While I’ve always been comfortable with technology and the likes but when it comes to the hardware aspect, it always feels and sounds so very daunting that I would be absolutely clueless.
CPU? Motherboard? GPU? PSU? Where does one even start?
So this past weekend, I decided to change that.
After reading through several tutorials (this one in particular) and spending considerable time perusing the SLS parts price list from HWZ, coming up with my own dream list of parts and then deciding to make the cheapest yet functional build and revising the list again.
At one point, I was even planning to buy everything via Lazada (I didn’t. In fact, I actually made 3 trips down to SLS for 3 consecutive days).
The funny thing is, at the end of the project, my final build is actually very different from my initial planned build, no thanks to the product availability at SLS or my lack of knowledge in terms of parts compatibility.
For reference, here are all the parts I bought for the absolute bare-bones machine;
- Cooler Master Elite 344 ($51)
- Asus Prime B250M-C ($154)
- Intel Pentium Processor G4560 ($101)
- Crucial 4GB DDR4-2400 ($69)
- Cooler Master MWE 400W ($55)
- SanDisk SSD Plus 120GB ($80)
- Seagate 2TB 3.5″ Barracuda/200rpm ($87)
- Asus PCE-N15 Wireless-N Pci-E Card ($39)
It’s currently running on Linux Mint as its main OS and I’m working on setting up a Windows 7 VM with the ability to share files between both the host and child.
The CPU fan is a bit noisy (maybe?) but at least it’s functional eh? Have also learnt a lot and hopefully not repeat the same mistakes (thorough research to ensure complete compatibility) for next build (probably not soon).
Addendum: It was a joy using Linux Mint, with the ability to accomplish so much more easily via the terminal and I can totally live without Office and Photoshop. However, regrettably, despite the hours of headache I’ve endured to try to export everything perfectly over to Rhythmbox/Clementine/Amarok and due to my crippling reliance on iTunes and uncertainty on compatibility with my iPhone synchronisation (not ready to give up my finely curated iTunes music library for Spotify just yet), I’ve made the decision to give up on using Linux Mint as my primary OS and gone back to Windows.
Addendum 2: If it seems like I’m spending more time playing around and setting up the OS rather than actually working within the OS, you are absolutely right. Came across Manjaro, yet another Linux distribution purporting to be a more user-friendly option based on Arch and I couldn’t resist trying it out.
For my challenges in maintaining my behemoth-esque music library, I’ve settled on Banshee for the full library, manually re-creating my playlists (unfortunately unable to get the import function to work properly). For synchronisation with my iPhone, I’ve settled on accomplishing that with an instance of iTunes running on my Windows 7 VM. That took some work but I am glad to share that I’ve gotten it to work flawlessly in its current form.2018-01-07