It’s a rather silly question, drawing a number of equally inane responses. Anyone from Dell through to Dodgy Jimmy at the corner PC store will sell you a tool appropriate to your needs – whether that be a workaday carpenter’s hammer or a finely built CNC lathe. Fact is: buying an assembled PC from one of the common purveyors of such devices will stand you in comfortable stead.
Let’s assume then that you don’t want their ordinary stead. Perhaps you are looking for something unique. Something in stead. Or maybe it’s the thrill of the chase? Will this RAM work with that motherboard? Will these video cards suck the very life out of that power supply? Or perhaps that unknowable frisson that comes from the first POST: will it or won’t it?
My point, if unclear, is this: we build our own computers because we can. Sure, I’ll happily use a locked down, glued together device like an iPhone for a specific purpose, but the day that I can’t assemble a general-purpose PC from purchased parts is the day I go to the barricades.
Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be highlighting some of the modern options available to those of you planning on assembling your own computing contraption. On the processor front, I’ve been sampling some of the CPU wares from Intel. There was a time when the choice between AMD and Intel was tricky, but the word I would use for the current AMD situation is embarassing.
I must disclose that I’m borrowing this Intel gear for my own long-term use, but be assured: their shit is tight. I wouldn’t say this if it weren’t true. And my regular readers know I’ll call a spade a spade, especially if that spade can’t dig. Furthermore: I know you guys will call me on any attempt at bullshit. Don’t let me down.
By way of a teaser, I’ll leave you with this rather amusing image: