An Open Letter to Anyone Who Builds Computers

An open letter to anyone who builds computers.

Building computers is fun. I love to get boxes with the different components in them, lay them out, organise them, and put them together. I like being able to look at a computer and think, “I couldn’t have bought that in a store, it’s made exactly to my specifications.”

And that works great, up to a point.

It works until your supervisor at work comes up with a crazy idea to build a computer (but not a server) that will run as a server, with 32-64GB of RAM. And then orders all the parts, leaves the boxes all over your desk, tells you to put it together, and goes to lunch. And you read the instructions, and you figure out how to arrange the way too complicated CPU fan, and you keep dropping the screws, but eventually everything is ready to go. And you open the case to insert the motherboard.

And it doesn’t fit.

So, my dear computer enthusiasts/professionals/supervisors/etc, if you decide to order individual pieces to create a single computer, please make sure that the motherboard fits the case first. Otherwise you have half-connected computer bits sitting on top of their static proof bags, a very irritated IT technician, and no room to do anything else in an already overfilled IT office.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Geek Girl

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