Building a PC
When there are fully built and completely compatible PC sets readily available out there, it might be difficult to even think about building your own gaming PC. While it does take a lot of research and effort, creating a custom built gaming PC still offers a number of advantages.
Firstly, you can build your system according to your needs and preferences. What kind of gaming experience are you looking for — first person shooting games, role-playing and strategy, treasure hunts? Do you allocate more resources to screen size and resolution, or do you want to focus more on the processor that drives your system?
Secondly, it can be a more affordable alternative to paying cash for the fanciest machine on the market (and for the same features, perhaps even more).
To build a computer system, you will need parts. Do a lot of research on the kind of hardware you want. Before you begin building your gaming PC, first acquire the following internal equipment:
- Central processing unit (CPU). It is strongly recommended that you invest well in a sturdy CPU for your gaming PC. It doesn’t need to be the most expensive unit; even cheap CPUs can get the job done well.
- Motherboard. The motherboard contains all the different parts of your gaming PC and helps all the components of your system work together. This is especially important for a gaming PC, as your graphics card (for high-definition, fast-paced gaming) will need to be fully compatible with the rest of your system. Check also how many RAM sticks can be accommodated on the motherboard.
- RAM. The RAM, or random access memory, is a crucial part of your gaming PC. It allows your computer to pull in files stored in its short-term memory so you can access them quickly. A large amount of RAM will allow your computer to run efficiently and significantly decrease the amount of lag you may experience. A reasonable amount of RAM is 4 GB, although hardcore gamers will agree that 16GB of RAM is more than suitable for most games. The motherboard you get should accommodate a number of RAM sticks allowing you to expand as you go, in case you would like to start with a smaller RAM and work your way up over time.
Before you begin buying and putting your equipment together, check the specification requirements of the games you would like to play.
The first purchase you need to make would be the CPU and the motherboard. It is recommended that you purchase these items separately. You might, in the future, get an upgrade on your CPU, and your motherboard should be able to accommodate any future expansions you make on your system. Also check that the motherboard has several PCI upgrade slots, including the necessary USB ports. Once you have your motherboard, purchase RAM sticks that meet the motherboard manufacturer’s specifications.
Casing the internal parts might not seem like an important part of building a game PC, but it is. A gaming PC case should fit all the parts perfectly, plus a power supply of not less than 300 watts. You should also get a cooling fan for the whole system in case you have a high-speed processor.
Once you have all this in place, select the monitor and speakers. Because most of your gaming experience will manifest itself through your audiovisual set-up, you need to make the most out of this decision. If you want an immersive gaming experience, get four or more speakers and pair it with a high-resolution screen monitor.
When assembling your PC, begin with the RAM on the motherboard, the CPU, cooling fan, and the heat sink. Install the power supply in its case, and then the motherboard, along with the necessary cards. The CD drives should go next. Remember that the internal parts need to be assembled together before you install any peripheral parts, such as the keyboard and mouse.
If you have little experience building a gaming PC, seek help from a computer professional, especially in assembling various parts with different manufacturer’s specifications. Or just go to a site like Gearforgaming.com and read through their free resources and do it yourself!