How to Build a Gaming PC

If you want to learn how to build a powerful gaming PC, you are just on the right place. I’ll teach you how to build a gaming PC, no matter what budget you have. Just a head’s up, I’ll teach you how to choose the right components while explaining what a certain part is. Okay, without further ado, let us begin.

Processor

This is a very important part of your gaming rig. Your processor must be fast enough to handle physics (explosions, movement and AI) and calculations. A slow processor will bottleneck all of your components. A good processor for low to mid end gaming is a dual core processor. But if you have a bit more budget, a quad core processor of at least 2.6GHz will allow you to play most modern games at medium to high settings.

If you want to build a high-end system, consider getting six core processors, like AMD’s Vishera or Intel’s Haswell processors.

Memory

A greater memory can increase your gaming performance, too. Most modern games requires at least 4GB of memory, so the best bet is to get 8GB memory to accommodate background windows tasks. There are also different memory speeds that can affect gaming and desktop performance. Choosing a speed rating of 1600 is a good balance for all of your desktop and gaming needs.

Graphics Card

It’s the most important part in gaming because it handles graphics and texture rendering. Graphics cards or video cards have their own memory and clock, however, keep in mind that if your CPU is slow, your graphics card will suffer. Graphics memory is an important thing to consider to make sure that you can handle high resolution textures, while the core clock and memory speeds allows post processing effects like ambient occlusions, anti-aliasing, anisotropic filtering and others.

Motherboard

The motherboard will be the main hub on which your computer components will communicate with one another. You must choose a motherboard that supports a particular CPU and RAM speed; otherwise, your gaming PC won’t work. For example, if you are using AMD’s A8-6600K, you’re going to need a socket FM2 motherboard, same with Intel. If you’re going to use Intel i7 processors, a motherboard with LGA 115 socket is what you need.

Sample Builds

Medium-Range

  • CPU: AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • MOTHERBOARD: Asus CROSSBLADE RANGER ATX FM2+ Motherboard
  • RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
  • HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
  • GRAPHICS CARD: XFX Radeon R9 270 2GB Core Edition Video Card
  • CASE: Rosewill STEALTH ATX Mid Tower Case
  • PSU: Rosewill 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
  • Total Price: $630.93

High-End

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • CPU COOLER: Cooler Master Nepton 240M 76.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
  • MOTHERBOARD: MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
  • RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury White 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
  • HDD: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
  • HDD2: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
  • GRAPHICS CARD: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card
  • PSU: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
  • Total Price: $1126.80