I've always wanted a PC, but I didn't really know anything about building or the parts associated with them. My laptop keyboard "D" key finally gave up after 4 years and that was the tipping point. I couldn't game on it effectively anymore or do my homework and it couldn't play Dota 2 or go through smokes on CS:GO without slideshowing haha so I finally decided to get a PC rather than buy another ~$850-$1000 laptop. After a good month and a half of doing research daily, participating and reading the entire daily questions thread on BAPC, asking questions on the IRC channel, and religiously browsing /r/buildapcsales , I've finally built my first PC! I couldn't have done it without all the resources and help I've found here! You guys are awesome!
Another picture album can be found here: http://imgur.com/a/XdQR3
Some thoughts on the process:
- I started at 9 PM thinking it would only take me ~3 hours. Took me 7 hours instead! A lot of referencing the manuals and youtube videos (although I've watched plenty before actually building but when actually building it for the first time gave me second doubts), figuring out where the pins go and what they actually do, asking questions on the IRC channel, and a few breaks for my lower back.
- I had some trouble inserting pins / connectors and wasn't sure if I was applying enough pressure or if it was really connected. I wish there was an audible click since some of the connections looked not all the way in but they work. The Corsair Air 540 is an awesome case to work with! The standoffs were preinstalled and the secondary compartment where my PSU and cables go is so spacious that I don't even need to do cable management! I love the simple cube design as well.
- Funny moments around picture 13, 14 & 18 on the imgur picture album. Read the description!
Notes: CPU + MOBO bundle from Microcenter. The case fans came bundled with the Corsair Air 540 case from TigerDirect. The 23'' monitor was from Best Buy. Everything else came from Newegg!