ETA Tech Talk: How to Build a High Performance PC (Free Event)

  • Sunday, September 25, 2022
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • The Great Room at BARN. Class code: EL092522JC
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Modern computer components enable hobbyists with only general skills to successfully assemble working PCs. Computer enthusiast, John Croxford, recently found he was experiencing long delays and frequent crashes when attempting to manipulate the large mesh files germane to CAD and games with his existing computer. To resolve this problem economically, John rebuilt an old computer with new components focused on processing and graphics power required to display these objects.

This talk will cover how John selected his components, ensured component-to-component compatibility, and assembled a machine that was tailored to his needs while saving a few dollars over machines offered by the major PC manufacturers. Armed with this information, others can use the same processes to build their own high performance PCs.


  • This class is free, but you must register. No drop-ins, please.
  • Ages 14+ are welcome.
  • This class is located in BARN's Great Room on the upper floor.
  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 


John Croxford joined the BARN in March of 2022 after retiring from a 38-year career as a propulsion engineer and manager at Boeing. Over the years he earned degrees from the University of Minnesota, Washington University, and Seattle University. He has resided on Bainbridge Island since 1997 and has been involved in Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, Cub Scout Pack 4547, and Boy Scout Troop 1565, as well as adjunct teaching at Bellevue College.


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