The initial selection phase saw the participants whetted down to a final six, based on their general ability to tweak and optimize their own PCs. The chosen six all had some background in IT, ranging from IT support to a programmer. In this first phase, they all had a standard set of PC components and they had to assemble and get it to start up (power-on self test) in the shortest possible time.
The fastest contestant would be rewarded with 3 bonus points, while the first runner-up would receive 2 points and the second runner-up with 1 point. The rest will receive no extra points. The list of components given to all the contestants are listed below:-
IT support Thirdsak Phokha took the top spot for this phase by finishing his rig in 10 minutes flat. Following closely behind was Mather Pamatyothee, which was 11 seconds slower while a further 12 seconds behind was Monsek Kunwong. They were all awarded with bonus points for their efforts. Overall, most of the contestants managed to get their systems up and running in less than 11 minutes, which showed that it was a tight, competitive affair where every second counts.