The Verge Ridiculed for "How We Built a $2000 Custom Gaming PC" Video

Discussion in '[H]ard|OCP Front Page News' started by Megalith, Sep 15, 2018 at 1:28 PM.

  1. Megalith

    Megalith 24-bit/48kHz Staff Member

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    The Verge was caught with their pants down this week after uploading a video on how (not) to build a $2000 gaming PC. Now disabled, the comment section was quickly flooded by actual hardware enthusiasts who pointed out everything wrong with their technique, such as applying thermal paste twice, "cringey" RAM installation, and using a swiss army knife. Ironically, The Verge’s Producer and Lead Video Director, Phil Esposito, once tweeted that Tech YouTubers (many of whom do a better, if not superb, job with such videos) “are not journalists.”

    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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  2. DF-1

    DF-1 2[H]4U

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    I'd argue that building your own PC says almost nothing about "what makes most computers tick".

    You just know where the right parts go on a motherboard and in a case.
     
  3. Chris_B

    Chris_B [H]ardness Supreme

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    The thermal paste was genius :p
     
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  4. harbingerofdoom

    harbingerofdoom Limp Gawd

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    um. if your computer ticks after you are done- you're doin it wrong.
     
  5. Shmee

    Shmee [H]ard|Gawd

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    Yeah that is usually a hard drive or fan problem.
     
  6. Smashing Young Man

    Smashing Young Man [H]ard|Gawd

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    But it sounds impressive when you tell people you build your own PCs, like you actually run a semiconductor fab out of your bedroom.
     
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  7. Archaea

    Archaea [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Every CPU cooler comes with a little thermal paste - but it's not enough
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    so you should put a little bit more on
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  8. Jim Kim

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    Instead of blocking comments they should have pulled the video. There is more tech to be had watching Kyle unbox a gaming chair.
     
  9. Ocellaris

    Ocellaris Ginger @le, an alcoholic's best friend.

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    My favorite part is just flat out missing one of the CPU cooling screws.
     
  10. Makeroflostsouls

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    Wow that's a lot of paste , like holy crap. Does he think the whole tube was supposed to go on one CPU.
     
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  11. Chris_B

    Chris_B [H]ardness Supreme

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    A fucking masterpiece....if you happen to be Stevie Wonder. How did he manage to lose one of the screws for the bottom left portion of the corsair cooler?
     
  12. trparky

    trparky Gawd

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    I saw a critique of this video on Science Studio, I cringed as I watched that video in Science Studio's video.
     
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  13. harbingerofdoom

    harbingerofdoom Limp Gawd

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    Dear capital one-
    wanna know whats in my wallet? rubber pads so i dont short my system out when i put my wallet away.
     
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  14. IdiotInCharge

    IdiotInCharge Not the Idiot YOU are Looking for

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    That looks like a dry-run 'will it fit?' install...
     
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  15. harbingerofdoom

    harbingerofdoom Limp Gawd

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    dude. there's more tech involved in watching him open a beer.


    there's more tech involved watching ME open a beer... and i dont even drink
     
  16. Paul_Johnson

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    Well, why would it come packaged that way if you weren't supposed to? I mean look at a package of Oreos....you eat those all at once.
     
  17. trparky

    trparky Gawd

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    Um... no, no you're not supposed to eat them all at once.
     
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    Chas [H]ardness Supreme

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    35 seconds in and he's calling zip-ties "tweezers" :confused:
     
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    Swing and a miss!
     
  21. harbingerofdoom

    harbingerofdoom Limp Gawd

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    pfft. heretic.
     
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    That is horrible, how do you miss a screw and my god the cable managements.
     
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    And here I thought my cable routing was bad. Mine is positively clean compared to that. I at least had the decency to use some velcro strips in mine.
     
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  24. maxius

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    i think [H] should do a build video and challenge other sites to do one as well the one with the most views wins the internets!
     
  25. trparky

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    JaysTwoCents did a good build video in the last couple of months.
     
  26. Zepher

    Zepher [H]ipster Replacement

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    Maybe it's just me, but I install the CPU and RAM before I install the motherboard in the case.
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    I have a question. What type of hammer should I use to fit the "brace" at the back? :D
     
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    Especially the M.2 SSD, since the screw is so damn small. :D
     
  29. trparky

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    I thought everyone did that.
     
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    I always start with a proc and then start hitting reviews for what board has the best performance for the task its being built for.

    ie.. Better video conversion, better audio encoding etc. Because the field tends to habe various winners and losers.

    Lots of qvl checking. Tons of updating and the case... Omg have I seen some bad case setups.

    When I hear "I built my own" I always ask did they check qvl lists or follow a prebuilt guide?
     
  31. Chris_B

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    The way it should be done. :)
     
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    I do as well unless the ram stick(s) is too high and gets in the way of a motherboard stand off screw installation (i.e., slots being real close to the hole). But I usually purchase micro ATX mobo's so that may be why.
     
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    I might get dinged for this, yes he is terrible at building computers, but I am with him that most youtubers are not journalists.
     
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  34. Chris_B

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    Just make sure it doesn't touch the PSU and cause a short circuit.:whistle:
     
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    "Each journalistic form and style uses different techniques and writes for different purposes and audiences. There are five principal types of journalism: investigative, news, reviews, columns and feature writing."

    If they are doing decent reviews, then they are journalists.
     
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  36. Zarathustra[H]

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    Most YouTubers are barely human.
     
  37. mullet

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    So much wrong with that pic, where do you start!!!!!
     
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  38. Zarathustra[H]

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    They should definitely have pulled the video. Without the comments there ridiculing it, how many beginners are going to see it and have no idea they are getting terrible wrong advice.
     
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    by deleting the pic so it doesn't make us want to gouge our eyes out.
     
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    Still not enough! More thermal paste! Rivers of it! Beechbrae-Borehole-4.jpg