I was flying solo this weekend gang. You know what that means!? Time to get my nerd on… As many of you may know I come from an era where being a nerd was not acceptable. Thus I do my best to hid my nerdy ways. Although I may be fooling myself in thinking it’s hidden.

Kate and her mom went to Pittsburgh to see the great singer,actor,writer,performer Garth Brooks/Chris Gains. That left me some time to build a computer, and oh what a time it was.

6 months ago I ordered a computer case from the start up company Louqe. It’s a high quality ITX (mini) case. I was excited about the build quality and small foot print. Sadly the company is at best irresponsible and never sent me my case. There is a list of endless excuses why, but who cares.

On Saturday I couldn’t take it anymore. Back in March Louqe sent me an email that the case was on it’s way. I was excited and ordered all the parts to build the computer. Processor, Motherboard, Ram etc. The case never showed and I had all these parts just sitting in my office ageing not being used. I was struggling to use my old iMac while all this power sat on the floor.

I went and bought the NZXT H200i case over at Micro Center in Paterson NJ. I got it on clearance so it was a good price. I started tinkering with it on Saturday night and got it to the point where it would turn on. On Sunday morning I booted it up, installed Windows and felt pretty good. The last step was to put in the graphics card. This is where things take a turn. Some of the wiring was tough to snake through the case and didn’t have enough slack to easily connect to the Motherboard and the Power Supply. When pushing the Graphics Card into place I applied too much pressure and the cables damaged the Motherboard, breaking it! This ment I had to run back out to Micro Center and buy a new board. Not cheap but not an total disaster.

After spending a few hours at Micro Center getting the Power Supply checked and picking up a new Motherboard and cable extenders I was on my way back home to know disasemble everything again. I knew what I was doing and had the entire thing put back together in an hour and a half. I was excited to turn it on and when I did it just clicked. I was heart broken. At that point I had to take a break. I had a beer, talked to Kate on the phone a little. When I went back to it I noticed that I had the secondary power connection plugged into the wrong section on the power supply. I changed that out and BAM it worked!

Everything is installed now and working well. Hooray! See pictures below.

It was a great experience, and I’ll probably do it again in the future. I like being able to control what I’m getting. Apple just cost too much for shit graphic card support.

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