Sunday, November 3, 2013

My Next PC


How many PCs do do you count?
Back in 2009, while building my current desktop, I tossed around the idea that unless I was teaching my future children how to do so, this machine would probably be my last complete build. Surprisingly that thought had absolutely nothing to do with us seemingly marching headfirst into the "Post-PC era," due to the rise of smartphones and tablets. I will always have a desktop machine, as long as that option is available to me. I'm an odd one in that I prefer the trappings of a desk and a large monitor or two, over the mobility and options a laptop offers, though I have a laptop too, of course.

One of the biggest reasons for that musing, was because I thought by the time I needed a new computer(now), I'd just buy an OEM rig, and upgrade key components, like the video card, memory and storage, as needed. For years the difference in prices between a self-built machine, and one from an OEM have been dwindling to the point that it's almost non-existent now. Excluding Apple, the price of an average desktop from an OEM is very close to that of the price of a home-build, and it's less work. And that less work part is the other main reason I hoped  thought I might be done. The process and all that comes with a new build isn't, nearly as enjoyable for me nowadays, as it was when I was a kid. Back then it was a thing to boast about, but now it feels less like a hobby I enjoy, and more like a chore. The selecting of components, reading of reviews, and compatibility checking, etc, can be a  boring grind, to be honest.

Having said that, I don't know what the heck I was thinking. I'm planning a new desktop, and there's no way in the world I could go with an off-the-shelf rig, when I can do it myself, with the exact parts I want. I'm also considering going the Hackintosh route this time around, with a small Windows installation, for gaming. I'm still undecided on that though, and SteamOS is right around the corner, throwing yet another ball into the mix, so it's still up in the air at this point. Side note: if you stumbled across this post randomly, and are wondering why I'm spreading what could be done in a single day over a few weeks to months, it's because I'm unemployed at the moment, and a new computer will have to wait.

I'll either update this post or make new ones as I go through the process, so be on the lookout for them some time later.