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How to build a gaming PC

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So you're looking to build a gaming pc?

This guide will tell you what you need to know about building a gaming pc.

You’ll need to choose the right parts, assemble them correctly, and configure them for optimal gaming performance. With the right hardware, you can create a gaming pc that rivals the best gaming consoles on the market.

Choose the right components to build your very own PC

Building a gaming computer is not as difficult as it may seem. In fact, with the right components, even an inexperienced gaming PC builder can put together a machine that will handle the most demanding games on the market.

The heart of any high-end gaming PC is its graphics card. This component is responsible for rendering the images on your screen, and for gamers, nothing is more important than having a powerful card. You’ll also want a motherboard, a good processor, and plenty of RAM, as well as a fast hard drive. And don’t forget to budget for a quality power supply and cooling system – both are essential for keeping your machine running smoothly.

What is a GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)

A graphics card, also called a video card, is a computer component that generates the images that you see on your screen. It does this by converting data into signals that can be displayed on your monitor. For gamers, having a powerful graphics card is essential, as it is responsible for rendering the images in the most demanding games.

When it comes to choosing the right graphics card for your gaming PC, there are a few factors you need to consider. The most important of these are the type of games you want to play. Some cards are better at handling certain types of games than others. For example, if you’re into first-person shooters, you’ll want a card that can handle high-resolution graphics and fast action smoothly.

You also need to take into account your budget. Some cards are more expensive than others. And finally, you’ll need to make sure that the card you choose is compatible with the other components in your gaming pc system.

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What is a motherboard

A motherboard is the main printed circuit board in a computer. It holds many of the computer’s essential components, and all of the components must be compatible with the motherboard to work together. When choosing a motherboard for your gaming PC, there are a few things you need to consider.

The most important factor is compatibility. Make sure that the motherboard you choose is compatible with the other components in your system, including your processor, RAM, and graphics card. You also need to make sure that it has the right number of slots for these components.

Another important factor is size. Motherboards come in different sizes, so you need to make sure that the one you choose will fit inside your case. And finally, you’ll want to consider your budget. Some motherboards are more expensive than others.

When choosing a motherboard for your gaming PC, there are a few things you need to consider: compatibility, size, and budget. Make sure that the motherboard you choose is compatible with the other components in your system, including your processor, RAM, and graphics card. Make sure it has enough slots for these components, and that it will fit inside your case. Consider your budget when making your decision.

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What is a CPU

A CPU, or central processing unit, is the most important component in a computer. It is responsible for performing the instructions that tell the computer what to do. The faster the CPU, the faster the computer can perform these instructions. When choosing a CPU for your gaming PC, there are a few factors you need to consider.

The first thing you need to decide is what type of CPU you want. There are two main types: Intel and AMD. Intel CPUs are generally considered to be faster than AMD CPUs, but AMD CPUs are more affordable. You also need to decide how many cores you want your CPU to have. A core is a processor that can handle its tasks independently of other cores. Most gaming PCs require at least four cores to run smoothly.

Another factor you need to consider is clock speed. This is measured in gigahertz (GHz) and it determines how fast the CPU can process information. The higher the GHz rating, the faster the CPU will be able to perform tasks. Finally, you’ll need to make sure that your chosen CPU is compatible with your motherboard and other components in your system

To install the CPU, you will need to remove the protective cover from the socket on the motherboard. be very careful not to damage this socket when installing or removing the CPU. If you accidentally damage the CPU socket your motherboard is likely ruined and will have to be replaced. We have been able to repair some damaged CPU sockets, but if the damage is extensive then there is likely nothing can be done.

What is RAM

When choosing components for your gaming PC, one of the most important things to consider is RAM. RAM, or random access memory, is used by the computer to store data that is currently being used. The more RAM you have, the more data your computer can store at once. This allows it to run more applications and games at the same time without running out of memory.

When choosing RAM for your gaming PC, there are a few things you need to consider. The first thing you need to decide is how much RAM you want. Most gaming PCs require at least 8GB of RAM to run smoothly. You also need to make sure that the type of RAM you choose is compatible with your motherboard and other components in your system. Different types of RAM are not always compatible with each other.

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What is a PSU (Power Supply Unit)

A PSU, or power supply unit, is an essential component of any computer. It converts the AC power from your wall outlet into DC power that your computer can use. It is responsible for supplying all of the voltages that your computer requires, as well as providing a steady flow of current. This ensures that your computer has enough power to run smoothly, even under heavy loads.

A quality power supply is important because it plays a critical role in keeping your computer running safely and reliably. A cheap or poorly made power supply can cause all sorts of problems, including system instability, random crashes, and even damage to your hardware. So when choosing a power supply, it’s important to make sure you get a power supply that is both high quality and fit for your needs.

The CPU and graphics card are two of the most power-hungry components in a computer, so you’ll need to make sure your power supply can provide enough wattage for them both. You can find this information in the product specs or on the manufacturer’s website. If you’re not sure how much wattage your components need, consult an online calculator or ask someone at a computer store.

What is an SSD and why should I use one instead of an HDD

An SSD, or solid-state drive, is a type of computer storage device that uses semiconductor flash memory to store data. Unlike traditional hard drives, SSDs do not have any moving parts, which makes them both faster and more durable. This makes them ideal for use in desktops, laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices.

They are also becoming increasingly popular as a replacement for traditional hard drives in desktop gaming PC builds.

One of the main benefits of an SSD is its speed. Because there are no moving parts, like an HDD, an SSD can access data much faster than a traditional hard drive. This makes it ideal for tasks like loading up your operating system or running applications. An SSD can be up to 20 times faster than a typical hard drive.

Another benefit of an SSD is its durability. Traditional hard drives are susceptible to damage from drops and bumps, but because there are no moving parts, an SSD is much less likely to be damaged in this way. This makes them ideal for use in laptops and other mobile devices

When preparing to do a gaming pc build, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is how much storage you want. This decision is especially important for gamers because games can take up a lot of space. The more storage you have, the more games you can install and play at once.

How much storage do you need? That depends on how many games you want to install and how much other data you plan to store on your computer. Most gamers will need at least 500GB of storage, but if you plan to install a lot of high-resolution games, then 1TB or 2TB may be a better option. If you only plan to store a few games and some basic documents and photos, then 250GB or even 128GB may be enough.

Cooling System

When building your very own gaming pc one of the most important, yet often overlooked components, is the cooling system. A good cooling system will keep your machine running smoothly and prevent any damage from overheating. There are a variety of different cooling options available, each with its advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we will take a look at the different types of computer cooling systems and discuss which one is right for you.

Air Cooling Systems

Air cooling systems are by far the most common type of computer cooling system. They work by using fans to blow air over the heatsink, which dissipates the heat and keeps your machine cool. Air cooling systems are cheap and easy to install, and they work well for most applications. However, they can be noisy and they do not work well when used in conjunction with overclocking or water-cooling systems.

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Water Cooling Systems

Water cooling systems are a type of computer cooling system that use water to cool the CPU and graphics card. They are more expensive than air cooling systems, but they are more efficient and they work well when used in conjunction with overclocking. Water cooling systems are also quieter than air cooling systems and they can be used to cool other components like the motherboard and hard drive.

Picking A computer case

When you’re picking a gaming computer case, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. The most important thing is that the case must be able to accommodate all of your components. Make sure to measure the size of your motherboard and graphics card, and check the specifications of the case to make sure it will fit.

Another important consideration is cooling. Make sure the case has enough fans and airflow to keep your components cool during extended gaming sessions. And if you plan on overclocking your machine, you’ll need a case with good thermal management capabilities.

Finally, consider your budget and choose a case that fits within your price range. There are plenty of great cases available at every price point, so there’s no need to sacrifice quality just because you’re on a tight budget.

Why you don't need a CD/DVD drive

A CD/DVD drive is no longer important because most software and games are now downloaded online. Additionally, many newer laptops and gaming PC builds do not come with a CD/DVD drive, so if you need to install software or a game, you would have to purchase an external drive.

Another reason why a CD/DVD drive is no longer important is because of the cloud. With the cloud, you can store your files online and access them from any device with an internet connection. This eliminates the need for a CD/DVD drive since you can access your files from anywhere.

Finally, USB flash drives are a great alternative to CD/DVD drives. They are small and portable, and they can store up to 128GB of data. So if you need to transfer files or install software, a USB flash drive is a much better option than a CD/DVD drive.

Assemble your gaming pc

Building a computer from scratch can be a daunting task, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. After all, there’s nothing quite like firing up your very own custom gaming PC for the first time. Of course, before you can enjoy that moment of triumph, you need to assemble the thing. Fortunately, with the correct tools and a little bit of know-how, it’s not as difficult as it may seem.

Start by selecting a work area where you’ll have plenty of room to spread out all of your components. Then, gather the correct tools: a Phillips head screwdriver, non-conductive thermal paste, and something to cut zip ties with. Once you have all your hardware and tools ready, it’s time to start putting your gaming PC together.

Install your power supply

First, we recommend installing your power supply into the case. Once installed, and secured leave the cables dangling out the back of the case for wire management to be performed later.

Installing the CPU, RAM, CPU cooler, and M.2, or SSD before installing the motherboard into its case is a good idea, as it will make the process much easier.

Install your CPU (Central Processing Unit)

The CPU is probably the most difficult component to install, so it’s best to get that out of the way first. The instructions that come with your processor should tell you exactly how to install it. Be sure to use non-conductive thermal paste when attaching the heatsink, and make sure all of the screws are tight.

**WARNING**

Be extremely careful not to damage the CPU socket pins while installing the CPU. If they’re bent or broken, the motherboard may not be able to recognize the CPU, and your computer may not boot up. If you’re not sure how to install the CPU, consult your motherboard manual, or instructions that come with your processor, or watch a video online.

Install your RAM

Next, install the RAM. This is a relatively easy process, just make sure you match the notch on the RAM stick with the one on your motherboard before pushing it into place. It’s also a good idea to use two hands when doing this to avoid damaging either component. You should hear a clicking sound when the RAM has been fully inserted into the motherboard slots.

Install your CPU Cooler

Now it’s time to attach your CPU cooler. Again, follow the instructions that came with your cooler for precise installation instructions. generally speaking though, you’ll want to attach it in such a way that allows airflow through the fins of the heatsink. You may also need to apply some pressure for it to snap into place properly.

Install your M.2

Lastly, you need to install your M.2 NVMe drive if you are using one in your gaming pc build. To do this remove the screw in the support standoff. Gently slide the M.2 into the motherboard slot then secure it down with the screw previously removed.

Install your motherboard

Once you have all of your components assembled, it’s time to install the motherboard into the computer case. This can be a bit tricky, so it’s important to follow the instructions carefully.

**NOTICE**

Ensure you have installed the I/O plate into the back of the case before installing your motherboard.

Start by locating the motherboard standoffs in the case and putting them in place. These are the little screws that will hold the motherboard in place. Next, take the motherboard and line it up with the standoffs. Be sure to check which side of the board should be facing up; typically, there is a designated “IO” (input/output) side with a bunch of ports and connectors on it.

Once you have the motherboard in place, use your screwdriver to secure it in place by tightening the screws on each standoff. Don’t over-tighten these screws, as you risk cracking the motherboard.

Connect your power, and manage your cables

After your motherboard is installed in the case, it’s time to connect the power supply cables. These cables will provide power to the motherboard and all of your other components. There are a variety of different connectors on the power supply, and each one goes to a specific port on the motherboard.

There are four main connectors that we’ll be focusing on: the ATX (main) connector, the EPS (processor) connector, the SATA (storage device) connector, and the Molex (power supply) connector. The ATX connector plugs into a port on the motherboard labeled “ATX 24-pin.” The EPS connector plugs into a port labeled “EPS 12V,” and is only used if you’re using a processor that requires extra power. The SATA connector plugs into a port labeled “SATA,” and should be used to connect your storage devices and optical drives. The Molex connector plugs into a port labeled “Molex,” and is generally used to power case fans, optical drives, or storage drives.

Cable management is best done as you route and connect your wires. This involves routing all of the cables through the designated channels in the case and securing them in place with zip ties or cable straps. Doing this will help keep your build clean and organized, and will also make it easier to access any of your components later on.

It’s important to note that not all motherboard ports will be used, depending on what components you have in your build. For example, if you’re not using an optical drive, then you don’t need to use the Molex connector. Similarly, if you’re not using a processor that requires extra power, then you don’t need to use the EPS connector.

Install your GPU

The final component you’ll want to install is your GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). This should be done last, as it’s the component that will be inserted into the PCIe slot on the motherboard.

Gently insert the graphics card into the PCIe slot and secure it in place with the screw. Make sure the card is correctly aligned with the connector on the motherboard, and that the PCIe clip locks the GPU down.

Now it’s time to connect the power supply cables to your graphics card. There are two main connectors that you’ll need: a 6-pin connector and an 8-pin connector. The 6-pin connector plugs into a port on your graphics card labeled “PCIe,” while the 8-pin connector plugs into a port labeled “PCIe/AUX.”

You’re almost done! All that’s left to do now is connect your monitor, keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals and then install your operating system!

Install your operating system and games

Now that you’ve got your new gaming PC, it’s time to install your operating system and games. Windows 11 is the latest operating system from Microsoft, and it’s a great choice for gaming. With the recent release of Windows 11, many people choose to stick with Microsofts previous operating system, Windows 10, for the time being, and that is OK! You will still be able to get your game on!

How to install your windows operating system

There are a few different ways to install Windows 11, but the easiest way is to use a bootable USB drive. To create a bootable USB drive, you’ll need a USB flash drive that’s at least 8GB in size, and you’ll need to download the Windows 11 ISO file from Microsoft on another computer.

First, you’ll need to download Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool from their website. Once you have downloaded the tool, open it up and select “Create installation media for another PC.”

Next, select your language and edition of Windows 11. For this guide, we will be selecting the “Windows 11 Home” edition.

Next, you’ll need to select your USB flash drive from the list of available devices. Make sure to select the correct drive – this will erase everything on the drive!

Once you have confirmed your selections, click “Create” and wait for the process to finish. Once it’s done, you’ll have a bootable USB drive with Windows 11 installed!

To install Windows 11, just follow these steps:

1. Boot from the USB drive by pressing F12 or ESC at startup and selecting it from the list.
2. Select your language and keyboard layout.
3. Click “Install Now.”
4. Accept the license agreement and click “Next.”
5. Choose which type of installation you want: Upgrade or Custom.
6. If you choose Upgrade, your current version of Windows will be automatically detected and installed. If you choose Custom, you’ll need to select which partition you want to install Windows 11 on.
7. Click “Install.”
8. Wait for Windows 11 to finish installing. This may take several minutes.
9. Click “Finish” when it’s done.
You’re now ready to start using your new gaming PC! Enjoy!

Where do I get games

Steam is the largest digital distribution platform for PC games, and it’s available for free. Once you’ve installed the Steam client, you can browse the huge library of games and purchase anything that catches your eye.

Riot Games offers another popular digital distribution platform called the Riot Client. This client is used primarily for the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games like League of Legends.

Blizzard Entertainment also has its digital distribution platform called Battle.net. This platform is home to some of the most popular games in the world, including World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and Overwatch.

Origin is another digital distribution platform that’s worth mentioning. It’s developed by Electronic Arts and offers a library of EA-published games.

So there you have it! Those are some of the most popular ways to install your operating system and games on your new gaming PC.

Tweak your settings for optimal gaming performance

If you’re a serious gamer, then you know that optimal performance is essential for getting the most out of your gameplay. Fortunately, there are a few simple things that you can do to help ensure that your gaming experience is as smooth as possible.

Optimize for AMD

AMD’s new Adrenalin software is a great way to get the best gaming performance out of your AMD graphics card. It provides a wealth of options for overclocking, monitoring, and PC gaming that can help you get the most out of your hardware.

The overclocking options are especially impressive, as they allow you to tweak your settings to get the best performance possible from your card. You can also monitor your card’s temperature and usage to ensure that it stays cool and doesn’t overheat.

Overall, Adrenalin is an excellent piece of software that can help you get the most out of your AMD graphics card. If you’re looking for a way to improve your gaming experience, then be sure to check it out!

AMD adrenaline software overclocking gaming pc

Optimize for NVIDIA

NVIDIA GeForce Experience (GFE) is a software suite designed to optimize your PC’s gaming performance. It includes several features that can help improve your gaming experience, including:

– Game Ready Drivers: GFE automatically downloads and installs the latest drivers for your NVIDIA graphics card, ensuring that you have the best gaming performance and stability possible.

– Game Optimization: GFE can optimize your game settings based on your hardware, delivering the best performance possible.

– In-Game Overlay: The in-game overlay allows you to access key information while you’re playing, including FPS, CPU usage, and memory usage. You can also take screenshots or record videos while you’re playing.

Overall, GFE is an excellent tool for gamers using NVIDIA GPUs. If you’re looking for a way to improve your gaming experience, be sure to check it out!

Both of these programs allow you to customize your settings for specific games so that you can get the most out of your system. In addition, they also offer automatic game optimization, so you don’t have to fiddle with settings yourself.

By taking advantage of these tools, you can help ensure that you’re always gaming at your best.

Enjoy your new gaming pc!

So there you have it! Your very own gaming pc, built from scratch and ready to take on the most challenging games. 

We’ve given you a few tips on how to get the best performance out of your new machine, but remember that experimentation is key. Tinker with the settings until you find what works best for you. And most importantly, have fun!

So what are you waiting for?

Get building!

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