Photo blog: Derf’s PC Build

If you’ve caught my Twitter feed or follow #Makcast, you probably know that I’ve spent the past couple months building a new PC. This is the first time I’ve built my own computer, from researching and buying the parts to sitting down and plugging the whole thing together.

Now that my computer has been assembled and running for the past week or so without any catastrophic malfunctions, I thought it’d be cool to post some photos of the building process and hopefully encourage others to build their own machines.

My PC also has a name: Tsabo!

Although I had a few knowledgeable friends and family members to help with parts suggestions and troubleshooting, it’s easier than ever to learn how to build your own PC. If a dunce like me can do it, so can you. I won’t lie: the process got stressful at a couple points, but booting up a computer you built yourself is a reward in itself.

Check out the r/buildapc subreddit to get started, the Partpicker website to plan your build, and YouTube for helpful build walkthrough videos.

Now the juicy part: machine porn photos!


Everything still boxed; the calm before the storm
The motherboard comes first!
Installing the CPU; zero force = ur doin it rite
Mounting the CPU heat sink; this guy was a little awkward to install
Readying the POST (Power On Self-Test)…


…And we have liftoff! Actually, this was after two days of troubleshooting only to realize I misread the power supply’s on/off switch. DURRRRR
Fully assembled! The cables could be cleaner but Tsabo is ready to roll!


Appendix A: The final parts list:

Type Item
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper T4 70.0 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard MSI B150 Gaming M3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card
Case Corsair C70 Military Green (Green) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
CPU Intel i5 6600k (secondhand)


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