So back around late 2010 or 2011 i had a good friend of mine build me a better computer for handling video editing. I spent all of my budget of $1,000 on what was a really good computer at that time. It had an AMD 8 core processor and 8 gigs of ram. It did the job well. As time when by I wanted a little more. Last year i bought a new video card for it and picked up the latest and greatest Nvidia GTX 980. Awesome graphics card. However there was something I did not know. My motherboard was older tech and was not actually capable of taking full advantage of what the GTX 980 could do. It still worked great, but when i learned it could do so much better I developed the itch for upgrading my computer. I wanted to try to salvage some of the good stuff from my computer to use with an updated computer to cut down on the cost. I was looking to spend about $500 but could go up to $1,000 if needed. I asked for some help from my girlfriends boss Jay who is really knowledgeable about computers and can build them. In fact when we went to the store to pick out and buy the parts for my computer, I think he know more about the hardware in the store than the people that worked there and was even able to help some of the customers in the store as well.
So we broke down what we needed and what we were going to be able to salvage from the old PC. We were able re-use my power supply, DVD burner, 2 hard drives and of course the Nvidia graphics card. The ram was an older style (DDR3) and we planed to move the ram to a faster current format (DDR4). So we took off to Denver and stopped into Micro Center, which is what I would explain as a Lowe’s of computer stuff. They had everything you could possibly need to build your own computer. You could get lost in that place (if your into that kinda stuff). Jay knows all the pros and cons about the hardware there. There were inexpensive options and there were pricey options that had some great pros for what I do. So i could not resist getting the items that would benefit my video production, even if it meant spending more the $500. So $1,104.33 later, we had everything to build the Chaos PC.
Below you can check out some of the pictures from the build. The computer came out great. We had some issues where we did not realize that when we upgraded to Windows 10 we upgraded to the 32 bit version and not the 64 bit version. It took us……oh and by us i really mean Jay (I don’t know what i’m doing when it comes to building a computer), it took “us” till 2AM to get everything up and going right. Poor Jay had to be at work at 7am too. You can check out my vlog from that day by clicking HERE. The Chaos PC is awesome and i’m able to render videos so much faster than before. Check out what all went into the Chaos PC.
Computer Parts list
- Cooler Master Storm Trooper case (Not Star Wars themed)
- ASROCK X99X Killer (Motherboard)
- 32 GB of EVGA DDR4 ram
- 250GB solid state hard drive (The new C drive)
- LG DVD/ Blu ray reader/ writer
- Intel Core i7 5820k
- Plus a few other nic-nacks that don’t sound as high tech