Entering into the world of desktop computer gaming can seem intimidating. Here are a few key things to know to make the process a much more enjoyable and fruitful experience!
SET A BUDGET!
The bill for building a gaming computer can grow rapidly if you do not have a set budget. You can expect to pay around $800 for a decent gaming desktop computer, and upwards of $3000 for a top of the line setup.
Some hints to help you stay within your budget:
– Look for parts within the middle to upper middle of the line price range. Many of these components will have some of the better features included with the top of the line models but will cost less and still perform quite well when running at optimized settings.
– Don’t buy a part simply because it is cheap! Sometimes it pays to do a little research on a part to make sure you are not buying something cheaply made that will possibly do harm to your other components. This can end up costing hundreds of dollars in replacement parts from burnt up motherboards, fried video cards, damaged cables, and crashed hard drives.
– Buying brand names may seem more expensive up front, but the reliability of and warranties on mainstream PC components are worth the few extra bucks you may pay.
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FIND ALL NEEDED COMPONENTS!
The pieces of a desktop computer you will need are the CPU, motherboard, power supply, RAM, video/graphics card, case, monitor, keyboard, mouse, headset with microphone, heat sync/cooling system, and the hard drive/memory storage. There are some other miscellaneous cables you may require, depending on the build you choose. You will also usually need an HDMI or other display cable to connect your monitor.
A high-quality surge protector is a great investment when purchasing a gaming computer. Most of them will have their own warranties for if a surge damages your equipment.
Some of the best sites to look at for great deals on all these components are Newegg.com, Amazon.com, TigerDirect.com, MicroCenter.com,
You can also go to the website PCPartPicker.com to save the computer parts you’ve found online. Here, you can tally up total costs, add and remove parts as needed, and view preset build guides to help you determine what will work best for you.
BUILD YOUR NEW GAMING DESKTOP COMPUTER!
Once you have all your parts together it is time to begin assembling everything. If you have a tech-savvy friend enlist their help! It can be a lot of fun to have someone show you the ropes of computer building on your first attempt. It also helps to keep you from making mistakes and costing yourself more money than you need to.
If you do not have a friend or someone who can help you build your new PC, you can follow along with building guides that are available on Intel’s website, PCPartPicker, and a multitude of other tutorials that are available on YouTube.
Watching tutorials is one of the best and easiest ways to become confident and knowledgeable enough to finally put your new gaming desktop computer together!