This year I’ve set quite the challenge for myself. This year I’m going to build my own gaming PC. My current set up is around 3 years old now (with the exception of the graphics card) and it’s time for an upgrade. It’s difficult to know where to start with building a PC and if you’re like me and lack confidence I thought I would share my own experience/story of how I am getting to grips with how a PC works and how to build one (if you already know the answers then stick around the story is entertaining if nothing else!)
Building your own PC has at times been described as being like “adult lego” its in theory easy and all the youtube videos and other sites I’ve checked out seem to agree but I would be lying if I didn’t admit to being a bit daunted. As a gamer I have almost always played on PC but I don’t have any real working knowledge of how one works so if you’re feeling the same and wanting to build a PC you’re not alone! I’m lucky that I have a friend who’s offered to help and who is somewhat more knowledgeable than me.
My lack of experience with PC’s has lead to some unfortunate if not amusing mistakes and there’s one big one that I can’t believe I made looking back on it. I had just opened up my PC’s case for the first time ever and noticed it was dusty. Being unawares of the danger I decided to use a mini-hoover (vacuum cleaner) to clean off the dust. *sorry to all the experts already cringing at this story! Naturally hoovers create static electricity and static and electronic components don’t mix. So in my first ever time messing around with my PC I managed to destroy the graphics card with a hoover.
However, it was nothing if not a moment for learning. I did my research on why my computer wouldn’t run, discovered it was the graphics card and diagnosed the cause on my own. I then did my own research and bought a new more powerful (but still reasonably cheap) alternative. I still wasn’t confident enough to replace the card myself though so paid a local company to fix my PC. So progress was made I guess.
My first major leap forward with getting to grips with a PC is when I decided I wanted to get a new case. I bought a case I liked and then decided that I would replace the case myself. Very carefully I disassembled my PC taking pictures of everything so I would remember where it was from and taking care to avoid static (this time), within a few hours my PC was taken a part and I began to reassemble it in my new case. To my surprise everything fitted back together as intended and when I booted it up it still worked!
My PC has sat in it’s new case for a few years now and I am ready to upgrade. This time I am taking on the challenge and building my case from scratch. I intend to share on my blog what parts I chose and any tips/advice I pick up for the aspiring PC builder. So far I have been using PC Part Picker which my friend recommended to help me select parts and get an idea of price! Its a great site I’d recommend. Stay tuned this year to see how this story develops and if you have built a PC or would like to share your experiences, tips and questions in the comments below!
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