In order too build my master's project in Unreal Engine, I had to build a system more capable of handling it than my 5-year-old MacBook Pro. This gave me the opportunity to build my first PC in over ten years.
In addition to building my own rig, I've been in charge of building and maintaining several video game and VR development rigs at Georgia Tech. If I'm not programming, I'm probably working on some kind of hardware problem at home or school. It's a nice change of pace and I'm still close to the tech.