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About ProbablyProdigy

About Myself

My name is Zach and I live in the beautiful state of Colorado in the United States. I have a wide variety of hobbies including computers, gaming and cars. PCs are my biggest hobbie next to cars. I currently drive a 17’ Ford Focus ST with a custom Stratified tune, Cobb turbo-back exhaust, methanol injection and some other minor things. I haven’t put it on a dyno (closest is 250 miles) but I would imagine she’s somewhere around 280HP and 320 lb-ft of torque which is a whole lot of fun in a small, lightweight, versatile hatchback. For work, I am a Ford/Lincoln Sales Consultant at a non-commissioned and non-negotiating dealership.

I built my first PC only a few years ago but I have learned an enormous amount about hardware/software since then. For my first build, I had a budget of $800 which I had saved during a summer job when I was 17. That $800 budget had to include an OS and all peripherals since I was new the world of PC gaming. My first PC consisted of an Ryzen 3 1300X and 1060 6GB. It certainly got the job done and allowed me to play most titles at 1080p60. I was happy with it at first until I wanted more which was only a few months later.

Before building my first PC, I was a console gamer of 12 years so initially, it was rather difficult to convince myself that a gaming PC was more than likely worth the hassle and expense. When I started to get serious about it, I spent probably 100 hours doing nothing but watching build tutorials on YouTube or watching hardware reviews. During my research, I came across PCPartPicker and that’s really when things escalated. 15-minutes after posting on ‘Create a Part List For Me’ all of my frustrations were resolved by this awesome community. Since that day, I have built 5 systems (three were personal) and I am now a very frequent member on PCPP. I still haven’t had an opportunity to build a custom water cooling loop but I have plans!

My advice for anyone considering building their first computer: don’t be intimidated by the process. You’ll learn that it’s actually rather easy to build it. Take your time with the part selection and build process. If you try and rush it, you’ll get frustrated and it won’t be as enjoyable. Also, have a realistic budget .Don’t try to get a 1080p60 gaming PC with all peripherals and the OS for $300.


Current PC:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor $294.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte - X470 AORUS GAMING 7 WIFI ATX AM4 Motherboard $229.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3466 Memory $170.98 @ Newegg
Storage ADATA - XPG SX8200 480 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $116.77 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $79.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB XC ULTRA GAMING Video Card $569.99 @ Amazon
Case Lian-Li - PC-O11 Dynamic (Black) ATX Full Tower Case $145.59 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $117.39 @ OutletPC
Case Fan be quiet! - SilentWings 3 PWM 50.5 CFM 120mm Fan $19.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan be quiet! - SilentWings 3 PWM 50.5 CFM 120mm Fan $19.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan be quiet! - SilentWings 3 PWM 50.5 CFM 120mm Fan $19.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan be quiet! - SilentWings 3 PWM 50.5 CFM 120mm Fan $19.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan be quiet! - SilentWings 3 PWM 50.5 CFM 120mm Fan $19.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan be quiet! - SilentWings 3 PWM 50.5 CFM 120mm Fan $19.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1865.43
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $1845.43
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-17 15:03 EDT-0400