Building your perfect gaming PC may not be as difficult as you think. If you are new to the craft and if the concept of opening up a PC sounds a bit scary, it’s because it is. But don’t let that stop you from getting your hands down and dirty with a little GPU and CPU cabling artwork. With a little bit of know-how, you can build the PC of your dreams for a fraction of the cost. The extremes you can take your design towards can be near infinate. As long as you source quality parts, you shouldn’t have a problem for the most part.
One of the most significant advantages of building your gaming PC is the cost factor. You can spend as little as your budget allows for, or you can max out your bank account to capture your vision of your perfect setup.
RGB case lighting, keyboards, mouse pads, gaming chairs, monitors, and gaming mice.
Whichever route you take, be sure to plan and leave some wiggle room for those tempting extras.
If you take the necessary steps, you’ll be surprised at how far your budget will take you.
For you OGs, you’ll remember the Intel Sandy Bridge 2600K which came out like a decade ago.
It was a fantastic performer and one that was on top of its game back then.
In fact, I’m using my PC build that’s running on the 2600k to this day as my office computer. It’s what I’m using to write this article.
My old build has the ancient Sapphire Radeon 6870, and a Crucial M4 SSD. You can’t use that graphics card to game on any new titles in 2019, at least not on ultra specs, but the point I’m making here, is that this machine cost me roughly $1,700 close to a decade ago to put together, and it’s never let me down.
I did have a recall on the motherboard early on and replaced it with the Asus P8Z77-V Pro, but that was it. My PC has served me faithfully, and I see no need to upgrade this office computer.
I think all offices should have gaming PCs and gaming peripherals. Employee output will be sure to improve.
I’ve swapped out a few cases in this machine over the years, but that’s just my personal preference. I’m a fan of full tower cases, and I still rock the Cooler Master Storm Stryker. It’s a monster.
For most, that’s a bit overkill, and you can get away with spending far less on your processor.
But it’s not just gamers that benefit from such setups. Content creators and Graphic designers who need potent machines should take note. Depending on the application you are working with, you’ll want to set aside a healthy budget.
Building a gaming PC is an exciting experience. You’ll gain far more knowledge than you would versus buying an off the shelf brand. There’s nothing wrong with doing that, and for the most part, people will go to boutique PC vendors to get a custom build with extended warranties.
Build it yourself, and you’ll need to keep all your receipts for the individual parts you bought for manufacturer warranties.
Never skimp out on the power supply (PSU). Once you have an idea of the type of gaming PC you want to build, I’d recommend choosing the power supply first.
I’ve always leaned towards brands such as Seasonic, EVGA, Corsair, Cooler Master, Antec, and NZXT. There are other amazing brands to choose from; it’s just that those are my personal preferences.
Consider the PSU as the heart of your build. Your $2,000 machine might get taken down by a $50 PSU from an untrusted brand. It occurs, and when it does, your money goes down the drain, along with all your high frame rate hopes and dreams.
Speaking of frame rates, you’ll have to decide on how much you’ll want to spend on a graphics card. I like to keep my budget for the GPU at around $500-$600 CAD. If you aren’t too concerned about 4K and are okay with Full HD 1080P, you can reach into 2018 and spring for a VEGA 56 and pair it up with a free sync monitor for near stutter-free gameplay. Are there much better cards? Yes, are there cheaper cards? Absolutely. It all comes down to personal preference. I prefer to keep my budget for a GPU at that price-point. You have to do what’s best for you, and not what everyone else is doing.
Here’s a video from PC Gamer on building a gaming PC. Granted this was late 2018, you can still run with it in 2019.