Chris is building his first PC with his dad and wants to know if Leo has any "tips." Leo says that building a PC is a great project that will teach him a lot about how computers work. It's not really hard either, as the pieces will all snap into place. The real work is planning it out, deciding which hardware to use, etc. The first question is... what is the computer going to be used for? Homework? Gaming? Video editing? What's the budget?
Dave upgraded his nephew's PC into a gaming PC, but he needs to upgrade the power supply with an 8 pin power cable. He bought one, but will he have issues? Leo says he will be OK if the PINOUTs on both connectors are power only. Don't plug it into a data plug if it's a 4 pin connector. Any issues with installing a new PCIe graphic's card before booting up? Leo says he may have to specify the external GPU in the BIOS, and then let Windows install the necessary drivers.
Anthony is planning to build his own computer and wants to know if he should use the stock CPU fan or buy a third party fan. Leo says that doing labor intensive activities like gaming and video editing will tax processors and generate a lot of heat. Recently, Leo built a new computer for virtual reality and they require a lot of power and generate a lot of heat. Leo chose liquid cooling for it. These days you can buy a sealed unit that is leak free. Here's the one Leo bought.
Paul is thinking about building a new home theater and gaming PC and is looking at NVidia for video cards. Leo says that NVidia's new Pascal platform promises to be lightyears ahead of the state of the art. Leo suggests going to PCPerspective and checking out their hardware leaderboard for the best suggestions.
Reed wants a gaming computer and he wants to know if he should buy one or build one. Leo says that it used to save a lot of money to build one. That's not true as much now, as there's no overall warranty or tech support that can help if the computer doesn't work. Reed would be his own tech support. And with various part manufacturers, nobody takes responsibility for issues.
Jonathan is a gamer and he just discovered how much more powerful a PC is for gaming than consoles like the PS4 or XBox One. Leo says it's true. PCs can have more powerful processors in both CPU and graphics. There are better screens, and keyboards and mice are more accurate. If Jonathan is a hardcore gamer, PC is the way to go.
Devon wants to get an iBuyPower Gaming PC. Is that a good brand? Leo says that iBuyPower makes great computers and at $495, it's a great deal. The games that Devon wants to play aren't really all that demanding, but still, it depends on what graphics processor and card he's going to get. For video games, the GPU is the workhorse. The NVidia GE Force GT610 is a good one.