My Shiny New Gaming PC

This year is just… infinitely depressing and disappointing for so many personal and global reasons. It has been hard to hold onto happiness while my own world and the actual world seems to be continuously crashing down around me.

That’s how it is, though. Life can be brutally unfair to all of us sometimes. It’s best to just embrace that fact rather than let the struggle against the things you can’t change destroy you.

Yeah… needless to say, I needed a fun distraction from all the drama going down.

I had two trips planned this year that obviously got cancelled for coronapocalypse related reasons. Instead of “wisely” investing the returned monies into an uncertain future, I decided to blow it all on fancy components for a new gaming PC and build it all by myself!

My previous PC is a custom built beast for its time, put together by me with LOTS of help from an old friend. I’ve had it for over 10 years. It still works okay, but it was really starting to feel outdated. The final straw was when it refused to open The Division 2. Yep. Time to upgrade.

The process of building a PC isn’t too difficult if you know what you’re doing. I have a college diploma in Electronic Engineering Technology so I’m certainly no stranger to electronic components and how they work. My current job that I’ve been doing for 8 years is all about software testing, which isn’t at all what I went to college for. It was actually quite nice to get back into hands-on electronics work as a personal project.

Step 1: Buy fancy parts

I probably could’ve found better deals on components from online retailers, to be honest, but I decided to buy all my parts from a local computer store (Shout-out to Canadian Computers & Electronics!).

The coronapocalypse has shattered the economy everywhere. I felt a little better about everything by investing my computer monies into something that would help my community out a bit. This is a purely selfish project otherwise. It’s okay to treat ourselves sometimes… right?

Step 2: Put all the fancy parts together… correctly.

The process of putting it together is a blur of memories now. I had junk scattered everywhere, Google search became my BFF, I needed several band-aids because metal is sharp, and I remember waking up to the sounds of my cats batting extra screws around the apartment. At least the kitties got some enjoyment out of the project as well!

Putting computer components together is pretty much idiot-proof. Cables and things usually only fit where they are supposed to go, but always be mindful of polarity and whatnot. One crossed wire can be catastrophic. Have you smelled burning electronics before? Let’s just say in my college days, I’ve seen microcontrollers melt and capacitors shoot across the room. Yikes.

The most tedious part of my build was installing 6 RGB fans on the case. It was only a minor nightmare figuring out all the wiring and aligning them properly. I’m pleased with the end results!

So much retail packaging! It took me 3 trips to my building’s recycling area to get rid of it all.
A glimpse at the minor nightmare of figuring out fan and power wiring.
It’s the best feeling ever when all the components are finally in the case.
The scariest part was plugging it in for the first time. To my relief, nothing exploded or caught on fire.

At the end of the whole assembly journey, I was tired with a really wonderful feeling of accomplishment. I got some time away from my distressed thoughts, my eyes got a badly needed break from staring at screens, and my self-confidence level got a huge boost. The only mistake I made was forgetting to connect a power cable to the hard drive. I’m impressed with me!

Yes. It would’ve been infinitely easier to buy an already assembled gaming PC, but the feeling of accomplishment is more than worth the time I spent on this project. Some blood, lots of sweat, and a few tears literally went into this machine. This is my PC and I created it. It just feels so awesome to say that!

I’ll leave off this article with the thing I’m sure everyone is curious about…

Shiny Specs

CPUIntel Core i9-9900K Coffee Lake 8-Core/16-Thread
RAMCorsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3000MHz CL15
Graphics CardASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Advanced Overclocked 8GB GDDR6
Hard Drive4TB – 5400 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch

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  1. Haven’t ever had a PC never mind built one always been well beyond me both financially and in having a clue where to even begin with the building of one 😅

    If I ever somehow become filthy rich I know who to ask about it 😜😂

    Anyways hope it brings you many great years of gaming

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    1. PC gaming is hella expensive so I totally get that! I’m very happy nothing exploded haha.

      If I win the lottery, I’ll send you a new gaming PC already assembled, haha.

      Thanks!

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  2. Very nice. The fan results look worth it! (Though that in-between wire sprawl makes me twitch…)
    Nothing like that feeling of seeing the glowy box thrum with power and go “yeah, I put that together, it’s all mine!”
    Getting Windows installed, on the other hand… bleh… 😉

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  3. Can’t remember if I mentioned it last week on the Friday night stream, but I recently had to bust open my machine for a few upgrades as well. Admittedly your end result is much nicer looking. My case doesn’t accommodate good cable management. There’s simply no room in it for all the stupid things without the majority hanging in the middle of the case Q_Q

    That said, well done.

    Though I do gotta ask, why a 5.4k rpm drive?

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    1. You did mention that on your Monster Hunter stream! Cable management was the biggest problem with my old PC so I made sure my new case had a better system.

      Thank you!

      Uh, I kinda ran over budget and went with the cheapest drive I could find without doing much research, haha. I can always upgrade it later or add a new one! It’s been performing perfectly so far, at least 🙂

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  4. That should last you a while!

    The 5400rpm drive is an interesting choice though, especially if its the only drive in the machine? I’ve found modern spinning drives are pretty quick for video game loading, but nothing beats an SSD 🙂

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    1. Hoping for another decade out of it! 😀

      Yeah. I didn’t do much research on the hard drive part and went with the cheapest due to budget restraints, haha. Haven’t had any issues with it so far!

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  5. Looking good! I went through the same thing a little over a month ago building my own pc for the first time. I figured I could rationalize it as “an investment” should I need a better pc to work from home…being able to actually run all the games I wanna play is a pretty nice bonus 😉

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  6. I personally consider that an important investment, but considering I spend 85% of my time on mine that probably explains my logic 😉 I got a brand new one built by my fiance last year and then this year he swapped my Windows install onto its own hard drive and wow what a difference even just doing that makes. He then built his own which is much better than mine, but he had to wait a lot longer before he could afford to do it and he was a lot fussier about the parts. He got me decent stuff, whereas he wanted really specific stuff for his one.

    Either way, she’s still purring like a beast and plays games on max graphics so I’m one happy lady 😀

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      1. Thank you ❤I wanted to pick something Transformers-related, once I found out that names after Autobots, Decepticons and Unicron were too common, Teletraan-1 was spot on and I take good care of her.

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  7. That’s so awesome- and yes, we do deserve to treat ourselves sometimes! Especially this year, when everything has been one giant shitshow. My uncle recently built his own PC and while I do not have the knowledge to do such things, I think it’s awesome when people can! 🙂

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