First thing first, building a gaming computer is no big deal but the deal is big when you don’t understand what component is compatible with what kind of hardware. Once you master the compatibility of the components and hardware, you can build as much gaming computer as you want. You do not need to think of the risk of wasting your pocket money or time. One easy way of learning the compatibility between the components and hardware is by checking out the guidelines and compatibility resources in the manufacturer’s website. After you are done with the compatibility check, you need to take time and assemble the parts very carefully. The reason I am saying “very carefully” is because there are different warranty available for different parts of a different manufacturer.
The chances of building one’s own gaming computer can be, either he wants the full control over the parts going into the gaming computer or saving some cash by doing the work for himself. Every now and then new games are coming out with tons of mind-blowing features, for example, Fortnite, League of Legends, OSRS Gold and War Robots. Having such top games in the gaming world, a gaming enthusiast will definitely look for an upgrade for his old gaming computer or build one completely new with some bling. Such upgrade and building are just to conquer the online battles.
Gaming computer hardware and components
In today’s date, some of the items like motherboard, graphics card, processors, solid-state drives (SSD) and memory are readily available in the market. They are also very user-friendly (offers easy installation with step by step guideline and configuration of software without any hassle)
List of basic ingredients you will need to build a gaming computer
- Pc monitor
- RAM (memory)
- CPU (central processing unit)
- Graphics card
- SSD or HDD
- PSU (power supply unit)
- System cooling
- Gaming keyboard, mic, headphone and other gaming peripherals as preferred.
The budget will drive your decision making
Believe it or not – it is true. The look, power and performance of your gaming computer are dependent on your budget. The bigger the budget the better the look, power and performance of a gaming computer and vice versa. One thing you can do if you are having a tight budget, you can wait for some time for the Christmas sales or year-end sales. On these sales manufacturers give a huge discount to welcome their new products on the market. Remember, sometimes it is not necessary at all to upgrade a component in case you are having a tight budget. You can always upgrade some components later if you have patience.
Let’s discuss the components
Before I start to discuss the components, I want you to do as much research as you can before you start to buy the components. Doing an upfront research will help you to decide better which component to buy and which do not. Simply you can look into the youtube gaming channels where top-notch players post their wish-list of different gaming components. Believe me, such research will definitely pay off in the long run.
Simply you can think of motherboard as the nervous system of your gaming computer. It follows the command of the central processing unit (CPU) and communicates with various other components like hard drives, optical drives, memory, graphics card and other wireless technologies to ensure the CPU’s task is accomplished.
The central processing unit (CPU)
As mentioned earlier, the CPU is the commander that commands the motherboard to accomplish a various task. You must have heard a lot about the megahertz, gigahertz, clock speeds, and core counts – all these terms relate to the CPU. In order to game + stream + record all at the same time smoothly, you need to look for the number of cores. Because, the number of cores is directly proportional to mega-tasking. Hence, most of the CPU’s today have multiple cores to perform multiple tasks at the same time.
Just to inform you, there are two kinds of graphics available – integrated and dedicated (also known as discrete). For any gaming enthusiast, playing high-end demanding games and high-quality virtual reality solutions, a graphics card from Nvidia or AMD are a must.
How graphics card works?
There is a built-in GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) inside a graphics card. The rendered graphics you see in games are the result of the conversion of video signals and complex calculations into binary data. This is the charisma of the GPU inside a graphics card.
How will you measure the GPU?
One can measure the performance of the GPU by the frame rate. Again, a frame rate is measured in frames per second (fps). It’s obvious that, the greater the fps the better the gaming experience. Usually, a serious gamer is disappointed when the fps is lower than 60. One can consider 60 fps as the baseline. On the other hand, a consistent and stable 90 fps is optimum for any gamer.
Always bear in mind, a graphics card and GPU must be compatible with other hardware like motherboard, PSU, memory and also the CPU.
Power Supply Unit (PSU)
Thinking of saving some cash in this area? Well, that’s not a good idea. Ask a serious gamer, he will say not to underestimate the importance of the power supply unit. When purchasing a power supply unit make sure that it can handle the load of other components.
RAM (Random Access Memory)
Tired of experencing the lagging performance of your old gaming computer? All blame goes to the RAM. It’s simple, the bigger the RAM, the better. Top level gamers might use 16 GB of RAM or more in their rigs. But for a regular player, a RAM of 8 GB will do great.
Operating System (OS)
Mac, Linux and Windows 10 are the most demanding operating systems. When choosing an operating system make sure that it will work well with the programs and applications you will run along with the games.
Cooling system, necessary or not?
Of course, the cooling system is necessary for a high-end Pc or a gaming computer. You will understand that due to the complexity of the components a lot of heat is generated inside the rig. If the temperature inside is not lowered then your whole circuit might get fried – I presume you don’t want that! You might find heat sink fans on some CPU’s. At this point, you will have to purchase a cooling system from a third party. Nowadays, Pc cases come often with pre-installed intake and exhaust fans.
Such pre-installed intake and exhaust fans might be enough for a regular gaming computer but if you are planning to over clock your CPU to play top-notch games, I propose to add an extra cooling system of air or liquid.
You might think that, “what’s so special about the case? I can choose a regular case” but no you are wrong! Even choosing a case is an important decision. A wise gamer will make a sound investment upon the case by choosing one that will last through multiple builds or upgrades.
When choosing a case you need to keep certain things in mind. At first, you need to ask yourself, “will all my components fit into the case?” second, “will I be able to add a cooling system?” finally, “is there any additional space available for future upgrades?”
All at once
Always safety first! You need to be careful when building your gaming computer as there is real electricity flowing through the parts.
Now that you have come to an end, I hope you are clear about the critical compatibility issue. Once your collection of compatible components is over, you can start building your gaming computer. It doesn’t matter at all how you start and how you end. The order of assembling the parts is up to you. Take your time and don’t underestimate the manufacturer’s instructions. Enjoy building!