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From 2005 to 2018. My First PC Build.

by Ac17


Discovered this site about a month ago, and its great to see some love for the desktop! I've always had a passion for electronics and I have fixed them countless times, however I never built a PC. Its always been on my bucket list, however never got time to get around to it. Fast forward, my HP desktop from 2005 was running decently well for its age. Unfortunately it ran into a hard drive issue one day while ironically browsing this site. Took me a few hours to diagnose and fix the hard drive, and thankfully I was able to get my data off the desktop. It was that day I committed to building my first PC.

For my first build, I wanted to keep it budget friendly and try to get the most bang for my buck so to speak. Although I did splurge in areas I maybe shouldn't have. I don't do any gaming, my daily usage includes emails, browsing, and all the basic stuff. The odd time maybe some minor audio editing and photo editing, but nothing crazy. I'm sure I could have probable made this PC slightly better or spent money smarter, but I think I did half decent for my first time. I think if I spent $200 I could have beat my old machine!

The build took me a few hours, most time was spent with cable management. I hate to see cables showing so I tried to hide them as best as possible. There is not a lot of room in the case, but I do like the look.

I love this PC, it is lightening quick and handles tasks so easily. I guess I've been missing out for the past 13 years!

Old Desktop Basic Specs Processor: Pentium D 820 (2.8 GHZ, Dual Core) Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (onboard chip) Storage: 300 GB HD RAM: 2 GB

New Desktop Basic Specs Processor: Pentium G4560 (3.5, Dual Core, Hyper-threading) Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 610 (Integrated) Storage: SSD- 120 GB for Boot, HD- 1 TB for Storage RAM: 8 GB

Now that I've got my feet wet, I'd love to build another PC in the $1000 range. Dabble into overclocking, maybe liquid cooling, who knows. Probably overkill, but definitely fun.

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Longhand 4 points 7 months ago

I've been dabbling in computers since 1974, and just yesterday got a chance to use a Samsung 970 EVO for the first time. I would have never believed that something as big as a stick of chewing gum could output data at 3.5 gb/s. I'm using Linux Ubuntu, because I refuse to allow Windows 10 to snoop through my affairs, and it boots from pushing the button to complete desktop at 5 seconds. Amazing!

Congratulations on your first build. Now that you see how easy it can be, you'll be scratching your head in wonder from now on, lol.

Ac17 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Its funny that you mentioned the 970 EVO. I was looking at that just yesterday to replace my SSD, mainly because its on sale. 970 EVO 250 Gb for 129.99, so tempting. My SSD boots this computer in about 7-8 seconds, so I can't complain too much! Thanks for the kind words. I know now that its this easy, it makes me want to build a beast!

legomaster 7 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

You might want to replace you power supply

Ac17 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Ya, it was an impulse buy and something I didn't really put much thinking into. I didn't like the amount of cables this thing came with. Thanks for the suggestion though. First build, so I think I did half decent.

Ryosen25 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

For a sub $400 build, you did pretty well. I see that based off of your prats list that you are just using this for general use(browsing the internet, watch some videos, writing documents, etc).

Also, based off of your pictures, I can guess that you did a good job with cable management.

What was your experience like building this computer?

What are your future plans for this?

I do agree with everyone but I understand why you got the PSU you got. Try to see if you can find a PSU that is at least 80+ certified so you can have some reassurance.

Ac17 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Thanks for the words. As a first build, I just wanted to prove to myself I could do it. Cable management was hard and I know my pictures arn't crystal clear, but I think its fairly reasonable for a first timer.

As for my experience, it was awesome. I can't wait to do it again. I loved the whole research portion of it and looking at other peoples builds to get some ideas. The hardest part of the build was the I/O shield. For some reason the clips wouldn't clip onto the motherboard. An issue I later found out was common with the ASUS prime b250-A.

Future plans for this PC is to either give it to a family member or to sell it. I do absolutely love the PC, and its great especially coming from a 2005 HP. However, I'm the type of person who's always trying to improve. My next build, I wanna try something in the $1000 range. I like small form factor, and I've been debating on either building in the INWIN Chopin case or just building in the same case I have now but with more powerful parts. Hopefully for this next build i'll get a good psu! :)

HotShot_01 9 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Good for home office. Would have got a quad core CPU mind you, but pentiums are still great. I would also have personally spent more money on your PSU because some EVGA ones come with a 10 year warranty and are just fantastic.

jakeSpot 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

At this price point, stuff like B1's come with a 5 year warranty.

Ac17 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Ya I cheaped out on the PSU, mainly because I stumbled upon it at a local computer store while buying the case. It was the last component, I was just pumped to build so I baught it without thinking twice. Definitely a mistake, but live and you learn I guess.

FlyinToasteronie 1 point 7 months ago

Congrats on the PC! And I wanted to say - your cable management isn't half-bad.

Any plans for a GPU? You said that you do photo editing. Photoshop, I would guess?

Ac17 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks pal, I appreciate the kind words. I've thought about it, but to be honest Id need to do more research. Ya the odd Photoshop here and there, but its maybe once or twice a year.

VastlyInfinite 1 point 6 months ago

Stick a graphics card in there, it will run much smoother.