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This was my very first PC that I made for a customer ever, seriously, it's my first one, and I have to say it was quite the journey that I had to take, but it was amazing in the long run. Here is the story of how this PC came to be, so come along, grab some popcorn, because this is a long one.

Chapter 1: Meeting my first customer and buying the parts

One kid in my neighborhood that was always at my bus stop was talking to his mom about a PC, and I jumped in and said, hey, I can build a PC, I built one for my self 6 months ago, and they seemed on board. Fast forward about 2 months, I get a call from them asking if I would like to help with buying the parts and building. I, of course, said, "Yes!" and took the offer. We went over to our local tech store and got similar parts to what we had planned, (You never really know when you don't buy online), and ended up with a 2200g instead of a 1300x and an rx 570 8gb instead of a GTX 1060 3gb because the RX 570 had a really good deal with a rebate. We then went back home and we got back together about a week and a half later to build the PC.

Chapter 2: The Build

I was called again to come over and build the pc, and right away, I went to their house to get started. I really had nothing to do (It's summer and it's literally 110 degrees out. Not much to do). We then got started on the build and everything was going smoothly until the wiring. Let's just say wiring and cable management are not my strong suit, as I spent a good hour just trying to get the PC to turn on, finally finding the problem was one stupid fan wire, and then it would not post. I tried for at least another hour to get the PC to post, but no luck, so I headed home to brainstorm ideas.

Chapter 3: Troubleshooting

It was day 2 of the build, day 3 in total, and I went in thinking I found the problem, and to my surprise, I was right! One of the sticks of ram was defective and needed to be replaced, so we booted with 4GB and that seemed to do the trick. Next, we installed windows and everything was working flawlessly. We gave it the old minecraft test and it worked just fine, and then we tried fortnite. This kid was very happy, as he could now play fortnite at max settings on his new pc and was just blown away. I can't even describe the look on his face when he saw the frames he was getting. Anyways, after the PC was working, we formed a plan to replace the defective RAM, told the kid I was building the PC for how to replace RAM, and told them if they had any questions to send them my way, and that was my first customer PC build. Hopefully this won't be my last.

One last thing, the power supply by the way was 80+ gold, but for some reason that exact version is not on PC Part Picker

If you have any questions about the process or the parts, comment them below and I will do my best to respond! :)

Comments

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Correction

I said that the power supply was 80+ Gold. I meant just 80+

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

You did a great job

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Did you make a lot of profit; or did you just do it for the fun of it?

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Just did it for the fun of it. I just wanted experience so I could do more of these builds in the future and make some money.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it's always fun and rewarding to build. Congratulations!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome mate, congratulations! I hope you have many more satisfied customers :-)

Keeping a record of the build, with photos and performance notes like you've done here, is really useful later on. You can refer to it if there's ever any issue with the system, and use it as a comparison point for whatever future builds you do.

One thing I wish I'd done right from the start is take at least one really good photo of every build, to keep in a sort of portfolio I could refer potential customers to, to show off my work.

+1, and congrats again!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice work. I hope you get more customers in the future.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on your first customer build.

Not bad selection of parts here but the only thing i will prob change here is the PSU.

The VS series are tier 5 PSU.

although the system here dont draw a lot of power.

Something decent down the line like a EVGA G3 550W unit will be a nice PSU.

Never cheap out on a PSU that powers the whole system.

I wonder if you ever played PC building Simulator. That game is what i am playing for my free time.

Great way to learn pc building and system troubleshooting.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I do in fact play PC Building Simulator. The reason btw we did get that psu was that it was on sale for a pretty good price and it was 650 watts. Yes, it may not be the most efficient, but it is Corsair. Also, I am positive it was 80+ certified (Not Gold, that was my mistake) as it said on the box.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi. Do you need to update the BIOS or does it come ready with the mobo? Tqtq.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

The updated bios came with the mobo, otherwise, I would have updated it.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

i realy like your story it inspired me...keep the gret work hope you get more costumers.. :-)

sry for bad english...

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

The VS series is not even an 80+ PSU, Perhaps you meant "GS?" The EVGA 550 Gs is an 80+Gold PSU.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I am sure that it was 80+ certified. It said so on the box, but there is in fact a version of that PSU that is not 80+.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I built my PC and submitted it on here on my 15th birthday, cool to see more people of the same age. My PC booted first try and only took like 30 minutes to build.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to update bios

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I did not. It came updated from the box.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, how did you find this build? I posted this months ago. Just curious.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

How many native fan headers are on the board not counting the CPU header?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't remember as I did this about 6 months ago. Sorry

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, this is epic. Wish I had the sense to build when I was 15.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much!

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  • 15 months ago
  • 3 points

The iGPU in a 2200G isn't anywhere close to an 8gb RX 570. The 570 is about 300% more powerful.

http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/AMD-RX-Vega-8-Ryzen-iGPU-vs-AMD-RX-570/m441833vs3924

  • 15 months ago
  • 3 points

The reason I used the 2200g was I wanted the 1300x, but sadly, the store I went to was out of stock, however, the 2200g is basically a 1300x but with the vega 8 graphics. It was also $5 cheaper so there's that.

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

It has a xfx rx 570

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  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Yo thanks so much!

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  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Research your parts carefully, in particular, make sure your cooler won't foul the heat spreaders on your RAM, this is particularly important (I find) if you are using a top down cooler. After that its a matter of imagination, deal hunting, youtube, and when your parts arrive its like you are a kid seeing lego for the first time!