The year 2022 is now the year of the new PC! I built my current PC about 10 years ago. After considering a new purchase I chose to build it myself rather than buy a prebuilt. I got help with that build but the advice given gave me a PC that stood the test of time. Currently it continues to be a solid machine, however older chipsets now stop me from running newer software. Particularly things like Adobe Creative Suite programs don’t like my CPU or GPU anymore. It is time to build again.

Building for the Future

Since my first build I’ve since built three additional PCs, one small form factor, and upgraded a prebuilt. Building a PCs biggest advantage is being able to build form the future. With today’s GPU prices and shortages I didn’t think I’d be building a new PC this year. After researching the AMD Ryzen 5700g and finally doing a build for a friend with that APU I decided it was right for me. With the power of this APU I’d be able to start using the additional tools I need as well as get better performance with the one’s I’m using.

In due time GPU’s will once again be affordable and available and that will hopefully coincide with the point at which I need more power. That’s not to say I’m not doing some early power prep. I decided to go with 32GB of RAM right off the bat, which should help with Adobe and Blender projects. The goal eventually will be to max out at 64GB. I’ll be going with a 1000w power supply to give myself plenty of overhead. A large case will give me plenty of space for storage, with five 4TB drives going in right off the bat.

Not Forgetting the Past

You may be wondering what about the PC that was so good for so long? Not to be put out to pasture that PC will take on a new role. Although it will be stripped of most of its storage it will be formatted to dual boot Windows 10 and Ubuntu for web development projects and courses from the Odin Project. It will also continue to serve my media conversion projects as it’s my only DVD/BluRay drive! No longer in full active duty but it will be the core part of my new PC workstation/ workbench.

Enjoying the Present

I feel this is the best time to build the new PC. I am still early in my programming process that it won’t hamper any projects or put any at major risk. It will also hopefully allow me to work a little faster at times. Additional storage will allow me to organize files and projects better and have plenty of room for additional games to play as well, for that inspiration! I can’t wait!

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Graduated from Penn State in 1998 with a Bachelors in Marketing. Worked at The Mall at Steamtown in Scranton PA for 13 years.

In January of 2015 I started working for Jewish Family Service in Scranton, PA for a new position as Coordinator of Marketing and Development.

In 2016 I acquired my Social Media Certification through Hootsuite, In 2020 I was Certified in Blackbaud eTapestry, and in 2022 I obtained the Community Manager Certification from Facebook.

Over the past two years I have been taking courses in drawing and design, computer programming and learning to play the guitar.