How we built a $2000 custom gaming PC

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So, how do we build a custom gaming PC? Well, it’s not impossible to build your own Windows desktop. In fact, it’s a great way to learn about what makes most computers tick. Building your own desktop is a great way to ensure you’ll have a computer that perfectly suits your current (and future) needs. Here, Stefan Etienne shows us how to build your own gaming desktop.

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43 thoughts on “How we built a $2000 custom gaming PC

  • September 13, 2018 at 18:50
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    Hi all, thanks for the comments and feedback! We're thrilled to have so many passionate people discussing this. Our goal with this video is to complement our How To article and to show that building a desktop isn't an impossible task. It was not shot in real-time, and after the shoot, we did swap the RAM channels and cleaned up some of the thermal paste as many of you have noted. Sometimes a lot more paste comes out of the tube than intended, so it's certainly something to be careful about. We also did more wire management in the second chamber of the case that didn't make it into the final cut of the video. If you're interested in building this yourself, please check out the written article for a more detailed, step-by-step guide.

    Building a PC is a great learning experience and it lets you customize a machine to your specific needs. It's also a constant work-in-progress — we plan to upgrade the GPU in this machine in the very near future (you can probably guess what's going in next ;)). – Stefan

  • September 13, 2018 at 20:58
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    This is awful. You are awful. How do you put your name on work this bad?

  • September 13, 2018 at 21:01
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    This is so wrong, and so full of issues, I'm forced to report as misleading.

    And this comes after pooping bon YouTubers for not being journalists.

    If you fancy yourself a journalist, verge, do you freaking research before building and filming and propagating BS to your 2mi subs. It's so irresponsible. You should be ashamed.

  • September 13, 2018 at 21:03
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    What an incredibly bad video. This isn't a guide anyone should follow. Leave the CPU cover on and don't throw it away FFS. If you ever need to rma the board it's required.

  • September 13, 2018 at 21:04
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    The power supply will absolutely not short out when it comes in contact with the case. I don't even….

  • September 13, 2018 at 21:16
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    Maybe you guys should do a budget build because I dont think all of your viewers can get a $2000 gaming PC right off the bat.

  • September 13, 2018 at 21:19
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    I have to say, I don't want to roast the guy, but what editor could approve this kind of video to be uploaded? You have like 2M subs. You have power over your audience. This is not a good move.

  • September 13, 2018 at 21:23
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    OK… I would do the CPU before the GPU especially with a large heat sink. The power supply takes up a lot of space, so that's gonna be last… But will… This can… Work… I guess.

  • September 13, 2018 at 21:29
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    I'm pretty sure this video is in breach of several Geneva Conventions, and should be before the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. The question is not what is wrong with it, the question is what isn't.

  • September 13, 2018 at 21:37
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    There's nothing in the description that suggests this is a satirical video, this was just plain horrible oh and FYI 2:50 it's called an I/O shield, I/O stands for input/output.

  • September 13, 2018 at 21:44
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    I don't get most of you guys. He built the PC and it works. Yes whoa he didn't do it in the order like Linus or Jay but who cares. He actually built this pc very well in my opinion.

  • September 13, 2018 at 21:45
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    Very bad video quality. Almost everything is blurred especially the host. Of course I say everything in relative terms. It is a FullHD recording with very nice effects added but a manual focus would be very appreciated next time.

  • September 13, 2018 at 21:51
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    you can tell he doesn't even have a interest in pcs look at his eyes, he is reading a script plus he is following someone else's flawed way to build a computer. Dont watch this guild watch a pro like Bitwit, LLT, Jays2cents, and Paul's hardware. Not this trash.

  • September 13, 2018 at 21:51
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    Builds a $2000 PC, "RIGHT NOW IM PLAYING LEAGUE OF LEGENDS" a game that literally can run on a toaster…

  • September 13, 2018 at 21:52
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    You should get a GN mat. And all you need is a philips head screwdriver

  • September 13, 2018 at 21:52
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    Wrong. Put the thermal compound ON the CPU socket first. Then, the CPU. (By the way, if you're learning how to build your first PC, DO NOT follow this comment OR this video. Thanks!)

  • September 13, 2018 at 21:58
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    Steaming pile of trash, pull this video down before someone buys new hardware and bricks it because of this improper guide

  • September 13, 2018 at 21:59
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    Bitwit has the best tutorial, I built my first pc last month and watched his step by step guide while building my pc took me 2hrs, his video wayyyyy more simple to understand.

  • September 13, 2018 at 22:03
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    This is satire, right?
    I've done over 1,000 PC builds. This is not the correct way to do it.

  • September 13, 2018 at 22:12
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    this is most likely the worst pc building "tutorial" on the internet…

  • September 13, 2018 at 22:13
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    Does anyone actually believe THAT GUY was able to build a pc that powered on the first time?

  • September 13, 2018 at 22:14
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    Please do not follow this guide, they make quite some mistakes like forgetting screws for the cooler or using wrong channels for the RAM modules. Check out Linus Tech Tips, Gamers Nexus or JayzTwoCents for building guides.

  • September 13, 2018 at 22:17
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    Is NO ONE going to talk about how he forgot the M.2 SSD Standoff???? I'm so done.

  • September 13, 2018 at 22:17
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    Jesus, man, do your research! There are MANY things wrong with this guide!

  • September 13, 2018 at 22:18
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    You guys need to know that they are called I/O Shield, PCIe Slot, Cpu Socket, Radiator. Your SSD is a M.2 SSD even though M.2 is linked to PCIe as there are actual PCIe SSDs that use PCIe slots.

  • September 13, 2018 at 22:18
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    stop following verge for their bullshit ! they attacked tech youtubers and now try to steal their viewers with terrible explained content

  • September 13, 2018 at 22:20
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    Thumbs up if you came for the comments. Absolute savages down there.

  • September 13, 2018 at 22:21
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    The Verge should remove this video and re-do it. A lot of inaccurate and misguided advice here, I do not recommend anyone use this as a step-by-step when building. Instead look up videos by JaysTwoCentz, Bitwit, or Paul's Hardware on how to build PCs.

  • September 13, 2018 at 22:22
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    "Make sure that you align it with the insulated parts, so the PSU doesnt short circuit"

    So you're telling me the case of the PSU has live voltage? not sure you have a real corsair PSU

  • September 13, 2018 at 22:30
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    CURSED CURSED CURSED CURSED CURSED

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