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7 things I learned once I built my first PC

Ben Patterson | July 7, 2016
Let my minor traumas be your teachable moments.

You’re going to want to build another PC
Ben Patterson

Dying to build another PC right away? A $50 Raspberry Pi might tide you over.

Within another day, I found myself back at PCPartPicker, fiddling around with a new parts list. Yes, I already wanted to build another PC, and if you’re a first-time builder, don’t be surprised if you wind up with the same urge once you finish.

Note: Instead of coughing up several hundred dollars to build a second PC that I didn’t need, I tackled some different DIY projects instead. First, I replaced the optical drive in my aging iMac with a solid-state drive, a $200-ish project that turned out to be far more difficult than building an entire PC from scratch. (Three trips behind my iMac’s 27-inch monitor and a failed SSD later, I finally got it done.) Next, I snagged a $50 Raspberry Pi, a circuit board the size of a deck of cards that can run Linux and even a pared-down version of Windows 10—just plug in a monitor, a keyboard, a mouse, and an SD card to get started. I'll let you know how that turns out. 


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