The One with the Passion Project

I built a VR-Ready gaming PC!

As one who never completes anything she starts, this is the proudest moment of my existence.

Ever since I started studying Computer Science in college, I’ve wanted to build a computer, because I wanted to be thorough on my knowledge of the subject. Something in mind always stopped me, or told me other things were important, or told me I wasn’t good enough, or told me I wasn’t interested enough, or told me I wasn’t born for it. BUT I DID IT.

I’m staring at this glowing blue hunk of metal sitting next to me and thinking, damn, I built that. And it works. It even has Cortana. I actually know stuff. My gosh.

I am so glad that I took this summer off. Since my senior year of high school, I have spent every summer completing a NASA internship, and every other week of the year is taken up by school or school-related projects. Basically anything that I felt others expected from me.

But this is the first time I’m taking time off dedicated to free time and for my own personal projects. As a result, I built something from the ground up that is 100% my idea and my plan. I honestly didn’t know how great this would feel, to do something purely for the joy of it. I haven’t spent all of my time watching Friends like I thought I would (Except maybe while I was working on this – I can multitask).

Here’s a list of components I used:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel – Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor Purchased For $357.20
CPU Cooler Cooler Master – Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler Purchased For $30.99
Motherboard MSI – B250 PC MATE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard Purchased For $79.99
Memory Crucial – 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory Purchased For $54.87
Storage Western Digital – Caviar Black 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $20.00
Video Card MSI – Radeon R9 390X 8GB Video Card Purchased For $339.99
Case Deepcool – TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $48.97
Power Supply EVGA – 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply Purchased For $33.67
Optical Drive LG – GH24NSC0B DVD/CD Writer $16.99 @ Directron
Monitor ViewSonic – VA2703 27.0″ 1920×1080 Monitor $151.47
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1134.14
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-26 14:24 EDT-0400

Now to connect it to the Internet, download Steam and Unreal Engine, and start developing some games.