penguindoctor  asked:

Could you let us know what you're putting into your custom build? Did you get a case in the shape of Scooby doo's head? Maybe a mobo in that shape?

Wait, are you psychic?!

…buuuuuut in all seriousness, sure, here’s the lowdown on the parts – plus helpful* explanations for all the non-techies out there!

*helpful explanations may not be entirely factual

1. Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz

  • What a computer uses to do its regular, boring stuff, like managing 100 billion instructions per second
  • Just barely not powerful enough to trigger an AI uprising

2 . ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler

  • Makes computer substantially less likely to burst into flames, which most experts agree is a good thing
  • Source of many “I have a lot of fans” and “wow, this is so cool” jokes

3. Gigabyte GA-B150M-D3H Motherboard

  • The thing you stick most of the other parts onto
  • Has ports to plug basically anything in, excluding hairdryers

4. Acer GN246HL 24.0" 144Hz Monitor

  • You really ought to know what a monitor is… I mean, come on, now
  • Can display images super quickly, which is useful for both games and videos of cheetahs

5. EVGA 430W 80+ Certified Power Supply

  • I don’t know what it’s certified for, but it has been, 80 or more times
  • Ranked #2 on the list of Parts to Not Stick Your Fingers Into

6. G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB Memory

  • Unnecessarily-cool name, despite being just two sticks of fancy metal
  • Colored red, which makes it run faster

7. Crucial MX300 275GB Solid State Drive

  • Makes computers restart faster than (insert some sort of scathing political joke here)
  • Small-enough storage size to make nerds laugh at me… until they realize I currently have 6 terabytes sitting on my desk

8. MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GAMING Video Card

  • Has “gaming” in its title in all caps, in case you thought people buy  $300+ graphics cards for browsing Pinterest
  • Also colored red, which makes it run faster

9. Deepcool Tesseract Mid Tower Case

  • Is super vain because it looks all cool and expensive, but doesn’t tell its friends that it actually cost $32 after rebate
  • Glows blue, which is probably the only thing you’ll remember about this build 5 minutes from now

10. MIONIX NAOS 7000 Ergonomic Optical Mouse

  • Actually fits hands as big as mine, by some ludicrous miracle
  • Made by a Swedish company, so that’s probably why its title looks like the Latin name for a newly-discovered insect

…dang, I should have been a Computer Science teacher. I’m the best at explaining stuff.

If you’re planning on getting a gaming PC, please read this.

Consider building it yourself, or hiring someone else to do it. It’s not as challenging as a lot of people think it is. If you don’t feel like you can handle the responsibility, consider hiring someone local. You will save hundreds of dollars, probably $200 to $300.

If you end up buying a pre-built, do NOT buy Alienware. It’s trash. It’s marked up to disgusting prices and the hardware selection is God awful. Which moves me into my next point.

When you’re looking at PC’s or hardware, don’t go for the i7. Is an i7 a good processor? Absolutely. Does that mean its best for a gaming PC? No. The most important part of a PC that you will be using primarily for gaming (and of course other mundane stuff like work/school and the internet) is the graphics card. GPU GPU GPU, not CPU. All of these pre-built’s use i7′s because they’re known as “EXTREMELY EXTREME i7 FOR EXTREME GAMING FOR EXTREME GAMERS”, when that’s not true. Does that mean get a shitty processor? Of course not. Save $100 on a processor and get an i5, and spend the $100 on a better graphics card. An i5 will perform almost identically to an i7 (When it comes to video games, VFX and rendering is a different story), and an extra $100 on your graphics card will be a HUGE help when running demanding games.

I’m so tired of these big companies like Dell and ASUS making these PC’s with an i7 and people buying it thinking its the best gaming PC for the price. My friend just got an ASUS ROG G20 for $1200. It’s not worth the money for the performance you’ll be getting.