- 72 months ago
Since I first got my Voodoo 3 when I was 11 I've wanted to build my own PC. I just never committed to spending the cash. 16 years later and now that I can afford it, I'm just gonna go for it. I have little experience building (just changing ram and video cards over the years) and somewhat working knowledge of PC hardware. I chose and ordered these parts after playing around with it for about 3 days. Probably didn't do enough research, but I had to commit or I'd never have gone through with it.
Anyways, I was going for about a $1,000 budget but ended up spending a little over that. Just looking for "most bang for buck" in terms of performance and comfort in that it can run most newer games at decently high settings. I wanted to have a lot of room for upgrading later for fun and try out this overclocking stuff. New hobby. I don't know how well I did in that respect and in comparison to experienced buyers and builders, but maybe I did O.K.? Here it is:
CPU => I've always had intel growing up but I bought an AMD laptop a year and half ago and many people have commented on its speed. It's also been a very reliable computer (I use it for work). So anyways, I told myself if I ever build, it'll be AMD just for cause of that, and for the hell of it, and it's something different than all my previous desktops.
CPU Cooler => Like I said, I've never overclocked but want to learn. Looks fun to mess around with, so I got this. Popular it seems and good reviews.
Motherboard => Again, like I said, I want to be able to keep upgrading this my first build as maybe a hobby. This seemed like it had a lot of slots/options/tweeks it has or could have.
RAM => not much to say here. 8GB is solid I think. However, I do have a story. I originally ordered 2133 MHz not thinking and then realized MB only supported up to 2000(O.C.) I panicked and started googling, freaking out, but learned that it didn't matter: RAM would at only speed of MB and processor (seems fishy). Didn't matter - I still cancelled order and reordered for these 1600. I just don't want to risk anything for my first time building.
SSD & HDD combo=> Friend and video told me to try putting Windows on SSD and the rest on HDD. Heard it was lightning fast, and it seems like fn to have an SSD; learn something new and just another part to learn to install.
GPU => Ok, ok. I'm not a crazy gamer (anymore). I still wanted a badass gpu cause I used to be all into it when I was younger. But, I also am not into it like that anymore, so I wasn't trying not to go overboard with unnecessary power and, not to mention, cash $$. Figured this was good inbetween, and won't it still play WoW on max settings and a lot others? I mean, it's pretty sweet card, right? Also, I've never owned Nvidia -always radeon. So I also got this to be different. Also, SLI and xfire weren't around back in my day, so I had to get something for that just to check it out later as an upgrade.
CASE => Had similar design and layout to the Newegg building video guide.I wanted to use this case to follow along with video to help me build it. Also, case had good reviews and a friend recommended Fractal. (Kinda wish I had window now though - can you buy window side wall separately later?)
PSU => 650W fully modular. Maybe wasted wattage but cost the same at 550W fully modular. I definitely wanted fully modular cause it's my first build and seemed easier to deal with.
Optical Drive => Not much to say here. Good reviews.
Please let me know what y'all think. Should be receiving parts in the next few days. I'm really pumped but kind of nervous about putting it all together. I know I'm gonna run into some issues/complications/frustrations. I feel like all the little fans you got to plug in on motherboard is gonna be a pain and making sure everything it plugged in right places. However, after watching several live build videos, I'm starting to get used to it. So again lemme know what y'all think and any tips or advice. Thanks.