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Couple Bonding Through PC Building 465

mikemuch writes "When his lovely girlfriend Glenda needed a new PC, Jason Cross, who spends much of the week assembling PCs with the latest gear to test for ExtremeTech, decided he would let her build it herself. She gave him her list of needs, he came up with a part list, and then watched as she did all the screwdriver wielding herself. Despite a DOA hard drive and some mis-connected wires, everyone was smiling when it was all finished. (Slide show here.)"
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Couple Bonding Through PC Building

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  • reality (Score:5, Interesting)

    by User 956 ( 568564 ) on Wednesday August 08, 2007 @02:36AM (#20153039) Homepage
    When his lovely girlfriend Glenda needed a new PC, Jason Cross, who spends much of the week assembling PCs with the latest gear to test for ExtremeTech, decided he would let her build it herself.

    This article doesn't read so much as "hey guys, it's possible for a girl to put together a PC", so much as it reads "Hey guys, look at my girlfriend. No, really, I have one. Let me show you her."
  • Re:How is this news? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Xiroth ( 917768 ) on Wednesday August 08, 2007 @02:38AM (#20153051)
    Yeah, this really comes across as slimey geek porn. I'm as sex-starved as the rest of the inhabitants here, but putting something like this up on the front page is just...ew.
  • Schools (Score:2, Interesting)

    by n3tcat ( 664243 ) on Wednesday August 08, 2007 @02:45AM (#20153087)
    This is the sort of thing that should have been introduced in schools ages ago. Especially with the number of outdated computers they've gotten rid of. These would be perfect fodder for hardware classes.

    And it really doesn't take more than a couple hours for all the kids to get a hands on experience with it.
  • by nick_davison ( 217681 ) on Wednesday August 08, 2007 @03:10AM (#20153239)

    She gave him her list of needs, he came up with a part list
    Her list ran:

    Run Word or another word processor for college stuff
    Heavy Internet surfing (multiple windows)
    Store and play plenty of music
    Store and manage big digital art files, including many-layered Photoshop files
    Operate quietly
    Play the latest games without turning details way down
    Dropping $400 on a GPU when gaming is at the bottom of her list then skimping on $100 of memory when she's trying to run large PSDs on Vista screams of a gamer who once again ignored what he was being asked to get in favor of what he thought was cool.

    2GB of ram will just about get Vista running with a little left over for smaller PSDs. The size PSDs she's talking about will be thrashing the hard drive to run. Doubling that ram up to 4GB, what's generally regarded as the sweet spot for Vista anyway, and dropping to a $300 graphics card would serve her far better for her main needs and let her still run pretty much any modern game with pretty decent quality settings.

    But, hey, he gets to reassure himself it's a sweet gaming rig with that quad core processor and the 8800. Just a shame that was lowest on her list of requirements and likely added after a few rounds of, "Are you sure you wouldn't like to play games? I know they're not your main focus. But surely you'd like the option, right?"

    Even ignoring that she plays Civ IV and Oblivion (both of which will run just fine on much cheaper hardware), he commits a cardinal sin amongst gamers too: He bought what he figured would be great for running a game in the future (Spore), not what was needed for her level of gaming now. Spore won't be out until sometime next year and probably late spring at the earliest from what they're saying. That $100 off the GPU now wouldn't cost her much right now, would get her the memory that would really aid her, and she'll likely want to upgrade to whatever the latest and greatest GPU is in a year's time for Spore anyway. At that point, it'll be pretty much guaranteed that $300 on nVidia's 9xxx series will beat $400 on the 8xxx series now and have whatever fun and exciting new features the 9xxx series has that nVidia worked with Maxis to get in to Spore.

    It's cool to share building their PC with your girlfriend/wife/mother/friend/anyone who wouldn't normally build one, giving them a real sense of ownership and achievement with their new PC. But fooling yourself in to believing they need what you think is cool, rather than actually listening to their needs, is a great way to undo a lot of that when they realize they got you something cool rather than built what was right for them.

    And, yes, this comes from a guy who sat there while his wife tapped on dozens of keyboards because she figured I'd make sure it simply worked and so the most important thing to her was the keyboard felt right. To me, that was crazy. To her, it was what mattered. So, crazy or not, I listened and made sure she got what felt perfect to her.
  • by QuantumG ( 50515 ) <qg@biodome.org> on Wednesday August 08, 2007 @03:14AM (#20153257) Homepage Journal
    4GB of ram as a "sweet spot".. just to run the OS.. is beyond crazy. Personally, I hope Microsoft drop support for XP early in an attempt to force people to upgrade to Vista, sending droves of people off to run Linux (or at least a Mac) and completely kill themselves in the market place. It's just insane.

  • by ypps ( 1106881 ) on Wednesday August 08, 2007 @03:31AM (#20153319)
    Now we're talking! You could make a whole website around that idea, honestly.
  • Re:How is this news? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by arashi no garou ( 699761 ) on Wednesday August 08, 2007 @07:41AM (#20154555)
    I understand the whole "slashdot geeks have no girlfriends" joke but really, why wouldn't a geek have a geeky girlfriend? I'm a geek, and I have a cute geeky girlfriend. We met online, she got me into World of Warcraft, and she is better at repairing laptops (soldering included) than I am. Each of us tried dating (and eventually marrying) non-geeks in the past and it never worked out; when we found each other it was a perfect fit.

    As for this being front-page /. material, I'm not so sure it deserved to be. Digg is probably more appropriate in this particular case.
  • by achbed ( 97139 ) <sdNO@SPAMachbed.org> on Wednesday August 08, 2007 @09:38AM (#20155655) Homepage Journal
    I think this is a great idea. If everyone who owned a PC was required to assemble it, we might have a more tech-savvy computer user base. Obviously this wouldn't work for large businesses, but for home?

    There's a huge amount of learning that goes on when just assembling a PC for the first time, let alone picking parts. The first thing to go is the "Where's the hard drive again? That big box under my desk?" type of questions. The next thing that goes is the "I can't do it! You click the mouse for me and make it work" mentality. Computers are not rockets (anymore). They're commodity parts thrown together in a case, running (for most systems sold today anyway) a crappy OS that most ppl find "ok". And assembling the system by hand would give most people the vocabulary to talk intelligently about their systems.

    Not to mention the social (gasp!) aspect of putting a computer together. You can learn a lot from someone just having them help you - and that help makes a bond. Maybe we geeks could benefit socially as a group if we all had manditory "help the neighbor assemble his/her computer" day.
  • Re:How is this news? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by knightf0x ( 218696 ) on Wednesday August 08, 2007 @12:06PM (#20157771)
    Does she have a sister?

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