Yesterday I had a great time building a PC from scratch. A gamer worthy PC on a budget. My Son and I had a blast. It was exiting, scary and fun to do. All the ingredient for a good time if I may say so 🙂
First start by doing some research. I used Tweakers a lot for reviews and the pricewatch feature. I also talked a lot with collegues who do this a lot more than I. So my son and I became more knowledgable and started planning. With a lot of help (Mark thanks!) we came to the following list:
- Asus Z170 PRO GAMING
- Corsair DDR4 Vengeance LPX 2x8GB 3000 C15
- Corsair RM550x
- Fractal Design Define R5 Black
- Intel Core i5 6600K
- Logitech Desktop Cordless MK235
- Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64bit NL OEM
- MSI GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G
- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
- TP-LINK TL-WDN4800
We looked at the pricewatch and found the cheapest shop with highest ranking and we got the whole delivery the next day. But of course we forgot something vital, but also of course we didn’t know that…
As we found out when we got our delivery is that we didn’t know everything :-). The i5 processor is an unlocked version and that seems to mean that we do not get a cooler with it. But of course it needs one! I was lucky to find this out the day before Christmas and my son an I could still buy one in a actual store. The explanation we got was that when buying an unlocked processor the producer expects you to start overclocking it and that consumers want a custom cooler because with overclocking the stock version would not be sufficient. I have to believe that explanation because I lack a better one and I just don’t know.
We also forgot a DVD player because we almost never need one, but we did for installing Windows 10. Also luckily, these things are not the most expensive things out there so after a small trip to the store we were ready to start building.
A first for both of us. My son a complete first and for my, well, I had tinkered a lot with computers but never build one from scratch…
My son and I had an agreement to not lose patience and to check, check and double check everything.
And that is what we did. Manuals in hand and start building!
It is actually not to hard to do, but if you do it for the first time everything goes slower and you need to read a lot and stuff. My Son was a real trouper and stayed with the project till the end. We started building at about 12h30 and we finished up at about 22h30. Yes a long time but better that than bowing up stuff we payed a lot for 🙂
The build went smoothly but I also have to say that manuals are not always a great at explaining things. We used internet a lot to see if we were doing stuff right. I love people making how to movies.
Moment of truth
When we finished the build we had the exiting and scary moment of pressing the power button and expecting it all to start. I must say that my hart-rate went up a notch. I even called a colleague to tripple check our build by asking a lot or questions we had to answer correctly 🙂 but after that my son did the honours and pressed the power button.
No glitches no nothing. It worked the first time and we were of course very happy. We entered the bios and say all that we expected to see. Running fans, memory, HDD and SDD end everything!
Well after that we only had to get Windows installed and get playing!
I have to say that installing Windows 10 also went very smoothly. This I had not expected but as a Mac man I have not installed windows in quite a while. It seems that windows also did some evolving :-).
If you want to save a lot of money and like a bit of adventure. Build your own PC! It is great fun and you can build quite a beast for around 1500 Euro.
Oh and you really want to game a lot a cordless keyboard / mouse might not be the best choice 🙂