#hardware

So You Want to Build a PC: Introduction

· 3 min read

One of the most common comments I get (especially on Twitter) is "help! I want to build a PC but I have no idea where to start!" My original thought was to do one post documenting the build process, but I believe that more value will be had if I break the post into a series of posts. This way, I can go over more things in much more detail. So, that said, I will start to post individual articles under the title "So You Want to Build a PC" or SYWTBAPC for short. Let's get started!The first thing you want to consider when planning a PC build is your use case. Do you want a high-end gaming PC, smooth VR experiences, quick compile times, or heavy rendering capabilities? I tend to build high-end gaming PCs, so the majority of the discussion in my posts will be around gaming ...

Side Project: Water Cooling My PC

· 7 min read

Introduction I built my first desktop computer as a teenager when I started to become interested in PC gaming. Since then, I've done multiple iterations and upgrades until I finally arrived at a place where I was comfortable enough to water cool my computer. Water cooling is often done by hobbyists as a way to reduce temperatures and noise, and to enable overclocking hardware components while maintaining good temperatures. Disclaimer: I do not claim to be an expert on water cooling. If you plan to water cool a PC, this guide is mainly to serve as an introduction to the process and to chronicle my own journey water cooling my PC. It is not comprehensive by any means. Part List Item Type Link Motherboard ASUS Strix Z370-E http://a.co/5Dq88Cr Processor Intel i7-8700K http://a.co/fZD5R7U Graphics Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC Black Edition http://a. ...