I did it! Sixteen years old, with a job, and making money! What better way to spend my hard earned money then on a Gaming PC!
All my life I’ve always wanted to build a gaming computer. (Me being drawn to tech-y things and gaming.) So, this summer, with all my money saved up, I decided to buy the parts for a gaming computer.
3 Tips For Building A Gaming PC
1st – Decide on a budget. The first major part in building a gaming computer is to decide on a budget and what’s important for you in a gaming computer. For me, I like to stream and upload YouTube content. So I wanted a computer that would be able to record/stream content without impacting game play. I also wanted to be able to produce the videos easier and preferably faster. I decided that I would spend a maximum of $900 on my gaming PC parts. I know what you’re thinking: $900?!?!!? Well, you don’t have to spend $900 on a gaming PC! You can put whatever amount of money you want into your parts and usually be able to make a computer. Although a $100 computer probably won’t be able to game very well! Below I’ll link a video that shows a $350 gaming PC that can compete with consoles!
2nd – Research, research, research. The next tip I’m going to recommend is to research, research, and do even more research! If you’re new to this and not even sure where to start I recommend watching the video below.
PCGamer also has a magazine called, “Build Your Own Gaming PC” – Winter 2013 Edition, that really helped me start off my adventure into PC building.
- Graphics card. I had a current graphics card, a GTX 750 Ti Ftw, that I bought a couple years ago. I had bought this card to improve my previous PC, and wanted to use it in my next build. I found out that it needed a PCI-3 Express slot, was 9 inches long by 4.376 inches wide, and that it needed a 6-Pin PCI-E Power Adapter. The length is needed to know what size case you need; the power is the 6-Pin PCI-E; and the PCI-3 Express is what the Graphics card would go into on the motherboard.
- Motherboard/CPU Combo. I Googled $300 Motherboard/CPU Combos and stumbled upon the one I ended up buying; which is a MSI 970 Gaming Motherboard, and the AMD FX-8350. (And from the reviews, this was exactly what I was looking for.) The motherboard had a PCI-3 slot for my graphics card which was perfect for what I needed.
- Ram. The next step was to see what RAM was supported, which it turns out was DDR3 Ram. So I picked up two 8 GB G.Skill Ripjaws for my Ram.
- Hard drive and power supply. I ended up getting a 1 TB Hard Drive and a 650 Watt Power Supply for my rig. If you’re wondering what power supply you should get, just look at all the part’s power requirements. You don’t have to add all the requirements together. Say your Graphics card needed 500 Watts and the rest of your build only needed 200 Watts. You wouldn’t need to get a 700 Watt Power Supply. You could get a 500 Watt one and be fine. (I would recommend getting about 50 watts more than you need for wiggle room.)
- Cooling system. The final thing I needed was a cooling system good enough to cool my 8 core CPU. I ended up going with the Corsair H60 Liquid Cooler which had a lot of good reviews. So far it has done a fantastic job.
If you don’t want to go through the process of finding PC parts, you can simply search on YouTube the Price range of computer you would like to get and I assure you there are tons of PCs where the research has already been done.
- 3rd – Watch videos on how to build. The third and final step is to watch lots of videos on how to actually build the computer. If you search on YouTube there are tons of videos of people explaining how to build a computer. I recommend this video. It really helped me out in the building of my rig. I really enjoyed the way he taught how to build the computer.
I hope you found this post somewhat helpful!