I built my first computer back in 2013 after months of leeching off my cousin's rig to play BF3 at max settings. I guess he finally got tired of it, because one day I found myself forced into an office chair with a Newegg tab open on the screen. I had been a console gamer pretty much forever, but after I got to try a real gaming PC for the first time, it didn't take long for me to realize just how long I've been browsing the bottom shelf.
Of course I'm joking, I still love a ton of console titles, but I had gotten a taste of what could be and I needed a permanent fix. My first computer, like most people's, looked like someone tried to make a cat's cradle with the PSU cables and quit halfway. The parts were cheap, it was as future proofed as an old iMac and absolutely no RGB was to be found. Ahhhh, simpler times. Despite all it's quirks, it was my first PC and I was damn proud of it, even if it couldn't run Crysis.
Since then, my skills as a PC builder have obviously had time to grow. I have since built two more computers of my own, on top of an additional two I built for friends. Although I initially decided to build a gaming PC to...well...play games, I quickly realized how much fun just the process of building the thing actually was. From choosing parts and researching benchmarks, to holding your breath for a post screen, there are few other hobbies as masochistically satisfying.
Building computers has taught me a number of new skills and even introduced me to new friends. For that reason, I know that I'll probably be building computers 'till I'm DOA. Something that changes and evolves so quickly and always seems to have something or someone new around the corner will never fail to entertain.
So, for you reading, firstly, how the HELL did you end up here? Seriously though, if you're new to this wacky world of sockets, clock speeds and gratuitous LED's, I have this to say: take you're time, have fun and most importantly, welcome to the master race ;)