This is the first pc I’ve ever built and like many others it started as simple curiosity. Before I built this pc I was using an hp envy that I had bought as part of a bundle with the htc vive when it first came out because I wanted to experience vr as fast and easy as possible. It certainly did do its job at playing vr, games on my 1080p 60hz monitor, and even my school work in the unity engine, but recently I was wanting more and the upgrade options weren’t very great without replacing most of the parts. I had always heard that building your own pc is better than buying a pre built, and so I went onto this site and quickly felt overwhelmed with the selection of parts there were to choose from especially with absolute zero knowledge on what anything is or what’s considered good. And so I went to the forums to ask for help in creating a parts list and used it as a starting point. At this point I had gone from just being curious to truly wanting to completely build a new pc and pulled the trigger on my first part being the motherboard.
After that I started to do as much research as I could into all the different parts, terminology, and how to actually build a pc. From doing this I decided that I wanted to try specifically looking for a used evga 1080ti on ebay due to their warranty covering second hand cards, and I found one up for auction that still had over half its warranty, was lightly used, and had everything included with it. I sniped it and won the auction and I admit that I probably could have found a card in similar condition at a better price, but at this point it was one of my last parts I needed and I didn’t want to have to wait for an auction to end to see if I even get it.
Now my choice in desk is a whole other story. I was needing to also get a new desk along with my new pc because my old one is too small and flimsy to hold all of my new stuff, and so I took to searching online for an L shaped desk with some shelves. After a while I did find one on amazon that looked amazing and met my requirements except that it wasn’t quite long enough as I intend on getting a second monitor, and the reviews weren’t exactly great either. I hoped to find a better one that fit what I needed with no real luck and so I got curious about how much it could cost to get it custom made that way I can have exactly what I want. I searched online for where I could have it done and quickly came to the site custommade.com where I posted a request including the details of the desk along with reference pictures and even added to have the edges be blue (because why not?). I got many people interested in making it for me but the best deal by far was one made by a guy named Brian Butts (yes I know), and he was able to make it for half of what others were offering at $500 and at twice the speed. Now I know that’s overkill just for a desk, but hey at this point I was going all or nothing and I still had my tax returns. The desk was made out of steel square tubes for legs and black laminate with a plywood core making it resistant to scratches, water, and heat.
Now back to the build. After a bit I finally had all the parts and had watched many videos on how to put it together and decided to get started. Although I was understandably a bit nervous from handling such expensive parts for the first time, everything was going over smoothly from putting in the cpu, and the ram, to installing the motherboard into the case, etc. Theeeen I started to get VERY confused because I realized that I had no idea what to do with the cables. I had no clue what I actually needed to plug into the psu, where the front panel connectors go, or what the deal was with all of the cables coming off the h100i, basically that took up most of my time. However, after hours and staying up to 5am I figured everything out and to my own surprise successfully got it to post on my first try.
I gladly set it all up on a desk that I was borrowing temporarily while I wait for the custom one to be finished, and all is well. Theeen the idea that the motherboard was the only white part got to me more than it should, and I know I should have just bought a different motherboard if it was that big of an issue to avoid any hassle but I’m stupid. So after a while I caves in and bought some black plasti dip and completely took apart my pc so that I could paint the white plastic black, but I am actually very happy with how it turned out so all’s well that ends well.
After a few weeks the custom desk was finished and so I swapped out the desk and bought some extra accessories and stuff for cable management on the underside of the desk which finally brings me to how it is today. I honestly did not expect for this description to be so long, and would like to thank anyone who actually took the time to read this gibberish.
All in all, I am very happy with how everything turned out and being able to play on ultra graphics on a 1440p monitor well above 60fps in games is amazing, and my unity build times have definitely improved for the better. I can gladly say that I have no regrets with deciding to build a pc instead of getting a pre built.
PS: I’m sorry that there aren’t any build progression photos, I didn’t really even think about it at the time and it’s kinda too late now. However, I did include some progression photos that were sent to me from the desk.