Building a custom gaming PC has always been the way forward for gamers and tech enthusiasts looking for a full-blown-out computer that can handle games and heavy tasks like rendering, graphic design, compiling, etc. with ease.
Coupled with the fact that you get to choose each specific component that goes into your machine gives users a sense of personalization and accomplishment. By choosing each and every component for your PC you also get to consider the PC just the way you want it to.
That being said, building a custom PC is quite a tedious and challenging task. You not only have to research components in order to find the best ones for your build but the actual task itself of assembling the PC is very time-consuming and requires utmost care and delicacy. The PCB – Printed Circuit Board – is the main component of your electronic product. So, if you aren’t working with an established PCB assembly and soldering company, you need to be extra careful while designing and printing it.
If you are keen on building a PC yourself, then don’t worry because in this article I am going to take you on a complete PC building journey. We will not only discuss which components go into making a computer but also how you can put them all together. So, without further ado let’s get started.
Which Components are Needed for Building a PC?
There are many components that make up a complete computer system. Let’s take you through them one by one.
The processor needs no explanation. It is the brain of the computer and is responsible for every operation that happens on the computer. Needless to say, it forms an integral part of the PC.
A motherboard is the main circuit board of the computer into which all other components of the PC plug. The motherboard of the PC should be compatible with the processor so ensure that before buying it.
Commonly referred to as RAM, the memory is the temporary storage of the PC. Having higher RAM capacity can accelerate the function of the PC as well as provide better multitasking capability.
Like in the name, a storage drive provides the mass storage to a PC needed to store games and other files. For a storage drive, you should always go with an SSD rather than an HDD.
Power Supply Unit
The PSU is responsible for powering all the other components of a PC. All PC components are after all electronic and need the power to work.
CPU Cooler and Case Fans
The CPU cooler and case fans ensure that the temperature of the PC remains within the check. These fans regulate airflow inside the PC which helps to dissipate the heat and cool down the computer.
All the components of the PC need to be housed in a separate space and this is where the case of the PC comes. Cases come in sorts of shapes and sizes, but their main function remains the same.
Besides the hardware components, you will also need a copy of Windows.
Assembling All the Components Together
Once you have acquired everything, it is time to build the system. Indeed, it is difficult to build a PC but if I am being honest, with a little perseverance and the right guidance you won’t screw up.
I am going to divide the assembly process into specific steps so that you can have an easier time following different procedures.
Step 1 in building a Gaming PC
For the first part, we are going to install the CPU and RAM on the motherboard. At this point, you don’t really need to open the case or any other component. Simply unpack your motherboard and put it on top of the supplied cardboard box.
Now unlatch the CPU socket and match the arrow of the PC with that of the motherboard for correct CPU positioning. RAM is pretty much straightforward, just align the pins of the RAM with that of the motherboard and push it in.
Step 2 of Building a Gaming PC
After we are done with the first part, the next thing I like to do is to prepare the case for the installation of the motherboard. Along with preparing the case, it is also recommended that you install the PSU in the case at this stage.
Simply, install the PSU in the power supply shroud of the case at the back of the PC. Next, install the backplate of the motherboard into the slot. We are all set now for installing the motherboard in the case.
Locate the motherboard screws and align them with the motherboard. Do not force the motherboard in just gently wiggle it around until it fits snugly and then tighten the screws.
Step 3 of Building a Gaming PC
Now it is time to install the storage drive and graphics card. Installing the graphics card is very easy. You simply unlatch the PCI-e slot of the motherboard and align the pins of the graphics card and push it in.
For the storage drive, you will need to remove the bracket attached to the case. Once the bracket is separated from the case simply install the storage drive on that bracket and screw it back into the case.
Step 4 of Building a Gaming PC
Part 4 is the most intricate of them all. This is where you have to plug in all the cables. The best guide I can give you is to follow the motherboard instruction manual and route the cables to the appropriate motherboard headers accordingly.
The satisfaction that you get after completing a PC build is very rewarding. Although the process may be time-consuming, you get to learn a lot of new things throughout the whole procedure.
I hope that you found the information in this article helpful and good luck with building your computer because you are going to need it.