I am a 3rd year CS undergrad from SoCal, currently employed in an IT internship @ the city my university is located in.
I built my first PC in January 2013 when I was around 14 years old, salvaging as much as I could from the Acer Aspire X3400-U4032 that I'd been using up until then. Before the Aspire, I'd been running on an ASUS EeePC 1000HE, and before that, a Compaq Presario SR1408HM. The latter was my first ever PC with just 256MB of RAM, making the ASUS netbook w/ 2GB RAM, a gift from my uncle, a very welcome upgrade.
The platform migration from the Aspire's AMD K10 to Intel's Ivy Bridge was prompted by Apple's move to a 64-bit only OS when they released OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion in mid-2012. Up until that point, AMD CPUs without the essential SSSE3 instruction set could work with OS X via various workarounds developed by the Hackintosh community; this allowed me to run OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard comfortably. With the Intel build, for awhile centered around an i5-3470 and later, towards the end of it's service, an i7-3770K @ 4.5GHz, I went through every version of OS X from OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion up until macOS 10.13 High Sierra, and every tier of GPU imaginable: (Intel) HD 2500 > (AMD Radeon) HD 5450 > HD 6770 > R9 270X > GTX 970 > GTX 1080
Getting my first job working on campus as a student tech opened the door for me to initiate a constant circulation of computer parts that were acquired on /r/buildapcsales and /r/hardwareswap. Out of these parts came my youngest brother's gaming rig, my mom's Hackintosh, my twin brother's main desktop, and the living room VR rig. Though I did not pay for them, I was heavily involved in the construction of my dad's main desktop and my cousin's editing rig. Also during this time was the acquisition of an ASUS FX502VM-AH51, which allowed me to play even more demanding games, including VR, than the ASUS X555LB-NS51 that I had gotten as a birthday present.
After a semester abroad I wanted to do an extensive tech upgrade, which of course included my main rig. The full story regarding the new build, dubbed 'True Jedi', can be found in my Completed Builds page. My youngest brother also got a considerable upgrade, in the form of Leafraider's Lounge.
I am a proud Christian, and aside from computers, I like to play tennis, hike, and travel.
Of course, a story about computers is never usually apart from a story about video games. I started out playing games on my uncle's SNES, and slowly moved up the Nintendo roster until we eventually switched to the PS2. That's when I had my first exposure to shooters, playing games like Transformers, RoboTech, and Star Wars Battlefront.
Another uncle of ours later acquired a PS3, and we'd head over to his house to play LittleBigPlanet once in awhile. He eventually handed the PS3 down to us, and that's when the second wave of shooters came around, in the form of Ghost Recon and CoD. For awhile, shooters were all I knew, and when I inevitably tired them out, I stopped playing games for awhile and shifted my attention more to tennis and, of course, PC's/Linux/Hackintosh.
It wouldn't be until I moved from an HD 5450 to HD 6770 that I'd even considered gaming on my PC. After all, controller > KB/mouse, or so I thought. And then I found Skyrim. All of a sudden, score, kill streaks, and KD ratios mattered way less than exploring this vast new world, completing quests, and unraveling all kinds of story-lines. My gaming focus completely shifted away from shooters, instead now solely on this new game; I even stepped up to an R9 270X to accommodate higher settings and more mods.
It would continue on like this, until some guy on Imgur
forced convinced me to try Dragon Age: Inquisition. This was the next great shift, focusing less on exploration and more exclusively on story; a series I never thought I'd like I'd ended up going back and playing all the way through. I'd later go through various other titles like Mass Effect, Star Wars: The Old Republic et all, and BioShock.
With school/work getting harder/busier I tragically report that I no longer have 30-50+ hours to burn on a story game, but one way or another, I would very much like to get through the growing backlog that I've acquired!