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I have been an avid PC gamer for almost 2 years now, but when I bought my PC I literally went to Best Buy and threw my 1000 dollars at whatever was worth 1000 dollars. Worst decision ever.

After the first 6 months of gaming on that PC I realized that my games weren't running at the "OMG 60FPS 1080P ULTRA SETTINGS" that I expected a 1000 dollar computer to run at. 1000 dollars is a lot of money.

I then started to realize how HORRIBLE the parts in my computer were. I'm running an i7 4790s which is really good but absolutely unnecessary for gaming. This spiked the price of my PC a lot when I could've gone with an i5 and put the money to my GPU, which was a 750.

I started getting EXTREMELY interested in hardware, and learning how exactly everything worked and what price/performance was etc. I became extremely confident in building PC's, even though I had never built one. I've upgraded from a 750 to a 960, and a 350w to a 500w. I will upload my build with pics on Christmas because there are gonna be some major upgrades going into it ;)

One day my friend called me on Skype and said "Hey, you know a lot about PC's, I wanna build one." He then went on to say that he had a budget of 800 dollars. I swiftly went on to PCPartPicker and put it together for him! He said that he knew what Skylake was, and that he wanted that no matter what. I tried to tell him that the price per performance was with the 4690k, but he was set on getting the "newest and bestest" hardware. Since this wasn't my PC, I didn't care. I made my final tweaks to the parts, then sent him the link.

Then he bought all the parts right there.

Didn't think twice, just dropped 850 dollars on a PC. It was one of the strangest but coolest things I had ever seen in my life. This was my chance to finally build a PC!

A week later, he got all his parts, and I went to his house. Now we finally get into the build (if you're even still reading this).

CPU installation, easy. RAM installation, easy. Cooler, pretty easy, but it took a lil bit of pressure and it was scary.

RANT TIME! F THIS CASE AND F THIS IO SHIELD!

We literally sat there for 30 minutes trying to shimmy the motherboard into the IO shield. We just couldn't get it to go through. After a while we said f this and literally bent the IO shield into letting us do what we wanted. Don't worry, we didn't break anything. This case didn't come with standoff preapplied so sadly my friend (before I came to help him) tried to install the motherboard without standoffs. He said he heard a crunching/cracking noise. Lmao. Anyways, there are also no 2.5 inch bays, which means we had to put in a ghetto 2.5 inch bay from his old PC into his new one, if he ever has to move his PC it will slide out. The fans included with the case are low quality and use molex power connectors. Ugly. This case is NOT user friendly and I would NOT recommend. Just get a 450D.

Despite his motherboard making a cracking noise and us running into some slight issues, everything worked! We booted it on and it ran perfectly! We installed all the drivers and could jump into GTA V within 30 minutes (he just took the HDD out of his old system and threw it into this one, no reinstallation was done).

It runs GTA V between high/ultra settings 1080p. That's the only tests I could conduct because I had to go home almost right after we finished building it.

I don't know how to write conclusions so all I'm gonna say is I BUILT A PC AND IT WAS GLORIOUS!

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Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 5 points

Interesting story. Well I'm glad it all worked out in the end! Definitely the most dramatic build I've read on here :P

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

Best Buy is the worst :(

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Best Buy? More like Best Lie Kappa. +1 cuz I feel u man. It's a scary process at first but after completing the build, it really does boost ur confidence through the roof.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Good story

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

It may be challenging at times, but it surely is worth it in the end.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

lol love the story!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I struggled with the I/O shield too :D

+1

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Worst decison ever... Agreed you NEVER do that

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Never do what?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Buying the overpriced prebuilt

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

U right

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, I had the same problem with my motherboard, which is the same as yours.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

WARNING I have had a very bad experience with Kingston SSDs. I had the V200 so the V300 might be different. First was the BIOS not seeing the drive on about half of all boots. Then the BSOD started, repairable at first but later required a reformat and reinstall of the OS. My SSD destroyed my OS multiple times and acted as if it was ruining out of erase write cycles after a year. The whole time my backup OS on my HDD was fine. The corruption and data loss got so bad that my games looked like the end result of a vinesauce video. After about a year and a half the drive would stop responding in the OS during high use (Downloading Garry's mod mods from the workshop) and the computer would just lock up but programs running from RAM like Skype and Chrome would not have problems. Final the drive died and i had an excuse to say "yo, parents my drive failed can I get an 850 evo". So far none of the old problem have arisen confirming that the SSD was the root cause.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a Kingston! Take Cover!!!!!!!! bombs drops

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

congrats on the build, but if you had done more research it could have gone better. But congrats nonetheless

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for sharing; I am new to all this and reading your story is helpful. I know I can do this I just have to get started!

Rich

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

That story bro ! :D