Building your own desktop seems like a daunting task. And for many, it is. But when you break it down into its component parts, the process becomes simpler and much more reasonable. We’ve put together this guide to building your own gaming computer under $1,000 for those of you who are looking to build their own desktop computer — whether for gaming or otherwise — but don’t know where to start.
What should I know when building my own computer?
If you’re looking to build your own computer, here are some tips:
1) Don’t cheap out. It’s tempting to cut corners and save money when building your own computer, but it’s better to spend a little more on higher quality parts that will stay in your computer for a long time.
2) Avoid proprietary parts. When building your own PC, it’s important to try and avoid using proprietary parts–especially if you plan on overclocking it.
3) Find an AMD certified motherboard for better performance. If you’re buying a prebuilt desktop, make sure you get a motherboard that has been certified by AMD. Look for CPU sockets that stay open, support for memory that matches what you have, and ensure the motherboard supports a number of USB 3.0 ports — especially for graphics cards.
4) Look for system fan profiles that work for your needs. Some people just like the stock settings most of the time, but if you like to push your settings for your video game or game you should look for a fan profile that doesn’t make the computer too hot. Also, some gamers prefer spinning fans, but this can also get in the way of things like overclocking.
5) Planning out your build ahead of time will help save time and money down the road. When building your own gaming computer, keep in mind that the more components you have, the longer you’ll have to maintain it, and the more money you’ll need to spend on parts. If you have a specific goal in mind when designing your computer (like becoming the World Record Breaking Athlete) these design considerations can be important. If you’re just starting out it might be best to just include the pieces you need and get started. And as always- make sure to check with your local laws before building or buying anything from overseas.
How can I build a gaming computer on a budget?
If you’re building a gaming computer on a budget, it’s important to find quality parts that aren’t too expensive. That means skipping the top-of-the-line graphics card, processor, and motherboard. That won’t last long, and can further limit your options once you climb beyond a certain point.
There are several criteria you need to consider when picking components. These include your budget, how many outputs you plan to use, how many storage drives you’ll want, the performance of key components, and your personal needs.
Number of outputs may need to be one of your main criteria, as many gaming computers allow for up to 4 sets of outputs.
Processors come in a few different forms. Intel CPUs come in three main versions: models with Intel HD 4600 or 4650 integrated graphics, models with Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics, and models with Intel Iris Pro integrated graphics. Because of power draw, it’s important to find a CPU that fits your budget, and takes up the fewest available slots. We recommend checking Intel’s benchmark results chart to see what models offer the highest gaming performance.
Motherboards can come in a few different versions. The most common are ATX-, mATX-, and XLATX-formats. A motherboard’s features include expansion slots, onboard audio, and additional SATA slots. Storage is essential for any sort of PC build. You can choose from a wide variety of SSDs, spinning hard drives, solid state drives, and optical drives. Video cards come in two different kinds. Single-slot or dual-slot cards allow for either 2 or 4 video outputs while single GPU cards allow for 9. While an alternative piece of hardware can assist tremendously in speeding up certain tasks, it is not essential in building a computer. Dealing with an outdated video card can have serious repercussions for your build, and can quickly add thousands of dollars to your total price.
What parts do I need to build my own gaming PC?
Which parts do I need to build my own gaming PC? One of the most important things while building a gaming PC is to get the right balance between graphics card and processor. It’s not enough to have a powerful GPU that will play your favorite game, you also need a fast CPU that can keep up. For when we discuss components, we’ll be focusing on main processors, not graphic cards. But first, we need to know what components we do and don’t need.
The tower and the mini-tower were the main forms used when people built their first home gaming systems in the early 2000s. But these days, tower chassis have become dated and wobbly. Frames are often heavy, energy-consuming, and they’re not much fun to work on. If you really want to get serious about building a desktop PC, you’ll want a mini-tower. However, many home office tower systems still exist, some of which may offer better value than other alternatives. Who knows… in the future we might see AMD make a mini-tower version of their Zen3 CPU. But for right now, we’re focusing on the tower.
If you don’t know the specs of your CPU, don’t fret! This guide will help you to quickly determine the components you do and don’t need when building your own gaming PC. After we’ve finished accounting for the CPU, GPU, motherboard, storage, PSU, and other related components, you’ll know exactly what components you need to build your own gaming PC.
Processors Factor into every component you build. So, deciding which components to put into your tower and/or mini-tower will depend on the kind of processor you want. The following list outlines some key considerations you should be making when building your own PC and shows some of the top-rated CPUs, such as the Intel i7-6950X, in 2020:
Generally, gamers require CPUs that have ballpark six- and eight-core scores
What tools will help me build my own desktop?
To build your own desktop, you’ll need to find the right tools to help you to design your app. When you’re just starting out, these tools will help you to build a prototype and test it with your users to see if it’s something people will actually use and enjoy. But once you have the basic concepts down, you will need a place to store all of your games and applications.
Your game store of choice should have a library of good games stored on it, although Steam is probably one of the biggest out there. You’ll need more than a library though — you’ll also need something to manage all of that content. Don’t let this mistake discourage you though, because that library of games you have will be the future of gaming, just like the library of people offline movie theaters have become. With the right tools, you’re going to pretty much be able to move an entire library of games onto your desktop.
How do I install all the parts into my new desktop?
If you’re building your own PC from scratch, then you’ll need to know how to install the parts into your new desktop. Here are some tips:
1) the motherboard is the main component that holds all these other parts together. Think of it like the skeleton that holds everything together.
2) the CPU is the brain of your computer.
3) your GPU is a huge graphical Processing Unit. Your video card will help you achieve more on-screen processing, in a more immersive way.
4) your hard disk is your storage for your OS, applications, and program data. It can also serve as an internal cache for saving and recovering your program files.
5) your case is the exterior shell that you can put the components and other components of your PC into. Some cases are modular, meaning you can put different components on different parts of the case. Other cases are hard drive enclosures that enclose hard drives. Hard drive enclosures will give your drive more room to work with. Know the differences between modules, hard drive inserts, and hard drives.
6) your motherboard is the motherboard that will connect your CPU, GPU, hard disk, motherboard, memory, and other components together and allow them to work together. There are a ton of different different motherboards available on the market today, but two of the most popular, for the purposes of this build, are the GIGABYTE and the ASUS. Honestly, the GM-Z87X-UD7 includes 4 PCIe x16 slots, 3 PCIe x16 slots, 8 SATA 3 ports, an HDMI port, and 4 USB 3.0 ports. It includes all the same features, specs, and options as the ASUS Z87-A/G1395FX+ motherboard but is built into a smaller form factor. If you want your GM-Z87X-UD7 to be larger than the motherboard shown above, look no further. If you want your PC to include extra RAM, then you can also consider the G.SKILL Trident Z 3200MHz 8-Core (Black Edition) RAM.
7) your PSU is the necessary component that allows you to connect all of your components together. You can go with the basic 400W options or go all-in with the hefty 750W options.