Thursday, 12 November 2015

Build your own PC #customcomputer #alliwantforxmas

It was back in 2002 when I first dabbled with upgrading my standard shop bought PC! Back then specs were somewhat primitive compared to the array at hand now; however it gave me a taste for custom built PC’s! By 2005 I was chomping at the bit to create something special, something that was mine!

So the build itself was housed in an awesome Viper Gaming Case which was black and red with a Viper shaped window on the side, a light up viper head on the front and a LED screen that showed the system temperature, everything else inside the machine was glowing and flashing also, even the memory!


The specs for that build were:

MSI K8N NEO2 Platinum motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Winchester 64bit 512k  L2
GeForce 6800 256MB
2x512MB Corsair Memory
80GB Seagate Barracude SATA 7200 rpm 8MB Cache
Viper Gaming Case with 500 Watt Silent PSU

It was a fairly mid-range spec for its time and set me back £840! Which I can remember being much cheaper than rolling up to a shop to buy the same spec system, as well as it looking a heck of a lot better!

Not that I have any spare money at the moment as we are still working on our house, but I have been thinking lately if I was to undertake the same project now, what kind of system could you make with £500 or £1000? Would it be comparable in today’s market?

So I could build the following for just under £500 (I have only used once source to get the figures so there is in fact probably some wriggle room in the figures!)

  • Asus Z170-P Intel Z170 LGA1151 DDR4 Motherboard
  • Intel Core i5-6400 2.70GHz 6th Gen Skylake CPU 6MB
  • Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 DIMM C14 Memory Kit
  • Seagate 1TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB 7200RPM 3.5" Hard Drive
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 1176MHz 2GB PCI-E 3.0 HDMI
  • Samsung Super-WriteMaster SH-224FB - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive - Serial ATA
  • Best Value Pulse 750W 120mm Silent Red Fan SATA PFC PSU
  • Thermaltake Versa H23 Midi Mesh Tower USB3 Black Interior 12cm Fan

And here is what I would get for just under a grand (Leaving cash spare for flashy fans etc):

  • Asus Z170-A Intel Z170 LGA1151 DDR4 Motherboard
  • Intel Core i7-6700 3.40GHz 6th Gen Skylake CPU 8MB
  • Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 2666MHz
  • Asus Geforce GT 970 4GB PCI-Express
  • Kingston 120GB SSD 6Gb/s 2.5”
  • Seagate 1TB Barracude SATA 7200 RPM
  • Samsung Super-write Master
  • Aerocool Syclone II Gaming Case
  • Best Value Pulse 850W 120mm Silent Red Fan PSU

Now if you are a geek (like me, but I am outdated now!!) and know all about system builds then you are welcome to critique items on these lists as I am far from an expert! Looking at the likes of Dell you can get a system similar to the above specs for a similar or in some cases a slightly cheaper price, however you may compromise on the styling and your ability to freely upgrade the system as time goes on!


There are pitfalls with building your own machine, the like of breakages, software and hardware conflicts, with no tech support to back you up,  but in most cases a quick google can put you right back on track!

I think nowadays I would opt for a safer option of using a custom PC manufacturer brands like scans 3xs, Gladiator PC or Dino PC who are very respectable! And they both come in on target for the above specs and price, with a guarantee that they will work 100%. So you can sit back a relax while your epic gaming rig gets assembled!


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