Last year I finally took the plunge and decided to build a computer from scratch. In the course of my 20 years, I've purchased and upgraded many PCs - just about every part, soundcard, RAM, PC-speakers, hard drives, etc. The reason why I never built one from scratch was I did not want the hassle of incompatibility, along with dealing with constant returns.
- Building a SWEET $1000 Ryzen Gaming PC!
- $700 & $1050 RYZEN 5 GAMING BUILDS! April 2017
- BEST Gaming PC for $1000? Testing the April Build!
It’s nice to see a mature community where people have tried and tested various builds, saving me the headaches. This book also came in handy, to give me a quick crash course on modern hardware:
My User Requirements for a New Machine
- Windows 10 Pro for Gaming 1440p on 27” – I’m not a fan of Windows 10’s privacy concerns from the tech community, but I can’t deny the fact that it’s probably the best choice now for modern games running modern hardware (and drivers).
- Editing 4K video on DaVinci Resolve, outputting to 1080p.
- Run at least 2 (Virtual Box) VMs simultaneously (Linux and multiple versions of Windows) while gaming.
- And of course be my main machine for everyday tasks like email, development, etc.
Basically, I built a beefier version from what’s demonstrated in those videos. The build I made is here.
Here's the build, and more stuff added:
Ryzen 5 1600X
Why AMD? I get more bang for the buck, basically. This version of Ryzen does not come with integrated graphics like Intel, so you HAVE to use an external card, not the one that comes with the motherboard. I panicked a bit while testing the machine, before installing the graphics card; thought I could get away with just integrated graphics. One quick Google result told me otherwise.
Cooler Master Air Pro 4
Decided to use a custom cooler to eek more performance while overclocking. The default wraith spire wasn’t enough for me. This version did not come with an AM4 bracket – realized this the hard way while building it. Not having built a computer before, I missed Paul mentioning this in his YouTube videos.