I had spent two hours hunched over my kitchen table with a mess of cables, manuals, and empty boxes surrounding me. Now, here I was on my hands and knees under my desk. I plugged in the power cable, no fire or sparks. I flipped on the power supply, and a light on the motherboard came on; that was a good sign. I placed my finger on the power button and took a deep breath, moment of truth. I pressed down. Nothing. I pressed down again and felt it click this time. Fans began to spin, lights lit up, and words began to scroll on the monitor. I had done it. I had built a computer.
Building a computer from scratch is something that I have wanted to do for quite a while now. It is a task that can certainly seem quite daunting at the beginning. There are so many options when building a PC; it can be difficult to just choose one. When I finally made the decision to build my own PC, I started doing a lot of research. If you are going to be spending a lot of money and time on something, it is important to do your homework. All of my research paid off when I started having to make actual decisions for the build.
One of the biggest questions that needed to be answered was price. I went back and forth about this a lot. On the one hand, I could afford to get all the parts for a budget PC build almost instantly. I would be playing PC games before I knew it, but I knew that I would probably be upgrading it soon as well. On the other hand, I could have a very nice PC that would not need upgrades for a long time, but it would take a while to save up for it. Ultimately, I decided that if I was going to do it, I was going to do it all out.
Before long, I had my completed wishlist on Amazon. I had it all laid out in front of me. The only thing left to do was wait and save money. I got lucky in that I had a birthday not that long ago. I was able to cross off pretty much all of the big ticket items by either outright getting them as gifts or through using money I received to buy them. After that, I got lucky with sales. My case was on sale during Amazon’s Prime Day (the only good sale I saw), and the RAM I wanted was half off one day while browsing. Eventually, I only had the smaller items left. After some deep contemplation, I decided to calmly set aside my adult sensibilities and buy them all at once. When all the packages came in, I was like a kid on Christmas morning. I now had all the parts. It was assembling time.
I had never put a computer together. I had swapped out hard drives, RAM, and the occasional optical drive, but that was pretty much it. I was a little hesitant to start connecting all of the expensive components I had bought. The most nerve-wracking moment was when I mounted the CPU onto the motherboard. If I had messed that up, it would have been a lot of money down the drain. Thankfully, it all went smoothly. It took about an hour and a half to two hours to get everything installed. When I finally hooked it all up and saw that it was working, I was on cloud nine. I have never been so happy to see fans spin.
If you have been thinking about getting into PC gaming, are looking to set up a media server for your movies, or just want a ‘clean’ set-up for your computer, you should look into building your own PC. It is straightforward and pretty much just plug-n-play. You will just need to decide how much you want to spend on it, and what you want to use it for. After that, you will be able to find plenty of resources online. You can even send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be more than happy to help.
In case you were wondering, here are the specs for my set-up:
CPU: Intel i5 4690K
Motherboard: MSI Z97A
SSD: Samsung Evo 500 GB
HDD: WD Black 4TB
GPU: Nvidia GTX 970
PSU: Corsair RM 750W
Monitor: Samsung 28 in. 4K
Mouse: Logitech G502
Keyboard: Corsair K70 RGB
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