Building My Own PC

While I’ve always been comfortable with technology and the likes but when it comes to the hardware aspect, it always feels and sounds so very daunting that I would be absolutely clueless.

CPU? Motherboard? GPU? PSU? Where does one even start?

So this past weekend, I decided to change that.

After reading through several tutorials (this one in particular) and spending considerable time perusing the SLS parts price list from HWZ, coming up with my own dream list of parts and then deciding to make the cheapest yet functional build and revising the list again.

At one point, I was even planning to buy everything via Lazada (I didn’t. In fact, I actually made 3 trips down to SLS for 3 consecutive days).

The funny thing is, at the end of the project, my final build is actually very different from my initial planned build, no thanks to the product availability at SLS or my lack of knowledge in terms of parts compatibility.

For reference, here are all the parts I bought for the absolute bare-bones machine;

It’s currently running on Linux Mint as its main OS and I’m working on setting up a Windows 7 VM with the ability to share files between both the host and child.

The CPU fan is a bit noisy (maybe?) but at least it’s functional eh? Have also learnt a lot and hopefully not repeat the same mistakes (thorough research to ensure complete compatibility) for next build (probably not soon).

07 January 2018

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