How to Build Up A Best Gaming PC

How To Build Up A Best Gaming PC

We have been experiencing a new era when the computer game’s popularity surges significantly among young to aged. That sky-rocket popularity comes due to allowing anyone to enjoy hours of world-class gaming during leisure time.

Many new games are released every day, but there is no other alternative way to get the best gaming PC for the best gaming experience.

But the problem is that “what would be best: buying a gaming PC or building a gaming PC?” You will find several advantages of building your own gaming PC instead of buying one, especially it will make you knowledgeable about computer Parts and save time or money. 

On the other hand, although building your gaming PC is an intricate and time-consuming process. Honestly, it will be rewarding once it finishes. For those who are serious gamers, that complex process won’t be a headache.

So, from where you start your PC building journey or which components you choose? To get all those answers, let’s follow our step-by-step process of building up the best gaming PC. 

Best Gaming PC in 2021: A Step by Step Guide to Build Your Own Gaming PC

In this section, we show you how to build a gaming pc for beginners. We try to make the process clear, and hopefully, you will enjoy it. 

Things you need to build a gaming pc:

1: Manage Things and Tools for PC Build

To begin with, you need some supportive parts required to build a gaming PC which is necessary to finish your PC building. Managing the following tools indicates you can smoothly complete your PC building process. 

  • Suitable space: The first thing you need is a large surface such as a table. You need it to avoid accidental electrostatic discharge (may damage sensitive components). Another point is you have to ensure it is an uncarpeted surface.
  • Screwdrivers: The second item is screwdrivers to join the parts. You can choose Phillips #2 or Slotted Screwdriver. However, a Phillips #0 screwdriver is necessary if you need to install an M.2 device. 

Another point you have a better look at is the magnetic screwdriver, preventing the screws from dropping inside the case.

  • Others: Apart from those two, you need to keep hand gloves, thermal paste, buckets, etc.

2: Manage Gaming PC Cases

Before you commence gathering the main components, you have to manage a case at first. You will find three size PC cases like Full-tower, mid-tower and mini-tower.

Unfortunately, those categories are very general, and the manufacturer won’t standardize the casing size; instead, the category is based on motherboard size. 

However, in our gaming PC-making steps, we use Corsair Obsidian 1000D, which has tempered glass and an aluminum cover.

This case is about 27.3-inches tall, where you will find enough space to keep 18 fans and up to four big radiators. Moreover, here you will find an RGB lit front panel I/O with fan control and smart lighting.

3: Main parts to build a gaming pc

At this step, we are focusing on gathering components for building a gaming PC. You can choose the components by researching the market based on your specific budget and requirement. We suggest you keep in mind that you can change or upgrade individual components later. 

Note: While choosing components, you need to focus on each component’s compatibility. Plus, if you intend to build a PC for a specific game, you can look at the developer’s suggested requirements. 

Apart from the case, here you will find all the parts that you need to build your gaming PC:

Now, let’s dive into a detailed discussion on how to build a gaming pc step-by-step using the above components.

Step-by-step to build a gaming pc: Top 10 Steps to follow

Step 1: Take the Motherboard and Install the CPU
Parts we choose:

The first component we take is the motherboard which helps to connect all components together. We choose Asus ROG Strix B550-E Gaming which supports the latest Intel’s 10th gen (and potentially 11th gen) processors. This top-tier motherboard is pricey, so if you want an affordable one, you can choose ASRock B460 Steel Legend. 

On the other hand, we pick the CPU named Intel Core i9 10900K, which is considered the world’s fastest gaming processor. Naturally, that robust component is pricey. So, if you need a reliable mid-range CPU, you can choose AMD Ryzen 5 3600.

  • What motherboard you choose, you need to palace it on your work surface after take out from the packet. Now, manage the socket of the CPU, which is protected with a plastic cap.

You will find a small arrow in the plastic cap’s corner or the socket. After finding the arrow, you need to take note of the location of the arrow.

  • Besides the CPU, you will find a metal lever that needs to press down and gently keep on the side. After that, you can open the socket tray.  
  • Now, take the CPU out from the packet carefully. You need to be careful because your CPU’s sockets are prone to damage if you aren’t careful while handling them. That’s why you need to hold the edge of your CPU without touching the bottom pins while handling. 

Note: Don’t touch the chip with your finger because here lies oil or dust.

Now, you will see an arrow in the corner of your CPU. Your job is to match both CPU and socket arrows and then gently place them. Once seated, now you need to press the retention lever gently and then push the lever with gentle force to back into place.

Step 2: Install SSDs (Not recommended instead optional)
  • Now, you will see an arrow in the corner of your CPU. Your job is to match both CPU and socket arrows and then gently place them. Once seated, now you need to press the retention lever gently and then push the lever with gentle force to back into place. 
Step 2: Install SSDs (Not recommended instead optional)

Now it’s time to install SSD to boost up your PC performance. For that, you need to locate the SSD slot on the motherboard. The SSD slot is horizontal and small. Plus, you will see a small screw on there. However, If you face a problem spotting it easily, you can see the manual. 

  • However, remove that small screw using a screwdriver and then slide that SSD into the slot gently. 
  • Finally, place the SSD by a gentle push and attach the screw to ensure the SSD stays in position.
Step 3: Set up the CPU COOLING
We choose: 
  • NZXT Kraken X62 – Ideal for Core i9 processor

Though we picked the Core i9 processor, we also chose the cooling system compatible with that. The install instruction will vary; that’s why it will be better to go through the manual for perfect installation. 

You will find a mounting bracket is required in some cooler demand. Luckily, some motherboards offer pre-install brackets. You can remove it if the cooler doesn’t demand pre-install brackets. Nevertheless, if your cooler requires the different one, you can replace another. 

You will find some coolers that have pre-applied thermal paste on the CPU. Nevertheless, some coolers have no thermal paste. For that, you need to apply before seated manually. 

While applying thermal paste, you need to apply a very little amount on your CPU’s middle side. After that, you can set the cooler on your CPU, and then the thermal paste will adequately spread on the CPU. 

Step 4: Install RAM (Memory) 
For RAM, we pick: 
  • G.Skill 32GB TridentZ DDR4-3200 RGB (4x8GB)- Perfect RAM for gaming, video editing, and more

Apart from G.Skill, you can choose Kingston, Corsair, Adata, HyperX, Crucial, or Team-made RAM. 

Most of the motherboard offers 2 or 4 RAM slots; our pick also has four slots. We hope our picked 4x 8GB DDR4-3200 is enough to ensure your blissful gaming experience. So, take your RAM from the box and gently snap that into the place. 

Note: While placing the RAM, you need to put it correctly; otherwise, the RAM may damage seriously. 

Step 5: Conduct a Test Run Outside The Case (Optional not mandatory)

By now, you install the motherboard, CPU and CPU cooler, and now it’s time to do a test run to ensure all the components work perfectly. 

For the test purpose, you need to set up a GPU and then establish a connection of all parts with your power supply. After ensuring the connection with the power supply, you need to plug the power supply and then turn on the main switch. 

Some high-quality motherboards come with a power button, but it is not valid for many. However, if you can’t locate the power button, you need to find out the item named power switch pins with levels like “PWR_ON”.

If you want to turn on your motherboard, you need to take a screwdriver and then tap the power switch pins instantly. Now, you can identify the dead and malfunctioned components on the motherboard. 

Plus, if you spot a blinking light or beeping on your motherboard, it may indicate something. Some motherboard manufacturers attach a postcode display, usually two digits, which helps you locate the problem. To get the problem, you need to go through the user manual. 

Nevertheless, if the postcode isn’t displayed, then your job is to take a display and connect it to the GPU. Then you monitor whether your built system “posts” or starts up. Plus, you need to examine whether the system shows the logo of your motherboard.

After finishing the testing, your task is to unplug your power supply. Plus, you need to ensure no power on the system and then uninstall the GPU and remove all power cables.

Step 6: Take the Power Supply and mount it
Our choice:  
  • EVGA SuperNova 1000 G5 – Ensure enough power for overclocking

Now, take your power supply unit and unpack that and then keep the cables separately. However, if you want to conduct a test run, you need to unplug the PSU from the components. Now, in your case, find out the setup place of the PSU. Hopefully, you will find that on the bottom. 

After locating the place, you need to select the location (where the fan faces outside the case via vent) to keep your PSU. If you find the vent on your case’s bottom side, you need to mount the PSU overturned.

Note: Make sure the PSU on the case’s bottom vent provides enough airflow when the PC is finished. Hopefully the best gaming pc.

However, if there is no vent in your case, you need to mount your PSU to ensure the fan lies in the upward position into the matter. Plus, you need to ensure enough clearance in the case. 

After placing the PSU successfully, you need to attach it using the screw.

Step 7: Install Motherboard
  • You may find an unattached I/O shield in some motherboard, and you need to snap that in the backside of the case. Plus, you need the correct orientation. One word of caution: Though the edge of the I/O shields is sharp, they may be harmful to your fingers. 
  • Now you can install the motherboard after ensuring the I/O is positioned. Note: You need to ensure that all the cables are in the right place. After ensuring, you need to keep the motherboard after ensuring the perfect alignment with the I/O shield. 
  • Once you place the motherboard, you need to mount all the screws using a screwdriver to ensure the motherboard is in place. 
  • Finally, you need to ensure power by connecting the motherboard with the PSU. Typically, you will find two primary connections where; 
    • 1st one- an 8-pin connector which is situated on the board’s top side, 
    • The 2nd one is a 24-pin connector which is located on the side. 
We choose:
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 – Ideal graphics card for 8K

At this stage, you need to install GPU so, and you need to look at the motherboard to locate the slot named PCIe* x16 slot. That slot is big, and the color is different from other slots. If you locate multiple PCIe* x16 slots, you have better check the manual to prioritize one. 

When you use one slot, you need to determine based on the place of other components because your GPU demands sufficient room for breathing. 

Some cases demand removing small metal tabs of the I/O covers that block your case’s back panel, but it depends on the case type. You need to remove that I/O port to place the I/O of the GPU, such as DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, etc. 

Another point you need to consider is the GPU needs to be accessible to the chassis’s exterior. 

Now, take out your GPU from the packet and place it carefully. 

Note: You need to set the perfect alignment between the GPU with both the slot and the rear retention bracket. 

After that, you need to push your GPU gently into your PCIe* x16 slot of the motherboard. While pushing gently, a click sound may be produced. 

Once you successfully place the GPU, you need to secure it using screws. Plus, if the GPU demands power, you have to connect that to the power supply. 

Step 9: Install Storage
Our best pick: 
  • WD Black 1TB (Optional) – A regular HDD that offers storage on a budget

To begin with, you need to see the case because there is a slight difference in drive bays. Moreover, you may find small plastic switches (it means the bays are tool-free), or the drive bays are similar to metal brackets. 

Two different sizes are usually seen in the drive, here one is 2.5 inches for both HDDs and SSDs, and the other is 3.5 inches for only HDDs. If your drive size is 2.5-inch, you can place that into 3.5-inch bays. Notably, some bays are 3.5-inch which offer trays, but you can’t keep the drive size like 2.5-inch on there. 

  • Apart from that, you may see big-size drives on the front side of the case, which is used to keep optical drives. If the bays are tool-free and each has an individual switch or plastic lever, you need to unlock or open the switch or lever to make the pull-out of the tray easy. 
  • Now, keep the drive and place it on the perfect side of the tray. If you find the drive can move after placing, you need to use screws to tighten the drive.
  • Then, you need to tighten it using screws, and you can see the manual to know how many screws they suggest. If you haven’t enough screws, you can use only two, which hopefully is enough. 
  • After placing the drive successfully on the case, you need to establish a connection between your motherboard and your power supply using a SATA cable.
Step 10: Install OS (Operating System)

Now, your task is to make the PC operational by installing an operating system. If the OS isn’t ready on your USB flash drive, your job is to make that ready. After taking the OS on the flash drive, you need to plug in that along with a monitor, keyboard and mouse and then turn on the PC.

  • Once you turn on the PC, you will see a command after opening the screen that orders you to press any key to access into BIOS or system setup. Now, you need to act accordingly with the command. 

Note: If you experience quick flashes off the screen before seeing the key, you need to look at your mother board’s user manual. 

  • After that, your task is to examine whether all the components are installed and recognized perfectly. Now, locate the page which displays your PC’s system information (the BIOS setup very to the motherboard, but you need to find the screen which gives you that information) to check all the connections are OK. 
  • Next, you need to find the Boot page by poking around BIOS (another name is “Boot Priority” or “Boot Order”). Now, modify the order of the boot to keep the flash drive in the first place and the drive on where you want to install the OS in the second position. 

Note: If your boot drive is SSD, then you need to install the operating system on the 2nd drive. 

  • You need to press the restart button at the final stage, and then your PC will boot using the USB. Then you will see a pop-up having OS installer instruction, and you need to act accordingly. 

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) 

Question1. What is the best budget gaming pc?

If you want to build the best budget gaming PC, you can choose the Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, which seems small, but hopefully gives you blissful service. The price is less than below $1000. In this package, you will find the following items.

  • CPU: Intel Core i5– i9 (9th-generation) 
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630
  • RAM: 8GB – 64B DDR4
  • Storage: 128GB SSD – 2TB + 2TB

However, if you are looking for a cheap gaming pc, you can choose the following parts. 

Note: The cost won’t exceed $600, hopefully. 

  • CPU:  Intel Core i3-10100f.
  • Motherboard: ASUS H410M
  • GPU: XFX RX 5500 XT
  • RAM: OLOy 16GB
  • SSD: ADATA 480GB
  • CASE: AeroCool Cylon
  • PSU: Gigabyte 650W

Question 2. What is the best pc for gaming and streaming?

Here we bring iBUYPOWER Pro Gaming PC Computer Desktop Trace 4 93G730, which costs you below $800. This pre-built PC seems to be the best gaming pc under $1000. Let’s see the specification of this PC.

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6GHz.
  • Motherboard: Asrock A320
  • Graphic Card: NVIDIA GT 730 2GB • 
  • Memory: 8GB DDR4 
  • Hard Drive: 240GB SSD 
  • Power Supply: 450W 
  • Ports: 1x HDMI, 1x DVI, 1x VGA, 6x USB 
  • Operating System: Windows 10 x64 
  • Additional: Free Keyboard + Mouse

Question 3. What is the best gaming pc under $2000?

$2000 honestly handsome amounts for a high-end gaming pc build. So, let’s see what you will find after spending such an amount.

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
  • Motherboard: ASUS TUF Gaming X570-PLUS (Wi-Fi)
  • GPU: ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro
  • SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB
  • Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA GA 850W 80+ Gold
  • Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 chromax.Black
  • Case: Cooler Master MasterCase H500

Final Thought

By now, you know all the hacks how you can build a gaming PC. Hopefully, your time and hard work for building the best gaming PC reward you nicely. 

You can now spend long hours in front of your gaming PC and have an enjoyable time with world-class gameplay. However, if you face any issues while building your best gaming PC, feel free to notify us through the comment section.

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