How I built my first gaming computer


Now that I knew I was going to make a gaming computer needed to know what I wanted it to have. I came to the conclusion that I needed a GPU(Graphics Processing Unit or Graphics Card) to suit the needs of next-generation video games. In addition to that I also had to have a Central Processing Unit (commonly referred to as a processor or CPU). Since it needed to be on my desk I realized it also needed to be generally small for a computer. Other necessary components included RAM (Random Access Memory), a power supply, a hard drive or a SSD(Solid State Drive). Since I knew most of these components revolved around the GPU it was necessary to find which graphics card would work with my plans.

To find parts I used different resources a couple of the main ones were the websites and On Youtube there are many helpful videos and channels the one I used to help me the most were LinusTechTips, Austin Evans and TechQuickie. While I was learning from, what I learned was applicable on which has a list of almost all the different parts the computer could have. This site also tracks rebates, discounts and the best place to buy and ship from.



Some of the videos I used to help me were: 

I decided on a Nvidia Geforce 750 Ti which was said in a benchmark(as seen to the right) to have run next-generation games at 30 to 50 frames per a second. This is a good FPS(frames per a second) for most games. I also decided on a Intel Core i5 4670K.
It was factory clocked at 3.4 GHz, but since I got the ‘K’ version I could overclock it to 4.0 GHz so my GPU can reach its full potential. Now I needed a case. and since it had to be generally small I couldn’t have a big tower on my desk. Due to this, I settled for an Mini-ITX case. Mini-ITX has a smaller form factor and are the smallest standard size. For this build I chose a small cuboid Cooler Master Elite 110. In addition to this case size my motherboard also needs to be m-ITX. I picked out the MSI H8I1 which was a great motherboard that had a good price. For RAM I decided on one stick of modern DDR3 that had 8G on it. Since my motherboard has two slots for RAM, in the future, if necessary, it would be upgradable if needed for more power. Speaking of power, I also had to have a power supply to get the energy from the electrical outlet to the motherboard and other parts.  I found a greatly priced Corsair 430 watt power supply. The only other thing I needed was the storage. The fact of this PC being for gaming made it hard to choose between an SSD or a hard drive. An SSD would be faster, but would have very little space. While a hard drive would be only a moderate speed and have about ten times the space. Eventually I decided I would have to use a hard drive to be able to store the games. After I made my list of parts I ordered them from various different places. I also went to a place where you can buy computer parts called the Microcenter.

 Once I got all the parts after long days of waiting I was ready to start assembling. My Father helped me with the assembly.
  • First I secured the motherboard in the case.
  • Next we installed the processor and the fan that came with it.
  • After we stuck in the RAM into one of the slots on the motherboard.
  • Then I plugged the ports on the case into the motherboard,
  • Pushed in my GPU,
  • Stuck my hard drive onto the case,
  • Connected the SATA cables from the Hard Drive to the motherboard
  • Put in PSU(Power Supply) into my case,
  • and plugged in all the cables to the parts that needed power.
Finally all I needed to do was install an OS(operating system). For this computer I used Windows 8. Once I put windows on the PC, I tried it out. I installed a game called Bioshock Infinite and it ran even better than the benchmark said it would. Even on the maximum settings when the graphics and textures were looking amazing. Overall I had a great time building this PC. It was a good learning experience and also turned out very well.

I strongly suggest you try doing it too.

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