Building your gaming computer holds many benefits including saving money and learning about the insides of your machine. The process is relatively simple and there are plenty of YouTube tutorials out there, but you need to understand which parts to source.
Before buying parts, you need to decide on case size. Most people opt for a mid-case because they have enough room for all of the parts to fit comfortably but aren’t enormous. However, if you don’t have much space, you can get a small system, but this limits future upgrade options, and they tend to run loudly. Further, you can get a full tower, but they’re so large that most of them don’t fit on or under desks.
The Brain First
With a size in mind, you can focus on the computer’s brain – the processor (CPU). This is a central part of your computer responsible for sending commands to other hardware via the motherboard. You will choose between Intel and AMD, narrowing the pool by half. The most important spec for the CPU is the core count – click the link to learn more.
Great GPU Equals Great Gaming PC
The graphics card (GPU) kicks into gear and supports the CPU when you’re running videos, games, and other similar high-processing tasks. Nvidia is the main manufacturer of GPUs, and the newer the model, the better the gaming experience. However, don’t be afraid to explore alternatives including the fantastic Intel Arc Graphics card. To help narrow down your choices, look at the recommended specs for games you wish to play, and buy a GPU to match them. After all, this is the most expensive part of a computer.
Align RAM With Your Gaming Needs
When you run programs on a computer, it takes up memory (RAM). Typically, 16GB RAM will be more than enough for any game you want to play. However, if you wish to save money, you can check the spec for your go-to games and scale down. For example, Fortnite and Doom Eternal only require a minimum of 8GB RAM. If you install anything above 16GB, you’re wasting money on memory that won’t be used unless you’re 3D rendering.
Solid State Drives Win
Not to be confused with RAM, you need storage space to save your operating system, games, and programs. Solid-state drives (SSDs) are now affordable and run much faster than traditional hard drives. There are a few different options for storage, and you can learn about them here.
Power Supply and Cooling
Your computer will need a power supply (PSU), which will have cables that attach to everything. It’s important that you purchase the correct PSU – you can learn more about this here. Alongside the PSU, you will need to keep your computer cool because it will generate considerable heat when gaming. When buying your case, ensure that it has ventilation space and enough slots for fans.
Building a computer is a fun project for any gamer. Once you’ve chosen all of the parts above, the rest of the journey is just putting together a tech puzzle.