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I had a great time on Know How this week were I put together my PC live!
Build your own PC! Find out how to pick components and put together your own custom machine.
This is a project that every nerd should try – building your own PC. The first thing you should figure out is how you want to use your machine. Chad Johnson volunteered his system for our episode and he wanted a very powerful video editing and gaming station. The skills you learn in this episode work with any kind of PC – from a budget PC to a gaming rig.
Chad also wanted his machine to be a hackintosh eventually. His main resource was TonyMacx86. The site tests out all kinds of components to make sure they will work with Mac OS X. Here is a complete list of the parts Chad used for his machine: PCPartPicker.
To figure out how big a power supply you’ll need, use a power supply calculator. If you plan to expand your system over time, get more power than is recommended.
Building a PC is actually surprisingly straightforward. Every area of the motherboard is labelled and its instruction manual will have a detailed map.
Here’s how we went about building our PC:
- Install the processor on the motherboard.
- Install motherboard into case.
- Install the heat sink. First applying a small amount of thermal paste on the processor (about the size of a pea, but no larger) in the center and place the heat sink on top. The heat sink will spread the paste along the processor.
- Install the power supply.
- Route power cables to components.
- Connect the rest of the cables (SATA cables, etc).
- Install your RAM, graphics card, and hard drive.
It’s relatively difficult to mess up the install as components only fit a certain way into the motherboard. If there is resistance, stop and check what you’re doing.
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Over the past 2 months I have been working on a new personal project. OMGcraft, it a show dedicated to minecraft and the community around it. if you would like to be updated with new episodes every week people head over you OMGcraft.com. The latest episode is Minecraft for noobs, check it out:
This Dragon*Con year was exhausting and incredibly fulfilling. My favorite part was meeting all of the internet faces in person. I had a great opportunity to cover the parade for Bleeding Cool with Bill Meeks.
The story: I bought a Belkin backpack while on the road with work. In December both zippers failed to work and I felt gypped. Luckily Belkin has a return program on their website. Hooray I thought, I will get my beloved backpack in working order again. Well 2 months, 6 emails and, a few disappointing phone calls later I am not satisfied.
The backpack that I bought was a sleek, usable, and comfortable backpack. For my work I need a backpack. While on the floor at CES or setting up equipment for an interview I need something that can carry all my stuff and not get in the way. This backpack was perfect, its slim profile really made be appreciate the design that belkin put into this backpack. Understanding my love for this backpack you can see my disappointment when a few months later, both zippers on the large compartment quit working correctly. What seemed to have happened is that the plastic on the zipper teeth was deformed making the zipper head to rub the other teeth, causing, after a while, the zipper head to not push the teeth into each-other correctly. I never took a picture of the problem but here is an image that sort of looks like the outcome:
I was bummed, and being it was in December I was traveling home to see my parents when the backpack became completely unusable. Luckily because it seemed that the problem was because of some manufacturers mishap I felt comfortable sending it back to belkin for a replacement. Using their warranty replacement webpage was simple and my spirits were high that this was going to be a carefree operation. I sent it away the day after christmas.
A week later I get this email:
Oh great. My RMA is canceled. You already have my backpack! Well certainly the person at the UK office can help me… or, maybe not. I tried every combination of that number and I couldn’t get through. I used my google voice number, my normal phone number, I used a few country calling code services on the web to make sure that I was formatting the number correctly. Nothing would work. It also didn’t make sense to me that a belkin employee would need to have their costumer call another belkin office. Don’t they have a connection to the other belkin shipping houses? Also isn’t that what a Customer Care Representative is supposed to do? Call around to get the customer their product?
I had just got home from vacation and CES ,the networks biggest show, was staring me in the face. Also I didn’t have a backpack. Because of the work schedule it took me a bit to reply:
Two days later:
No explanation or apology. Just a short curt email. And before, what was the email about not having the product? Your just confusing your customer. Whatever, I am getting my backpack back. I have gone from frustrated to happily frustrated.
Until I got the package:
A briefcase?! That is not my backpack, that is not even a backpack! I can’t use a “Toploading Laptop Carrying Case.” Thanks belkin! Well because I have been talking to that Cristina Rep, I am sure she can work things out…
No reply… So two weeks later assuming the curtness from the second email I got from her, maybe she had sent something and forgot to tell me.
No reply… So one and a half weeks later:
No reply… now it is the 28th I am beyond frustrated and in-to this is the worst company in the world territory. I decide to call (have fun finding that number – Belkin has hidden their support phone number better than Blackbeard hid his loot). After explaining my story to a rep (forget his name) there was no acknowledgement of my frustration or apology for the way that my clame was handled. He just said that he could ship me another backpack. My original type of backpack? NO. A much less expensive, less quality backpack. the backpack that I bought was $60 (I use my backpack a lot so I spent some good money) this backpack, $34. Oh, and instead of shipping it right away they need me to ship the briefcase first or give them my credit-card number. I guess that they are afraid that I would steal from them, who is stealing form who blekin?
In conclusion, Belkin has sent me on the worst customer experience trip I have ever taken. I will never buy a belkin product again for fear that I will ship them a defective product and they will keep my stuff for months until they send me a lesser product. You should never buy a belkin product too.
UPDATE: I really nice lady from belkin gave me a call. She said that they would be happy to replace my backpack with a new model that is worth more. They are also refunding my money for my first backpack. I am much happier with the situation now. It stinks that I had to go through two months of this to get the outcome that I wanted. But it seems that once the appropriate person was told of the situation they were happy to make things better.
As I write this I am exhausted and euphoric. My last post was about the game on beta episode, well two months later here we are with the first episode. It has been two weeks of 12+ hour days, with no weekends, and CES in the middle of it all. I have never worked harder for anything in my life. To say the least, this has been my baby.
There are problems with this episode, mics not working right, there are some segments that were moved around in post, our video in-to’s are too long, and we are a little content light. These are all problems that will be fixed… at some time.
All of this is to say, that when I got home today, after a last 18 hour grind I felt so good that I had to write about it. The reason I feel so good is obvious, I am proud of the product that we put out today. But also I am happy with the feeling of pushing myself to just at the limit, and pulling off what I wanted to do. Luckily it just gets easier from here. It is like putting a down payment on a house, you pay a lot upfront, but the payments after are do-able.
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Don’t live comfortably,
This is a beta episode for TWiT’s new gaming show Game On! Most of the intros don’t have audio and there were technical problems, but here it is.
If you would like to participate with the show join us here:
The first episode will be on January 15th 2012
Just recently had a great time on ION (In Other News). We talk smart watches, quick charge cars, new box for your tv and more.