PC Build 005: is it Build Day yet?

 The short answer: no. Suffice to say I have spent more time playing games on my new computer than I have finishing my write-up of building it. At some point between post 003 and this one, I sat down and wrote rough outlines for each of the five remaining posts I had in mind. Some time later, I published the next one, post 004. Since post 004 I have changed my mind about writing the four final posts and recently wrote an even rougher outline that squashes them all into a single final post (and this isn’t it).
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PC Build 004: Powered by Seasonic


A power supply unit, or PSU, was the first thing I started looking into after I bought my case. But I soon realised there is a vast range of power-supplying capabilities – with the most basic question “what wattage is it?” ranging from 300W to 1200W. That’s quite a difference.

So, ignoring other fancy PSU stuff, how do you figure out what wattage to get?

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PC Build 001: bought a Thermaltake Core V21 case


For a couple of years I’ve had the intention of building a PC for myself – something I haven’t done in a very long time. In fact, I’ve never built a PC from scratch for myself before. Back in college, in hardware class, is the only time I’ve gone from an empty case to a working computer. Around the same time, but outside of college, I did a little bit of cobbling together the better components from old computers I could get my hands on to upgrade the computers of friends and family. But I never built my own machine.

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