Sergio Felix's Computer

New Custom Built PC

I finally did it.

I just finished building the new computer.

It is not a super computer but O.M.G. this PC could practically fly if it had wings.

Well… maybe not but still, is a pretty darn good computer.

And the best of all, is that I feel so happy that I can only laugh (in joy) at my situation right now but it wasn’t like that a few days ago.

The Computer Problem

There is always a time when you can only work as fast as your computer allows you to.

You open an application or save a project, even render a video production, all regular tasks for an Internet Marketer right?

Well if you have to wait for insane amounts of time for each of these common tasks to complete, then you can be potentially missing out a lot on your creativity/productivity times.

You may be even losing a bit more than just great ideas in the process.

All because of a slow computer.

My problem was a little bit bigger than that though. I was not only waiting for long periods… I couldn’t even record any videos on my computers.

It turns out that my main computer died on me about a month and a half ago or so (I don’t even want to remember that) and when I found out that I couldn’t do anything with my ’emergency desktop computer’ nor with the old macbook that I have, I started freaking out.

I was in a position where I actually needed to start creating my first products, shooting a lot of video and I had nothing to work with.

Why So Serious?

why so serious

I did not give up though.

I tried to make my videos work as hard as I could.

But I always ended up with choppy videos, playback always out of sync, the computer sometimes would freeze after basic video editing… It seriously started to feel like both of my computers had this evil plan against me.

…why so serious?

I wasn’t… not until I got massively frustrated from losing a very important video file.

The old macbook decided to reboot in the middle of a video renderization and needless to say, the video went to digital limboland and of course… I did not have the source file available anymore. (thanks Murphy’s Laws!)

It then, became a living nightmare and yes, I also got very serious about it.

It actually got so bad that I decided to quit trying to create a video-based product and then some more rage thoughts later, I snapped and decided I was not going to do anything at all until I had a decent computer to work with.

My stress levels went through the roof and I had to shift my focus to keep myself under control instead of trying to be actively creating content.

Rocking With The New Custom-Built Computer

And then everything changed…

Hell finally froze over and now we can all laugh about it (even uncontrollably if you please!)

I managed to get some extra cash and decided to invest on a new computer, it took me sometime to put all the pieces together (long story) but it is finally working now.

I won’t get technical about it (but you can ask me anything techie in the comments section if you need to!) but I based the new computer on a very expensive Mac, then decided to buy the best parts I could find (and afford) for each component and I built my own high-end PC.

This what I ended up with…

Computer Assembly Process

Here are a few pictures I took while building the computer. (nothing fancy, just a few fun shots)

New Computer Parts

Computer Assembling

Desktop Case Internals

GeForce GTX560 Video Card

Inside Desktop Case

Learning Genesis Framework

Crucial M4 Solid State Drive

SSD Mounting Bay

Computer Case Internals

Windows 7 64 bits Screenshot

 

Conclusion

As you can see, the machine is solid fast, stable, runs with beautiful smooth transitions and man, the sky’s the limit right now.

I haven’t said this but the blog was put on hold because I seriously couldn’t accept the fact that I couldn’t work properly.

Now I guess is time to get back to the lab and all I can say about this, is that I can’t believe I waited for so long to get a decent computer (oh yeah, lack of money… I almost forgot that detail… lol)

Also before I forget, tomorrow I’ll test drive a few other new electronic gadgets and if I have enough time I will publish something about it here on the blog.

I’ll try to beta test some video resources on the weekend and I’ll start raising the bar by a lot on each day starting next week.

Take care guys and gee… I don’t know exactly what is going to happen from now on but I’m sure it’s going to be BIG and we will all enjoy it!

Sergio

PS. I ran on the treadmill yesterday (three days in a row now) feels amazing to be back.

About The Author

Sergio Felix

Hi, I'm Sergio Felix, founder of Marketing With Sergio. I work full time as a digital marketing expert for the retail industry managing a team of experts in departments of SEO, SEM, front-end web development and conversion rate optimisation and in my spare time I love conducting offline digital marketing workshops and teaching other entrepreneurs how to build and maintain business oriented websites with WordPress. I'm highly passionate about blogging, writing, music, jogging, entrepreneurship and personal development.

17 Comments

  • Patrick Griffin

    Reply Reply March 22, 2012

    Hi Sergio,
    This looks super cool.
    It is good that by doing it yourself you get exactly the machine you want and get to save money too.
    I can’t wait to see what you do with it.
    I bet you are going to be very busy from now on.
    P.

    • Sergio Felix

      Reply Reply March 22, 2012

      Hey Patrick,

      You’re right man, I’m going to be VERY busy but it will be fun and stress-free busy! ;-)

      PS. I’ll throw-in the geeky stuff (computer specs) tomorrow as I’m on my way out right now but thanks for letting me know about your interest.

      I didn’t think people would get interested in that to be honest. (bad assumption lol)

  • Justin Ledvina

    Reply Reply March 22, 2012

    I’m jealous how much did it cost to put this PC together?

    • Sergio Felix

      Reply Reply March 22, 2012

      Hey Justin,

      You wouldn’t believe how cheap this actually is.

      I’ll give you the details tomorrow as I’m already running a bit late now (have an appointment lol) but I can assure you, you won’t believe it.

  • Linda

    Reply Reply March 22, 2012

    SUPER! I am so happy you are back in business. Was it really a month and a half, didn’t seem that long!

    Hey can you tell me more about the Zoom camera (I think it is) that you got?

    So, you have a mac that you redid and so tell me how much you paid versus the $4,000??

    Looks like it is running at an awesome speed.

    Thanks for updating us Sergio!!

    Linda

    • Sergio Felix

      Reply Reply March 23, 2012

      Hey Linda,

      I’m not sure if I lost my main computer a month and a half ago but it surely felt like an eternity to me!

      The Zoom product that is showcased on one of the pictures is a portable audio recorder. The camera I’m currently using (for videos) is the Flipcam Ultra HD I reviewed before here.

      The only Mac that I own is an old 2.4 GHz Macbook, the new custom built computer is a PC and I paid (rough guess) less than USD $1500 for it.

      This system has some serious hardcore processing power inside and even though I’m not interested in praising its capabilities in public, I will surely update you guys on the techie side whenever I feel it relevant.

      I did not timed the 7 minute video exporting that you can see on the post but I just went for a glass of water while I started exporting it and when I came back the video was ready to go.

      I’ll write a little bit more about this, since others are getting interested in knowing further details.

      Speak soon Linda! ;-)

      PS. I signed to the security tips on WordPress you recomended. Oldie but great site, thank you!

  • Dan Sumner

    Reply Reply March 23, 2012

    Looks like Christmas came early in the Felix house!

    It just goes to show Sergio, when we give it 100% effort it all pays off in the end.

    I have a top spec Mac book pro duel booting with Windows 7 and it’s awesome power. I don’t use my desktop much at all.

    It’s only bombed on me once when I was running Camtasia, fireworks, Wacom Bamboo, adobe reader, Firefox and FileZilla all in one video screencast.

    Try that as a load test. If you can flip from one window to the next with all that running while recording you are in business :-)

    Great to see you back and happy Sergio.

    Dan

    • Sergio Felix

      Reply Reply March 23, 2012

      Hmm that’s interesting Dan.

      I wonder what can I do to record using all of those programs… I don’t think FileZilla can drag a lot of resources but I could definitely work something out with the rest of those apps.

      Going to figure something out right now, well… after breakfast! ;-)

      Giving 100%… yeah man, it totally has its rewards.

      Is definitely not easy to never give up but… Hey, if we gave up on the first hurdle then what gives? (The bad thing is that I have been jumping through a lot of hoops for a while now haha but I’m not going anywhere!)

      Thanks for the kind comments Dan, really appreciate them and I’ll see if I can do something that kills two birds with one stone! :D

  • Cararta

    Reply Reply March 23, 2012

    Oh to be so Smart and Motivated……all at the same time and getting the “Do it Now” Working.

    The Sky is the limit.

    • Sergio Felix

      Reply Reply March 23, 2012

      Thank you Carolyn, I surely am super motivated and happy now (finally!).

      I’m really lousy at speaking good about myself but thank you for your kind words and yes, the sky is the limit now.

      Take care Carolyn ;-)

  • Joe Lampo

    Reply Reply March 23, 2012

    Hi, Sergio! Congrats on your success with building the new computer, having it working, and being back online, tending to your blog. Needless to say, I am also happy that you were not in harm’s way of the quake that occurred earlier this week. Thanks God for those blessings!

    I am working on tweaking the Genesis Framework. It’s basically all done, but I am exploring how to put a video and a couple of images on the blog page in the locations that I want I’m not Geeky enough to know that off the top of my head! Hey, if I have a question or two, I’ll toss them your way. Stay well and keep on bloggin’!

    • Sergio Felix

      Reply Reply March 23, 2012

      Hey Joe,

      Congratulations on starting your work on Genesis!

      For inserting an image on a post, is the same procedure for any other wordpress theme (or framework).

      For inserting an image on a widget (like in the sidebar area) there’s a little bit of HTML involved but it’s very easy too. If you’re having problems with this, just shoot me an e-mail and I’ll be more than glad to take a look for you.

      As for inserting video goes, I use a plugin called Youtuber (it’s a very simple and free wordpress plugin).

      You just copy and paste the youtube URL and select where you want the video on your post and that’s it. Again, if you need any help with this, I’m just an e-mail away. ;-)

      Take care Joe and thank you for your concerns and kind comments. ;-)

      PS. My whole family and myself are OK. We were really far from the earthquake but I used to live there and I remember my building wasn’t too strong.

      • Joe Lampo

        Reply Reply March 23, 2012

        Thanks, Sergio, for your reply. Glad all’s well with you and the family.
        I appreciate the info you offered. I’ve already downloaded the YouTuber plugin and will upload it to the site later tonight. I do most of the work on tweaking the blog after all the kids go to bed! We have 5 adopted kids (one of them in California since he turned 18); the other 4, all teenagers, are with us, still in highschool, but when they turn in is when it is quiet enough for me to work with full concentration, if you know what I mean!

        I’ll keep you posted on developments with the site. Your kindness is much appreciated. Best regards, and best of success in your work.

        • Sergio Felix

          Reply Reply March 23, 2012

          Hey Joe,

          Well I don’t have any kids (yet) but I have to deal with all of my neighbors’ kids and believe me, they can get LOUD when they want to.

          Thank you for your comments and hope you have a great weekend too!

          PS. Can’t wait to check out the new site ;-)

  • Jens P. Berget

    Reply Reply March 23, 2012

    Hey Sergio,

    Wow. I could never have done something like that. I remember the times when I changed a hard drive, ram and a graphic card (apx 15 years ago). I believe I messed up everything, and it should have been the easiest thing in the world :)

    By the way, are you using a PC and a Mac now, or just PC?

    • Sergio Felix

      Reply Reply March 24, 2012

      LOL Jens,

      You’re a pretty smart guy, I know that with just a little bit of reading you could put a PC together very easy I believe.

      The only “tricky” part is wiring the front panel to the motherboard. Apart from that, everything else is really straightforward.

      I’m currently using two desktop computers (PCs) and one laptop (Macbook) that runs on both systems (MacOS Leopard & Win XP using Bootcamp)

      And that’s basically it my man, how have you been dealing with Genesis, all good?

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