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CPUs (Central Processing Units) act as the brain of all computer. When building a desktop for gaming, there are countless CPU options varying by price, among other factors. Intel and AMD CPUs are currently the best. However, there are other CPU brands that will get the job done. If you pick an AMD CPU, consider high-end options like Ryzen or Threadripper processors.
You also need a motherboard to connect all your PC hardware together. Like CPUs, there are many options in this regard ranging from simple to feature-rich motherboards. The processor you select should guide you in the right direction when selecting a motherboard to avoid compatibility issues. You should also consider things like CPU overclocking capabilities, connectivity options, and lighting.
You need a Graphics Processing Unit or video card to enjoy a great visual experience. GPUs give you the power to solve complex graphics calculations that make computer games look great. While most CPUs come with integrated graphics, you’ll need a GPU to enjoy modern video game experiences. Nvidia and AMD offer great GPUs. There are many considerations depending on factors like resolution and frame rates. Cost is also a factor with low-end modern options like Nvidia’s GTX 1050 Ti and AMD’s Radeon RX570. For great experience you might check out, the Radeon RX Vega from AMD and RTX 2080 Ti from Nvidia are good picks.
RAM is critical for short-term computer memory. When playing video games, more RAM is “KEY”. Ideally, 16 -32 GB is enough for most applications currently and in the next few years. (Some mother boards have multiple RAM slots so you can add RAM together. A basic RAM size is 8gb)
While hard disk drives are still good for storage, SSDs are better in regards to speed, durability, and noise (they are quieter). However, they cost more per GB. You can also combine a SSD and HDD. You may also consider external storage.
Once you have the above parts ready, you’ll need a place to store them. Cases come in many shapes, sizes. However, most will share similarities in regards to layouts such as motherboard placement GPU placement and fan placement. Every case has a attachment where different parts are supposed to be placed/installed. Unless you’re looking to have custom cooling, and other features, you can choose based on preferences and performance. While most cases come with fans, it’s nice to have room for extra cooling options. A big case is always better for custom work if you plan to upgrade in the future. You should always consider other options like lighting and ventilation a over heated PC tends to run slower and can cause all sorts of issues that can damage other parts such as the Power supply Motherboard CPU or even your GPU.
7. Power Supply
All the different parts above need power. A PSU (power supply unit) powers all components. While most power supply units will work, you should research on quality, wattage, and efficiencies. The PSU you select should have enough wattage to power everything, including custom cooling loops and additional video cards, if any. It’s good practice to calculate your power requirements beforehand to ensure you get a PSU that will serve your needs perfectly.
8. Fan and Heatsink
A gaming PC will most likely produce more heat than a typical laptop or office Desktop. As a result, you should think of how you will keep the entire system cool. While most CPUs are sold with coolers, there are other options like fans, heatsinks and liquid cooling solutions. Your first build can work perfectly with a fan or all-in-one liquid CPU cooler for gamers planning to overwork their systems with advanced games and software.
Installing cooling systems is easy though it varies from one product to another. Typically, you’ll need to attach your cooling system to your motherboard with a thermal paste. Cooling systems do come with detailed instructions tho. The most critical factor is compatibility. Your cooler should be compatible with your motherboard and CPU. You also need room inside your case.
9. PC Monitor/Screen
A good monitor is crucial to complete your videogame experience. Entry-level monitors like (1920 by 1080) will work. However, there are higher resolution options that offer a better gaming experience, for example a 2540 by 1440 or 4K for amazing images. Resolution aside, you should consider refresh rate. A higher rate like 144Hz or more, will give a smooth viewing experience. As the frames can refresh fast on movement.
You will need many other parts like keyboards, mouse, joysticks, etc. to complete your build. However, the above parts are the most important. You can always invest in accessories as you need them. With that being said the above parts, you should be guaranteed a great video game experience for a few years before technology changes.
Assembling your first gaming PC
If you get compatible parts, you shouldn’t have a problem putting everyone together computers are like a puzzle once you get past the confusion. However, you need some tips to avoid common mistakes. (WHICH CAN BE FOUND ALL OVER YOUTUBE.)
We will start with the CPU
When installing your processing unit, do so before placing the motherboard inside the case to give yourself enough room to work with. However, follow the processe they come with clear instructions. You should take extra caution when installing the motherboard. Since motherboards are delicate, they should be handled with care and secured firmly in place.
Next the RAM.
When installing RAM, use the memory guide to ensure you install correctly (in the right slot on the motherboard). Installing RAM is as easy as pushing open either sides of the RAM slot located on the motherboard and pushing the RAM down in place.(don't forget some motherboards have up to 4 slots so u can add your RAM together for better experience)
Once those are installed its time to place the mother board into the case.
Now we can install the Graphics Processing Unit(GPU). There should be a metal cover on the back of your case you can unscrew that and it will open the slots for you GPU to be mounted allowing access to the Monitor attachments such as a HDMI or other compatible connectors. Depending on your GPU and Monitor/Monitors.
If you manage to wire up everything, power on your power supply and turn on your Gaming PC, you should get a motherboard BIOS screen if everything is connected properly. Finish up by installing the OS and you are ready to start playing. If you get error messages, don’t worry. Such messages come with information on what needs to be fixed. If you need more detailed installation instructions and debugging guides they are available online.