Saturday Morning Gaming: Building The Dream Box Aftermath
Before she left, Maribou got me the last two non-video card items (yay birthdays). My CPU arrived on Monday. My CPU cooler arrived on Tuesday. My Arctic Silver thermal paste arrived on Thursday. And so, on Friday night, I finished building my dream box. (Well, I still need The Graphics Card that everybody is talking about and that nobody but scalpers seems to be able to get their hands on… but nobody can get that and the president of Nvidia is shrugging and saying that, hey, it’ll probably be next year.)
It was simultaneously easier and tougher than I thought. On one level, it was a lot like building legos. They’re all just parts and they all fit together, mostly, and all you have to do is have the right tools and the right workspace and read the manuals and watch the youtubes describing how to do it. On the other hand, they’re expensive as heck, the manuals are confusing, the youtubes have 3 minutes of “BE SURE TO SMASH THAT LIKE BUTTON SUBSCRIBE AND COMMENT” speeches before the guy even mentions the part you’re going to be working on, and you’ll be wondering why you didn’t just spend the extra $200 to have someone else do it for you. (You’ve already sunk enough money into this thing…)
Tonight was the harrowing experience of putting the CPU into the CPU slot. There’s a little gold arrow, you see, on the CPU. That gold arrow is on the one corner of the CPU that has a square cutout of little pins. The other corners, you see, have diagonal cutouts. The square cutout matches up with the square on the CPU slot that has a square (instead of a diagonal line of pinholes). And you have to put the CPU into the CPU slot juuuuust right, or you’ll screw up your CPU beyond repair and that’s one of the expensive parts you paid for.
Well, I managed to get mine into the CPU slot on the first try and it fell in and it even felt like it clicked. Oh, it was smooth and lovely.
And then we struggled with thermal paste theory. Some prefer the “pea in the middle of the square”. Some prefer the “five pips”. Some prefer the Z. Some prefer the X. The important thing is that you don’t drip any onto the board, or else you’ll ruin everything. Like, *EVERYTHING*. I went with the five pips.
And then it was just the simplicity of installing Windows, transferring files, installing Steam, whoops, installing/repairing steam on the 1TB D: drive, we wanted to install it on the 2TB C: drive, uninstalling and…
Oh crap. I deleted all of my saved games.
But I then realized: I’m Free.
That game I started and intended to go back to? I don’t have to play it again. Heck, I don’t have to *INSTALL* it again. I can go through my library and just install the games I want to play again. Oooh! Game Dev Tycoon! Ah, Little Inferno! Why hello there, Orcs Must Die! XCom-2. We meet again.
And the game that I had been intending to play out of a sense of obligation rather than out of legit desire? I don’t remember what it is.
So now I can play whatever I want. Instead of whatever I thought I should want. I may start drifting again… but, man. It’s nice to be able to start over.
So… what are you playing?