Building My First PC
By: Tianhao Chen
“Wow! That PC looks so cool!” I said, watching a video on YouTube about building PCs.
From a very young age, I always enjoyed building things, as I had a curiosity of how things were built and how individual parts worked together to create the final product. From buying Lego sets to building bridges for fun engineering projects, I loved to build things.
When I was exposed to a video on YouTube about building custom PCs, I was mesmerized by it. I loved how you could see all the components of the PC, and was so intrigued watching the fans spin and the lights light up, imagining each component working together to run as one machine.
During the summer of 2020, I decided that I wanted to build my own PC. At first, I was worried my parents wouldn’t let me as computers are expensive. Fortunately, they allowed me to build my own PC, given my budget wasn’t too high. Throughout the summer, I researched parts and watched tutorials on how to build one. When I finished summer school, I decided then I was going to build the PC.
The first time going into Micro Center, a store that sells PC parts, was jaw-dropping. I was amazed looking at the boxes upon boxes of PC components just sitting on the shelves. I went straight away to pick up the parts that I needed, unable to contain my excitement. However, not all of the components that I wanted were there, so I had to order some online, meaning I couldn’t build my PC that day. Bummer! Once I arrived home with the components, my fingers were dying to start building. However, I was patient enough to wait until my other parts arrived before starting.
The morning that the rest of the parts arrived, I did nothing else but devote my time on building this PC, clearing out a large section of my desk to give myself a large area to work on. While building, I read the manuals carefully, handled each part with care, and played another tutorial in the background while I was building.
The most tense part of the building process was when I had to insert the CPU, the brain of the PC, into the motherboard. The CPU had a lot of pins at the bottom, and if any were to bend, I would have to replace it. Hands shaking, I inserted the CPU into its socket, and locked it in place. Once locked in, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. After a lot of patience, struggle, and fiddling with cables, it came down to the last component, the GPU. The GPU is the most exciting component for me, as it’s what displays graphics on the monitor and is aesthetically pleasing. Carefully, I inserted it into its slot, and with a click, it was locked into place. I wiped the sweat off my forehead and prepared to turn it on for the very first time. I was nervous for this part, as oftentimes the PC may not turn for the first time, usually due to errors while building. Holding my breath, I plugged in the PC, and pressed the power button.
Instantly, the PC came to life as the fans started spinning and the lights turned on. I breathed a huge sigh of relief. Finally, I had my own PC. Once I finished setting it up, I immediately started using it, speechless by how fast it ran. From the moment I held the parts, I cherished it, and I continue to do so to this day.