How to Build a Gaming PC from Scratch
Should you build a gaming PC from scratch or buy one? Which one is the most expensive? By the end of this article, you will find answers to all your questions about this topic.
Building a gaming PC from scratch can be an intimidating task, but with the right guidance and knowledge, it can be a rewarding experience. Sometimes, buying a brand-new gaming PC is just too expensive so you just have to build one from scratch.
There are so many reasons why you must build your gaming PC from scratch. Let us look at some of the reasons why building your own gaming PC could be beneficial.
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Why is it beneficial to build a gaming PC from scratch?
Below are some of the reasons why building your gaming PC from scratch is very beneficial.
- You get to buy your best gaming PC at your own pace. Since you are not buying everything set, you can relax and buy all the parts individually when you can afford them.
- The possibility of getting your PC exactly how you want it is very high. Since you are building it by yourself, you know the specifications you want and will build according to your specifications.
- You get a unique system unit. This is because you will be using different brands of individual parts for your build. It also means you will have a unique combination of parts that you can’t get in a brand-new system.
- It feels cheaper to build your own PC than to buy a brand-new one. Especially if you compare the specifications you will get with the price.
These are some of the amazing reasons why you should build a gaming PC. There are more benefits that come with it.
How to Build a Gaming PC from Scratch
The main focus of this article is to build a gaming PC from scratch. Since you now know the benefits of doing that, let us now look at the procedures involved.
1. Budget and know the components
The first step in building a gaming PC is to determine your budget and the components you need. The components that you will need include;
- Motherboard (Motherboards come with a processor if not, you will have to buy one)
- Memory (RAM)
- Storage (SSD recommended Check the uses of SSD and you will understand why it is the best for your project.)
- Graphics card
- Power supply
- Computer case.
These are the major components you need in a PC for it to run. They all come with different sizes, specifications, and prices as well. You should research each of these components and decide which ones best suit your needs and budget.
2. Purchase the components
Once you have decided on the components you need, it is time to purchase them. You can buy the components from online retailers, local computer stores, or electronics stores.
You can get some of the cheapest but quality components from AliExpress. Make sure to read reviews and compare prices to ensure that you are getting the best deal possible.
3. Assemble your components
After getting your components, it is time to assemble them. Before you start building your PC, it is important to prepare your workspace. Find a clean, well-lit area where you can work comfortably for a few hours. Ensure that you have all the necessary tools, such as screwdrivers, pliers, and I recommend a set of disposable gloves. Follow the procedure below to start the assembly.
- Install the power supply
The power supply is the first component that you should install. Place the power supply in the designated area in the computer case and use screws to secure it in place. Make sure that the power supply’s fan is facing down so that it can draw in cool air from outside the case.
- Install motherboard with CPU
Next, you should install the motherboard and CPU. Insert the CPU into the socket on the motherboard, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Then, attach the cooler to the CPU and secure it in place. Finally, place the motherboard into the case and screw it into place.
- Install the RAM
Install the RAM into the appropriate slots on the motherboard. Make sure that you push down firmly until the clips click into place.
- Install the storage device
Install your storage devices, such as your hard drive or solid-state drive, into the appropriate bays in the case. Use screws to secure them in place.
- Install graphic card
Install your graphics card into the appropriate PCIe slot on the motherboard. Use screws to secure it in place.
- Connect all cables
Connect the power cables from the power supply to the appropriate components, such as the motherboard, CPU fan, and graphics card. Make sure you also connect all data transfer cables to the appropriate devices.
4. Test your PC
The final step is testing your PC. Before you close up the case, it is important to test it. Connect a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to your PC and turn it on. If everything is working properly, you should see your PC boot up.
It is perfectly fine to see “Operating System not found” as your welcome message as soon as the computer boots up. It simply means there is no operating system on your computer. Follow an earlier procedure about how to download and install Windows 11 on your computer if you don’t know how to do that yet.
Building a gaming PC from scratch can be a challenging but rewarding experience. By following the steps outlined above, you can build a PC that meets your specific needs and budget.
Remember to take your time, follow the instructions carefully, and seek help if you need it. If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to list them in the comment section and I will answer them as early as possible.