I sure wish I was paid for that kind of work...
Anyways, not all train work is actual train work. Aside from building a pile of freight cars that have lingered for too long on a shelf. I've been working on building a computer for my workbench.
After buying my first computer back in 1999, I've always built my own PC's. I picked each component that I wanted, not what Dell or at the time Gateway wanted. I'd assemble all the parts and then install the operating system and needed software myself. Building and troubleshooting my own PC's was a good learning experience that has lead me to nearly completing a 2 year degree in Computer Science, with an emphasis in Cisco Networking.
When my laptop that I used to program DCC Decoders died, I knew I needed to something more permanent for my workbench and the future layout. Luckily I upgrade my main PC with higher performance parts every few years, so any cast off components can still make a pretty decent computer, especially for a basement workbench.
My new PC was built in one evening mainly with parts from my previous PC build and a spare PC case. A dying monitor was also reused by soldering in new capacitors, saving some more money in the process. Only a new hard drive, an inexpensive video card and about eight replacement capacitors for the monitor were purchased totaling maybe $110, if I remember to send in the rebates.
These are the parts that went into this build
- Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3Ghz
- MSI P35 Neo2 Motherboard
- 4GB of Ram
- 1TB WD Blue Hard Drive
- EVGA Nvidia GeForce 730
- An extra MSI DVD-RW
- A spare PC Mini Tower Case
- Surplus old mouse and keyboard
- Resurrected Samsung LCD monitor
|The new basement PC at home on the corner of my workbench. My large main work light is turned off to make a photo so all washed out.|
The last few were a very cheap eBay win(?) of three built PRR H-21a hoppers with upside down parts and glue marks everywhere. I thought I might be able to improve them and give them a good weathering job to hide any remaining imperfections. So while software was installing I began popping off the upside down parts and sanding down glue blobs.
|Tips for car building: 1 beer limit, read the instructions and easy on the glue!|
Of course this was discovered after already building my two PRR H-22 kits...
Anybody want to trade for 2 built PRR H22 hoppers?