Building your PC or getting a pre-built is a debate that is never going to end any time soon. Let’s put aside these thoughts and discuss thoroughly “How to build a gaming PC?” if you are biased to this decision. Although building a PC by yourself seems a complicated task and a job that requires pure dedication, time, and most of all effort. But there is no rocket science involved in the process which might hinder you from doing this by your own hands.
There are two ways to build your PC; one is to hand pick each component of the computer, order them and then assemble it in the PC tower with your bare hands. Another way to do the same is, to search for a reliable manufacturer’s website that serves their services by letting you choose the components of your liking and from there they take matters into their hands by fixing them in the case, doing all the remaining titbits, pack it and ship it to your address. This method is called a “custom build” by which you will be getting ready to use a PC out of the box at your doorstep.
Herein we have devoted our time to jot down the basic steps for the people who want to serve their effort to build their own PC in front of them, instead of choosing the latter method that is the custom build. So let’s get started.
Step #1: Choose the video card
The ever first priority is the graphics card when it comes to gaming computers. The most essential part of the PC, your entire gaming depends on. There are two popular brands of GPU i.e. the AMD and Nvidia (founders edition) whereas reference graphics cards are many in the name of Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, PNY so on so forth. So you have to decide between both, would you like to have a GPU that is factory overlocked or the one that can be more squeezed out.
Furthermore, once you have decided the brand from which you like to have your video card, now think over what games or in other words what type of games you are willing to run. In this phase, there are multiple things you need to consider (here the best graphics card buying guide will help you). For example, to run the latest games like Halo Infinite, Battlefield 2042, Forza Horizon 5, etc. with high frame rates at a high resolution like 1440p or 4k, you need a GPU from Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 Series or AMD Radeon 6000 Series with high video memory.
Grabbing the latest GPU at the moment may find expensive, to avoid this you can switch to mid-range graphics cards to low-profile GPU according to your requirements and budget.
Whatever the GPU you have picked, it has to be installed to the PCI Express expansion slot of the motherboard.
Step #2: Choose the motherboard and PC case
The type of motherboard and the case you like to choose according to your space, both are choices interconnected to each other. Firstly, you need to examine the place you want your PC to sit, following you have to decide the size of the case i.e. full tower, mid-tower, mini-tower or open-air case. Then select the form factor of the motherboard that suits the case you have picked, it comes in ATX, eATX, microATX, mini-ITX, etc.
There are some other features included in the case that you have to look for. First is the material of the case, it may come in acrylic, steel, plastic, glass, and aluminum that you need to decide on. Secondly, some cases have RGB fans and some also contain liquid cooling.
Step #3: Choose the processor
For gaming, the processor was the least to focus on a few years back, but now the CPU is being an essential part to wisely pick for gaming. Having said that, you need a nice processor with a potential number of cores that is able to run GPU-centric games, like, Rainbow Siege, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Red Dead Redemption, Far Cry 5, and so on.
You need at least 4 core processor for gaming and multitasking. Further, the features that you need to take care of are, the heatsink, hyper-threading property, and most of all the integrated GPU. must keep in mind, you don’t need to look for a CPU with an integrated GPU because a gaming PC requires a dedicated GPU instead, so you rather not look for an integrated one.
Step #4: Choose the RAM
For a gaming PC beast, you need to pick at least 8GB RAM DDR4, dual-channel. If you have chosen a mid-tower PC case, there would always be extra slots and expansions to increase the RAM later. So if you have picked the least, you can upgrade it anytime according to your needs in the future. However, if you intend to run games as well as multitask, it’s good to invest in 16GB RAM in the beginning.
Step #5: Choose the form of storage
Now here you have two basic drives within which you have to decide, i.e. the HDD (Hard Disj=k Drive) and SSD(Solid State Drive). We suggest you pick an SSD (no rotating parts) over the HDD (gets hot due to having rotating parts), or you can even keep them both to have extra space for storage. As for gaming, SSD is recommended, it is very fast and effective and you can get speedy performance whatever the task would be.
There are two types of SSD in the market, SATA III and NVMe SSD. There is a further classification of SATA III drives, i.e. the SATA 2.5 and SATA M.2. From here you need to be very careful with the same alignment of the connector pins given on the motherboard which you have picked before. If the motherboard you have chosen has a SATA port, then go for SATA 2.5 drive. If it has M.2 SATA port, then SATA M.2 should be picked. Although if your motherboard is advanced enough with NVMe lane, then SATA NVMe is the one you need to pick.
The above-given steps are the fundamentals to building a gaming PC at your own place. In particular to gaming, if you find it difficult what configuration could lead you to good gaming, then make a list of popular/ demandable game titles, plus your favorite genre that you are willing to play and search those gaming requirements for the PC. This will help you a lot to find the right hardware needs for a specific game(s), afterwards, you can buy the components accordingly with ease.
Whereas, looking at the secondary features that are mandatory to run the computer are;
- Optical drive; if the case you have chosen has this feature
- CPU cooling with heatsink, thermal compound, water cooling kits
- RGB lights, ring light fans, cables, and adaptors to connect them all
- Then there is necessarily the Operating System and Antivirus Softwares
- Peripherals; keyboard, mouse, headphones, speakers, wireless routers, monitor, etc
Hopefully, we have been a great help for you to build your own PC at your workplace. Nonetheless, if you find anything that might cause you to stop in your track, ping us, we have your back.
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