I have many hobbies such as motocross, photography and cars but my primary interests are computers and gaming. I've always been a huge nerd and I've been a gamer since I was 4 or 5 years old when my mom brought home an original Playstation 2 when I was very young. That was the day I was hooked.
My console cycle was PS2, PS2 Slim, PS3, PS3 Slim, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox One X and then finally it happened: PC.
I was always aware of PC gaming and its benefits but I never plunged into it because it always seemed like such a daunting task. The idea of buying all of these expensive parts and having to assemble everything and then to have the potential headache of software or hardware issues later on just never seemed worth it to me. In my mind, I always liked the idea of a console more because it's plug-n-play. Nothing complicated.
However, when I was 17, I decided to save up some cash during a summer job at a local mechanic shop. I managed to save about $700 and I decided to spend that money on a gaming computer. At 17, I didn't have many responsibilities so it seemed like a great idea! So, once I had the cash and once the idea was seared into my brain, it was time to get an understanding of what I was about to do.
I must've spent more than 100 hours doing absolutely nothing other than researching. Watching build videos, part reviews, forum searching, etc. That is actually when I came across PCPartPicker. I posted 1 topic on this website and somebody helped me out immensely. They gave me suggestions, answered all of my questions, made me a list of parts and WHAM! All of my frustrations and concerns were instantly gone by the help of this community. I was no longer worried so I pulled the trigger and ordered everything.
My first build consisted of a Ryzen 3 1300X, Asus Dual 1060 6GB, 8GB of RAM and all inside of a white NZXT S340. Since then, I've built 4 personal computers and 2 computers for others.
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