Planning to build a PC rather than spending a huge amount on those fancy Computer stores in your locality? Then this is the much-needed post for you. Here, one of my friends has built a PC for casual gaming and heavy editing. Let’s check out what we have got!
The Dream Setup – PC build
When you have planned to PC build, you’ll need to know what components are required, and that what suits you the most! Starting off, you would need a processor followed by GPU, RAM, ROM, Motherboard, etc.,
As the preference was to build a PC with high graphics, we have decided to compensate with the processor. So we bought an Intel i3-9100F (9th gen) which is completely value for money. It doesn’t have Intel’s UHD graphics though but supports up to 4.2GHz (which is higher than the 3.6GHz support on the i5-9400F). It does outperform AMD Ryzen 3-3200g by 10% which made us finalize this.
Random Access Memory is typically to store working data and machine data. Since the PC build was to edit videos in high-end software like Adobe Premiere Pro, we have opted for 2 units of 8gb Corsair Vengeance LPX 8Gb DDR4 DRAM. Having a dual-channel RAM when the Motherboard supports is always a wise decision and Corsair provides budget-friendly yet powerful components making it our favorite.
The higher the RAM more the multi-tasking.
While involved in a PC Build, choosing the motherboard plays a crucial role. It is the most important unit considering a PC build. It is a PCB (Printed circuit board) that lays the foundation of a computer. We needed a motherboard that supports up to 32gb RAM, 4 USB ports, Intel’s 8th and 9th gen processors with multiple ROMs. Choosing the Expedition series of ASUS motherboards (Asus EX-B365M-V5) fulfilled all the requirements since it has support for all those mentioned above. It also has the smoothest, slickest mouse-controlled graphical BIOS that has been improved to make it even more appealing.
Read-only memory is a non-volatile type memory and the data stored here cannot be electronically modified. These are used to store any type of data be it software, games, office files, etc., There are 2 types of ROM in the market: SSD and HDD. HDDs are cheaper and you can get more storage. SSDs are faster, lighter, durable, and use less energy. For easy comparison 1TB hard disk costs Rs 3250 whereas a 240gb SSD costs Rs 3200. We used a combination of 500 Gb SSD and 500 Gb HDD in this to have more storage (with HDD) and faster booting time (with SSD). PNY is the budget-friendly ones and what we bought was a 2.5″ SATA SSD.
Tech Tip: Load windows on SSD to have a booting time of less than 10secs 😊
A Graphics Processing Unit is used to alter and manipulate a memory to accelerate the creation of images or videos. Since there is no integrated graphics card, we bought a dedicated one which is AMD’s Radeon RX 580 GDDR5. This 8gb graphic card is more than enough for heavy editing and casual gaming at higher fps (frames per second) which supports up to 4K with H265/HEVC encoding and decoding.
To run any electrical/electronic system, you’ll need a power supply unit and in this field, it is called SMPS. It is always necessary for a PC build to get a Power Supply Unit which is capable of distributing the required power. To power up all the mentioned components with 2-4 additional fans being set up on the cabinet, 500W Smps was required, and to fulfill this we bought SilverStone’s ST50F-ES230 power supply unit which is 80 PLUS certified with a silent running 120mm fan. It also has 2 SATA connectors by which SSD and HDD can be connected.
Last but not the least in our PC build, our choice was to have more fans and PCI-E slots and Antec NX100 was the solution as it supports up to 5 fans and 7 PCI-E slots. This features a full-sized plastic side window panel which is nothing but a see-through window and better ventilation compared to others in this price range.
Total Cost of the DIY PC build
All of these components are bought during lockdown (more demand less supply, so increased price) and after the GST hike announced by the government so it might be a bit costly. All the prices are including GST.
Hope you enjoyed reading the PC build guide, comment your thoughts in the comment section below and we’ll reply you 🙂