Every gamer knows that getting their hands on the best gaming pcs means parting with thousands of dollars. Apart from the cost, there is also the choosing aspect, which makes getting one even more challenging.
Rather than go through that hassle, why not build a gaming PC yourself? Building a gaming PC is the only way your system can satisfy your personal preferences. Building a gaming PC may sound daunting because you have to source the needed components, troubleshoot issues, install an operating system, etc. However, with guidance, you can build a custom PC that allows you to choose the specifications you want. This guide shows you what you need to build your gaming PC from scratch.
What You Need to Build a PC
You will need several tools before you start building your PC. You must prepare your workspace, tools, and materials before diving into the task. The first preparation involves:
- Workspace: You need a large surface area, like a table, to work on. Ensure the floor is uncarpeted to prevent electrostatic discharges, which can damage sensitive parts.
- Screwdrivers: You need magnetic screwdrivers to prevent screws from dropping into the PC case
You will need the following components to build your PC.
· The Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The Central Processing Unit (CPU) or processor acts as the PC’s brain. It converts your instructions into actions for the computer to execute and instructs all other parts on how to work in harmony. The CPU is the most crucial component in a computer, and there are various choices in the market.
Get an Intel® Core processor with a high MTF (Max Turbo Frequency) for a gaming PC. The MTF determines the highest clock speed and the number of threads and cores it can achieve using Intel Turbo Boost tech.
The motherboard is a circuit board connecting all the computer components. The motherboard also allows communication between the hardware.
- Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)/ Video Card
The GPU will determine your gaming experience. The GPU allows your PC to do the calculations that make the graphics look good. Most CPUs have built-in graphics, but you need a GPU for a modern gaming experience. For the best experience and higher frame rates and resolutions, don’t skimp on the GPU and buy the best.
- Random Access Memory (RAM)
Random Access Memory (RAM) is your computer’s short-term memory. It keeps all the regularly used data accessible. This accessibility means your computer does not have to gain access to a storage device when you want to pull on this data. More RAM is okay, but most gaming systems do well with 16 or 32GB.
Get a Solid-state drive (SSD) instead of a Hard Disk Drive (HDD). SSDs are faster, more durable, and quieter, although they cost more per GB. You can get external storage solutions, which are portable.
The case is where all the components reside and the most customizable part, as you can get a case in any shape or size. Get one that is the right size for your components. Most cases come with fans, but if you need lower temperatures, check that the case has room for your preferred cooling solution. A general rule of thumb for customizing PCs is the larger your case is, the better.
- Power Supply Unit (PSU)
The PSU provides power for your PC. Most times, any power supply works. However, do some research on quality, wattage, efficiencies, etc. beforehand. If you use high-end or multiple video cards, ensure your PSU has the correct wattage.
For the best gaming experience, get a high-resolution monitor, like 4k (3840×2160), for crystal clear images.
· Operating System
The software you use to interact with your PC is the operating system.
The process of putting your PC together feels intimidating. You are good to go if you have all the components and ensure all the parts are compatible.
- Install the CPU
Unlock the CPU bar and open its door. Place the CPU in the correct direction using the arrows to line it up correctly. Close the CPU door and ensure you plug the CPU cooler into the motherboard to ensure it has power. Refer to the instructions on the cooler before mounting it.
- Prepare the Case
The first step is installing standoffs, tiny brass spacers matching the screw holes on the motherboard. The spacers keep the metal on your motherboard from touching the metal in the case. Ensure you install them where you see screw holes in the case, and check the manual if necessary.
The motherboard comes with a cover. Place the cover over the external connections you can see from outside the case. Ensure to line it up correctly, and remember this step, as it is pretty challenging to do this later.
- Install the Motherboard
The motherboard is a circuit board and you must be careful while lining up the holes and adding the screws to the braces. Secure the motherboard, but don’t tighten the screws too much. The board should bend a bit when you have adequately tightened it.
Install Other Parts
Once you install the motherboard, everything else is straightforward. The GPU goes into the PCIe slot. Ensure you properly secure it with screws. Insert the drive into the appropriate slot on the motherboard, using a screw to secure it. The parts are all designed to fit, so ensure you don’t force anything to work.
Once you wire everything up, plug it into the power supply and turn on your new computer. You will see the motherboard’s BIOS screen if everything is connected as it should. If you get an error message, the computer will alert you to the issue via a motherboard error message or the BIOS menu. All these are common problems, and you can look for a solution online.
Congratulations on your new PC, and happy gaming!