Last year, I decided to build a Computer. I hadn’t done it in a while and thought that since I had the budget, I should give it a try.
I started researching all the options out there and tried to figure out what I wanted out of the machine. Was it going to be for gaming? Was it going to be for surfing? I recently took an interest in Day Trading on the stock market and one of the basic requirements was a Windows machine. I had a copy of Windows 10 that I wasn’t using and figured, now was as good a time as any to get in the game. Another requirement was multiple monitors, so I would need a graphics card that could create a multi-monitor canvas — at a reasonable price.
When building computers, you quickly learn that the sky’s the limit — so setting a budget is paramount — or you can quickly destroy any limit you have set in your head.
If you’re totally new at this – here is a general list of parts you are going to need to get off the ground – and the items I decided to go with.
- Motherboard – ASUS Z-97A
- HardDrive (HDD or SSD) – I went with both, SSD for Windows Operating System and large HDD for mass storage – configured in RAID for backup reasons (Sandisk SSD, WesternDigital Blue HDD)
- Processor – Intel i7-4790K Processor
- RAM – Corsair Vengeance 8GB (X2)
- Computer Case – Sentey Gaming Computer Case Gs-6011 Blade w/ Transparent Panel (w/ two fans)
- Case Fan (Cooling)
- 2 EKWB EK-Vardar F3-120 High Static Pressure Cooling Fans
- 2 Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition Fan
- 1 Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition Fan
- CPU HeatSink – Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
- Power Supply – Sentey Power Supply 750w Plus Bronze
- Monoprice SATA III Cables w/ locking latch (90 Degrees)
- 12″ PWM 4 Pin Extension Cable (for fans)
- Silverstone Tech All Black 1 to 2 Sleeved PWM Fan Splitter
- Silverstone Tek Sleeved Extension Power Supply Cable w/ 1X Motherboard 24 pin Connector
- Silverstone Tek Sleeved Extension Power Supply Cable w/ 1X 8 Pin to EPS 12V 8-Pin Connector (graphics card)
- HDMI/DVI-D/Display Port Cables (depends on your graphics card).
I think that about covers it for me. I’ll start posting every Friday about each element and why I chose the items I did. Next week, the Computer Tower Case.