Sometimes people wonder about how to build a gaming pc. A lot of gamers think it will probably be way too hard and take up too much time. The truth is as long as you buy the right components and have access to the internet you’re going to be okay. If you have a friend that has experience putting one together that’s even better. But if you don’t there are a ton of YouTube videos that help walk you through the process.
I built my first computer a year ago. It took me about 8 hours but I’m glad I did it. Now I get to brag that I put it together myself ;). I’m just kidding. It’s a lot more than that. Since I built it a year ago I’ve also upgraded it twice since. I got a new graphics card and power supply for it. Then I got a solid state hard drive so it would load programs faster. Because I put it together myself I knew exactly what to do to upgrade it. I know how most the parts work and how they need to be connected. I bet if I were to build another computer it would take me probably half the time. A big reason why it took so long is because I was scared I was going to break something and did extra research for everything before I tried something. The fact is most of the parts are really durable and you have to really mess something up to break one of them.
So maybe you are now interested in building a gaming computer. Probably the first thing you need to decide is how much money you are going to spend. You probably at least want to spend around $1000. But if you have less you will just have to make some hard decisions and realize you won’t be able to play everything on max settings. Next there are some helpful websites like PC part picker and Amazon has people who put up their builds. Find something in your price range.
If you want to pick out everything yourself it’s going to take a bit more time and research. Make sure everything is compatible before you make your final purchases. Here is what you are going to need:
- Storage: you’re going to need a place to store your files, music, games, videos and all that stuff, so this is an important part.
- Graphics Card: you want something better than the integrated graphics and this is like one of the most important things to consider spending a lot of money on.
- Processor: this is the workhorse of the computer you’ve probably heard of AMD and Intel CPUS.
- Power Supply: estimate the total wattage your computer will need then buy a power supply that’s above that amount.
- Motherboard: this is like the nexus hub of all the parts. It allows everything to communicate with each other.
- Memory: this is like how many things your computer will be able to keep track of at once. If you like to have a lot of stuff open at the same time you need a lot of memory.
- Case: there are a lot of cases out there. As long as you get one that can hold all your parts and maybe future upgrades you’ll be okay. Other than that just pick a style you like.
So that’s about it 7 parts and you’re ready to start building. For the rest of this post I’ll just add a few links and a video to help get you going.
Build a gaming PC for any budget: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2404330,00.asp