An interview with RJ Toothill by Grace Mahony
How did you become interested in computers?
I really don’t know… it was some YouTube video that I watched.
What inspired you to build your own computer from scratch?
I found a channel about mostly building computers and stuff. It just kinda caught on from there.
How old were you when you built your computer? Was this a challenge or asset?
I was ten and it was a little hard to comprehend stuff like knowing what each value & gigahertz meant
What was your favorite part of the process and why?
Shopping for the components. The store had everything like boards and ram. It was awesome.
Do you want to work with computers when you grow up?
Yes…either in programming or something in assembling computers.
How long did it take to build your computer?
Alright, this is hard to explain, but it should’ve taken eight hours, but because we had a faulty mother board, it took us about a week to diagnose that it was a faulty mother board. So in all it took about a week.
Can you walk me through the basic steps?
First you want to know what you want to do with the computer. For example, video editing, you’d want a more beefy computer for rendering. Then you’d research and you’d find what specific specs would fit that. So you’d need a better processing unit and not as much ram. And then you’d shop for the components, build it, and make sure it posts or puts an output to the screen. And then install the software.
How do you begin such a big project? Research. You need to do a lot of research on it.
Did you have any help?
My dad helped put in the smaller components and the ram. Rams are kinda hard to install.
How did it feel when you were finally finished?
Relieved mostly because we actually found the problem for it not booting, which was the broken mother board. And accomplished just cause the feeling that you built a computer.
Are there any parts of the computer that were your personal choice?
Actually, the personal touch was we bought another hard drive so we can put two operating systems on it, which was mostly our choice…it wasn’t required.
What advice would you give to other kids, who want to work with computers?
Do a lot of research, watch videos on it, like actually watch someone build the computer and find out what each component does.
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