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:
|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|
|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.