So I finally did it. After months of thinking about building my own computer (and years of knowing it was probably time to start thinking about getting a new one), I ordered the parts today. I’m not sure that I actually saved any money in doing so, but one imagines that it will be a Valuable Learning Experience. We’ll see sometime next week.
A few years ago I took a class where the end result was to refurbish and network computers for labs in East St. Louis, which required working with donated and often not working parts. From that experience I know that I am capable of building a computer, and I am also confident that it will be a lot easier to work with all new parts. In the lab when we were refurbishing the computers we spent a lot of time digging through boxes of spare parts trying to find a working part in the correct size.
Wish me luck!