You can build a gaming computer that will be similar or even better compared to iBUYPOWER, CYBERPOWERPC, Skytech, ADMI Gaming Computers.
A gaming computer differs from usual desktop PCs by their key component price and performance. Everything in a gaming computer is bigger and better.
Every gaming PC has dedicated graphics cards, which have up to 2000 or more cores inside their processors (about this later). Those cards almost overshadowing the main processor which can be up to 16 cores.
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The advantages of building yourself a gaming computer:
- The parts quality you can choose better than pre-built,
- You will not have to ship the whole computer for a warranty if something brakes,
- Upgrades will be easier, you will not lose warranty if you upgrade it,
- And, you will gain some experience,
- You can buy better specifications for critical components,
- Over time you can upgrade the components you choose not worrying about the warranty or not needing to pay to do the upgrade work.
How to build a gaming computer. We will build here as an example a mid-range desktop gaming computer that can run Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 (COD BO4 ). You also will need a monitor to buy by your choice.
The first component we will buy is the case. Thermaltake V200 Tempered Glass RGB ATX Mid-Tower Chassis 3 120mm RGB Fan + 1 Black 120mm Rear Fan Pre-Installed (69 USD).
I have chosen this case as it has three fans in the front and one in the back. You also can choose cases with fans on the top instead of the front.
Motherboard Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X (Intel LGA1151/Z390/ATX/2xM.2/Realtek ALC892/Intel LAN/HDMI/Gaming Motherboard) (139 USD).
I have chosen the Gigabyte manufactured motherboard because I know this company for a long time and their hardware never let me down.
We will need to fit the motherboard to the case using these screws.
This is probably the most difficult task of all the assembly. Sometimes it’s difficult to screw in all the screws because they do not align. Just skip the screw that does not fit and do remember that shouldn’t over tighten the motherboard screws.
Processor Intel Core i5-8400 Desktop Processor 6 Cores up to 4.0 GHz LGA 1151 300 Series 65W (189 USD)
Also, as it is a mid-range gaming computer I have chosen an Intel i5 processor. Now, there’s nothing wrong with this choice, because even if you want to upgrade this system you will probably upgrade not the processor but the graphics card. The i5 is more than enough today.
Today there are two processor manufacturers left: Intel and AMD. Which one processor you will choose probably depends on your taste or do you like that company or not. All two processors will be reliable and offer good performance for gaming.
The processor is easy to fit; put the processor into the slot and close the latch.
SSD drive Samsung SSD 860 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E500B/AM) (77 USD).
Every computer needs a lot of storage and a lot of fast storage is even better. I have chosen Samsung as I know this company (who don’t) and 500GB because if we try new games the storage will fill up quickly.
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz C15 Desktop Memory Kit – Black (89 USD)
Do not try to save on memory. For today’s games, 16GB is a must and memory modules with heat sinks is also a must. Any memory without heat sinks will most likely give a lot of troubles later on.
Processor water cooler CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler, 120mm Radiator, 120mm Fan (65 USD).
This is cooler is a bit fancy item, somewhat like a novelty, but I like it because it will keep the space open and I will see the motherboard. Also, it is easy to fit and has a nice logo.
Graphics Card Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 Gaming 8GB Graphic Cards GV-RX580GAMING-8GD (194 USD).
Again, I have chosen the Gigabyte manufacturer for its reliability. Also, this card’s processor is made by AMD (some time ago it was ATI) and known for its reliability.
Power Supply EVGA 750 GQ, 80+ Gold 750W, Semi-Modular, ECO Mode, 5 Year Warranty, Power Supply 210-GQ-0750-V1 (93 USD)
It is very important to choose a powerful enough power supply for our computer. I think that 500 Wats is not enough, so I have chosen the one that is 750 Watts.
Hard drive 1TB PC Hard Drive – 7200 RPM Class, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache, 3.5″ – WD10EZEX (45 USD)
This is a usual 1TB hard drive we will use for movies or music.
You can buy a bit better drive that is a hybrid drive SSHD Seagate FireCuda 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive Performance SSHD – 2.5 Inch SATA 6GB/s Flash Accelerated which is 59.99 USD.
WiFi dongle TP-Link AC600 High Gain Dual Band USB Wireless WiFi Network Adapter for PC and Laptops (19 USD)
In case our onboard WiFi connection fails we will have a backup.
Mouse Logitech M510 Wireless Computer Mouse – Comfortable Shape with USB Unifying Receiver (18 USD)
Keyboard G-Cord Full Size Wireless Mechanical Rechargeable Keyboard with LED Backlit for Gaming or Office (104 Key) ( 59 USD)
1,056 USD altogether.
Now we have already the motherboard in the case so we will fit SSD drive, hard drive, processor cooler, power supply, and fans.
SSD drive and hard drive are connected to the motherboard with SATA cables (red color).
Both of these drives also are connected to the power supply via cables with black, red and yellow wires.
Memory sits near the processor.
The processor water cooler I would fit last as better not mess with pipes filled with water.