So I ordered a new power supply unit for my computer. Then I took a day to disconnect the hundred or so wires that’s attached to it, dragged it out of its hidey-hole, and opened it up. That’s where the fun begins. After that, it’s a matter of disconnecting all the places the PSU connects to and taking those wires out.
It was a lot easier in the days when one wire went to the motherboard, one went to the floppy, one went to a hard drive, and one went to the CD-ROM (if there was one). The hardest bit was the actual switch, which could be easy or difficult depending on the case.
Now it’s a lot different. There are at least two that go to the motherboard, at least one to the video card, and one or more to different hard drives. Then there are various extenders, splitters, or converters that may be needed for different case and/or cooling fans. But at least the power switch isn’t a problem, anymore.
Anyway, I ripped out the old wires and old unit. I screwed in the new one, re-routed cables, plugged stuff in, and then closed her up to give it a test drive.
It didn’t fix anything. Worse, I forgot to plug power into the Blu-Ray drive. Because there’s always one thing you have to forget to do.
So, I went back to my original problem of trying to figure out if I wanted upgrade and replace all the guts (minus the power supply, now) or just buy a computer and save myself the time and hassle.
Anyone who knows me (which is becoming less and less of a thing), knows what it a hoot it is for me to make a decision with anything involving one large lump of money. It takes forever. There are pros and cons to be weighed. Imaginary emergencies that may or may not happen that need to be accounted for. Finally, coming to a decision means… making more decisions.
In this case, if I decided, resolutely, to just buy a new computer, then which one would it be? Dell, HP, or Lenovo? Asus, Corsair, or CyberPower? Should it be an Intel build, or an AMD? The only thing I knew, is that I wanted a smaller case.
Which, by the way, led to the decision to just buy one. It doesn’t seem like anyone makes “desktop” style cases, anymore. They’re all “towers” of some kind. Perhaps I should say “pizza box” style cases. Maybe both.
So, making my own “small” computer would require fussing with a mini- or micro-ATX board or a mid-size tower case. Or whatever. I’m already tired just thinking about it.
The Alienware (Dell) Area-51 was in the running, just because it looks so damn neat. In the end, I decided against it because I’m pretty sure you’re paying over $1,000 for that case.
Anyway, to make a long story short, I ended up buying a computer. And it’s OK. Technically, it’s better than what I had. I should be ecstatic, I guess. I finally plunked down the money for a new computer (even though it’s not a 5K iMac).
In a way, though, it’s not the same feeling of accomplishment as putting one together, though, and fighting through all the stuff that goes on with it. On the other hand, my VR stuff works a hell of a lot better than it did. Probably even better than if I had gone through the motions. At least all this stuff was fully tested before I got it.
This has gone on long enough, though, and was supposed to go up last month. I guess I won’t manage one post a month at this rate. At least April will be covered! Maybe I’ll go crazy and post twice this month.