It may have been over a decade, but it’s always fun to find someone’s “first PC build ever” video and compare it to how my experience was, and watch us nerds laugh at their silly newbie mistakes when they remind us of our own. 😀
Oh where to begin where to begin. First, blowing $800 on a “budget build.” LOL. $800 isn’t a budget gaming PC. $400-$500 would be these days, and I’ve seen some Newegg AMD APU Supercombos in the $300s, though with some design issues that would probably make the first few gaming upgrades into a bit of a hassle. JayzTwoCents has a good video about AMD APU systems and how they can actually handle a few games on Medium for a starter system though.
Then of course there’s her whole “never heard of AMD before” thing where she fussed about an i5 or an i7 as if the AMD FX or Kaveri series doesn’t exist, or anything from AMD as that company struggles to stay in the market by selling at lower prices than most Intel stuff.
There’s other ways in which her “$800 budget build” didn’t have to be, such as using an aftermarket CPU cooler (she even installed it backwards the first go-round lol). Stock coolers may be rubbish but they do the trick if you have good enough airflow and don’t overclock, which given what she did just to get her desktop built in the first place, probably isn’t something she should be trying anytime soon. While we’re on the subject, the whole “1 TB SSD versus 1 TB HD” thing is hilarious. She’s building a DESKTOP!!! There’s room for more than one drive to get the best of both worlds!!! 😛 The last straw is when she threatens people in the comments even though she conducted herself like a big know-it-all and badly built her first system ever. 😛
Yup. Sounds about right for a college kid building a first system. 😀
I could get all haughty about just how much she’s a total rookie at this sort of thing, but… I was kind of the same way. 😛 There’s something about being in college that makes people think they can rock the world even if they’re more likely to make themselves look like a giant ass instead. When I was building the Silver Bullet for the first time I probably spent roughly the same amount of money. I like to think I spent less than her but I had already picked up my graphics card and sound card upgrades beforehand which knocked out two notable contributors to the price, leaving about $600-ish of parts afterwards. AMD gave Intel more of a run for its money back then though.
I also cheated the first time around and purchased the motherboard and processor as a pre-assembled combo from Multiwave Direct instead of Newegg, though back in those days AMD didn’t have any kind of heat spreader or cover for their processors so newbie builders could crack the die if they lowered the heat sink at the wrong angle. Still though, I never knew if my Athlon XP 2000+ back then actually had the real stock cooler or some cheesy Speeze that MWave just threw in to make more money off of the bundle but that system ran at 55-60 C at idle – my hottest system ever.
Couple that up with the need for lots of fans in a case back in a day when most cases had 80mm fans and that also meant that I was rolling with a very loud system which was not only my hottest system ever, but my loudest system too. Systems at the time ran hot enough that Intel had to release some standards to modify the ATX standard at the time to introduce TAC support, or thermally-advanced chassis, introducing direct intake fans above the CPU and GPU. Not long afterwards, both processor companies started giving a crap about power efficiency and things have gotten better ever since.
Yet, despite the Silver Bullet being a horrible loud slow-cooker of a system that eventually died of capacitor plague less than a few years later, I was proud of that thing. 😛
…so yeah. I could laugh and sneer at “Strawberryshortkate’s” build here, but I’d only end up being a hypocritical moron. We all go through that phase, and eventually we learn from our builds and get smarter about it. 🙂
She should save this video for an easy source of cheap laughs a few years from now. Should make for some fun after she’s built a few more systems. 🙂