This will be a short update on my PC building adventures, because there isn't much left to say, except this: I HAVE CREATED SOMETHING WHERE THERE WAS ONCE NOTHING. WORSHIP ME, PEASANTS.
As you may recall from my last PC building log, I discovered on Sunday that, even though I had done everything right, my Corsair CS650 power supply unit (PSU) had been dead on arrival.
I am building a computer. I never thought I'd write those words, as my crafting ability is typically limited to LEGO sets and coffee tables, but peer pressure from Kirk Hamilton and the Kotaku commentariat has convinced me to take on this lofty, ambitious quest.
Last week, I wrote that my PC building adventure would lead to a three-part series on Kotaku, unless something went horribly wrong. Well, my friends, it may not shock you to hear that something went horribly wrong.
After announcing that I was going to boycott Corsair, then doing some research on the best PSUs, I ordered a new Corsair RMX750 and started waiting. It was supposed to arrive on Wednesday, but as is typical for Amazon, it came in early, landing at my apartment building yesterday afternoon.
I had planned to cook dinner and take care of a few errands after work, but how could I possibly do anything else? As soon as I got home, I ripped open the packaging and plugged the new PSU into my machine, which had been sitting on my kitchen table, opened and vulnerable, for the last two days.
I attached all the cables and stuck it in its rightful place on the bottom of the case. Then I flipped the switch, seeing exactly what I saw the first time as the motherboard's internal aesthetic lights began glowing orange. Then, after a deep breath, I pushed the power button.
Suddenly, a terrible rattling noise began emitting from the machine. My stomach dropped and I began preparing to rip everything apart again, when I realised that it was just one of the wires dangling a little bit too close to the GPU fans.
I moved the wire, and then it hit me: The fans were actually moving. That hadn't happened before. After watching all three fans stop for a second and then start spinning again, I heard the beautiful sound of the motherboard speaker POSTing, and then, lights.
This might be the prettiest thing I've ever seen:
It was surprisingly easy to install Windows 10 on this new machine, and soon enough I had loaded it up with programs and games. I still have to do some troubleshooting — for some reason, my second hard drive isn't showing up in Windows even though the BIOS recognises it in the SATA port — but the hard parts are all done. I have come, seen, and conquered.
Within a couple of hours I was playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, just as the PC gods intended:
I spent roughly 10 minutes running into a series of increasingly small circles and then got shot and killed in 10 seconds, which I guess makes me a true PC gamer. I came in 17th place by doing nothing, so I can see why PUBG is so appealing.
Now I'm diving into Divinity Original Sin 2, and in the near future I plan to play Trails in the Sky the 3rd, The Division, and many other Steam games. In a few weeks I'll write a fourth and final log with some thoughts on PC gaming and how it's changed my habits. In the meantime ... BOW BEFORE ME.