A guide on how to build a gaming PC.

Here are the specifications for each component you’ll need

CPU

For the CPU, I would recommend the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X. This CPU offers excellent performance for gaming and other tasks, and it’s priced reasonably. To keep the CPU cool use the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler a Wraith Cooler.

Motherboard

The motherboard that you’ll need is the MSI B550-A PRO. This board has all the necessary features you need for a gaming PC and supports the latest AMD Ryzen CPUs.

RAM

To ensure smooth gameplay, you’ll need at least 16GB of DDR4 RAM. I recommend the Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz.

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Storage

For storage, I recommend a combination of an SSD and an HDD. The SSD should be used as the primary drive, while the HDD can be used for additional storage. I suggest the SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2 2280 1TB for the SSD, and a Seagate BarraCuda 2TB for the HDD.

GPU

For the GPU, I would suggest the MSI Ventus GeForce RTX 3060. It offers excellent performance for gaming at 1080p and 1440p resolutions.

Power Supply

A power supply with a minimum of 650W is recommended for this build. I recommend the CORSAIR RM750e Fully Modular Low-Noise ATX Power Supply.

Case

You’ll need a case to put all the components in. I suggest the Corsair 4000D Airflow. It’s a mid-tower case that at a reasonable price.

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Operating System

there are three types of operating systems, Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS and Linux. For this build I’ll use Microsoft Windows 11 Home 64-bit.

Accessories

for the accessories I’ll stick with the basic versions of the mouse, keyboard and monitor since this is a budget build. I’ll use the ASUS VP228QG 22″ Full HD 1920 x 1080 as the monitor. For the keyboard and mouse I’ll use the Logitech MK470 920-009437 Black RF Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo. A good choice for speakers are the Logitech Z313 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System with Subwoofer.

Easy 11 Step Assembly Guide

Follow these steps to build your first PC:

Building a PC may seem daunting at first, but by following this step-by-step assembly guide, you can successfully put together your first custom PC.

Step 1: Gather Your Components and Tools

  • – Make sure you have all the necessary components for your PC build, including the CPU, GPU, RAM, storage drives, motherboard, power supply, case, and any additional peripherals.
  • – Prepare your workspace with good lighting and a clean, static-free surface.
  • – Gather all the tools you’ll need, including a screwdriver, cable ties or Velcro straps, tweezers, thermal paste (if required), and optionally, an anti-static wrist strap.

Step 2: Install the CPU and CPU Cooler

  • – Open the CPU socket on the motherboard and carefully place the CPU in the correct orientation. Do not force it; it should drop in smoothly.
  • – Gently close the CPU socket lever to secure the CPU in place.
  • – If your CPU cooler requires thermal paste, apply a small amount (pea-sized) to the center of the CPU before installing the cooler.
  • – Attach the CPU cooler following the manufacturer’s instructions. Some coolers use clips, while others use brackets and screws.

Step 3: Install RAM

  • – Locate the RAM slots on the motherboard and unlock the clips on both ends.
  • – Align the notch on the RAM stick with the notch on the RAM slot and insert the RAM firmly until it clicks into place.
  • – Close the clips to secure the RAM in place.

Step 4: Install the Motherboard

  • – Install I/O shield: Place the I/O shield that came with the motherboard into the corresponding cutout in the PC case.
  • – Line up the motherboard’s mounting holes with the standoffs in the case. Use screws to secure the motherboard to the case, but don’t tighten them fully yet.

Step 5: Install Storage Drives

  • – For HDDs: Mount the hard drives in the designated drive bays using screws.
  • – For SSDs: Attach the SSDs to the designated mounting points on the motherboard or case using screws or included brackets.
  • – For M.2 SSDs: Insert the M.2 SSD into the appropriate slot on the motherboard and secure it with the screw provided.

Step 6: Install the GPU

  • – Locate the PCIe slot on the motherboard that matches the size of your GPU (usually a full-length PCIe x16 slot).
  • – Gently insert the GPU into the slot, ensuring it’s fully seated.
  • – Secure the GPU to the case using screws or a locking mechanism (if applicable).
  • – Connect the necessary power cables from the PSU to the GPU.

Step 7: Connect Cables

  • – Connect the necessary power cables from the PSU to the motherboard, CPU, GPU, and storage drives.
  • – Connect SATA cables to the storage drives.
  • – Connect front panel cables (power button, reset button, power LED, etc.) to the appropriate headers on the motherboard.
  • – Connect any additional case fans or cooling solutions as needed.

Step 8: Cable Management

  • – Organize and route cables to keep the interior of the case neat and improve airflow. Use cable ties or Velcro straps to secure the cables.

Step 9: Install PSU

  • – Place the PSU in the designated area in the case with the fan facing down or towards the ventilation area.
  • – Secure the PSU to the case using screws.

Step 10: Final Checks and Boot

  • – Double-check all connections and ensure everything is securely in place.
  • – Connect your peripherals (monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc.) to the appropriate ports on the motherboard.
  • – Power on the PC and check if it successfully boots into the BIOS/UEFI.
  • – If everything looks good, proceed with installing your operating system (OS) from a bootable USB drive or disk.

Step 11: Install Drivers and Software

  • – After installing the OS, install the necessary drivers for your components. Visit the manufacturers’ websites to download the latest drivers for optimal performance.

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