Malaise on building one's own computers:

First time I built a computer was when I transformed my Amiga 1200 into a Tower system. I suppose I could have picked something easier as my first DIY bit it seemed to work okay.

The first lesson I learned is to not GLUE your hard drives to the floor of the tower.

I’m planning on building a new PC this year, or the next, depending on when Skyrim is released and hope to get something nice for my $. The only thing I will not do is buy the absolutely top of the line videocard as I have in the past, since it drops so quickly in value and the performance % from the lower tier is negligible.

I guess I originally started as I wanted “my parts” and the big plastic brands were bloated and loaded with crap I did not want, they were impossible to upgrade and generally just sucked. Unfortunately, it seems to become a theme in that the latest motherboards seem to put everything from graphics card to soundcards on them, which means I’m paying for stuff I wont be using. I.e. you could either pick the motherboard with eSATA/SATA2/USB3/latest intel chipset and 4 memory slots… with a soundcard onboard… or a SATA2/USB/Intel Chipset motherboard with 2 memory slots.

–DELETE ME Please–

Yeah, keeping is quiet is why I still build my own. Just don’t skimp on the case, buy a good case and putting everything together will be a hundred times easier. Also, be sure to check your monster video card will fit, they’ve been getting pretty big and in some cases they will be too long.

Mmhm…rei, what exactly was your point, anyway?
That article has nothing against building your own PC, in a sense.

Anyway, I don’t build my own PC. Do it if you enjoy doing it. Otherwise, what’s the sense?
It can become an arduous logistics work that no one is paying you for.
Are you a logistics manager or something? It’s of your job to be finding vendors, filtering items by quality/price, making sure the stuff gets to you, assembling the shit together, making sure all works in testing routines and then finally getting to use it? Fuck that shit!

At most, I review hardware performances to go in line with my expectations with the games I intend to play, I select what I want, find where I can buy it, I pay top dollar - yes - and I receive my goods. And it’s all good. And then I game. And it is bliss to see the performance boost from that PC I had for the last 5 years that could barely keep its guts inside.
And if I don’t receive my goods, then I raise hell. Justified. So I can get a kink from being a bastard and pulling spines out of bodies and acting like Sony throwing the word “lawsuit” at everyone every five seconds.

But I don’t have to clench teeth and make sure that I don’t drop a tear of sweat on the MOBO or some oil from my fingers get on the CPU as I install it in the seat or whatever crazy nonsense.
And it doesn’t take long for my rig to arrive from the time I order it, either.

You get exactly what you want, and in the case of specialist builds like quiet PCs, you get it cheaper.

Cheaper, yes. But, your time is important and costly too. And there’s no warranty.
Call me lazy, if you will.

Besides, I’m based in Israel so it’s not like in the USA where I can find a tonnage of vendors with a tonnage of components all begging for me to take their stock off their hands.

Why think about it now? It’s way too early. ;)

German site ComputerBase has a nice official comparison table of the 3 Z68 models.
After a very brief look - one early review “the Z68 is stable and holds up well compared to the Z67”- and the table by Asus, I would decide this mainly on price. Do you need 1394A or a 3rd and a 4th 6 Gb SATA channel? In my case the answer would be no, I have no use for 1394A and I’ll use the 3 Gb SATA channels if I get additional devices, so I would chose the standard version because it’s much cheaper.

If I were building a new machine, I’d start with an Asus Maximus IV. Yeah, it’s expensive, but I have an ROG motherboard in my current system and love it. The CPU level up system is like overclocking for dummies. I’ve never OCd a system before (again, afraid to mess something up) but I cranked my Q6600 from 2.4 to 2.93 with a couple of clicks and it has been rock solid for a couple of years.

God I hate that part. Why can’t there just be goddamned screws for it, why does it have to be those stupid plastic grommets or whatever they are that nearly crack the mobo before snapping into place.

Otherwise, I am really happy I built my own machine. Yeah it’s time consuming but it’s part of being a hobbyist. I like knowing exactly what I have and where.

What’s the problem? Even easier than screws…
(but yeah, I know. Pressing hard down on the singlemost expensive component and hearing the mobo creak Can be harrowing the first few times)

As others have stated you do save money if your building anything that isn’t run of the mill, like my whisperquiet water cooled system.

An while you don’t get a warranty on on the build itself, you still get it on individual faulty components.

?? Every part you buy will have a warranty.

Uh, I’m not in the US either. It’s right there, in the location field.

While the prices here are quite a bit higher than the US, there is a large stock of all sorts of parts, I’ve been building my own PCs for some years now and never felt a lack of choice. Except for watercooling parts, those are so rare that I still use aircooling. It’s horrible.

I’m in the camp of “can’t be bothered” but then I don’t take any pleasure from the process either. If you enjoy it, by all means … enjoy.

The price differential doesn’t mean much to me and the fact that I would know exactly what was inside is pretty ‘meh’ on my scale of caring. I can’t remember the last time that knowing which component came from which manufacturer and which model it was factored into any conversation I had regarding my PC. If the machine runs reliably and is fast enough to do what I need it to do, knowledge of what’s inside is pretty unimportant to me.

I just select the components I want and pay the 20-50 euro extra for assembly, best of both worlds and full warranty on the whole system.

I’m damn proud of the last one I built. It’s an HTPC.

The thread is a bit old, so some notable things have changed:

  • The problem with calibrating the touchscreen was due to an assembly error. I unscrewed the LCD from the front of the case, and found that it was actually touching the case itself. Screwing it back on and pushing it a bit inward made calibration work just fine.
  • I wrote my own widgets for the LCD. Took a while, but I finally got what I wanted. Still keep ClocX on there, but the bottom widgets now give me temperature/weather conditions, CPU, and memory readouts. Still no integration with ZoomPlayer, though.
  • I’ve doubled the amount of memory to 8 gigs.
  • The video card was upgraded to a cheap, fanless Radeon 5570 (due for another upgrade soon).
  • I canceled my cable subscription, bought a digital antenna and ATI digital tuner card. It works beautifully in WMC.

I love building my own PCs. I’ll probably never stop.

Twelve hours later and a few scares over some bent motherboard pins, and it lives!! You were absolutely spot on, it feels amazing.

I love building new PC’s - I’ve built almost two dozen for people these last 8 or so years, and it’s always satisfying. PC’s I built almost 9 years ago are still being used by those same folks, just using the higher rated parts of sites like It’s fun to build new PC’s and get elbow deep in the hardware.

I’ve been trying to con my fiancee into letting me build her a low-power, relatively quiet, small desktop to surf the web, write papers, watch videos, and do moderate music and photo editing on. I may be putting this pressure on due to a desire to build a medium-class PC around the new AMD APUs :)

Of course, I won’t move forward on that till the job hunt pans out. Anyone looking for a guy with no qualifications but plenty of energy in the Triangle area of NC? :)

I have really decreased my PC builds as time as gone on and like everyone, gotten older and more possessive of my time. I really liked the Shuttles as they still allowed me to part out builds without the stuff I found the most tedious until I had several die in my own personal bad cap-pocalypse of '09.

I just recently retired my Q6600 to second-tier status and built an i7-2600k/P67 machine. While I found myself going bigger than I had for years with a full sized case (actually a P-180 from 2005 new in the box, a purchase made before I decided m-ATX was the form-factor for me), I used an Antec 620 as the cooler and lovelovelove it. It may be the quietest PC I have ever owned.

With me, I found that I just didn’t need to upgrade either for CPU or GFX card nearly as much as I had in the past. My Q6600/4870 was rocking along at 1920x1080 in everything I played and I really didn’t feel the need to invest in more, as the longer you wait, the more your money buys. It wasn’t until Rift started punishing the machine (no statement on graphics; just that for me it was the first one I came across) at the levels I wanted to play it at and the close release of the 2600k/P67 that I finally broke down and bought my way back into the present.

The PC I’m using now is the first and only one I’ve built (October 2009). I enjoyed the experience tremendously as well as saved a great bit of money over buying a prebuilt one.

I won’t look down on anyone who purchases a prebuild high-end PC, though. Building a computer is definitely not for everyone. It’s kinda stressful and is best done with copious amounts of research.

… I can’t wait until I can justify building a new one in 2-3 years!