How to Build a Gaming PC for Beginners

Around 227 million Americans play video games, which is up from 214 million in 2020. The pandemic sparked more interest in these games and 90% of people say they’ll continue playing after the country opens up.

You might’ve been playing on an old device, which was sufficient at first. But now that you’re not a newbie, you need something more powerful.

Buying a prebuilt PC is simpler, but it may not hit all your gaming needs. Why not build your own computer instead?

This article will show you how to build a gaming PC, even if you’re a beginner!

How to Build a Gaming PC

First, figure out what your budget is. It’s nice to dream about the latest and greatest in tech, but that’s exactly what it is: a dream. When you start off with something reasonable, you’ll be able to pick and choose parts that suit not just your needs, but also your budget.

The Parts You’ll Need

Here are the components that make up a gaming PC:

  • Graphics card (GPU): what generates images
  • Processor (CPU): your computer’s “brain”
  • Memory (RAM): how powerful your computer’s brain is
  • Storage (SSD or HDD): where your data’s stored
  • Motherboard: where all your computer parts live
  • Power supply: what powers your PC
  • Case: protection for your computer parts

Some people also opt to purchase additional parts to get a more powerful gaming computer, such as more cooling systems and secondary hard drives. But since we’re showing you how to build a gaming PC for beginners, you should keep things simple and stick to the basics.

Buying Parts

When buying parts, stick to well-known names, such as Nvidia, Corsair, and HyperX. Spending a little more on these brand names will be worth it in the long run when your gaming PC lasts you for years.

Make sure you do some price comparisons, both online and in stores. You might save a couple hundred dollars by taking extra time to do so.

Here’s more information if you want to buy from a reputable site.

Putting Everything Together

The good news is, building a computer nowadays is like building Legos; just snap all the parts together and you’re done.

First, you’ll want to prepare the motherboard by installing as many parts on it as possible before putting it into the case. It’ll be much easier!

Start off by installing the CPU, then the SSD and RAM. Put the motherboard into the case, install the power supply, connect hard drives/SSDs, and plug everything into the motherboard.

Next, install the CPU cooling system and your GPU. Now, flip on your computer; if it turns on, congratulations! You’re ready to install the operating system.

If your PC doesn’t turn on, check that all parts are installed correctly and that the power’s going through.

Now You Know How to Build a PC for Gaming

When you know how to build a gaming PC, you’ll be able to put together a powerful rig. Not only will it be customized, but it’ll also be cheaper, as prebuilt computers will cost you more.

Plus, you’ll learn new skills and you can build PCs for your family and friends too. So put these new skills to good use!

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