Rant: Building a computer sucks!
After carefully packing up most of the components of my old PC from Texas and bringing them back with me to Seattle, I eagerly looked forward to the prospect of getting a new (SMALLER) case and rebuilding my rig. Considering all I was replacing was the case and PSU, I figured it would be a breeze. WRONG!
A lot of things have gone wrong. First I ordered a smaller case thinking everything would fit, only to find out that my graphics card would no longer fit due to the added height of the PCI express connectors. After contemplating paying $100 for a downgrade, I decided to go all in and downgrade all the way down to a $45 dollar card. Why? Not a a graphics hound and this will give open up the possibility of an upgrade down the line. That took forever to arrive and in the meantime I decided to put together my rig and use on-board graphics in the meantime.
That would have been fine had my motherboard not decided to start repeatedly beeping all the damn time. Seriously. There is no bios code for a repetitive beep! After going back and forth with ASUS, they suggested it might be a PSU issue. Not surprising since the PSU that came with the case I bought is known to explode when you attempt to pull max power, so I decided to order a new PSU, test it out, hope that fixes it, and if not, then I'll have to RMA my MOBO.
The PSU was supposed to get here today, except that UPS says it is in Seattle, but held up due to inclement weather. It' cold here. And that's about it. Freezing temps is not inclement weather.
TL:DR - I'm hopefully a day or two away from a running rig, but if not then it might be another 2-3 weeks depending on how long it would take to RMA the MOBO.
This has drained any desire to game on the laptop. To add to that, I ordered a cool new DJ controller to play with and when it gets here I open it and then realize my hands are coated with some sort of sticky substance on the bottom of the controller. Not normal and disconcerting. I mean if this was something used from Craig's List or Ebay I wouldn't be surprised, but a new electronic from an authorized retailer shouldn't require you to wash your hands off after holding it. That's going back too.
In the meantime, I'll hopefully get enough time in with my new gaming headset to post a review and maybe I'll even play a game or two after I finish idling for cards.