I was told a while back that I could not be a Geek until I had built my own computer. So, with my acquired knowledge from computer courses and my time at Dell computers, I built “Big Blue”. A name I would give it because of its big blue case with the locking front door. It had an 80GB Hard Drive, 1GB RAM, and an old ancient Intel Processor (single core). No graphics card, just on-board, but it had a sound card and 2 extra USB cards for all of the peripherals I had. For a first build in that era, it was not too shabby. It played Star Wars Galaxies and allowed me to meet my husband. Little did I know this would pave the way for big things to come at Chips Computers some 13 years later. Wow how technology has changed!
I now have a kit that took a total of 2 years to find the exact case I wanted (Cooler Master Trooper with an added side window) *Santa was good me that year* Inside you will find an AsRock Z87 Pro 4 board, an i7 CPU, 16 GB of RAM, a Geforce 1080 GPU, a 240 Solid State Drive and 4 Hard Drives of various sizes, and water cooled. It is my love, it is my passion, it is the reason I don’t see much of my husband. What can I say, I am a gamer.
So there you have it, how I became the Geek Girl of Chips Computers. I was challenged and told I could not do something and set out to prove everyone wrong. That being said, I love to help people achieve their dream machine goals whether it is to offer advice on what they need to build it on their own or building it for them. If you would like to get an idea of costings of working with me on building your dream machine, go to www.WeFixAnyComputer.com , scroll to the bottom and click PC Builder. You cannot go wrong with it. Once you have what you think you would like to have, print it out and visit me in the shop. If the builder is too confusing, I will be happy to work with you in the store to make your experience less intimidating and more of a personal one. I often give advice on how to make it better with the budget in mind. A Solid State Drive can make all the difference in the world, trust me. Also, keep in mind that when building your machine, that it’s not all about RAM. Some people think if they have 32 GB of RAM they will have a fast machine. The components have to work in harmony with each other. The processor, the graphics card, the memory all together are the trinity of your build and if you do not get it right, there is turbulence in the force. So please ask me if you have questions on a build. I am ever so happy to help.
For a gaming rig I suggest no less than an i5, 8GB of RAM *you can add more later if you like*, Solid State Drive as primary, Traditional drive of 1 TB or even 2 TB as your secondary, your graphics card depends on your budget and what games you play. However anything less than a Geforce 750 Ti is a waste of money and time if you want my opinion. For home and office, my recommendation is Pentium (Dual Core) processor, 4 to 8 GB RAM, and Solid State Drive.
So, take it from a Geek Girl, don’t waste your money on a blinged out case with old components, or new ones that will not do what you want. Be the “I want it all” kind and come see me at Chips. You’ll be glad you did.