Buying a ready-made gaming PC is a great option for those who just want to keep playing. But building your own computer is a very rewarding experience. You can not only assemble it the way you want, but also give it an unusual look. You can also save some money during the PC assembly process.
Building a PC can seem like a daunting task, especially if you tried it in the 90s. But this is currently a simple process. The first step is to decide what you want to use the computer for and then select the accessories.
It is recommended that you explore each component by reading the independent reviews to ensure you pick the one that works for the task at hand. It doesn’t make sense to buy a 16-core processor if all you need is to play a few esports games.
CPU, GPU, SSD, RAM
The main parts of a gaming PC that affect performance are CPU (central processing unit), motherboard, RAM (random access memory), storage, and graphics card. However, to create something that turns on and functions, you also need a case, power supply, hard drive, and (since not all games are supported on Linux at this point) a copy of Microsoft Windows.
Depending on the processor you buy, you may also need a CPU cooler to attach to the CPU. For the most part, give preference to the video card. It most affects how high you can increase the settings in the game, and the frame rate. However, it is also important to buy additional components.
For example, pairing an expensive graphics card with a budget processor means you won’t get the performance out of your graphics card. The CPU simply won’t be fast enough to send the data the GPU needs to run efficiently.
If you are thinking of building a PC for streaming, then you should consider a processor that has multiple cores and threads to help handle multiple tasks at the same time, as you will be playing games and recording your gameplay at the same time.
Compatibility can grab the attention of newbies. The motherboard is the hardest part. Make sure the motherboard you choose supports the features you want, as well as the processor, memory, and storage you want to use.
Even matching the processor socket type and motherboard correctly does not guarantee compatibility. Check with the manufacturer’s tech support to make sure the CPU is fully supported.
You should also consider the physical size of the motherboard and other components. Motherboards and chassis come in a variety of sizes. The most common motherboard size is ATX, followed by Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX. You need to make sure the motherboard size is supported in the case specifications.
If you plan on using a liquid cooler or a high tower CPU cooler, you also need to make sure there is enough free space inside the case.
When it comes to RAM, the choice depends on the games you will be playing. But keep in mind that even the simplest gaming PC should have at least 8GB of RAM.
Since games are taking up too much memory these days, you will need a disc with at least 500GB. Although it is more expensive, a solid state drive (SSD) is recommended as it is significantly faster than conventional hard drives. If you’re short on money, pair a small SSD with a large mechanical hard drive.
Should you build your own computer?
If you want to save some money and have a rewarding experience, then you should definitely try building your own computer. Regardless of which parts you choose, your first assembly will take hours. But it’s so nice to hit the power button for the first time and watch your computer come to life.
There are many great tutorials on the internet to help you build your first computer. We recommend the video hosting YouTube, where you will find many helpful videos on how to build a PC yourself.