So it all started out at my buddies house 6 months ago who had introduced me to Arma 3, and the PC gaming world as a whole. It was love at first sight. The flashy lights in his tower, all the tech components, glistening by the LEDs, the graphics, I was enchanted.... I had asked myself one thing, holy crap....Why have I been confined to console gaming my entire life. But truthfully, its so understandable. Console gaming is definitely more convenient, way cheaper, and much more practical, especially for the younger crowd.
So here I was, I had years and years of experience with console gaming and had not a SINGLE clue about PC gaming, all my friends purchased Xbox Ones. My buddy told me he would build me a PC when I was ready, but I just kept putting it off. I truly wanted to purchase an Xbox One. I had told him my budget was $1500. After some weeks went by, another friend of mine put together a $3200 litecoin mining rig. I stood there in his office staring at it for an hour....Literally no exaggeration. I was so eager to learn what each parts function was, how it worked, what it was called, etc. I must also note that I am very analytical as a person, and whenever I see something that looks decently complex, I become EXTREMELY eager to learn all I possibly could about it. I decided that day that I, for a 100% fact, had to build one myself. Helping me commit to this decision even further was the day I was extremely fortunate enough to have won an Xbox One, Day one edition, at a fundraiser. The story behind it is absolutely crazy, but to stay on topic, lets just say I bought an Xbox One for $5 =D
So the process began.
As many people may start out, I landed on Alienware's website. And I was thrilled by their extremely awesome prices and warranty service which they would send a tech to my house! So I bought my PC there for $3700!
I'm kidding. Lol.
I saw their extremely obnoxious and ridiculously marked up prices and instantly turned away. This sort of reinforced my need to research EVERY part, every detail, on my own. I wasn't spending this much money just to end up with buyers remorse. This whole researching process was bittersweet. I enjoyed learning and researching it all, but there are always, as with everything, controversial subjects in which I found much frustration. After weeks and over 30 -40 hours of research, I finally started to develop a pretty well rounded understanding of what parts were competent.
The assembly..... took me 10 hours.....I know, that's very long! I did not want to skip steps. This is my first time ever doing this. I read all manuals thoroughly, took my sweet time, and made sure that my cable management was on point. I think I did pretty well and I am more than happy with this build. I am begging my buddies to build PC's and I already convinced one to this summer! I am looking forward to doing this again. Awesome experience and I am glad that I completed this all on my own, its truly a great feeling! Thanks for reading guys. Let me know what you think.
P.S. Well to be completely fair, there were times where I was so tired of researching that I would land on Alienware's website again, lol. But I wouldn't let myself do it.