While using a macbook pro as my only computer for the past 4+ years and missing out on so many titles that I wanted to play, I made a promise to myself to get a kickass pc for gaming after I graduated from college to make up for lost time.
Being my lazy self, I originally planned to just buy a prebuilt system online (e.g. Cyberpower, Origin) and call it a day, but that quickly changed after realizing how much they markup and how limited their customization options are. Initially I was hesitant about building my own system because I’ve never done so and was worried that my clumsiness would lead me to break my GPU or motherboard or both but yolo..
Through using mostly youtubers (s/o Bitwit, HardwareCanucks, Linus) and online forums, I gained an understanding of how each component works within the system and started to envision how I wanted my pc to look. At first I was certain that I wanted an RGB build because why settle for one color scheme when you can have all of them? But over time, I became more interested in a cleaner silver and white build that was a bit more subtle and didn’t scream gamer.
Part Selection: After deciding that I wanted a 1440p gaming rig capable of high framerates, choosing components became pretty easy. Although my GPU, PSU, and MOBO are probably a bit overkill, I wanted to stick to the theme and also futureproof my build as much as possible.
Building: My build took a bit longer than expected (split over a couple days) mostly because I wanted to work slowly and triple check that everything was being installed correctly. Also, since this was my first build, I wasn’t sure what the optimal order of installation was, so I inevitably needed to uninstall and reinstall several components throughout the process. Ultimately, I can safely say that there’s no better feeling than powering up your system for the first time and seeing everything come to life all at once.
Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the outcome and was genuinely surprised that everything went so smoothly (no major troubleshooting or RMAs needed). After finishing, I liked the red accents in my build and decided to make it star wars themed (specifically First Order). Really glad that I eventually grew the balls to build my own system, and thank you for taking the time to read!
Miscellaneous Notes: Pricing was a bit cheaper than listed because I gradually ordered the components while checking prices daily over a period of two months. The Dell S2417DG was perfect for me with its smaller display, 1440p resolution, 144hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, G-sync, and comparatively low price. Cable management is a serious POS to deal with for a first timer and took longer than expected (the back still needs work). Since I have no experience overclocking, I’m letting my MOBO autoclock for now (stable 5.0ghz at 1.382V core voltage). In my case, the drive cage needed to be removed for the 280mm front radiator, which I didn’t expect. Got the evga powerlink but ended up not using it because it partially blocked the “hybrid” lettering on the GPU. Purchased a top panel mod from ModMyMods for airflow and aesthetics. Needed a WiFi card because ethernet doesn’t work in my apartment - rip. While I wait for my custom mechanical keyboard from Massdrop, I decided to get a temporary budget keyboard from EagleTec that works great for the price