How to Build a Gaming Computer

Terms of Use

The How to Build a Gaming Computer Guide is not intended to be used as an official manufacturer guide or any trademark building system.

Digital Games Hub created this e-book as a reference point to assist readers in building a gaming computer.

Digital Games Hub always advises speaking to a computer expert before attempting to work on a computer.

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Users should use this e-book’s information as a guideline on how to build a gaming computer.

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of your computer related experiences related to any information provided in this ebook.

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Acknowledgments

DigitalGamesHub.com would like to thank some of our contributors that helped us create this guide.

Warm thanks go out to the people from Canvas.com who inspired us to create these great images.

We also want to thank the article contributors to WikiHow.com for showing us how to create this e-book/blog post.

The most important “Thank You” goes to the game developers that create enjoyable games.

Keep doing a great job creating fun games for the entire gaming community.

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How to Use this Guide to Build a Gaming Computer

If this is your first time building a PC, we recommend that you follow each step in the order that is presented.

Try finding videos on YouTube.com or other favorite websites for visual guidance.

Print this manual so that you can use it while you’re building your gaming computer.

For the more experienced, I suggest skipping unnecessary steps and go to the ones you need.

Print specific pages that you will need while building your PC.

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Introduction on Building a Gaming Computer

Welcome friend, my name is Tony and I created this guide to help you build a powerful gaming computer.

This Gaming computer Guide is a basic walk-through on how to build a gaming computer.

We don’t talk about advanced concepts like installing water-cooled parts or overclocking components.

In general, our topics cover everything needed to build a high-quality gaming computer step-by-step.

The building steps in this guide have been used and applied for our personal gaming computers.

We will continue to update this e-book to give you the latest and most popular ways to build a gaming desktop PC.

Until then, enjoy and have fun building your gaming computer.

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Table of Contents

Page iii = Terms of Use

Page iv = Acknowledgments

Page v = How to Use this Guide

Page vi = Introduction

Page vii = Table of Contents

Chapter 1 = Why Build a Gaming Computer?

Chapter 2 = An Overview of the Components

Chapter 3 = Processors – Intel or AMD

Chapter 4 = Video Cards – nVidia or ATI

Chapter 5 = Storage – SSD or Hard-drive

Chapter 6 = Safety and Tools

Chapter 7 = Prepare you Computer Case

Chapter 8 = Install the Motherboard and CPU

Chapter 9 = Install the Memory and CPU Fan/Heat-sink

Chapter 10 = Install the Power Supply and Video Card

Chapter 11 = Install the Hard Drives and Optical Drives

Chapter 12 = Connect Computer Wires and Boot Up you PC

Chapter 13 = Install Window 10 and Update Windows

Chapter 14 = Congratulations and Next Steps

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Why Build a Gaming Computer?

One of the most popular reasons for building your video game PC is to save money.

By building your own PC, you can save anywhere from 25% to 50% of the overall price of a new computer.

So for example, let’s say you want to build a gaming computer worth $1500.00.

By building, it yourself, you can save up to $750.00.

Saving that much money allows people to focus on buying and playing games.

If you are looking for some hands-on experience on building computers, this guide can help you get started.

By carefully following each step in this handbook, you will gain technical experience that will help you sharpen your skills or even start a new career.

Business owners can also benefit from this e-book by understanding how each part relates to each other.

By learning about each PC part, business owners can make wise decisions on selling or purchasing computer parts.

You can skip to any chapter you like to find out more about the building process.

We recommend following the step-by-step e-book’s procedures to properly build a video game machine.

In the end, if you feel that building computers are not for you, you can always buy a ready-made gaming PC from a trusted manufacturer.

Most of all have fun building your new video game PC and let us know about your experience.

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Build a Gaming Computer with proper Components

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You will need the following components to build a video game desktop.

We will also describe each icon used throughout our manual.


Case

Motherboard

Processing Unit

Memory

Power Supply

Video Card

Storage

Optical Drive

Operating System

Keyboard

Mouse

Monitor

Featured Icons

Each image represents a critical section which explains particular information about a specific step.

In order to build a gaming computer efficiently, take time to read each featured section.

The sections are Safety, Technical, Advice, and Tips.

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The Safety icon talks about ways to protect yourself or your computer parts from being harmed.

When you see this icon, stop and read through the notes before taking any action.


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The Technical icon talks about hardware or electronic information that gets you familiar with each computer part.


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The Advice icon talks about real-world experiences performed while building a gaming computer.


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The Tips icon talks about ways to make your computer building much easier.

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Processors – Intel or AMD

Among the most crucial and important parts that make up a computer is the CPU, also known as a processor.

Let’s say the motherboard is the computer’s skeleton; then the CPU is the brains of the whole operation.

These PC processors otherwise known as central processing units (CPU’s) are responsible for the execution of programs on our computers.

A powerful CPU will get more things done faster than compared to a slow processor.

Getting yourself the best processor to cater for your needs should be easy once you know which brand suits you best.

There are two leading CPU manufacturers in today’s computer market: AMD and Intel.

Both are pretty popular with a large following, so it is a difficult decision to prefer one over the other.

Some factors are helpful to get to know, like, which processor will perfectly meet your needs when comparing these two large brands.

Read along to get to know the differences between the two.

Price

Price differences between two processors constantly fluctuate, this may be a huge factor when it comes to choosing a processor.

Whenever new computer technology is released and introduced by the two companies, their processor prices of the previous generation usually go down.

Price wars between AMD and Intel are as constant and frequent as technology battles on which company gets to create a superior CPU first.

Performance

CPU performance largely depends on the generation of the processor.

Ever since Intel released the Core 2 Duo processor, however, the company has provided more stable and faster processors than compared to AMD at cheaper rates.

Intel currently does well when it comes to better performance CPU’s, their newest technology: the Quad Core technology.

AMD offers high-performance CPU’s but will tend to be more expensive than their counterparts.

Life Span

AMD CPU processors typically build up plenty of heat while performing intensive execution of programs such as games and a lot of graphics software.

Often, standard cooling capabilities aren’t enough for protecting the AMD processors from damage caused by overheating.

Intel’s Core 2 Duo line of CPU’s, on the other hand, show remarkable tolerance to heat even with a standard heatsink and fan.

Game Performance

Gaming is an area where selecting a CPU may get tricky.

AMD will offer some processors that are combined; this means that they combine their processor with the Radeon inbuilt graphics on one chip.

This combination offers an incredible value on high-end gaming.

Intel also retains its graphics, though its performance doesn’t match up to that of AMD’s Radeon.

Overclocking Potential

Only heavy multimedia users and hardcore gamers will relate to CPU overclocking.

Overclocking involves running ones’ CPU with speeds that are above its specifications.

For example, it is possible to overclock an Intel’s E6600 CPU from 2.4GHz to 3.2GHz.

That is a huge speed increment of 800MHz! Generally speaking, overclocking a CPU can increase overall system performance.

For now, many Intel processors will possess greater overclocking capability over the AMD processors.

Conclusion

As mentioned before, you have to keep up with the latest updates from Intel and AMD to get the best processor in the market.

The moment either CPU manufacturers release a new product; there is a significant drop in prices.

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Video Cards – nVidia or AMD

When it comes to the performance of a computer, GPU or graphics processing unit is the most important component.

However, the GPU becomes more important to a gamer than to an ordinary PC user.

GPU is responsible for the processing of graphics that are seen on a monitor.

When you sample several CPUs, you will notice they come with integrated GPUs.

However, the integrated GPUs are not powerful, especially for gamers.

Hence, for a powerful gaming experience, you need a video card.

Graphics Processing Units for Gamers – nVidia vs AMD graphics cards

Today, the 3 main GPU manufacturers are Intel, NVIDIA and AMD.

Intel GPUs are common but most of them are not built for gaming.

For any gaming activity, you need to have NVIDIA or AMD graphic cards.

Both NVIDIA and AMD have been in business for several years and are amazing when it comes to graphics cards.

However, both of them have advantages and disadvantages.

Hence, it is important to understand the two before you pick one for your video game PC.

When comparing NVIDIA and AMD, it is not easy to know the winner.

This is because both have the same goal.

Their main aim is to deliver fast and smooth visual performance to the users.

Hence, both have amazing features.

However, every manufacturer takes a different approach to achieve the main goal.

Keep in mind that the GPU is in charge of processing all the virtual data you see on a monitor.

Hence, for gaming purposes, a powerful GPU is needed.

You will also need to consider price, software, performance and other features before you pick the right card for your gaming computer.

This means deciding between the two manufacturers is not an easy task.

Although the conclusion of selecting the two is simple to some gamers, many video game fans find it hard to choose between the two.

To help you choose between NVIDIA and AMD, here are some things you need to know.

What is an NVIDIA graphic card?

NVIDIA is known for having fewer and more capable stream processors that allow significant and enhanced graphical performance.

This means that NVIDIA cards are not only good for gaming computers but for other data processing programs.

NVIDIA produces cards that are a bit expensive but are more stable and reliable. They run cooler than AMD models and draw less power.

What is an AMD graphic card?

AMD cards are affordable and are well-respected for their performance. However, the design and the approach taken by AMD is a bit different.

The stream processors are smaller and less complex. For instance, AMD’s Radeon brand of cards is fantastic in performance and price.

What is the difference between NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards?

AMD and NVIDIA have produced several gaming cards.

These cards are powerful and excellent for a good gaming experience.

This has made it impossible for anyone to pick the best company.

Also, the pair has enjoyed a healthy rivalry for several years making it hard for gamers to choose the best one.

Below are some main differences between NVIDIA and AMD.

1. Price

When it comes to price, AMD is known for affordable cards.

On the other hand, NVIDIA is known for expensive cards but amazing performance.

So, if you are trying to save a few dollars, you need to do a bit of research to identify the best brand that is affordable.

The most important thing is to find a place where they offer discounts on GPUs.

2. Performance

When buying a powerful PC, buying a graphics card depends on the price and performance.

You need to find the best that is affordable.

Some years back, AMD cards used to be praised for the prices but NVIDIA is being respected when it comes to price and performance.

Generally, NVIDIA is the winner on performance.

3. Software

One main benefit of choosing an NVIDIA graphics card is the software.

This special software called GeForce delivers driver updates keeping you GPU up-to-date.

It is also possible to stream gameplay, capture videos and screenshots with NVIDIA’s software.

AMD’s Radeon has all the features that a gamer requires, but it’s harder to get driver updates.

Also, NVIDIA has another benefit of cloud-based gaming and streaming.

4. Hardware

Regarding hardware, NVIDIA uses a more advanced technology compared to AMD.

The cards tend to perform better, generate less heat, and power consumption is less.

But with AMD cards, the technology is not as advanced as NVIDIA.

Also, they use more power and can become very hot.

So, when it comes to gaming, NVIDIA wins on hardware.

After comparing features of both NVIDIA and AMD, both offer great GPU solutions.

All you need is to do your research to ensure you pick the best for you needs.

With the best card, you can easily play your favorite games with ease.

But consider the power, cost, performance among other features.

Good planning and research is the key.

Which is best for a gaming PC – NVIDIA vs AMD graphics cards?

With all factors considered, which GPU is the best for gamers?

Deciding between NVIDIA and AMD for your gaming computer depends on the kind of performance you need.

You will also need to check on your budget as well.

The two manufacturers know they are competing against each other.

This means their products are amazing and the price is affordable as well.

If you are on a tight budget, AMD is the best choice for you.

They have a wide range of budget-friendly cards that are good for gaming and other duties.

Most new gamers can afford AMD graphic cards.

But when it comes to performance, NVIDIA is the winner.

From 4k performance to the quality of its software, NVIDIA takes the lead.

However, it is important to note that one is not better than the other.

This is because both NVIDIA and AMD have some areas they each excel in that makes them unique.

Since they all have different features, it all depends on your needs.

For example, AMD is good when you consider budget options.

NVIDIA is the best when it comes to performance and building a powerful gaming computer.

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Storage – SSD or Hard Drive

Choosing the right storage for your gaming computer is important.

Initially, there were no choices when it came to computer storage.

There were only hard disk drives to store large quantities of data.

Today, you can choose between the traditional hard disk drive and the more technologically advanced Solid State Drive.

Although they resemble each other physically, internally, they are very different.

Read on to find out the major differences between these two drives.

Hard Disk Drive for a Gaming PC

Hard disk drives (HDD) have been around for a remarkably extended period.

In fact, they have been in use for nearly six decades now.

HDDs access information using a mechanical head that floats above a platter.

The mechanism makes them much slower when compared to solid state drives.

Booting a computer that has a hard disk drive is slower compared to booting one that uses a solid state drive.

Also, it means that hard disk drives use more energy and produce more heat and noise.

On the bright side, however, hard disk drives are relatively cheap.

They are useful for when you need to store lots of information or when you have a small budget.

A Solid State Drive for building a Gaming Computer

Solid state drives (SSD) are more recent than hard disk drives, which implies that they are more technologically advanced.

Indeed, rather than use a mechanical head to read and write information, it uses a much faster processor.

A solid-state drive has much better performance than a hard disk drive.

It, therefore, comes as no surprise that the booting time using a solid state drive is averagely 13 seconds.

Compared to the 40 seconds booting time using a hard disk drive.

When gaming, you certainly want your computer to perform at its best.

Performance is why you are better off using a solid state drive when gaming as opposed to an HDD.

Additionally, solid-state drives produce much less noise since there are no moving parts.

They also don’t use much power for the same reason, and that also means that they produce much less heat.

On the downside, however, solid state drives are remarkably more expensive than hard disk drives.

Also, there are more limitations on the amount of data you can store on a solid state drive than there

are when using a traditional hard drive.

Conclusion

Now that you know the major differences between a hard disk drive and a solid state drive, choose the best option.

In a nutshell, if you prefer high performance over storage, then a solid state drive is the ultimate choice for you.

If not, then an HDD is ideal for you.

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Safety and Tools

Safety

Turn off and disconnect the power supply

No loose Jewelry

No food or drinks

No metal surfaces

Wear an anti-static wrist strap

Always remember that when building a computer, electricity is your enemy.

An electrical shock can damage your computer and can also cause bodily harm.

When you first build a gaming computer, pay special attention to safety instructions.

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Safety: To protect yourself and others, turn off all power supplies and disconnect electrical plugs from outlets.

If you wear loose jewelry, take it off for now while you’re building your PC.

Try not to have any types of foods or drinks near your work area.

Don’t build your computer on a metal surface, try using a wooden or plastic bench.

Always wear your anti-static wrist strap while touching computer parts.

Tools

Needle nose pliers

Medium sized Philips screwdriver

Small flashlight

Cable ties

You will need to use the needle nose pliers to bend or grab components on your PC.

A Philips screwdriver is required for a majority of components.

A flashlight is a helpful tool once you have populated your case with all its parts.

Cable ties are used to guide and organize most wires and cables.

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Prepare your Computer Case

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Read Case Manual

Detach Case Panels

Lay Down your PC Remove all Cables and Wires. Read your case manual to get familiar with its parts.


Read the product overview to see your case disassembled.

Make sure it comes with all the accessories it promised when you bought the case.

In the manual, read the installation guide to see how to assemble it.

PC cases are constructed differently, read the manual so that you will have learned its unique parts.

Once you’re ready, detach both side panels from your PC case.

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Advice: When preparing your computer case, you must read the case’s manual to count all parts and pieces that go with the PC case.

The PC case should include screws, mounts, tools, etc.

Lay down you PC flat on its front side where you can see the back-panel for the motherboard.

Remove all cables or wires away from the front of your PC case to the rear.

Before you start mounting the motherboard, read your manuals to determine if your motherboard requires a mounting bracket.

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Install the Motherboard and CPU

Install the Motherboard

Read the Motherboard Manual

Install the Input-Output Shield

Install the Mounting Bracket or Stand-offs

Measure all Points

Tighten and Secure the Motherboard.

Read your motherboard’s manual to get familiar with the most important parts.

Read more about the motherboard’s layout, CPU, memory slots, and expansion slots.

Verify that the motherboard has all its accessories.

Begin by installing the Input-Output Shield I/O shield that comes with the motherboard onto the case.

Use a pair of pliers to bend and shape the shield. Avoid applying too much pressure to the sensitive shield.

Also, make sure you position the shield, so it fits evenly with the motherboard.

Mount the motherboard bracket or stand-offs screws onto the PC case.

The main idea here is to elevate the motherboard from the PC case, so both are not in contact.

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Technical: Don’t over-tighten any of the screws, finger tight them if possible.

The motherboard is sensitive and can easily break.

Measure all points to determine if the motherboard will fit properly.

Slowly and carefully mount your motherboard on top of the bracket or stand-offs.

The motherboard should line up perfectly with each hole.

Tighten you motherboard diagonally starting from the top left then the bottom right.

Follow the same procedure for opposite sides until they’re all evenly tightened.

Again there is no need to over-tighten the screws to the case.

Install the CPU on the Gaming PC

Read the CPU Manual

Check your CPU

Unlock the CPU Lever

Align Triangle Points

Secure the CPU Lever

Read the CPU manual and get familiar with the installation process.

Every CPU is different so pay close attention to details.

Take note of the triangle icon on the edge of your CPU.

Before installation, check your CPU’s pins to make sure none are bent.

In a rare case that some of your pins are bent, straighten them out with a razor blade.

The razor blade will be able to fit in between the pins and align your pins.

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Tips: If the CPU pins are severely bent, just exchange it for a new one.

Pull the lever on your motherboard to the rear and unlock the CPU socket.

Remove anything that would prevent installing your CPU.

On your motherboard check for the small triangle which will line up your CPU.

Align the CPU’s triangle icon with the motherboard’s triangle to properly mount your CPU.

Lower your CPU into the socket slowly, do not force it in.

Wiggle and jiggle you CPU until it automatically slides into position.

Push the lever on your motherboard to lock you CPU in place.

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Install the Memory and CPU Fan/Heat-sink

Install the Memory

Find the Memory Slots

Open all Slot Tabs

Align the Memory Stick

Add Memory to Slot 1

Read your motherboard’s manual to find the memory slots.

There may be two, four or more memory slots on your motherboard.

Make sure you have the proper memory sticks for your motherboard (DDR2, DDR3, etc.).

Open all the memory slot tabs that you will be using right now.

Push down on these tabs gently without breaking them.

If you are using only two memory sticks, open slot 1 and 3.

Look at your memory stick and find a groove in the center.

Align this groove with the motherboard’s slot, so they fit perfectly.

If the memory sticks don’t fit, don’t force them in, they may be facing the wrong way.

Always add a memory stick to slot 1, which is nearest to the CPU.

Push the memory stick all the way into the slot until the tabs snap securely.

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Technical: Make sure both memory stick tabs are locked in place before moving on to the next one.

Install the CPU Fan and Heat-sink on the Gaming PC

Read the CPU Manual

Clean Up the Old Thermal Paste

Apply Thermal Gel

Attach the Heat-sink

Connect the CPU Fan

Read the CPU manual to see how to position the heat-sink onto the motherboard.

Try lining up the holes with the motherboard to the heat-sink.

If you are installing a brand new CPU to the motherboard, it usually comes with thermal paste.

The thermal paste acts as a buffer/coolant between the CPU and heat-sink.

If you’re reinstalling you CPU to another motherboard, you need to clean up the old thermal paste and add a new one.

Clean both the CPU and motherboard with a linen cloth or paper towel until dry.

Apply the thermal gel to the back of your CPU, two to three drops of the thermal gel is enough.

If you use the thermal drops in the center, you won’t have to spread it across the CPU.

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Advice: If you add too much thermal paste onto your CPU, when you tighten the heat-sink, the thermal paste will drip onto you motherboard making a mess.

Attach the heat-sink onto the CPU and lock it into place.

Depending on the type of heat-sink you have, you may have to push some pins or tighten some screws to secure it.

Check your CPU manual for instructions on how to secure the heat-sink.

Your heat-sink should have a CPU fan attached to it with a wire that connects to the motherboard.

Look on your motherboard and find the slot that says CPU Fan.

The CPU Fan slot should be next to the CPU, plug the wire into the CPU Fan slot.

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Install the Power Supply and Video Card

Install the Power Supply

Read the Manual

Connect the Cables

Install the Power Supply

Read the power supply’s manual to get familiar with its cable structure.

Figure out if you have a modular or a non-modular power supply.

Non-modular power supplies will have extra cables you may not need.

Before installing the power unit into your PC case, attach all the cables you will need onto your power supply.

Install your power supply into your computer case and use the Philips screwdriver to fasten the screws.

Install the Video Card

Read the Manual

Remove the Slot Covers

Install the Video Card

Read your graphics card’s manual and figure out what type of Peripheral Component Interconnect PCI card it is.

There are three types of cards you should get familiar with; they are PCIex16, PCIex1, and PCI cards.

Your motherboard contains PCI slots for different kinds of cards.

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Tips: PCI slots can be used for video cards, audio cards, USB ports and more.

On the back of your case, remove the expansion slot covers located near you video card PCI slots.

Removing these covers will allow you to insert your video card into the correct slot.

Don’t throw away any screws that were holding the covers; you can use them to attach your video card.

Insert your video card gently into the PCI slot, push down until it snaps into place.

Some PCI slots have small levers on the far end, only pull or press the lever to lock your video card.

On the back of your PC, add screws that will secure your graphics card in place.

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Install the Hard Drives and Optical Drives

Install the Hard Drives

Read the Manual

Remove Holders

Attach Hard Drives

Read your PCs case instruction manual to figure out how to install the hard drives.

Each computer case is different and may have additional components for hard drives and SSD’s.

Remove the hard drive holder from the computer case so you can attach your hard disk to it.

Some SSD drives bring their brackets that must be installed on the hard drive holder.

With a Philips screwdriver remove the screws from the holders and attach your hard drives to the holders.

Make sure that the hard disk wiring is directed towards the rear of the PC, not the front.

Insert your holder with the hard drive into your gaming PC case and secure it.

Install the Optical Drives

Read the Manual

Find the Location

Install Optical Drives

Read your gaming PC case manual on how to install the optical drives.

Optical drives are you CD/DVD/Blu-ray/DVD Burner drives which are much bigger than the hard drives.

The optical drive bays are located on the upper front panel of your PC.

There are two ways to install them, either from the front side or the inside of your PC case.

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Tips: Measure the optical drive cables to make sure they will reach the motherboard SATA slots.

Install your optical drive into the bay and secure it with screws or other mechanical devices.

Some computer cases have built-in latches that secure your optical drive in place.

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Connect Computer Wires and Boot Up your Gaming PC

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First, we are going to organize our wires before connecting them.

Grab your power supply cables and place them through the nearest grommet hole to the rear of your PC.


Grab the computer case cables and run them through the back of your PC similar to the power supply.

All your main cables should be on the backside of your computer now.

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Advice: When all wires are on the backside of your PC, you can easily organize your cables based on their location.

Read the motherboard manual to figure out where to attach the wires.

Connect your gaming PC wires in the following order:

Step 1 – Apply the 20 to 24 pin connector to the motherboard, this is usually the biggest connector coming from the power supply.

Step 2 – Attach the 4 to 8 pin connector to the motherboard near the CPU and CPU fans slots.

Step 3 – Fix the six pin or 6+2 connector to the video card.

Make sure the wire fits snug but does not hang too loose.

Try rewiring the video card connector to get the best fit.

Step 4 – Connect the PC case fans using the Molex cables from your power supply.

The PC case fan wires are grouped together with other computer case wires.

Connect these wires on the back side of your gaming computer.

These Molex cables have three to four pin connectors.

If you have a modular power supply, make sure that you add the Molex cables to your power supply.

Step 5 – Working from the backside of your computer, attach the power supply cables for your hard drives and optical drives.

These power supply cables are either Molex or SATA style cables, sometimes grouped into three separate connectors.

If you have two or three hard drives, you can connect all three with one wire.

You should find two different power supply connectors for both the hard drives and optical drives.

Step 6 – Attach the SATA wires to the back of the hard drives and optical drives.

Run the cable through the grommet hole nearest to the motherboard’s SATA slots.

Your primary hard drive should be connected to SATA#1, your secondary hard drive to SATA#2 and your optical drive to SATA#3 on your motherboard.

Step 7 – Connect the case speaker to the motherboard. Read your motherboard manual.

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Technical: Not all gaming computer cases are equipped with case speakers.

You can skip this step if you don’t have one.

Step 8 – Connect the USB headers, microphone jack, speaker and headphone jack.

Read your motherboard manual.

Step 9 – Connect the power, reset, HDD, and other connectors. Read the motherboard manual.

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Tips: Pay close attention to the positive and negative sides of the cables when connecting any cable to the motherboard.

Step 10 – Organize all your cables on the backside of your PC and tie them down with the tie cables.

Step 11 – Attach the gaming computer case cover to the back side of your computer.

Boot Up you Gaming PC

Add Power

Check Fans

We are ready for our first official boot; we are going to check that all computer fans are working.

Connect the power supply cable to the power supply. Push the main power button on your PC and

make sure all fans are turned on.

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Tips: When checking your case fans, be sure to include the CPU fan, graphics card fan, and any other fans.

You can check your fans with the flashlight so you can see if they are working and connected properly.

Once you complete the first step, turn off your gaming PC by pressing and holding the power button

until it turns off.

Disconnect the power supply plug from the gaming computer case.

Prepare you Bios Configurations

CD/DVD or USB

Read the Manual

Access the BIOS

Save Changes

You need to set up your BIOS settings according to how you will install Window 10 operating system.

If you have the operating system on a CD/DVD, your optical drive should be your first drive.

If you downloaded your operating system into a USB drive, then place your USB drive as the first drive.

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Technical: If you don’t change the booting order, your computer will try to boot from the first drive it sees.

Booting from the first drive may cause an error and slow down your installation.

To get into your Bios settings. First, you need to connect your monitor to your computer’s graphics card.

Connect your keyboard and mouse cables to the gaming PC.

After connecting all necessary wires to the gaming computer, plug in the power supply cable to the power supply.

Read your motherboard’s manual to figure out which keys will give you access to the BIOS interface.

Turn on your computer and continue pressing the Delete, F12 or another key to access the BIOS interface.

Access your computer’s boot ordering system.

Next, place the drive where you Window 10 installation files are located on the first drive.

Before exiting out of the BIOS screen, save your changes then exit.

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Advice: Once you have installed the operating system on your hard drive, access you BIOS interface a second time.

Set your primary hard drive with Window 10 installed as the first or primary drive.

Your secondary drive should be placed on the second drive, and your optical drive should be set on the third drive.

Save your changes and exit the BIOS screen.

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Install Window 10 and Update Windows

Install Window 10

Once you exit and save the changes in the Bios configuration panel, your computer will automatically install Window 10.

Windows may ask you a few questions about language preferences, region locations, time settings, etc.

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Technical: If your computer reboots and you end up with the same installation screen, you need to remove the Windows CD/DVD from the optical drive.

Restart your gaming computer again and let it continue with the installation.

Windows will ask you which drive to install the operating system, choose your primary drive.

If you’re using an old or used hard drive, you may have to delete its content before continuing.

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Warning: all the data in that hard drive will be removed Forever, so choose wisely.

In some occasions, Windows may indicate that you have to format the disk before continuing.

Formatting a hard drive prepares it for adding an operating system.

Follow the on-screen instructions to prepare your hard drive for Window 10.

Update the Operating System for the Gaming PC

During the Windows installation, it may ask you to enter your internet or WiFi configurations.

If you input network connections during installation, Window 10 will update itself.

If you don’t have an internet connection, you can continue installing Windows and update it later.

Once you have internet access, you can connect via WiFi or direct network access.

Type the word “Updates” on the bottom left-hand corner of the taskbar to go to the settings page.

On the Settings page press the button that says “Check for updates.” Install all Windows updates.

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Congratulations and Next Steps

Wow! You have managed to build a Gaming Computer.

Give yourself a pat on the back because you have done what many people could never accomplish.

Before you start adding games to your computer, here are a few steps and recommendations you should follow.

If your motherboard has a CD/DVD with drivers, you should install them immediately.

The same thing with your video card, install any drivers or utilities to have your graphics card fully functional.

Some SSD drives are packaged with CD’s/DVD’s that contain drivers and utilities, install them as well.

We recommend that you install an anti-virus software program right away before surfing the internet.

There are a few free good anti-virus programs out there that can give your gaming computer protection.

We hope you enjoyed this guide, remember that we are always updating our e-books and blog posts.

We try to give readers the best advice possible.

Please help us improve the “How to Build a Gaming Computer Guide” by sharing your experience, recommendations or questions in the comments section below.

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External Resources

WEPC.com, How to Build a Gaming PC: A Step by Step Guide (2019 Edition). Retrieved on 7/4/2019.

Intel.com, How to Build a Gaming PC. Retrieved on 7/4/2019.

NewEgg.com, Building a Gaming PC for the First Time?. Retrieved on 7/4/2019.

Forbes.com, How To Build The Best Gaming PC For $1000. Retrieved on 7/4/2019.

PCMag.com, How to Build a Kick-Ass Gaming PC for Less Than $1,000. Retrieved on 7/4/2019.

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