I have always been a computer guy. I grew up with an old 386 and my father always tried to keep us up to date with the most modern equipment. In my college years I fell out of sorts and only used computers for projects and such. Once I moved after college I started getting back into it.
I bought my first Pre-Made system when I got to GA it was an Going Out of Business special Sony Vaio. It was an OK machine as far as pre-built’s go. It lasted me only about 6 months when we moved to a house it got jostled and never booted again. I then decided to build my first computer. We lived very close to a Microcenter so I shot over there and picked up the parts. I wound up with a nVidia 5 Series Motherboard 4GB of Ram and a E6750 CPU. I used my Viao’s case and PSU and got it up and running. Over the next year I added and upgraded eventually getting a real case, PSU, and some new HDD’s. I also got into Over-clocking around this time. It was tinkering with Ram timings that I blew up my first motherboard, luckily it was covered under warranty and they sent me a new MoBo! A month later that board died from a known issue with the series. By this time that series was almost dead anyway so the company sent me a next-gen board. By now I was running a Q6600 and Sli graphics.
That build lasted me almost 6 years. In ’14 I rebuilt from the ground up again. I grabbed a Haswell CPU and new Motherboard and am now sitting with a very nice fast rig. i7 4770k @ 4ghz, 16GB Ram, SSD, 2*GTX660 GPU’s. Im on a break now and am hoping that this rig will last just as long as the last one!
All the spare parts didn’t go to waste however! I built a Home Server with spares and leftovers. Its currently Hosting this website, my daughters website, and all the content for our Media Center.