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.
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.
Hello all! I have some great news about my future and the future of one of my favorite new media companies!
First, for over the past year I have had an amazing job working for a one-of-a-kind person, Brian Brushwood. I was in charge of many things, from moving the live magic show around, to working on live internet coverage at some of the bigest conventions in the world. Working for Brian was rewarding and challenging in ways that I couldn’t have ever imagined. So first I would like to thank Brian for his friendship and tell anyone who will listen that the only reason I am where I am today is because of his generosity.
With that said, on June first I will be starting a new job as an Associate Producer for one of the biggest new media companies in existence, TWiT. Not familiar with TWiT?
Needless to say, I am extremely excited about working for such a great company. My new responsibilities at TWiT will include producing current and new shows, working logistics for live events and anything else they can throw at me.
So I have made it a goal to write down everything that I am doing to try to make myself a success on the internet. This includes researching what works and doesn’t work, reading about goal setting and management, personal finance, and finding out what I need to be good at for “internet entertainment” to work for me. And then become good at it.
Step 1: Re-branding.
For a long time I have been known as KrazzyDude07… What a terrible name! I came up with it in middle school, it is truly the equivalent of LunaticMan69 (except that one is spelled correctly) If someone asks where to find me I have been saying “crazy dude 07 spelled with a ‘k’ and two ‘z’s” No one will remember that! Also that gives me no room to grow, when I am thirty I DO NOT want to be known as KrazzyDude07.
So the new username is OMGchad. It is easy to remember, easy to spell, it works with my brand, it has my name in it, and it can grow. When I am older I can drop off the “OMG” and just be Chad.
Also “just be Chad”. For a long time I have introduced myself as “Chad Johnson”. This causes problems with douche bags because of Chad ‘Ocho Cinco’ Johnson. But it also doesn’t fit with who I am trying to be. I am trying to be the personable guy that I am, like everyones friend. You don’t know friends by their first and last name. You know them by their first name or a nickname. So last name NO MORE!
It is little things like this that get you thousands more followers. That is it for step one!
Tip: If you are trying to do this whole internet thing, think about who you are. Don’t try to be someone else, be you, but think about what your strengths are and play to them. There will be more about that later when I talk about vision.