I used to build computers with my old Army buddy back in 2001-2003. We ended up going our different ways due to the military and I haven't done much with computers since. I recently got the bite to build again.
Good thing for me, parts haven't physically changed a whole lot in 10 years. Just this last weekend, I built a computer and for the most part, things started to come back to me pretty easily. The computer is built and is up and running. Here are the specs :
Aerocool XPredator X3 Devil Red Case
MSI Z97-G45 Gaming Motherboard
Intel i5 4690K @3.5GHz (3.9 with turboboost) 6MB cache
Patriot Viper III 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 2133 MHz
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SSD (for OS)
WD 1TB Black Edition (for storage)
Windows 8.1 Home
There are other little things here and there but that's the gist of it. I know it's not a beast yet, but I also know it's no slouch either. I would like to get it running as efficiently as possible. As time and budget allow, I will upgrade and add parts as desired.
I would like to get my laptop running better. It is a Toshiba Qosmio X875-Q7390 and here are the specs :
Qosmio X875-Q7390 Support | Toshiba
It updated itself to Windows 8.1 last year, but that might have only made me like 8 worse on a laptop. Whenever I start up from sleep, it will load to the Qosmio splash screen and just stay there. The only way to get it to load up is to hard restart it. Even then, it does not seem to be as fast as a higher-end gaming laptop should be. I was thinking of doing the SSD for the primary, and switching the hybrid to the secondary for some speed boost, and also maxxing out the RAM, but other than that, I have honestly no clue on the software side of it. I was seriously contemplating reverting back to Win7 and still might. I'm not sure. I'm just not a fan of 8.
Any suggestions on what I should be doing next? Which route to go? I am really wanting to get into the software side of things to understand it better, as I think I have the hardware things down pretty good.