It’s been years since I built one from scratch, and I really did enjoy the process. Until it came time to fire it up, and nothing happened. So I can totally understand…
…because what should have taken a few hours ended up taking the entire weekend, tracking down the problem. Turned out it was a simple omission on my part (can’t remember exactly what it was, but it was stupidly simple). I would do it again if I had to, but I’m getting too old to be that frustrated again.
Thing is, I had built computers from scratch before without any trouble at all, but the idea of making one simple mistake causing me so much grief kind of put me off.
I still like to do the occasional upgrade though (PSU, video card, memory, additional hard drive), and these days, you pretty much need to know how to do that much. But upgrading those things is fairly foolproof, and generally goes off without a hitch. Primarily because I tend to upgrade just one thing at a time, so if something doesn’t work, it’s far easier to track down.