I am offering PC Building Services to everyone. The market for personal computers is a huge and constantly evolving mess, and can be hard to keep up to date with.
If you wish to upgrade your existing PC, or buy a whole new one, but you lack experience picking cost-efficient components – Iridar is your guy.
What exactly do you offer?
Help, advice and consultations in picking PC components and optimizing their performance. Tell me what you want your future PC to do, and how much you’re willing to spend, and I will tell you which PC components to buy and how to set them up.
I will sift through as many highly technical reviews as necessary to ensure that hardware that I recommend is actually the best pick for you, and can perform the tasks you set out while fitting in a set budget.
You will be getting regular progress reports and in-depth explanations so you can make informed decisions and learn more about your future hardware.
If you end up following my recommendations, I will also provide unlimited technical support in configuring that hardware for best performance, including overclocking, and maintaining your operating system in good health – as long as you keep it reasonable and don’t actually expect me to do everything for you.
Why should I listen to you?
I have built tens of PCs, including with my own hands. I’ve read hundreds of reviews on different hardware pieces, and spent a lot of time cherry picking perfect components for my own system. You stand to benefit from this experience.
- For a preview of my services, you can check out already completed builds here.
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What will it cost?
Since it doesn’t make a monetary difference for me whether you buy a 500$ or 5000$ PC, I am not tempted to suggest overly expensive or cost-inefficient parts. It also allows me to look for best prices for components that I recommend, without worrying about getting commissions from shops.
How to get started?
Contact me any way you like and we’ll figure it out from there. You can greatly accelerate the process by including the following information in your initial message:
- Your country and city of residence.
- Can you handle assembling a PC? Or do you have a friend that can help you with that?
- How often are you willing to upgrade your new PC in the future?
- Are you open to the possibility of buying used parts?
- Describe your current PC, if you have one. Do you think you can keep using any of its parts in the new build?
- Is PlanetSide 2 the only game you intend to play?
- Do you intend to do a lot of professional work that benefits from multi-threading?
- Do you have a preference between nVidia or AMD Graphics Cards?
- Do you use, or plan to use, a monitor with refresh rate of 120 Hz or higher?
The more information you provide, the better I can help you.
Why do I need this information
(1) Your country and city of residence.
I need this information to find best prices in your hometown. This information will never by published anywhere, so you can count on your privacy. You don’t have to include the city if you’re still worried.
(2) Can you handle assembling a PC? Or do you have a friend that can help you with that?
If you don’t have any experience building a PC, but still willing to try, I will walk you through the process step by step. It’s not that hard, as long as you are careful, slow and methodical, and follow simple instructions to the letter.
Otherwise, I will look for services that can assemble a PC for you, or look for pre-built PCs. It is likely to be slightly less cost-efficient, and puts certain limitations on component choices, because you will have to buy all components in one specific shop, which doesn’t necessarily guarantee you’re getting best possible price for each individual hardware piece.
(3) How often are you willing to upgrade your PC?
If you’re fine with upgrading every 2-3 years, you can get cheaper hardware right now, and simply replace it later, with newer, better hardware. Given the fast pace of technological progress, I recommend to go this route.
If you want a PC that will last a longer time, you could purchase more expensive parts, that are capable of being overclocked. This will result in better performance right now, and make the hardware more relevant in the future. But overclocking will also require more effort than simply “plugging and playing”.
(4) Are you open to the possibility of buying used parts?
PC hardware usually gets outdated long before reaching the end of its lifespan, so it’s often possible to get good prices for perfectly usable hardware. However, there is always a risk of being deceived into buying bad parts.
It’s not recommended to get used parts, unless you are given the opportunity to thoroughly test out the hardware piece before any money exchange, and only if the seller has a full suit of documents and intact warranty.
(5) Describe your current PC, if you have one. Do you think you can keep using any of its parts in the new build?
The simplest way to convey this information is by using the portable version of Speccy. Download it, launch it, click “File -> Save Snapshot” and send me that snapshot file in the opening message.
Usually, there’s no reason to replace things like PC Case or Power Supply. Speccy’s snapshot will tell us if you need to replace your Hard Drive(s).
(6) Is PlanetSide 2 the only game you intend to play?
PlanetSide 2 is a 2012 game, and you could save some money by getting hardware that’s just powerful enough to work well with PS2 specifically, but that hardware might struggle in more modern titles.
(7) Do you intend to do a lot of professional work that benefits from multi-threading?
This is mostly talking about 3D modeling and video editing. In that case, you might want to purchase an AMD Ryzen CPU. When it comes to multi-threading, these CPUs are very cost efficient, and can handle PS2 more or less fine.
(8) Do you have a preference between nVidia or AMD Graphics Cards?
Just leave this point blank if you don’t have a preference. Both companies offer excellent choices.
This choice can be important on a personal, subjective level, as not only you’re choosing a Graphics Card, you’re also choosing accompanied software, such as GeForce Experience for nVidia or Radeon Software Crimson Edition for AMD.
(9) Do you use, or plan to use, a monitor with the refresh rate of 120 Hz or higher?
It’s important, because the usual monitors have refresh rate of 60 Hz, and going above 60 average FPS on them is more or less a waste. You could save some money by getting less powerful hardware.