Guide for building your own custom Gaming Pc:

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How to start building you own custom Gaming computer ?

 

 

A Gaming Computer, is basically a personal computer that can run graphics intensive video games. They are very similar to other computers with the deference that these machines comes with high-end video card and other specifications. You can also buy these computers online or at the market, but the price is too much compare to building one. Since most of the gamer’s wants good performance and minimum cost, most of the gamers build their own gaming Pc rather than buying a built-in gaming computer.

 

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Building your own custom gaming machine means buying all computer components separately and build your gaming Pc. Using this method you can build a faster and cost-effective gaming Pc which suits your own gamming need. Building your own gaming-oriented Pc can save quite some buck, and besides it’s fun to build your own gaming Pc.

 

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Check out this video to learn more about Custom Gaming computers.

 

 

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How to choose your components?

 

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With so many options available out there, it could be the most confusing and hardest challenge one can face when building their own gaming computer is choosing the right components that suits your need. So, here is a simple guide which will hopefully help you start making the right choice and start building your own gaming computer.

 

 (NOTE :      A complete video tutorial on how to build your own gaming Pc will be given at the end of this blog)

 

1. Central Processing Unit (CPU) :

The Central Processing Unit {CPU} is probably one of the most important component in a system. The CPU is a portion in the system responsible for carrying out the instructions of a computer program. In simple terms it could describe as the brains of the computer. Performance of all games and applications depends on this microprocessor.

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Choosing the right CPU for your gaming Pc can be sometimes a tough decision. Choosing the latest, fastest CPU will not always means that you got the right one for your system. Some processors are designed to work with specific motherboards, which limits the CPU type that you can use with a specific motherboard.

 

For a gaming computer, you will really need a powerful CPU for it to perform at its best. Intel and AMD supplies these CPU’s at affordable price.

Intel has the Core i7 and Core i5 processor models. Currently these CPU are most recommended. And widely used in gaming systems.

 

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AMD, on the other hand, has the Athlon, Phenom and FX series. If you want to go AMD, you can try the most recommended FX series.

 

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Now you will be wondering, which brand should I choose?

 

 

 

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Well if you ask me they both are quite similar but uses different architecture. To help you figure out,

Check out this video to learn more about Gaming processors.


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2. Motherboard :

In a computer system a motherboard is a hub, all your components will be connected to it. If we say that computer brain is a CPU, then in a computer, central nervous system would be the motherboard. Thus investing a good amount of money on a motherboard is worth it.

 

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After selecting your CPU, next thing would be choosing a good motherboard for your gaming Pc. When buying a motherboard, you should be certain about three things.

 

  1. A motherboard will commonly support one processor type only. The connectors on CPU are different from one another, Make sure that your CPU plug is supported by your motherboard connectors.             
  2.  depending on processor model the motherboard have certain speed limitation. Maximum amount of speed limitation of a motherboard is available in the specification manual included in box of the             motherboard. Before buying, check whether the CPU is supported by that motherboard or not.                                                                                                                                                                  
  3. the maximum amount of RAM you can have  is dependent on the motherboard in a computer system, you would want to buy either SDRAM Or DDR which is at least 4GB worth for modern games to run smoothly. So, make sure that you motherboard will support this amount of RAM.

 

Here are some examples of well-known motherboards manufacturers that you can check out, to find a motherboard that suits your need.

ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE, ASROCK, and many more.

 

 

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Here is a video which will help you learn about Gaming motherboards.

 

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3. Storage Drives :

Hard drives .

The hard drive is the computer component which is responsible for storing all your data, programs and files. For a gaming computer when you are buying a hard drive, there are three main features that you should consider: size, speed and interface type.

 

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Size:

 There are different sizes for hard drives, ranging between 500GB to 50000GB and more. For a gaming computer, it is best that you buy the largest capacity hard drive that you can buy and afford. Which will allow you to store a lot of games and software’s.

 

 

Speed:

 Basically if your hard drive spins faster, then faster you will be able to access and transfer your data. Currently, 7200rpm (rounds per minute) is the best speed for a hard drive to buy these days. For gaming computer, if you get anything less than this, then you will get delays during accessing and transferring data, which will cause less performance.

 

For a very higher price you also buy hard drives that can reach 10000rpm and 15000rpm. But for a gaming computer, a 7200rpm hard drive is the best choice. But if you have the money and willing to buy much faster hard drive that’s you choice to make, they are available in the market also.

 

 

Interface:

 The exchange of data between a hard drive and computer is managed by an interface. Currently, the most commonly used hard drive interface used today is Serial ATA (SATA).

 

There's also Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) which are primarily used for workstation systems. For a gaming computer, if supported by your motherboard, it is good enough to have the SATA.

 

SSD .

(SSDs (Solid State Drive) have no moving (mechanical) components. This distinguishes them from traditional electromechanical magnetic disks such as hard disk drives (HDDs) or floppy disks, which contain spinning disks and movable read/write heads.Compared with electromechanical disks, SSDs are typically more resistant to physical shock, run silently, have lower access time, and less latency. However, while the price of SSDs has continued to decline over time, consumer-grade SSDs are still roughly eight to nine times more expensive per unit of storage than consumer-grade HDDs.

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Check out this video to learn more about hard drive and SSD.

 

 

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4. Video Card :

This is one of the most important and toughest decisions to make, choosing the right video card which is supported by your CPU and motherboard. The gaming video card that you select will be responsible for those beautiful graphics and effects that you can see in the modern computer games. Better 3D graphic will be delivered by choosing the right video card, so you should get the best and affordable graphic card on the market for your gaming Pc.

 

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You can connect your Graphic processing unit (GPU) on a motherboard through PCI Express slot or AGP. For a gaming computer, it is best that you connect your graphics card through PCI Express on your motherboard.

 

The efficiency and speed of a graphic card is not the only factor that you should consider while buying a graphic card. Advance 3D rendering effects such as anisotropic filtering, anti-aliasing, pixel shaders , bump-mapping, tessellation, ambient occlusion and much more are to be also considered. For a gaming computer, you should choose a graphic card which supports all latest 3D rendering techniques in the software world.

 

Just like the CPU market, there are two main companies competing that currently dominate the graphic card. These companies are AMD and NVidia.

 AMD has their Radeon series.

 

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On the other hand NVidia is marketing the GeForce line of cards.

 

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Now here comes the question, which brand to choose? Which one is best for you?

 

 

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To help you resolve this question Check out this video to learn more about Gaming Graphics cards.

 

 

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5. Power Supply :

The Power supply is the most vital and mostly overlooked component of a computer. Without a power supply, the computer will not function without it. It converts AC voltage from the main line to usable DC power for the computer components. The power supply provides the computer with three different DC voltages 5VDC, 3VDC, and 12VDC, the computer components use then differently.

 

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Based on their maximum power outputted each power supply has specific power or wattage. Wattages commonly ranges from 250W to 500W but some high-end gaming power supply have ranges of 800W to 1200W.

 

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For a gaming computer, it is recommended that you buy a power supply ranging from 500W and above.

 

Check out this video to learn more about gaming power supply.

 

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6. Gaming Monitor :

Probably most expensive component in your computer build, is a Gaming Monitor. Size, native resolution, and price are the only things that you need to consider while shopping for a gaming Monitor.

 

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Size:

Monitors comes in different sizes ranging from small 14 inch to larger 29 inch, and even larger. The most common size for people is 17 inch, also larger monitors are good if you want a better and wider view for your gaming experience.

 

 

Native Resolution:

 Each monitor has specific resolution, which is known as the native resolution. If your monitor doesn’t support the resolution that you change it to; the image will then be scaled and the quality will be lost. Native resolution is dependent on monitor size. Here are some examples of native resolution for common sizes:

 

  • 17 inches = 1024x768 or 1920x1080 and more .
  • 19 inches = 1280x1024 or 1920x1080 and more .
  • 20 inches = 1600x1200 or 1920x1080 and more .

 

Cost:

 Prices mostly depends on size, where larger will cost more than smaller one. So considering your budget choose the size that satisfy your needs.

 

Check out this video to learn more about Gaming Monitors.

 

 

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7. Gaming Keyboard :

A gamer who use a custom built keyboard designed specifically for gamers can give him an edge. But, for now there is no specific keyboard that could be recommended for gamers. Why? Varying style of play is different between gamers, wrist anatomy, and posture. So basically, here is no keyboard which could be said to be best for all gamers.

 

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(According to Build-Gaming-Computers, one of the best gaming keyboards available to buy is the Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard. This keyboard has been custom-made specifically for gamers. It specifically features:

 

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1. An adjustable, backlit LCD screen that displays important in-game information during gameplay;

 

2. Backlit keys to play in the dark or low-lit areas;

 

3. 18 programmable "G keys" used to execute macros; and

 

4. Timer controls to keep track of game events.

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Check out this video to learn more about gaming keyboards.

 

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8. Gaming Mouse :

Choosing a good gaming mouse will help boosting the level of your experience in gaming. Using a custom-designed gaming mouse will give you best control and which allows you to play games as best as you can.

 

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Computer mouse come in different types which are the optical, laser, and ball mice types. Currently, laser and optical mouse are more commonly used due to their good tracking and precision, allowing for more control and accuracy.

 

When choosing a good mouse for your gaming computer, you should consider a number of factors. One of the most important is the resolution of the mouse. Resolution is the number of pixels per inch a mouse's optical sensor and focusing lens can see when you move the mouse around. The higher the resolution, the better the precision and accuracy.

 

Next thing to consider would be the response of the mouse. It is the number of megapixel a mouse can process in a second. For fast-face games this is important. The more megapixels per second the mouse can process, the more responsive it is; thus it offers faster and precise control in your games.

 

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So when buying a gaming mouse, consider the resolution and responsiveness of the mouse you are going to buy.

 

Check out this video to learn more about gaming mouse.

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Safety tips :

check this video out for some safety tips before you start building your custom Gaming Pc 

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Here is a videos to help you build your own gaming pc from scratch.

 

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 This wraps it up for this guide.

 

Thank you .

 



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