Building a Computer from SCRATCH!

A dream I've had for what feels like eternity is building my own desktop computer. I've always been fascinated with technology and technology has always made sense to me. I never had the access for a very long time to learn the process of building a computer and more importantly the funding. As of this past month - my dream has become reality thanks to my cutie boyfriend and being a kind of financially stable adult! Here is a cheat sheet to how I built Artemis - my lil baby.

SanDisk SSD PLUS 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SDSSDA-120G-G26

Why you need it? 

Booting up / Shutting down of your PC at a fast rate

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Made by Sandisk

Up to 20X faster than a typical hard disk drive

Improves burst write performance, making it ideal for typical PC workloads

Faster boot-up, shutdown, application load and response

120GB: Read/write speeds of up to 530MB/s/400MB/s

Shock resistant for proven durability3—even if you drop your computer

AMD RYZEN 5 1600 6-Core 3.2 GHz (3.6 GHz Turbo) Desktop Processor

Why you need it?

This is the brain! It communicates messages and completes shiz.

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Made by AMD

Frequency: 3.6 GHz

Cache: 3 MB/16 MB (L2/L3)

Socket Type: AM4

6 Cores / 12 Threads (Unlocked so you can overclock)

AMD’s high-performance x86 Core “Zen” architecture delivers more than 52% improvement in instructions-per-clock cycle over the previous generation AMD core, without increasing power. Manufactured with the 14nm process, the “Zen” combines the latest thinking in high-throughput and low-power design methodologies to create a balanced and versatile architecture right at home in the desktop, laptop, datacenter and supercomputer.

 

EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G2, 80+ GOLD 650W, Fully Modular Power Supply

Why you need it?

This powers your computer ya silly!

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Made by EVGA

650W Power Supply

80+ GOLD Certified PSU

Fully Modular

ASRock X370 Killer SLI/ac AM4 AMD Promontory X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Why you need it?

Think of your motherboard like your nervous system -- it allows all of the "organs" of your PC to communicate with one another.

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Made by ASRock

ASRock Super Alloy

Supports AMD Socket AM4 A-Series APUs (Bristol Ridge) and Ryzen Series CPUs (Summit Ridge)

Supports DDR4 2933+ (OC) (Ryzen CPU) / 2400 (A-series APU)

2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 4 PCIe 2.0 x1, 1 M.2 (Key E)

Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLI™, AMD Quad CrossFireX™

Graphics Output:HDMI

7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), Nichicon Fine Gold Series Audio Caps

6 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3), 1 M.2 (PCIe Gen2 x2 & SATA3)

12 USB 3.0 (1 Type-C, 4 Front, 7 Rear)

Intel® Gigabit LAN

Intel® 802.11ac+ BT 4.2

 

CRYORIG - H7 Quad Lumi

Why you need it?

Simple! To keep your CPU from overheating. 

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 Made by Cryorig

RGB LIGHTING!

1600RPM Fan

G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 RAM

Why you need it?

This is what you need to make programs work accurately and fluidly. It's the "short term" memory of your PC that your CPU uses while running programs.

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Made by G.Skill

DDR4-3200MHz

16GB (2 x 8GB)

CAS LATENCY - 16

TIMING 16-18-18-38

1.35V

Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Why you need it?

This is where you store all of the things you want to save: photos, documents, games, programs, etc.

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Made by Seagate

2TB Storage

SATA 6 Gb/s

64MB Cache

7200 RPM

Asus - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Dual OC Edition Graphics Card

Why you need it?

To process video / games so they look hella fly.

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Made by Asus

Boost Clock 1809 MHz

PCI-Express x16

GeForce GTX 1070

8GB GDDR5 Memory

NZXT - S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case

Why you need it?

Your components need a home!

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Made by NZXT

Mid-Size Tower

White/Purple (this is the most important part ^_^)

Stainless Steel Chassis

Clear side panel for viewing your components

AOC Q2778VQE 27-Inch Class LED-Lit Monitor

Why you need it?

This is how you see what your computer is displaying including all those amazing games!

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Made by AOC

2560x1440 Resolution

1ms Response Time

LED Lit

16:9 Aspect Ratio

Dynamic Contrast Ratio - 20,000,000:1

IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BUILD A COMPUTER

There are PLENTY of awesome alternatives that are just as good as a custom built PC. Here are some of my recommendations that would be comparable to what Stephen + I built for myself:

OMEN BY HP

** You will need to also upgrade a select few components on these models. It's quite difficult finding an exact replica of a custom built PC **

My only real direction for Stephen with helping me with my build was that I wanted mostly white parts and then as many LED rainbow lights as possible! Oh and of course that I want it primarily for gaming and blogging. He definitely came through with making what I've seen in my brain for so long appear before my eyes on my desk! I hope this helped ya'll if you are trying to make your own computer - I tried to put everything in the simplest terms only because that's the best way that I learn myself! See you dorks next week so until then please #staynerdy

PERFECT HUMANS NEWS OF THE WEEK

Halloween is coming up! You know what that means? THE CUTEST DESIGNS YOU'LL SEE IN THE COMMUNITY and no that is not biased since it's my favorite time of year. Okay - maybe it is but here is a sneak peek of a very limited run I'll be doing of Lady Axolotl in her lil costume! 

LIFE LESSON REMINDER OF THE WEEK

I had to share something I will never shut up about - abuse. Please read above about how important it is to take all accounts seriously and to NOT enable abusers in any way, shape or form. Here's the life story article by the way and my post on abusive relationships - for reference. 

INTERVIEW ON DECK

Oh shittttttt - YES I hung with some of the boys of The Flatliners at their secret show this past Sunday at Slidebar in Fullerton! It was SO awesome. We talked beaver tail, music, Canada, politics, and so much more. I can't wait to share it with you dorks next week! #staynerdy

ALBUM OF THE WEEK

If you haven't checked out Kesha's latest album, please do yourself a huge solid and give it a listen. It's been on repeat for me all week! I can't get over how she still has a fun/party vibe but it's got this mature/deep undertone to it as well. My fave track is, "Hymn". Give it a listen at least once - you'll be hooked!