As I mentioned last month, I’ve come to the realisation that I need a Windows PC to run alongside my new Mac Mini. Not only do I need to reacquaint myself with the Windows OS for work purposes, but I also rather fancy getting back into PC gaming.
Of course, I could just go out and buy an off-the-shelf machine, but where would be the fun in that? A self-build gets you a far better specification for your money, you can select exactly the configuration of parts that you want and need, and there’s the actual building of the thing which I enjoy rather too much. It has definitely been the hardware-tinkering aspect of computing that I’ve missed since moving to the Mac platform.
As you can imagine, prior to actually purchasing anything a large amount of research was undertaken to establish the best combination of components. I considered (briefly) going down the “budget” route, and trying to get the whole thing done under £500. However, after some consideration I decided that I’d rather build something that would hold up for at least the next 3 years without needing much attention, and that meant doubling the budget.
The build was fairly painless, and was helped no end by this YouTube video (again from PCPartPicker) which, apart from a few minor hardware differences, shows the process in excellent detail.
All in all, I’m really pleased with the finished product. In particular the case is excellent, and the graphics card is an absolute beast. I look forward to putting it through its paces in the next few months.