After a long 13 years of just console gaming, I decided to build my first PC in order to play all though steam games I bought last year during the infamous summer steam sale.

I attended PAX East this year and during the expo, I got the chance to see a ton of sexy PC builds. It kind of was overwhelming but it got my hype to build my own machine.

After getting back from PAX, I began vigorously researching the essentials to building a PC. I found r/buildapc to be extremely helpful. Anyway, during this time, my brother told me his PC was not “working” anymore so I suggested I’d build him one as an experiment. He agreed and bought the parts I told him to purchase. When I went home, I took a look at his old PC and the problem was the RAM had fallen out of the slots. I snapped them back in and problem solved. But I still wanted to build a PC and so I tried to make that a reality.

The parts my brother bought were not ideal for gaming at all so he ended up returning most parts. What I kept was the case, power supply unit (PSU), and optical drive. I bought a motherboard (Mobo), CPU, RAM, and SSD from Amazon but unfortunately, when I received the CPU and RAM, I noticed both had been used (the CPU still have thermal paste). So my plan to build a pc during my spring break was postponed until after I graduated.

The Build

When I got home, after two long months, I built my first PC.

Here are the specs:

  • Case: Corsair SPEC-02
  • CPU: Intel i5 4690k 3.5Ghz 1150
  • Mobo: MSI ATX Z97S SLI KRAIT Edition
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16gb 1866
  • GPU: MSI GTX 960 Gaming 2gb
  • SSD: Samsung EVO 850 250gb
  • PSU: EVGA Bronze 80+ 500w
  • Rosewill RCX-Z300 92mm Ball CPU Cooler
  • Fans: 4x Corsair Air Series AF120 LED Quiet Edition

The build process was actually really easy. It took me around two hours to finish the build since it was my first time dealing with cable management. When I first built it, I installed three fans but then decided to buy another pair since they looked cool with the LEDs and all. This gave me a chance to rethink my cable management and now my PC close nicely.

Thoughts?

I have been using my new PC for two weeks now and it is great. The SSD has the OS booting in seconds and I can finally play games like Saints Row IV, Skyrim, and Dead Space with ultra settings and smooth frame rates. I am delighted to be part of the master race and cannot wait to build another PC.