For the past year, I’ve been looking at PC builds as my interest in tech grows. A while back, I got recommended a video from The Verge, so I sat down and watched it. Having followed other tech channels before, the title struck me as a little odd. “We built a gaming PC for 2,000 dollars.” My first thought was “Why so much? Wouldn’t you want to make it for cheaper so that you could get more people to watch it and find it useful?” I walked away from it with a bad taste in my mouth and spent the last year watching other CPU builds. I decided to go back to that Verge video, and see if I can see what bothered me so much. To my surprise, the video was taken down. I at first was confused why until I saw the plethora of videos saying things like “The Verge doesn’t know how to makes a PC” and titles of a similar nature. Upon watching them, I now realize that The Verge doesn’t know how to build a PC.
Firstly is the monetary aspect of their build. The Verge proudly boasted that the PC costs over 2,000 dollars to make in the title of their video, even though no one would want to do that. Many youtubers debunked why this is a good idea. Some of them even laughed at this price point. Wiltshire Tutorials commented that the 2,000 dollars is pretty pricey for a gaming PC, as did the youtuber Tipster. The Verge even stated that “You could build a gaming PC for around a thousand dollars,” proving that there is no real reason to spend so much money. KristoferYee stated in his video,“Well, yeah. You could build a gaming desktop for around a thousand dollars. Or around 350 dollars. Or 250 dollars. Or 200 dollars. Or 175 dollars. Or 145 dollars. Or sometimes even 100 dollars,but yeah sure. A thousand dollars.”
Secondly, The Verge has no idea what they are talking about in terms of the tools they are using. One of the first things The Verge says you need a thermal paste applicator, which prompts multiple youtubers (as well as myself) to respond with “Who actually uses a thermal paste applicator?” Many people had a similar reaction to The Verge, saying you need an allen wrench. KristoferYee has built over thirty computers and he has never used an allen wrench once for any of them. The youtubers also point out how The Verge worker who was doing the video didn’t have his tools ready on hand. The last tool that is needed is an anti-static bracelet (which is true whenever working with the internals of electronics). The only issue is that the guy in the Verge video doesn’t put on an anti-static bracelet and instead put on what looks like one of those rubber bracelets you get for participating in a middle school fundraiser. Let’s not forget the tools later in the video such as the CPU applicator (which the guy doesn’t even use in the first place). There are red flags all throughout the first 2-minutes, but don’t worry: It gets much worse.
When it comes to the meat of the video, putting the PC together, The Verge fails horribly. First off, they fail to explain certain aspects of putting a PC together and even gloss over them as if it’s no big deal. The worker also puts the motherboard in the chasis first instead of getting everything put onto the motherboard. As stated by eTeknix, “Basically, build as much on the motherboard so that when you transfer it to the case, it’s easier.” Another thing that tech youtubers pick apart is The Verge’s verbiage. One specific example is when the guy in the Verge video calls a shield plate, a brace. Another thing they pick apart is the guy saying to “hammer it in.” They highly recommend not doing this, for you can permanently damage the shield plate. The Verge also puts inferior pieces into their PC. The PC ended up having a ram of 2,666, which is not at all fast for more modern computers which use DDR 4. Wiltshire Tutorials states that, “That would be considered really fast for DDR 3,” but ,“not at all fast for DDR 4.” After this mistake in The Verge’s video, they also are blatantly putting pieces in wrong. They put pieces in either the wrong spots or even upside down, which will severely mess with your PC. As said by every tech person under the sun,”They installed the ram wrong!”. They installed the memory units too close together, so the PC will only read 8 gigs of ram instead of the 16 that the guy wanted. Probably one of the biggest grievances that The Verge did was the installation of the power supply. The power supply has a fan so that air can flow into the PC and prevent it from overheating, possibly causing the fire. The Verge failed to do so, and made possibly one of the worst mistakes a PC maker could do. The guy in the Verge video, again, has no idea what he’s saying when he says “There’s this little plastic thing, where your CPU goes, you can just get rid of that.” That is not the case at all. As stated by multiple youtubers and tech savvy people, you need that if you want to send a CPU back to the manufacturer if you want it fixed. On top of all of this, the guy in the Verge video installs his all in one water cooler in a way where the piping is touching the graphics card. That means that it can leak all over your graphics card and ruin your PC.
There are still a ton more issues with the video such as constant skipping of required steps, odd editing, and ignorance on behalf of the guy in the video. The Verge needs to either hire someone who actually knows how to build a PC, or they need to just stick with tech news and not have their hand in PC builds. It’s sad when I, someone who has never built a PC in their life, can see the faults in your PC build video.