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My First PC Build - Going from Zero to Gaming in 3 Steps

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Part 1 - Picking the Parts

I'm guilty. I am one of those PC enthusiasts that thinks everyone knows how to build a PC. Everyone has done it before, and all you need from the tech community is the recommendation for parts, right? Turns out that isn't the case at all, and as more and more gamers and users come into our community, they are overwhelmed and often under served. It's time to fix that.

This cropped up for me personally when my nephew asked me about getting him a computer. At just 14 years old, he had never built a PC, watched a PC be constructed - nothing of that sort. Even though his uncle had built computers nearly every week for 15 years or more, he had little to no background on what the process was like. I decided that this was perfect opportunity to teach him and create a useful resource for the community at large to help empower another generation to adopt the DIY mindset.

I decided to start with three specific directions:

  • Part 1 - Introduce the array of PC components, what the function of each is and why we picked the specific hardware we did.
     
  • Part 2 - Show him the process of actual construction from CPU install to cable routing
     
  • Part 3 - Walk through the installation of Windows and get him setup with Steam and the idea of modern PC gaming.

Each of the above sections was broken up into a separate video during our day at the office, and will be presented here and on our YouTube channel

I would like to thank Gigabyte for sponsoring this project with us, providing the motherboard, graphics card and helping work with the other vendors to get us a great combination of hardware. Visit them at Gigabyte.com for the full lineup of motherboard, graphics cards and more!!

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Part 1 - Picking the Parts

Selecting the parts to build a PC can be a daunting task for a first timer. What exactly is a motherboard and do you need one? Should you get 2 or 4 or more memory modules? SSD vs HDD? Let's lay it all out there for you.

The specific configuration used in Austin's PC build is pretty impressive!

  Austin's First PC Build
Processor Intel Core i5-6600K - $249
Motherboard Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 5 - $189
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4-3200 - $192
Graphics Card Gigabyte GTX 970 Gaming Xtreme - $374
Storage Corsair Neutron XT 480GB - $184
Western Digital 3TB Red - $109
Case Corsair Obsidian 450D - $119
Power Supply Corsair RM550x - $117
Keyboard Logitech G910 Orion Spark - $159
Mouse Logitech G602 - $51
Headset Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum - $192
Monitor Acer XB280HK - $699
OS Windows 10 Home - $119
Total Price $2054 (not including the monitor) - Amazon.com Cart

Continue reading My First PC Build on PC Perspective!!

Clearly the boy is spoiled. But if your uncle owns a hardware review website, that seems like a likely outcome. A couple of comments worth noting though.

  • I would probably have recommended moving to a 2x8GB configuration for system memory. It tends to be a little bit cheaper and gives you the option to upgrade down the road should you need it.
     
  • Adding in a second Western Digital 3TB drive would give peace of mind if you configure them in a RAID-1 array for data redundancy. But this is a complication I didn't want to introduce quite yet.
     
  • The Corsair RM550x power supply doesn't have additional power cables for a second GPU that requires two connections. Upgrading to a 650-750 watt power supply should allow you to upgrade to multiple GPUs in the future if you want.
     
  • The Acer XB280HK monitor is a 4K G-Sync display and likely overkill for the GTX 970 graphics card we chose for his build. As it stands, for modern games, we'll likely have to configure the rendering output at 1920x1080 and allow it to scale up to 4K. That's a totally workable solution, but a 2560x1440 monitor might have been a better selection to pair with the GPU.
     
  • A $2,000 PC build might seem extravagant, but if you remove the keyboard/mouse/headset combination that totals over $400, a system price of around $1,600 is more in-line with expectations.

Part 2 - Building the Computer

Now that we have the components laid out, let's dive into the construction process.

Obviously if you select different hardware the process will be changed to some small degree, but in general, this is the order that makes the most sense to us. If you go with an AMD platform, or want to delve into the world of small form factors, hit up the PC Perspective Forums to find some like minded people to help you out!

Part 3 - Install the OS and Getting to the Gaming

After getting the hardware setup complete, it's time to power on the system. The first steps usually start in the BIOS or UEFI, the motherboard's software layer that sets up hardware and prompts the operating system to do its own thing. After setting a couple of specific things in there we dive into installing Windows 10 and then Valve's Steam software, the most common PC gaming market and management suite.

That's pretty much it! There is an entire world of exploring to do with your new PC on the gaming front and much more. Install some good anti-virus software (NOD32 is pretty good these days) and get to it! 

I hope you found this article and set of videos helpful for your first steps into the world of enthusiast and DIY PC building. Let me know in the comments below if you have questions or would like to see anything added or followed up on. Thanks for reading and welcome to the community!


February 19, 2016 | 12:03 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Reminds me of the time when I built my first PC. Small mom and pop computer place did everything you did here, minus the youtube. :P

Community is important, especially for things like this. Keep up the good work!

February 19, 2016 | 12:09 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Ha ha, this build is a joke. DDR 4 RAM, really? Waste of money. Asus motherboard over Gigabyte any day. Thermaltake P5 open air case over the horrible airflow of the 450D. You get paid for this stuff, wow! Logitech G700s mouse, period. This article is garbage.

February 19, 2016 | 12:21 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

You understand that DDR4 is required when using Z170?

February 19, 2016 | 12:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Is the price really that much higher for DDR4 these days? There isn't much performance difference with different speed memory, so you don't need to go with super fast stuff if you aren't an extreme overclocker. I would go with DDR4 at this point to get the most up to date platform. Z170 has a few new features.

February 19, 2016 | 12:57 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I just bought 16GB (2x8GB) DDR42800 for $82 at Microcenter, so I would say that it's priced pretty well at the moment. It runs perfectly alongside my OC i3-6100 (4.5GHz).

February 21, 2016 | 11:11 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

no, it's just about identical in price to DDR3 now.

February 19, 2016 | 01:51 PM - Posted by YTech

This person also failed to notice your comment about selecting the components that you want or need for your task at hand.

Personally, I wouldn't pick those parts for my build, but I also won't use the PC the same way as Austin.

For a gaming PC, he'll be good for most games for a few years. Maybe upgrade the GPU when needed. Overall, good system. It's comparable to a low-end PC in the Extreme Gaming PC brackets.

Beats what I had at his age for that time period which was equal to a lower i3 CPU with integrated GPU (and fraction of the performance of other components). Worked for gaming and other task... but out dated.

February 21, 2016 | 12:49 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

False. I'm rocking a Z170 with DDR3L.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Fatal1ty%20Z170%20Gaming%20K4D3/

February 21, 2016 | 05:07 PM - Posted by ppi (not verified)

Why?! To pair Skylake with inferior memory and limited upgrade path?

Realize, that he's using DDR4 3200, which is bloody expensive top-of-the-line (standard speed for DDR4 is 2133). And 4-channel for X99s to boot. I suppose this is because it's sponsor gift.

I just scanned my favourite e-shop and baseline DDR4 2133 costs about as much as baseline DDR3 1600.

February 25, 2016 | 02:22 AM - Posted by jsc1973 (not verified)

Just because you can doesn't mean you should. Skylake was built with DDR4 in mind, and if you build a Skylake system, you should use the fastest DDR4 you can afford. If you have DDR3 or choose to use it in a new build for whatever reason, stick with Haswell or an AMD processor if you prefer.

Asrock has a long history of building budget boards that allow the use of the older RAM standard with new CPU's. There's nothing wrong with that, but if you use previous-generation memory on a new CPU, even if it's supported, it always hobbles the CPU.

February 22, 2016 | 02:03 PM - Posted by Cataclysm_ZA

That's not the only problem I see in his post.

February 22, 2016 | 02:03 PM - Posted by Cataclysm_ZA

That's not the only problem I see in his post.

February 19, 2016 | 12:40 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This Rig is kickass man. Your crazy. It's a very good balanced build and the 450D is an amazing case.

February 19, 2016 | 01:38 PM - Posted by onion uk (not verified)

lol i think we know who the joke is here anon :)

February 19, 2016 | 04:28 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Calm down, there, chief. You're spraying jealousy all over everything. It's disgusting.

February 19, 2016 | 05:52 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I know what a troll looks like when I see one.

February 22, 2016 | 04:35 PM - Posted by Patrick3D (not verified)

Another ASUS fanboi, shame you got suckered into overpaying for parts. No doubt bought a 1200 Watt power supply for a system pulling less than 350 watts under load. n00b

February 19, 2016 | 12:42 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The motherboard seems a bit overkill. When looking at components for a friend a while back, the $140 to $170 price range for Gigabyte seemed to deliver all of the required features without having a lot of stuff that would never be used. I tend to stay away from Killer network chips and Creative sound chipsets though. I would go cheaper on the board and get a power supply capable of running dual cards from the start.

With a 4K display, upgrading to dual cards may be desirable, although the 970 would be held back at 4K resolutions by only having 3.5 GB of memory. At this point, it is unclear whether 4K by itself requires that much memory. I suspect the main concern is high resolution textures, but most people running at 4K want to crank up the texture resolution anyway. I think I would have recommended an AMD 390 or 390x with 8 GB of memory.

I would also generally always go for the larger memory modules and just fill 2 slots instead of all 4. There doesn't seem to be too much of a reason to go with faster RAM anyway, so that is a good place to save some money. At this point, 8 GB modules are probably the most common and the best value.

I tend to be of the opinion that people should put more money towards the display than they seem to. I have seen a lot of people get super cheap displays, which usually leads to a bad experience. The display is what you are looking at all of the time and it is also a component that you may keep for quite a long time. The components in the case go obsolete quickly, but I have kept good displays for a long time. Although, given the state of the PC market, the components have been lasting a lot longer these days. The chosen display is pretty expensive for most people's gaming budget, but it should last quite a while. I would see it lasting through a few video card upgrades at least. The upcoming 14 nm GPUs should be able to handle 4K much more easily, so it might be best to just plan on playing at 1080p until next generation cards are available, and not bother with the complication of dual cards. Not building with dual video card support can allow you to go with much cheaper components, but I would generally get a board with dual support anyway, to get higher end components (sound chipset, network chip, power delivery system, etc.).

February 22, 2016 | 04:37 PM - Posted by Patrick3D (not verified)

Keep in mind some of these parts were likely either sponsored by the manufacturer (provided free), or were leftover parts they had received for testing and were not required to send back.

February 19, 2016 | 12:44 PM - Posted by nevzim (not verified)

Austin, your uncle selected great components for your first PC.

February 19, 2016 | 01:10 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

No kidding. Not counting the C64 as a PC, my first gaming (DOS) PC was a hand-me-down 386 that I had to share. Then I vaguely recall having a Pentium Pro machine and a K6-2 machine. My first REAL gaming PC that I built myself was an overclocked Tualatin P3 and GeForce 256 DDR. I played so much UT99 that I almost lost my job!

February 19, 2016 | 01:01 PM - Posted by btdog

I'm a grown man with a decent job and my computer is not as nice as Austin's. I must be doing something wrong with my life!

Still, I hope Austin enjoys his build and hopefully he's been bitten by the PC bug like me. Happy gaming, kiddo!

February 22, 2016 | 04:41 PM - Posted by Patrick3D (not verified)

I lived at home until I was 30 and had no bills other than a car and Internet while pulling in $3K a month after taxes. When I was a Sophomore in High School I was making $1,200 a month and spent every check on computer parts and videogames. Makes me wish I never moved out. :(

Just trying to say that it is not unreasonable for an enthusiast at Austin's age to build a powerful system out of his own pocket.

February 19, 2016 | 01:02 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

So this is what 14yr olds need to watch porn now a days.

Overkill.

February 19, 2016 | 01:44 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Bitter, that is your mom and not the father, who has all your passwords?

February 19, 2016 | 02:04 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The kid uses glasses. Getting him a 4k monitor will just strain his eyes more at such a young age.

1440p would have meet his needs.

February 19, 2016 | 01:07 PM - Posted by dlpatague (not verified)

Why are people complaining about the parts when the article is not about the parts being put into the computer but more about how to build your first PC from start to finish?

Good job Ryan you have done well.

February 19, 2016 | 02:08 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Because its his first time. Common sense is you don't over spend on parts because you don't know what they do.

It seem like Ryan just got free stuff and gave it to his nephew. Didn't matter if they were more then he needed they were for FREE so that's what he got.

The article should have been called. This is what you get if you want a free pc from PCPER. Not a first time build.

February 22, 2016 | 04:24 PM - Posted by dlpatague (not verified)

Again what does that have to do with the article which is about how to build your first computer? The article is not about what to buy for your first PC. The parts being used more than likely were parts he already had around the office, but the purpose was to build your first PC and describe what each part's purpose is for. He could of built a PC that was $10K or $800 and still made the same exact article.

February 22, 2016 | 04:44 PM - Posted by Patrick3D (not verified)

At his age I would have built a more powerful computer with dual Titan-X's, but that was because I had nothing but disposable income at that age. The only people complaining are people jealous that they no longer have the time and money they used to.

February 19, 2016 | 01:29 PM - Posted by kenjo

Interesting selection. Myself I would have spent WAY WAY less on keyboard,headset,memory and put that into GPU and maybe a bit faster cpu.

February 19, 2016 | 01:37 PM - Posted by YTech

Video 1 - Not dumbed down enough for newbies :

The little aspect about the importance of CPU Memory, where it prevents your system from slowing down when you have a large capacity, is misleading. The importance is to provide enough cache that the software requires.

In other sense, desk space for you to work. Building a Lego Character vs. a Lego Castle. If you don't have enough, the excess will fall on the floor (saved to the swap drive portion) which takes more time to retrieve. However, if your desk and room is too small (not enough Memory) your work space will get messy and your materials will get damaged (BSOD - Memory Exceeded Error).

The slow-down is mostly caused by the performance of the CPU and how the software is optimized to complete the requested task. In other sense, you are the CPU. You could be fast and agile, but the chosen method to complete a task could slow you down (software optimization).

Say you are doing the equation of 12 * 12 = x.
If you choose the less optimal method to solve this equation, you would start by adding 12 + 12 in groupings of 24. Then addition 24 + 24 in groupings of 48, and so on. This would bug/slow down your computer regardless how much desk space (memory) you have.

A faster CPU would allow you to add 12 + 12 by reducing the need to use your fingers to count.

February 19, 2016 | 02:10 PM - Posted by TiHKAL (not verified)

This was fun, thank you.

February 19, 2016 | 02:47 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Get this kit for DDR4 and put the $110 you saved towards a better power supply or in your pocket:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0134EW7G8?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_...

Or use that $110 towards the Acer XB271HU $759:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0173PEX20?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_...

February 19, 2016 | 02:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The parts I listed earlier are far superior to the ones listed in this article, for equal or less cost. If this is the advice he gives on parts, he is a moron, and doesn't know a thing about quality components. That is the problem here. Other young phleebs are going to read this garbage and run with it. Even for an overpriced build for some kid this rig is sad. Save money on peripherals and buy something better than a single 970 GPU. Especially when you over spent on a 4K display that you can't even begin to take advantage of with the single weak 970 you bought. What a waste!!! Also, get a 4790K instead of that i5. Mine is overclocked to 4.8 @ 1.25v. You can buy Kingston Hyper X Fury DDR3 1866 RAM cheaper than the DDR 4 mentioned, and it's still some of the best RAM for gaming, period. "I just bought 16GB (2x8GB) DDR42800 for $82 at Microcenter, so I would say that it's priced pretty well at the moment. It runs perfectly alongside my OC i3-6100 (4.5GHz)." $82 for a 16GB kit of DDR4, that RAM must be trash. You're in the same league as the bozo who wrote this article. And on top of that you overclock your i3, buah ha ha this is me laughing. Any of you who think that this is the best you can do for $2k are probably gaming on AMD chips, and Radeon GPU's ha ha! GO Team Red, what a crock! Who forced you to buy Z170 anyway? That locks you in to wasting more money on DDR 4. Ever heard of the Thermaltake P5??? It's open air, therefore it's far better than the 450D in every aspect. Oh man, I can cut you up all day Ryan. You make it easy ;)

February 19, 2016 | 03:13 PM - Posted by YTech

Your answers are found in the previous responses. I see you don't listen very well at lectures.

February 19, 2016 | 07:35 PM - Posted by BigMyke (not verified)

Don't think there is enough price premium to be complaining over DDR4, but someone should have encouraged uncle to drop some of the other crazy spending and put in a 950 pro. Just like buying a trillion dollar motherboard and not a power supply that can handle a second video card; I'm sure this is all stuff Ryan had lying around for free.

February 22, 2016 | 12:18 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What's the URL to your highly-regarded and very popular technology site that competes with PCPer? I mean, since you so obviously know so much more than anyone else on this site, it should follow that you have your own site, where you do everything better, right? I'd really like to see how it's SUPPOSED to be done, by an expert who knows everything, and you're obviously that someone, right?

Oh, what's that? You're just a loser keyboard warrior in your dad's basement, trying to prove your imagined superiority as an anonymous user in the comment thread of a highly-regarded and very popular tech site that you couldn't possibly emulate, let alone compete with?

Gee. How surprising.

February 19, 2016 | 03:07 PM - Posted by YTech

Video 2 :

Good one Ryan! Austin needs to pay more attention, otherwise he would have prevented you from NOT following your first rule "read and follow all instructions provided" :P

Would it been easier to place the bracket through the heat sink before aligning it on the CPU with TIM?

I thought you had to install the Standoff screws before placing the motherboard in the case. Seems as thou this case came with them pre-installed.

Half through to the end, you could see Austin being interested in the PC. He must be a hands-on person than a theoretical person :)

February 19, 2016 | 04:05 PM - Posted by mindthegap (not verified)

I understand that Ryan probably used the parts that they already had and this article is primarily about building and not the hardware but if someone had a $2000 budget for the tower, monitor, peripherals and OS would this be seen as a good build:

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor

CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170-HD3 ATX

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000

Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB

Storage: Toshiba 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 390 8GB Nitro Video Card

Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro M ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply: EVGA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit)

Monitor: Acer XF270HU 144Hz 1440p IPS Freesync 27.0" Monitor

Keyboard: Logitech G710 Plus Wired Gaming Keyboard

Mouse: Logitech G602 Wireless Optical Mouse

Headphones: Kingston HyperX Cloud Pro Headset

Total: $2003.07

February 19, 2016 | 06:52 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

what a newb computer for $2k.... you are better off with an oculus ready pc (with nvidia), an nvidia shield running kodi for game streaming, a ps4, and a thrustmaster steering wheel.

Now you are a gamer... go buy some games

February 22, 2016 | 03:55 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

if i was spending $2 grand, i'd build the exact pc i just did (6600k, asus z170-a) but with a 980 ti. Anything less than a Fury X or 980 ti on a $2000 build is really doing themselves a disservice.

February 19, 2016 | 07:51 PM - Posted by Susie (not verified)

Loved your videos!
Just built my first pc from beginning through the install of Windows 10 Pro...and I'm 59 yrs.!
Way to go Austin!
What Blue Ray DVD drive did you use? I don't see that on the list of components.
Thanks.

February 19, 2016 | 08:36 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This is an amazing segment and your nephew should be proud that you took the time to walk him through this process at such a young age. Everyone complaining about the parts have too much time on their hands. Keep up the good work!

February 19, 2016 | 09:19 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Having time on your hands is the point though or else we wouldn't be able to visit the site, read articles, watch videos or comment.

DUH!!!

PCPER counts on people having too much time on their hands.

February 19, 2016 | 08:55 PM - Posted by Buyers

One comment as i watch the videos: When installing the processor you talk about the notches to align it with the socket properly because it can only go in one way. Another thing to note is that the socket on the MoBo has corner/arrow (lower left in camera orientation) and the processor has a corresponding arrow/corner on its PCB. I find the arrows/corners easier to align than trying keep the notches aligned properly while handling the CPU. The notches obviously keep it physically aligned while seating it still, but i think the arrows are meant to be the quick orientation reference.

February 19, 2016 | 09:02 PM - Posted by Zabojnik

Great segment and everything, however ... That price. I like to build my PCs are much as everyone, but when HP is selling a custom desktop (i7-6700, 980Ti, 16GB Ram, 2TB HDD, 500W) for $1127 with coupon ... Yeah.

http://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/desktops/hp-envy-750se-desktop-n3g97av-aba-1

February 19, 2016 | 09:36 PM - Posted by BlackDove (not verified)

While i wouldnt have bought the same components or operating system, its not a bad computer.

If someone is going to be playing a lot of games, security is likely going to be an issue. You definitely need more than a "good" antivirus, especially with windows 10.

Exploit mitigations like Malwarebytes Anti Exploit and MBAM premium for a gaming PC with all the Steam stealing/spreading/phishing that goes on. Please dont trust someones $2,000 PC with who knows how much in stealable items to just a "good antivirus".

Might also want to turn off all the data collection and spend money on useful security software instead of an antivirus.

February 19, 2016 | 11:26 PM - Posted by godrilla (not verified)

Nice but gtx 970 for 4k, 1440p would have been better for this build and the money saved on better gpu.

February 20, 2016 | 02:16 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I want to say this is exactly the same mistakes I made with my first build back in the day. Its not a bad build at all. But, maybe a 970 is best if he's getting a 1080ti in a year...

Having said that, for everyone else, the only thing that matters is the GPU.

Get a cheap $60 SSD if you have to. It will have enough space for 2-3 big games easily.

Get the cheapest 8GB DIMM stick(not 2x4, its 2016, 2x8GB is sweet spot, 8GB is OK base) MHz has not mattered since late DDR2. You can more easily sell, re-use the 8GB than 2x4GB.

You can live with i3-6300. Why? because the $110+ you save versus an i5-6500/i5-6600k spent on GPU gets you so many more FPS and eye candy in games.

Get a cheap and small motherboard. Smaller and simpler is better. Less stuff to cause issues. You will never use any of the stuff on it. Intel LAN if you can. M.2 socket supporting NVMe. For future or now, it gets rid of 2 cables, better air flow now. Or later, you just plug in. No worry about cabling/power, location...

Its GPU times 100 and everything else has like 1 multiplier as long as you are not breaking the system. Anything above the basics will really not get you at best more than a few FPS if any at all. Well, CPU can actually hold you back a bit sometimes. Throwing away a $300 GPU vs $110 CPU... AND that 980 ti was still giving you awesome experience all that time.

Get the 980ti first and than later on, upgrade other stuff. They just don't matter or give any bang for buck for FPS or quality pixels.

That's what i would tell new builders.

But we are in strange time right now with 28nm -> 14nm AND GDDR5 to HBM2 AND GPU driver does everything to game engine does everything AND Maxwell to Pascal...

It is a waste to get high end card if you're being spoiled with 1080ti soon. You should milk out the goody peripherals first. Good job nephew :)

February 20, 2016 | 08:29 AM - Posted by godrilla (not verified)

Fyi mx200 ssd 500 gigs is on sale newegg for $138,
$159 on a keyboard and almost $200/on a headset lol 1st build going all out on things you could have spent elsewhere on a better gaming experience like the graphics card!

February 20, 2016 | 09:36 PM - Posted by PMChambers (not verified)

In all likely hood Ryan's parts are probably free. Free is better than save, he's doing better than your suggestion.

February 21, 2016 | 10:46 PM - Posted by godrilla (not verified)

The purpose of the article is to encourage people to build their own rig hence the price tag for each component. Lol i thought that was obvious.

February 20, 2016 | 08:57 AM - Posted by Positron (not verified)

I enjoyed this series immensely.
If someone I know ever needs a tutorial for their first build, I'm going to let Austin show them how it's done.
That is so cool how his uncle has the connections to get him a kick-ass, mostly free PC.

February 20, 2016 | 09:39 AM - Posted by MrTbagz Ownz U on BF4 (not verified)

only thing cringe worthy i noticed was the thermal paste. when he lifted the cooler for a sec only half the cpu was coated. maybe shoulda lifted it up and checked then spread some to the bare side for even coverage. But it prolly got full coverage once the cooler was tightened down so im nitpicking. other than that good video, pcper probably got half the stuff for free so the cost wasnt an issue.

February 20, 2016 | 04:13 PM - Posted by J (not verified)

Man, some of these comments are depressing. The build was very reasonable and the article was good quality. I feel sorry for Ryan getting such stupid comments.

February 20, 2016 | 09:33 PM - Posted by PMChambers (not verified)

Agreed. Most of the "dickie" comments come from anonymous posters. I suppose you just have to expect it these days. This is a very well balanced system and should remain relevant for years as such. If the "dickies" want to make a best "bang for your bucks", "4k gaming", "console competing", "Photo editing", "ETC" PC there are articles on that. They've missed the point again. Bit jealous though, nice system.

February 20, 2016 | 10:42 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Ryans' parts are like a Best Buy/Brick and mortar sales rep try'n to upsell you on stuff you don't need.

Most of you miss or are ignoring the part where his nephew says what he going to use it for and are justify Ryan choice of overkill parts.

February 21, 2016 | 04:14 AM - Posted by PMChambers (not verified)

And what your missing is he is not trying to make the cheapest PC that can game in 1080p which is all that is required, he's doing a video using medium consumer parts to make a generic PC that can game, video edit, etc. Of course it's over kill more than $1,000 is is over kill. If you aren't making move from it $600 PC is enough, anything more is a hobby. But that is not the point of this video demonstration. Posters picking on the choice of parts are basically retards who have yet to grasp the point of the video, which is to demonstrate how to build a PC. Unfortunately most the posters seem confused that the selection of parts is not the point of the video.
Most of you miss or are ignoring the part where his nephew says what he going to use it for and are justify Ryan choice of overkill parts. - You completely miss the point of the video.

February 21, 2016 | 11:21 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

everything about this build is great...but that monitor means this computer can barely game because it is 4k, as a 970 owner, unless he is downsampling to 1080p in every game, he's going to be forced to drop every graphics slider way down in order to get even close to 60 fps.

Had he gone with 1080p, he could max every slider, and gotten over 60 fps in every game out there. Sure the desktop is going to look pretty, but games are going to run like crap, and this kids going to think "omg this computer cost over $2000, and can't run 90% of the games out there, PC gaming is retarded". That monitor, unless properly explained by his uncle, is absolutely crippling this build...and the worst part is he wants to stream, have fun streaming a game played at 4k...

February 21, 2016 | 10:35 AM - Posted by Topjet

I liked it, it is something that Ryan didn't have to do but look like it was fun build to do with his nephew. Liked :)

February 21, 2016 | 11:15 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

4k monitor destroys the gaming power of this build...the kid is going to think his computer sucks, when the power required to drive that monitor just isn't there unless you're spending about a thousand bucks on a video card... I would think as his uncle and a veteran of the pc world, you would have either chose a more suitable monitor (970 is amazing for 1080p, you can max out every game and get buttery smooth framerates, for 4k the kids going to have worse visuals than xbox due to the required lowering of quality in order to get playable framerates...not to mention the VRAM required to process those 4k frames is going to be a major issue with the 970). The build is great, but that monitor is just an awful choice.

February 22, 2016 | 04:30 PM - Posted by dlpatague (not verified)

Ryan mentions this in the article.

"Clearly the boy is spoiled. But if your uncle owns a hardware review website, that seems like a likely outcome. A couple of comments worth noting though."

"The Acer XB280HK monitor is a 4K G-Sync display and likely overkill for the GTX 970 graphics card we chose for his build. As it stands, for modern games, we'll likely have to configure the rendering output at 1920x1080 and allow it to scale up to 4K. That's a totally workable solution, but a 2560x1440 monitor might have been a better selection to pair with the GPU."

So assuming Ryan is aware of the monitor being more than what he should be using he more than likely explained this to his nephew. The GPU will more than likely be upgraded at a later time down the road seeing how he has Ryan as his uncle, so he will have a 4K all ready to go for the better GPU.

February 23, 2016 | 09:56 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

hopefully, nothing turns someone off to PC gaming quicker than their brand new expensive gaming rig being unable to play games at a decent framerate.

February 22, 2016 | 04:53 PM - Posted by Patrick3D (not verified)

Loved the videos, in total I felt they were the best PCPer has produced to date. My only complaint is that when the heatsink was lifted back up it was clear he did not put enough thermal paste on, nearly a 3rd of the surface was dry. Should have used the credit card method. ;)

Suggestion to deal with the trolls in this thread: hold a competition whereby people can submit videos of their own PC's with the theme being: what would you have built for someone Austin's age. Require entries to discuss each part and show each part being installed by someone under 18 (with adult supervision).

February 23, 2016 | 04:16 AM - Posted by Brett from Australia (not verified)

Good educational videos Ryan for young enthusiasts. Well done nice system there should be fine for gaming and everyday productivity. Hope Austin enjoys his new system.