Description

Hi all. I just wanted to document my building experience coming from having zero knowledge about computer hardware. (Sad considering I have been using computers for 11 years now since the 5th grade) This was my first build and I think it came out beautifully. My MSI laptop (GTX 860M, Intel I5) was dying so I was forced to upgrade. I was originally planning to buy a prebuilt, but was convinced otherwise when I was told the value wasn’t too great. I watched a lot of videos and did a lot of reading. (Thanks Tech Deals, Joey Delgado, and r/buildapc) I love doing research so reading about all the components wasn't too bad. I did get a little frustrated trying to figure out which components were compatible. My first thought was to just build a computer, no need for RGB or a theme, but well....that didn’t happen. I lurked r/buildapcsales every day for the entire month of December and got a majority of my parts on sale.

I bought the parts in this order over a month:

Ram + CPU > Graphics Card > SSD > Case > PSU > Cable Extenders > Fans (I wasn't planning on getting new fans, but temptation kicked in when I saw them on r/buildapcsales.)

The Building Process: In order to prepare for the build, I watched build videos from Tech Deals and Joey Delgado. For some reason, on the day of the build I switched it up and followed a BitWit video. I somehow put the CPU in on the first try. The first problem came with the CPU cooler. It took me a good 45 minutes of screwing and unscrewing to finally get it down. (Don’t tighten one side all the way until you have the other sides in folks) I also had trouble figuring out which way the CPU cooler should be facing. M.2 SSD gave me some problems with what direction it should go and if I was supposed to take off the stickers. Finished building after about 3 hours because I was being super careful. Tried to turn it on and nothing happened. Spent an hour and a half checking everything only to figure out the case wires weren’t plugged in correctly. The NZXT 500 has a splitter that you need in order to plug it into the MOBO. (Silly me saw only one possible header the plug could fit into so I plugged it in and called it a day) Onto the next problem. The light on the MOBO was indicating a problem with the graphics card. Spent 30 minutes contemplating and poking around. Plugged it into the lower PCIE slot and it booted fine… plugged it back into the original and it finally booted correctly. Been using my computer ever since. So it took me a total of 6 hours, but it was super satisfying once I got it up and running.

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Comments

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

For someone with no hardware knowledge you did a pretty nice job, even with the cable management. Not that big a fan of the color of the 590 but overall, amazing build.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the way the 590 contrast the case when the lights are white

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

I actually love the way this graphic card looks, very unique and blue is such a nice colour! How does it perform thought ?

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Beats a 1060 in majority of the games

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

People either love or hate the graphics card. It's interesting. What Blazer said though, it beats the 1060 in most games.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the building story xD.Great job!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build! looks amazing and the part choices are good

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that video card is ugly. +1 for everything else on the list.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I see you went the AMD route here! Amazing build! have fun gaming, working, or whatever else you decide to do!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah AMD's value is too hard to beat, and all of the above lol

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going the intel/MSI route. My new specs are going to be i5-8600k MSI RTX 2070

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

i5 8600k OC'd to 5.2 here, can recommend. Really want to build an AMD system though if I get a chance. @DayumBro you have a perfect system, especially for a first build.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, much appreciated!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. The specs I'm saving up for now are i5-8600k with RTX 2070 8GB or two way SLI Gtx 1060s

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

You can't SLI 1060's, they don't have SLI features. You can only do it with software but it only works 5% of the time. I'd consider the 2060 if you don't like buying used, and a 1070ti otherwise. 2070 is not worth 480$ IMO when high end 1070Ti models can be found for 330$ like this Ebay Ad: (https://goo.gl/nW6xSQ).

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, neat cable management +1

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I myself am going to be building my very first pc very soon for myself and I was just looking to see what the sapphire card + NZXT H500 white combo would look like and it looks great. Nice build and great job for your first time!

Edit: It also looks clean af. The first picture is a masterpiece. I should stop drooling over this and get back to my build :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I came across this build and realized I'm planning on getting a similar build to yours and was wondering what your latest thoughts are? Thank you!