Until a few months ago, 53-year-old Logical Increments reader Jim had never attempted to build his own PC. He had always purchased pre-built desktops for his design work, but felt like their components were already antiquated by the time he unboxed the PC.
As someone who works on cars as a hobby, Jim had always considered building his own PC. The same way he likes understanding the parts under a car’s engine, he wanted to better understand the components inside his PC and feel confident upgrading them himself.
When he found Logical Increments, he decided to finally try his hand at building a PC.
Still, choosing the components was the most difficult part of the process. Jim spent 3 weeks researching parts before making all of his decisions, starting with the motherboard: the ASUS X99-A.
“Choosing a motherboard is similar to building the bottom end of an engine,” Jim said. “Place your emphasis on the heart of your device.”
Because his main goal with this PC is CPU-intensive BIM modeling software, Jim also placed emphasis on a powerful CPU: the 6-core, hyperthreaded i7-5820K. That CPU doesn’t include an integrated graphics processor, so he also got an affordable, quality graphics card, the GTX 950.
Here’s his full list of components:
- CPU: Intel i7-5820K
- GPU: Gigabyte Windforce NVIDIA GTX 950
- Motherboard: ASUS X99-A
- RAM: 16GB G.SKILL DDR4-3000
- SSD: 480GB SanDisk Extreme Pro
- HDD: 2TB Seagate
- PSU: EVGA 850 G2
- CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE
- Case: Phanteks Enthoo Primo Black/Green
The total build price came out to around $1,600.
This build should last Jim several years as a workstation. Whenever he desires, he also has the ability to easily upgrade the CPU, RAM, graphics card, or storage.
As a first time builder, Jim expected he might run into some problems trying to piece it together, but he said the process went smoothly. It now “runs great.”
When asked if he had any advice for others considering building their first PC, he had a pretty clear message: “Just do it! It was a great experience.”
All photos by Jim Uriah. We’d like to thank Jim for sharing his story and photos with us. If you’ve recently built a PC and would like to share your experience, we’d love to talk to you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.