Yesterday was a nightmare.

I had planned to spend most of the day on my university work and YouTube projects. I woke up early, got dressed and did some research on the computer while eating breakfast. I then turned the computer off and took Catharine, my girlfriend, to work. A little while later I was back to the house and decided to continue my studies. I turned PC back on and went to make a cup of coffee while it booted. And then it happened.

*POP*

The power supply had blown. Not a big deal, I’m quite tech-savvy and had an old PC upstairs that I could either setup, or swap the power supply. So I brushed the cobwebs off and tested my old computer. Of course it didn’t work either, I was getting constant blue-screens which eluded to either the HDD, RAM or possibly a dislodged component inside. Instead of fault finding this I swapped the power supply into my newer machine, and of course it didn’t have the right connectors for the motherboard. And the old power supply didn’t really fit into the small form factor case either.

At this point I wanted to scream, but I kept my cool and proceeded to swap and test every part of both computers in order to get a working machine. After about 4 hours I had a setup that could be used. It wasn’t perfect but it was an improvement from two unusable computers. In the end I had to use the motherboard, power supply and case from the old machine and other components from the newer machine.

Now I was able to re-install the computer (because of all the hardware changes it was no longer booting from the existing SSD hard drive – and there were files that I wanted to transfer). It took me best part of the evening to finish the installation and at about 8pm I finally had an operational PC. It couldn’t support my usual double monitor setup and hardly worked. It definitely was not going to run well when video editing and programming. Games were out the question!

At this point a turned to Catharine and we had a conversation. This conversation was the best thing that had happened to me all day! As I went to ask about buying a new computer she told me that Angela, (my mother-in-law) would lend me any amount of money I needed to sort out and get a decent working computer. So now I was confronted with two major options, I was certainly going to take her up on the offer, but do I go cheap and get myself out of a hole, or go with a more expensive long term investment? Either way I am going to repay the money so what the hell..!

Of course, I went for the stupidly expensive all-singing all-dancing PC that before today I could only dream about having! At this point I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Angela for firstly making this possible and secondly getting me out of an incredibly tight spot!

I am still waiting for the PC to be delivered and will review it when it has arrived. However, for anyone that is interested the main specs are:

  • Intel i7 8700k 3.7Ghz
  • 64GB DDR4 RAM
  • GeForce GTX 1080
  • 256GB SSD NVME HDD
  • Liquid Cooling
  • 750W Gold PSU
  • 2 x 24″ Monitors
  • 4K Webcam

Links to the exact equipment are here, it is worth noting that I did not buy these individual components. I used a company called NovaTech to custom build it and have not been informed if additional cables or connectors are required:

PC Case:
Fractal Design Focus G Front Computer Case with Window, USB 3.0/2.0 and Audio Jacks - Black

Motherboard:
GIGABYTE Intel 1151 Socket Z370 Chipset XP SLI D4 ATX Motherboard - Black

Processor:
Intel Core i7-7700 3.6 GHz QuadCore 8 MB Cache CPU

Cooling:
Corsair CW-9060025-WW Hydro Series H100i V2 240 mm Extreme Performance All-In-One Liquid CPU Cooler - Black

Memory:
Corsair CMU64GX4M4C3000C15R Vengeance LED 64GB (4x16GB) DDR4 3000MHz C15 XMP 2.0 Enthusiast LED Illuminated Memory Kit - Black with Red LED Lighting

Graphics:
GIGABYTE NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 G1 GAMING

Hard Drive:
Samsung (MZ-V6E250BW) 250GB EVO PCI Express 3.0 x4 NVMe Solid State Drive

Power Supply:
Corsair CP-9020092-UK RM750x 750 W 80 Plus Gold Certified Modular 135 mm Thermally Controlled Fan Power Supply Unit - Black

Monitors:
HP K7C00ATABU - Z24NF NARROW BEZEL DISPLAY

Webcam:
Logitech Business Brio Ultra HD Webcam for Video Conferencing, Recording and Streaming for Windows and Mac

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