Live Video Recap: AMD Llano Blindfolded PC Build

Subject: General Tech, Systems | June 23, 2012 - 06:04 PM |
Tagged: video, llano, blindfolded, APU, amd

Well, we did it!  Today I successfully built an AMD A-series APU based computer while blindfolded LIVE.  At the start of the event I went over the various components used for the build including the AMD A8-3800 APU, MSI A75 motherboard, Corsair 550D case and 650 watt power supply and more.  After showing it all, I wrapped a scarf around my head and went to work.  

There were quite a few more hurdles than I expected including spreading the thermal paste correctly, screwing the motherboard into the case and finding the pins for the front panel power button.  I was surprised at how easily I was able to install the APU, memory and heatsink, but that likely comes with years of practice and experience with the hardware.  

In all, it took me 1 hour and 18 minutes to get to a Windows screen using a pre-installed OS on a Western Digital 1TB hard drive.  That was MUCH longer than I had originally thought it would take, so I have been humbled by those DIY PC users that build their own on without sight a regular basis!  

If you missed the live event we hosted at you can find the replay hosted right here below.  Enjoy watching me completely make a fool of myself!

Update: The winner of the blindfolded system was selected, congrats goes to Darren who gets the task of rebuilding this rig!  :D

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June 23, 2012 | 06:48 PM - Posted by ahmed (not verified)

i want to win these so badly

February 26, 2014 | 04:14 AM - Posted by mikelbivins

As Always... RYAN For President!

June 23, 2012 | 08:28 PM - Posted by James H. (not verified)

1:18mins I'm impressed. I'd love to own this one-of-a-kind build by Ryan!

June 23, 2012 | 09:41 PM - Posted by Jason (not verified)

ooowee I love to get that system.

June 23, 2012 | 10:44 PM - Posted by jewie27 (not verified)

If people were blind, they wouldn't be watching you build a PC lmao...

June 24, 2012 | 12:10 AM - Posted by Tim Verry


June 23, 2012 | 11:18 PM - Posted by neil sweeney (not verified)

Nice system Sir Ryan

June 23, 2012 | 11:20 PM - Posted by NorCal Mike

That is amazing you could do that in an hour and eighteen minutes. I would have had to give up just putting the mother board together.

June 23, 2012 | 11:39 PM - Posted by BigBoyBC (not verified)

Ryan, you did better blindfolded, then some do with full sight. Fun video.

June 24, 2012 | 12:03 AM - Posted by able101

Good job Ryan

June 24, 2012 | 01:35 AM - Posted by ltdanno360 (not verified)

God i Need this Pc Sooo Bad i had ano Old dell dimention pc for yearz and it finally pooped out and i cant aford a New one even if it Was Build By A Blind Man...

June 24, 2012 | 01:51 AM - Posted by ltdanno360

loan a pc and a man will learn for a day Give a Man A pc and He will Learn For Life!

June 24, 2012 | 05:54 AM - Posted by Brian (not verified)

Heh, when I was young a blind (from birth) friend of my Dad's used to build all our family PCs. Pretty beast.

June 24, 2012 | 08:58 AM - Posted by Umar Nolen (not verified)

I wanna win :D

June 24, 2012 | 01:26 PM - Posted by MrBlack

Best show EVAR!

-though must admit I was expecting much more bloodloss

June 24, 2012 | 04:24 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Yeah, I haven't watched the video yet (am about to in a few mins), but did he give a blood sacrifice? Otherwise it's likely to catch fire or not boot ;) lol jk

June 24, 2012 | 06:38 PM - Posted by MrBlack

no spoilers - but with 2200 views already on youtube my chances of personally cleaning up any bloodstains are dwindling fast :(

June 24, 2012 | 03:02 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

i want it

June 24, 2012 | 04:53 PM - Posted by Ric (not verified)

Great setup.

June 24, 2012 | 06:13 PM - Posted by DP (not verified)

Can I have this system please?

Also, this proves that building computers just takes effort. It's very accessible even for the average computer user.

June 25, 2012 | 01:20 AM - Posted by pdjblum

I have built numerous computers. The thought of doing it blind scares the fuck out of me.

Fucking amazing. I am in awe.

June 25, 2012 | 05:29 AM - Posted by Cristian Anghelache (not verified)

Nice one PC Perspective!The best review web site on the internet!

June 25, 2012 | 05:42 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Thanks :D

June 25, 2012 | 06:16 AM - Posted by Mark (not verified)

omg guys I just found a hardcore pc hardware website where they build computers blind!!!!!

June 25, 2012 | 11:48 PM - Posted by Angry

Awesome video, next pick a motherboard with the power and rest buttons ON the board heh.

Good job guys.

Now its Joshs turn.

June 26, 2012 | 12:50 AM - Posted by YTech (not verified)

Has anyone won this system yet? Good video. :) Thermal paste, I thought you required a little more?

June 26, 2012 | 09:24 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

It ended last night, so we should find out today who won :).

July 14, 2013 | 08:50 PM - Posted by Vivien (not verified)

I tend not to leave many responses, but i did some searching and wound up here Reply to comment | PC Perspective.

And I do have a couple of questions for you
if you do not mind. Is it simply me or does it appear like a few of the comments come across like written
by brain dead individuals? :-P And, if you are
writing on other places, I'd like to keep up with anything new you have to post. Would you list of the complete urls of all your communal pages like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

Review my page: our site

June 26, 2012 | 11:19 AM - Posted by Neon homepage links back here, but they call Ryan, "Ryan Shroud". Also, has Josh been fired yet?

June 26, 2012 | 12:20 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

hehe, yeah apparently they find Ryan to be a man of mystery :P

Nope, he's still around! :D

June 26, 2012 | 04:24 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Yeah, I saw that link and the name being incorrect.


June 26, 2012 | 05:03 PM - Posted by SherriMarg06 (not verified)

Awesomeness ensues, you rock!!!! JJJ

June 26, 2012 | 09:23 PM - Posted by Super Six Two

What microphone were you wearing?

June 26, 2012 | 11:12 PM - Posted by puppetj (not verified)

So where do we find out who won?

June 28, 2012 | 01:06 AM - Posted by Humanitarian

Has the winner been notified? I nearly had a heart attack when I heard the winners name was Darren. No e-mail in my inbox though, must have been another Darren =(

June 28, 2012 | 12:25 PM - Posted by puppetj (not verified)

where did you hear that?

June 29, 2012 | 02:20 AM - Posted by Humanitarian

On the podcast and the last line of this article.

July 3, 2012 | 12:25 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Yeah, they were notified and replied.  Sorry to get your hopes up but it must be a different Darren!  :/

I didn't want to use last names but I guess I'll use initials from now on.  

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