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Guide On How To Build A Gaming PC

You’re looking for a guide on how to build a gaming PC. If so, you don’t know where to start. Well, you’re in the right place.

Building a PC is very cost effective and can save you a lot of money down the future. You’ll also be learning and creating a powerful machine at the same time.

So building a cheap gaming pc shouldn’t be a burden nor should it overwhelm you.

The benefits are a lot when it comes to building your PC. It’s a lot better than purchasing an already pre-made system, which may cost a lot due to other extra accessories involved.

This guide will tell you how to build a cheap gaming pc if you’re on a budget as well.

And there’s an enormous reason why it’s wise to build your gaming PC as well. And you can create an entry level PC for around 300 to 400 USD, which is like a price of a video game console.

Here you’ll find laid out the guides that you can follow for you to start building your gaming rig.

You Can Make A List First

So the first step is to create a list and write down the essentials. You’ll be needing:

  1. The CPU
  2. Motherboard
  3. Graphics Card
  4. Memory – RAM
  5. Power Supply
  6. SSD/HDD
  7. PC Case

Write a list down and fill in what parts you’ll be needing.

In this site, you’ll find a list of reviews for some of the best PC components that you can get. It’s recommended that you scan through these list of recommended parts on how to build a custom gaming pc rig.

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1. The Processor - CPU

The CPU is the main and heart of your computer. Without it, your computer wouldn’t function at all. The CPU is equivalent to the brain. A high-end processor is what is needed to run the machine and give life to your system.

Having a high-end processor is needed to play the high intensive games and run different tasks simultaneously without having your PC rig slowing down.

Installation process

Installing a CPU is a piece of cake, you’ll need to find the right processor that’ll suit your needs. You can pick up the Intel series or go with the AMD’s. Both brands are great; however Intel does currently hold the upper hand at the moment.

You’ll need a motherboard that you can install it on. Both  Intel and AMD have their boards.

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2. The Motherboard

When choosing a motherboard, you’ll need to select a suitable one for your processor.

You can either choose the LG 1151 series for your Intel processor or the AM4’s for your AMD processor. Both are great and have similar features.

The motherboard operates everything. The mobo is responsible for getting all you’re components working tougher and effectively communicate with one another.

Without a mobo, you won’t have a foundation, and your components won’t be able to work with each other, in harmony.

Installation process

You’ll need to choose the right suitable mobo for your CPU. Find the dimensions on the mobo as well, save the measurements for later for when you are selecting a case to house your components in.

You’ll need a Phillips screwdriver, and that’s all you’ll need.

Hopefully this will teach you on how to choose a motherboard for a gaming pc that can last you up for a long time.

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3. The Graphics Card

Having a high-end graphics card is needed to play some of the most intensive visual games that are currently in the market.

Choosing a GPU should be a piece of cake. Depending on your budget, you can get a cheap high performing GPU.

If budget is not a problem, you can most definitely get the high-end GPU’s, which will be more than enough.

You can also have two GPU’s running at the same time to maximize your performance. However, if you’re a casual gamer, you won’t be needing 2 GPU’s.

Installation Process

You can easily install your GPU by inserting it into the GPU slot of your motherboard. It’s easy to locate and should be easy to install.

You don’t have to worry about motherboard and GPU compatibilities because all of today’s current GPU can work on any motherboard type.

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4. The Memory

Having a set of good memories are crucial for speed and accessing data.

With the help of the CPU, the memory acts to access data and files fast quickly. The higher your computer has in memory, the faster your computer will operate, the quicker your games will operate and enjoy.

Installation Process

Installation is easy. Find the right compatible memory for your specific motherboard.

Now you can install the memory sticks located near the CPU, and there should be four slots total. Insert the memories in and snap them into place.

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5. The Power Supply

Having enough watts in your power supply is crucial when powering up your PC. Having a clean, quality PSU is needed when operating a sufficient machine.

Having a PSU can keep your components running efficiently without any hiccups or hardware errors.

Installation process

Insert the power supply in the edge of your pc case and put the screws in and you’re all set. Simple as that.

With the modular PSU’s nowadays, you can easily take out unwanted cables and free space, to keep your PC organized and clutter-free.

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6. The Hard Drive

The hard drive is what you’ll need to store your files, programs, games, and applications. Having a big hard drive is another must in today’s tech age.

Current games nowadays require a large enough storage and can take maybe at least a gigabyte or two worth of HD room.

Not all HDD’s are created equal, however, so you’ll have to choose an optimal one. (Oh yes, be on the lookout for an HDD review post on the site as well.)

Installation process

Get the hard drive, stick it in one of the HD slots in your PC case and screw them in. And one instance lets you plug and snap, and you’re all set.

Then attach the necessary cables to your HD and into your motherboard. Depending on your motherboard, you’ll eventually find the input for your HD cables.

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7. The PC Case

Choosing a PC case is not as important as the other components. However, if you’re big on aesthetics, then you’ll have to invest more into the case.

There are a lot of cases that you can choose from. If you’re on a budget, there are cases in that category for you.

If you have all the budget in the world and are looking for the best, aesthetically looking case, then there’s also a whole list of exceptional cases as well.

Installation Process

Open up the case and install in all your components in there. Start with the PSU and down to the motherboard (with the CPU already connected).

Then screw on the motherboard in the casing. Then start adding your GPU’s, memory and hard drive.

Attach all the necessary wiring. And it should be as simple as that.

In Conclusion

Hopefully this guide on how to build your gaming PC has served you well, and hopefully, you’ll have ease installing your gaming rig.

If you do have a problem installing it, feel free to send Gears For Winning a contact, and you’ll get helped.

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28 thoughts on “Guide On How To Build A Gaming PC

  1. I never realised how easy it would be to build your own PC – I’ve always thought it was really complicated, but once you know the required components, it really isn’t that difficult. 

    Thank you for the guide – it’s given my confidence that I could be my own gaming PC if I wanted to!

    1. Hi Fiona, yes building a PC should be easy, if you keep it very simple, you’ll be able to build one quickly. Thanks for your feedback.

  2. Thank you for this article, this is a great guide for me, building my gaming pc won’t be a difficult task anymore, am going to show this article to a friend I know will be needing this too, I know it will be very helpful to him as well, the process were all explained clearly thanks for this once again. 

    1. Hi Sandra, I’m glad this article has helped you. Building a PC is fun and rewarding. I’m glad you found the article helpful.

  3. Thanks for helping out in building a gaming PC I have been finding it difficult to do this all these while I searched the internet for help but it was not as clear as you have explained,  I will certainly follow your step by step guide in achieving this goal thank for helping but what is the minimum hard disk space required for this?

    1. Thanks for the feed Seun. I’m glad this article has helped you. The minimum for a hard drive space nowadays can be around 15 GB. But if you’re serious about gaming, go for at least 200 to 500 GB of disk space. Hope that helps.

  4. Hello,

    I never knew building one’s gaming PC could be so easy and cost effective. Thanks for providing this well detailed and informative post, know I can build up my own PC without hiccups. You’ve also helped provide links to all the components. I’ll try and experiment this out very soon and I’ll give you feedbacks on it. Thank you

  5. This very easy steps of building a computer but I will be real I never thought it could done that simply I will start looking for the components of building one monster of computer that can work for me both in games and orther businesses that I have   that will work for me

  6. Love this breakdown!  I once built a computer back in the day, but realized it lacked a lot when it came to gaming.  Kind of curious from your take, what would you say should be the minimum amount of RAM for an entry level gaming PC and then how about a more novice/intermediate gaming PC?  Does it depend on GPU at all?  Any thoughts on NVIDIA?  Also, is it common for gaming PC’s to go SSD instead of your typical HD?  My boy is starting to hear more an more about Fortnite, might be time for a little father-son project ;o)

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Micah. The minimum for gaming I’d say should be around 8GB, but you can always go to 16 GB. Nvidia’s a good company; they do deliver excellent graphics. Yes, GPU will be an essential factor when you’re gaming and want to boost your settings to max. Yep, go for SSD especially if you’re a gamer.

  7. Many people today do not have the trust in their handyman skills to build a desktop gaming PC, but you definitely have shown us in this post that it is not that difficult. I have never tried to build one, but have friends who have several systems they put together.

    Their machines are all top of the line when it comes to performance for gaming or other intensive computing operations. Now that I know how easy it can be, I will look into doing just that. It seems you have to compromise on one thing or another if you get an off the shelf system.

    One thing that is not covered is the cost. What would a typical high-end system cost and is there a list of recommended components that you would list for us newbies? That would be helpful as a starting point. I know everyone will want to go in their own direction to a degree, but having a start point would help I think. Thanks for a good informative post!

    1. Thanks for the feed, Dave.
      Yes, it’s that simple to build your ultimate gaming rig. For a few hundreds of dollars, you can make a decent rig.

      If you’re beginning, start out writing a list starting from the CPU, motherboard, GPU, memory, harddrive, power supply then the monitor. All in that order. Well, that’s how I would do it. But I’ll be sure to add a starting point guide on the site. Thanks for this.

  8. Thank you for this article on how to build a gaming pc. It looks like it is very simple and can be done by anyone. Do you have any tips and trick for noobs that have never done this sort of thing before? Also, like on choosing the powers supply I know if you do not get the right your computer will not turn on how do you choose the correct size?

    1. I appreciate the feed, Geoffrey. I’m glad this article has helped you.
      To determine the right size of the power supply, it’ll have to match the case that you’ll be intending to get. A decent PSU of 600 to 800 Watts is excellent enough to run a decent gaming rig.

  9. Very nice guide on building a PC. It’s been a few years since I built my last rig. 

    I remember how scared I was to accidentally shock the CPU and render it useless on my first build. It was also quite a while back, so I didn’t have many articles that were very efficient at really explaining what to do step by step. I think it took me hours to build my first PC because I was so scared.

    Anyway, I haven’t kept up to date too much on the latest hardware or trends, I currently run a GTX 1070, and was looking at upgrading to the new RTX 2080, but I haven’t really done any research other than knowing that the new GPU was released. Do you believe that my 1070 is still good for now, or should I go ahead and look more at getting a new GPU? Also, should I look into the 2080 ti?

    I’m not much of a graphics freak, but I like to future-proof my PC, so do you think that my 1070 will be fine until the next iteration of GPUs, or maybe getting a new GPU make my PC able to last another 5-7 years without needing another upgrade?

    1. Thanks, Dakota, I know what you mean about shocking the CPU and other components in there.
      Yes, the new RTX 2080’s are fantastic. But if you already have a 1070, you’ll be okay with that. But it’ll be entirely up to you if you’re going for an upgrade.

  10. This is a great post! I think that it is great that you have taken us through how to build a powerful gaming pc from scratch. Since my laptop battery gave up I have been co sidering my options. I don’t use it for games (that much) but I do need powerful specs to run graphics and processor heavy software.

    This guide is perfect for  me because I have been thinking about building a pc. I think that a desktop is great because you usually have space in the tower case to upgrade to better components down the line. Like you said it is critically to get the main components right from the start, like the motherboard and processor.

    I think that since most of these components are usually plug and play it should be easy enough to assemble a decent pc with the right instructions and advice. I am quite excited to build my very own powerful pc.

    Thanks for sharing this great information!

    1. Thanks for the feedback Renton, yes, getting the right components down is critical. I’m glad the article has provided you with some useful insights.

  11. Thank you for this great post, you have really provided great insight into building a PC gaming and I found this really helpful, can you help me with the list of the available PC cases, am going to implore this guide in building my own PC gaming. I never knew that installing Gpu on motherboard is as this easy. 

  12. You make installing a gaming PC seem so easy. In this age long battle between console gaming and PC gaming I think PC gaming has an edge because you can easily upgrade your system as you desire. I’m really sure people who are looking to build a PC gamer will find this post very helpful as I have. Thanks

  13. Hey Jose, thanks for outlining the process of building your own gaming system. The sky is the limit when you’re building your own system as long as you have the financial capacity. The system you decide to make could even turn out to be better than some gaming consoles. I just want to add that getting a big enough hard drive is very important. Most games require a lot of space some as much as 30gb. I feel if anyone wants to create their own system then they shouldn’t hold back on storage. Trust me you’ll thank me later for this.

  14. Great post and good info.

    I totally agree with you, I’ve built a gaming pc 2 years ago and it saved me hundreds of dollars. 

    It is easy to do if you know how to do it, else you can look it up, or read your info.

    I will tell you that I’m very clumsy and yet I managed to built it. 

    I have a very heavy gaming pc, but if you want a standard one, you can have it for a cheap price nowadays. 

    Anyway, thanks for sharing it, and I’m confident you will help a lot of people with it. 

    1. Thanks, Emmanual, I couldn’t agree with you more, it’s easy now to build a gaming rig. I’m glad this article has provided you some useful insights.

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