A guide on how to build a gaming PC.
Here are the specifications for each component you’ll need
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.
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.
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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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.
For the GPU, I would suggest the MSI Ventus GeForce RTX 3060. It offers excellent performance for gaming at 1080p and 1440p resolutions.
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.
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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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.
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.