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(This build was from 2013, sorry for the lack of pictures)

This was the first PC Build I ever did. I was about 13 or 14 years old and I wanted to play Minecraft and modern titles. It didn't have to be nicely, but I needed something better than my piece of crap Toshiba laptop I was using at the time.

I had my cousin, who knew more about computers at the time, to help me build a computer for really really cheap.

Don't do this. Please.

He tried convincing me, but I didn't have a job and I couldn't afford to spend more than the 390 some dollars I had saved up from my birthday and Christmas and (maybe) a little begging to my parents. He knew very well the parts he was picking weren't the best, but I didn't care. I bought the parts, and I was excited.

This is where the screw-ups begin. I'll just list all the problems that happened throughout this adventure I had:

  • Faulty power button. My dad had to help me re-wire the power to the reset button instead. I don't know why I didn't get a refund on the case, lazy. Also, the airflow sucks really really bad. Worst case ever. I don't miss it at all. I think it was the cheapest one available.

  • I fried my on-board graphics causing my computer to randomly shut off while playing intense games. At first, I thought it was my power supply but after buying a new one I realised I had to suck it up and spend some money on actual graphics. I picked up the cheapest I could find, a GTX 650 and it worked great for 1366x768.

  • Only one of my PCIx16 slots worked. I had my 650 in the bottom slot.

  • When I upgraded my keyboard to a Razer Anansi, it had to be unplugged from the computer before I could turn the tower on for some reason.

  • Ran out of room on my primary HDD (who would have thought) and I bought a 1 TB.

It was a great learning experience, if nothing else. The pictures above were the various setups I had for it over the 2 years it was my main PC. The parts are still in use today surprisingly, I used them to build really cheap builds for some friends. In my current rig, I still have the original ram, DVD drive, and power supply (Corsair CX500M) in my main build today.

Thanks for taking the time to read this! I had been meaning to put this on for a while now. I've built so many computers using this site but I never got around to sharing them.

Feel free to ask any questions!

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I know you may not be proud of it, but a look inside the case would've been interesting :P It would also be nice to know what your current rig is and/or if are you planning upgrades.

Anyway experience always comes at a cost, I really prefer first builds like yours compared to these guys that spend 2k right away for their first machine, there's always something to learn.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

If only I still had some pictures. This computer is long gone, hahah. Imagine a bunch of cables stuffed in a corner.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Share some builds, And any tips im starting my first build and im 14.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

besides a case, which I'm going to get a cheap but decent one at a local computer store, I think I have a decent build,( besides a gpu, which I bought from someone else)

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  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

On a similar note, don't drop stupid amounts of money on Razer products. Green LEDs and snake triangles don't make your computer perform better.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I used to be a Razer fanboy. I kinda regret it but the mouse shown in the last picture has done me really well. Still using it today.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Razer stuff is usually pretty decent quality, just not good enough to justify the price. XD

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope you use a better keyboard now than the one that's shown. Those Dell keyboards are for the apathetic.

This was really interesting to see though. My first "gaming" PC was a Compaq Presario CQ5320F with a Radeon HD 5770 that I slapped in, and I was really happy with it, though that may have been because I had no standards at the time. The case, motherboard, RAM, processor, and again the graphics card would be replaced over the course of a year. To this day I've only ever replaced one or two components at a time, making it a real life ship of Theseus.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I got a Vostro 400 kinda like that. I'll be putting that up on the site soon.

As for the keyboard, those things last forever. I have a soft spot in my heart for those trusty Dells.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

"Some Bad Thermaltake Power Supply" xD nice build m8 +1

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a prebuilt heheh jk

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I would take a picture if I could. Like I said, this build was made a while ago and I never thought of getting any good pics.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, most of it's parts are long gone. they're all scattered through a bunch of other computers I've built. The only part I still have from it is the power supply, HDD and ram, haha. Oh, and a green case fan I added in later.