First off, could you tell us a little about yourself?
I started playing video games when I was about seven and I was mostly a console gamer for a long time because I couldn’t afford to buy or build a computer. So I saved up money throughout college, I was working I think three jobs at the time and saved up enough money and built my first computer. Ever since then I’ve been fully converted to playing PC games. About two years ago I started streaming on Twitch and then a year after that I quit my full time job as a graphic designer to focus on streaming full time.
When did you build your first computer and how many have you built now?
I think it was right before I started streaming about two years ago, so maybe two and a half years. This build is my third.
You built the PC for your sister to give her an upgrade, but what inspired you to do so?
She’s the kind of person who would never do this for herself and she doesn’t like to spend money on herself. I knew that she needed an upgrade because she’s been using an old laptop for about five or six years. I really wanted to introduce her to some of my favorite games as well and most of them are PC games. I figured the only way I was going to get her to do that would be if I took the initiative and built her the computer myself.
So it was also a way for you to reconnect with your sister via games?
Yeah, because there are a lot of PC exclusives that I wanted her to experience and she just couldn’t run anything on that laptop, so I built her a new computer. We used to play console games all the time and then once I swapped over to playing PC games there was kind of a divide there where she couldn’t play the same as I was playing because I was playing on a PC and she didn’t have a computer that didn’t have any PC games.
Was it a surprise for her or did she know beforehand?
It was a surprise for a while but she started talking about buying a new laptop and I had already started contacting companies about parts. I was going to make it a surprise but I had to tell her not to buy a laptop, so I kind of had to reveal it to her.
One of the biggest obstacles to high-end PC gaming is the knowledge needed to buy parts and put together a build. How much about parts and building did you know going into it?
With the age of the internet that we’re in it’s very easy to learn how to do just about anything and building a computer seems more of a daunting task than it actually is. The first time I built a computer it was nerve wracking but the second and third times it was less scary. You just kind of have to get over the fear of breaking things because everything is a lot less delicate than you expect it will be, except for the CPU. I watched a lot of tutorials online and refreshed my memory about how to do it and it wasn’t scary. It was scarier to be doing it with an audience.
How did having an audience affect the build process?
It took a lot longer because I was stopping to explain things and I was stopping to read the chat. The whole build took quite a while because of the time I was taking to talk to people. There was one part where I plugged one of the power supply cords in the wrong way and then because of the positioning I couldn’t reach my hand where I needed to to pull it out of the socket. It was getting really frustrating because normally you would just deal with it and unplug it, but because I had so many people watching and they’re all watching me have this struggle. The knowledge of that was pretty nerve wracking.
Were there any instances that your viewers were helpful during the process?
Among the PC building community it’s kind of a contentious topic about whether to install the fans as intake or exhaust and so for a while we were going back and forth and I was debating with the chat about what was going to be the best for my specific situation. So it was nice to talk to them and have their feedback about their experiences on whether it’s better to do it one way or the other. I ended up going with the way CORSAIR has it printed in the manual, which I believe was intake.
Based on your experience streaming this build would you do it again the future?
I would definitely do it again. It was frustrating but it was still a fun and interesting process. Building a PC for my mom is something I’d also like to do, she has a Chromebook so she doesn’t even have a full laptop.
When it came to the tools you had on hand, what was most useful during your build?
I did get a plastic Lazy Susan so I could set the case on it and spin it. Even if I hadn’t streamed it, it was super useful rather than having to pick up the entire case and turn it around, I could just spin it on this little Lazy Susan.
What advice would you give someone who wanted to start building their first PC, based on your experiences?
The knowledge that things aren’t quite as delicate. You do need to be careful but you don’t have to be as careful as you might expect to, except for things like the CPU. When you’re plugging things in sometimes you kind of have to force it to click and I know the first time I was building my computer I was lacking in confidence. As long as you’re paying attention to the tutorials and you kind of know what you’re doing, you need to have confidence while building the computer. You should respect that the parts are expensive and there are certain pieces that are delicate but sometimes you have to force things together.
Have you ever wanted to build something crazier? More lights, more design?
Yeah I think if I had more expendable income or if I was just doing something more for the build’s sake I would really like to do one that’s color coordinated. I don’t know if I’d ever want to get into custom water cooling because it seems like so much effort and it’s so easy to install CORSAIR coolers that I don’t know if I’d want to put that extra pressure on myself. But if I could just buy any parts that I wanted I think I’d want to do a white and black or yellow and black color coordinated build.
We want to give Anne a big thank you for taking the time to talk to us as well as streaming the build!
CPU Cooler: CORSAIR H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-2400
PSU: CORSAIR RM 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular
Case: CORSAIR 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower