Why buy when you can build?
When it comes to electronic gadgets, it is always fun to make them. You can learn a lot about your machine, which will come handy later as well. Plus, you can customize the specs based on your needs and your budget! For example, if you are just entering the gaming world, you can begin with an entry-level PC. Pro-gamers, of course, have many other options to explore while choosing the PC parts.
Now, now, we know what you are thinking – Building a PC is scary! Yes, it is, but you don’t have to worry. It is not as complicated as your brain tells you. Just follow our advice, and you will be on the right track.
Let’s start with the brain itself – The CPU
The CPU and the motherboard are the main parts because they control everything you do on your gaming system. From Intel Core i9-900K to AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, you have a world of choices to explore. All you have to do is to research a little based on your gaming needs and pick the best. One of the main features to look at would definitely be the overclocking limit. PC games usually require overclocking. You will also want to consider the speed of your processor and compatibility with the kind of games you play. Some processors such as AMD Ryzen 5 3600 are not well-suited to high-end gaming, for instance. So, if you are a pro, you will not find this enticing.
A CPU without a motherboard is like a tree without roots. So, choose wisely. Pick a motherboard that has enough slots to fit everything from GPU to USB.
Once you have these two in place, you can begin building your PC. Here are the specific steps:
- Open the box and remove the processor
- At the bottom-left of your chip, you will find an arrow mark
- Match this with the bottom of the socket
- Place it such that the pins face down
Remember: If you have to force the processor in place, you are doing it wrong. There’s only one way to install it, and it won’t snap into position. It will just rest there. So, you don’t have to force it. Just place it and cover it with the socket cover. Simple!
Now, get to the SSD
We are assuming you already chose an SSD that fits your requirements. A 1 TB SSD is usually good enough, but you could also go with 2 TB SSDs if you can afford them. Place it on the right slot on the motherboard, such as the M.2 slot cooler.
After this, you can simply use the I/O shield that your motherboard came with to seal it. Some of the newer models already have this in place. If you have one of these motherboards, you can forget this point. If you don’t, just orient it properly, and press it in. This time, you should hear a prominent snap.
Time for the standoffs!
Most cases will come with multiple zip-ties, screws, and other hardware. Your PC case will have many small holes. If you are lucky, they will also be labeled. If you are confused, check your motherboard for more information. Understanding them is important for you to screw the standoffs in properly. After the standoffs are done, you can screw the motherboard in. Again, be sure of the alignment and lower the motherboard. It should perfectly rest on the standoffs.
Now, all that’s left in this step is for you to tighten the screws so that the parts are secure. There’s no need to get overexcited and overtighten them. ☺
Wire, wire everywhere!
Most people do not like this step at all because it is sort of confusing and involves a lot of wires. But, with a little patience, you will be able to ace this as well. The USB, fans, and audio ports are easy to find and connect but be vigilant with the reset and power cables. They are usually small, and you need to match them properly. The same is the case with LED connections. The case should indicate the positive connector, though (with a triangle) to make it easy for you. Just be careful, and you will make it through.
Power it up!
Follow the instructions on your power supply box to install it properly. We won’t go into details here because the process varies with the product purchased. Once done, connect it to the power. After this, you can start connecting the cables to their respective components such as the cooler, fan, SSD, hard drive, graphics card, RAM, etc.
Test the system now
Once you have everything in place, test the system, and see if everything is working. Attach the monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and try to play a game once it starts. If everything is working well, clean the surroundings by tying the loose cables.
If there are issues, you can troubleshoot by looking up the problem on Google or calling an expert if you are unable to figure out what the issue is.
That’s about it! Go on, then, be a great PC builder!