Parts in Box


The original plan was for me to wait until I had an entire day off to work on the PC but as things usually go… I couldn’t wait. So at 5 AM in the morning I set to work to build this new PC. It was like Christmas! The instruction manual that I found the most useful was the one that came with the motherboard. So I stuck with that one for most of the build.

The MoBo is in!

 At this point I had just put in the Motherboard and PSU. It seemed like a reasonable point to sit back and take a picture. Once again acknowledging the fact that I had no idea what I was doing. But it was fun! (You can actually see my dad sitting on his chair in the upper right hand corner. Yes he was very amused watching my frustrations.)

Finally it came to a point where almost everything was put together:

The PC Guts


It looks so pretty! I had to leave for work after this so I couldn’t hook up all of the cables. That was done that evening. After everything was hooked up and ready to go, I set up the computer to the monitor and plugged it in. I took a moment to try to register the fact that I am actually building my own computer (how cool is that?!) and then pushed the power button. And nothing happened.



It was as if somebody just burst my huge bubble of happiness and anticipation with NOTHING. Who knew that nothing could feel so terrible?! So then was the process of trying to figure out why nothing happened. The PSU fan wasn’t on, there were no lights, and no beeps. So I tested the PSU using the paperclip test and it worked. That wasn’t the problem. The only thing I could think of doing was unplugging everything and plugging it back in. So I did just that and FINALLY saw the most glorious sight:

It works!

IT WORKS! I built something! =D

I could go to bed happy! I built a computer! The next morning I installed the operating system and installed everything in my room. So here is my very own battlestation!


And yes that is a Compaq keyboard. ^_^;

Looking through the blog

I was looking through old images I have uploaded while hosting this blog and stumbled upon this one which I actually wrote more about here:

Status Updates 2010It was rather amusing to read all of my status updates from 2010. It is strange to see the kinds of things that you forget and what you remember. It is also interesting to see what you considered important for at least a fraction of your life.

Since I do not have much else to do tonight I decided to find that app and run the program again for 2013. These are the results:

jenn 2013 thoughtsThere are some subtle differences. For one, I am no longer in College so I didn’t have the chance to see the the Dark Knight chase the Joker down campus walk this year.  I picked up a couple of new hobbies as well as a puppy. I also was more vocal about my appreciation for the Backstreet Boys in 2013. I also find it curious that I did not refer to myself in third person in 2013, whereas in 2010 that seemed to be just about every status.

Finally, what does a baby, Count Dracula, and a Vacuum have in common?



Spoiled Puppies

I recently decided to look into making dog treats from scratch because they are getting to be rather expensive. A couple of people at my work were interested in learning more as well so I figured I could also write a post about the ones I made today.

Peanut Butter Banana Doggy Biscuits

Peanut Butter Banana

Original Recipe: 

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 Cup Chunky/Creamy Peanut Butter
1 Cup Milk
1 tbsp. Baking Powder

Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.

I added bananas to the mix and had to add about a cup of flour for every banana to keep it at the same consistency. And then it was the usual roll out and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter. =)

Bonus photo of the puppies reaaaally wanting to eat the dough!

Bonus photo of the puppies reaaaally wanting to eat the dough!



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