Summer Project: Building a PC

Today, I decided I wanted to build my own PC. I have never built one before, nor do I have an experience actually handling PC hardware.


  1. Cost: building a PC yourself is much cheaper than buying one.
  2. Longevity: parts are almost completely interchangeable and are more easily maintained.
  3. Performance: a much better cost-to-performance ratio
  4. The Challenge: even though PC’s have become much easier to build, the DIY build element is exciting

The Goal:

Budget, plan, and build a PC by the end of summer.

This Medium format is ideal, as I will be able to add on to the build, month by month, component by component — making it more easily digestible

If this is the first time you have heard about PC building, the steps are as follows:

  1. Buying the parts: motherboard, CPU, graphics card etc…
  2. Assembly
  3. Installing software
  4. Testing and bench-marking

Why Not a Mac?

A budget of $1500 is about what I would have to spend on a new Mac. So why not just buy a MacBook Pro?

Firstly, a well maintained PC could last over 10 years with the proper care, compared to about 5 with a Mac.

Secondly, with the same amount of money spent, I will be getting more than double the performance — perhaps even more.

Nicholas Tomic
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