I built a new PC last week. I had bought my previous PC from a friend five or so years ago, and it was showing its age in its inability to run games smoothly, which is really the only thing I care about.
I’ve wanted to build a small form factor (SFF) PC ever since I learned about them years ago, so it was exciting to downsize into a smaller, cuter case. I was fortunate to have the moral and technical support of my much more PC-savvy friends throughout the entire process, from selecting parts to actually building it (an hours-long ordeal).
- Case: Cooler Master NR200P
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G
- Motherboard: Asus STRIX 550-I
- GPU: AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
- PSU: Corsair SF600
- RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB
- Storage: 256GB + 1TB SSD
The GPU and SSDs are taken from my old PC; all other parts are new. I also specced out an Intel build, but decided to go with AMD because it ended up being less expensive.
A hilarious number of things were a struggle during my build, because I am a clown. Here’s a list for posterity:
- Thought I had to take off the plastic logo piece attached to my CPU cooler, because it seemed like it wouldn’t fit on my motherboard if I left it on. I spent a while struggling to take it off before giving up, and it turned out it was unnecessary.
- Took a long time to figure out how to screw in the CPU cooler screws.
- The I/O shield on the case was hard to put in.
- GPU didn’t go in smoothly at first.
- Connected power cables in the wrong spots.
- Used the wrong PSU <> CPU cable.
- Had to remove PSU several times from my case because it was in the way of other cables and/or components.
Amazingly, it booted up fine when I first turned it on.