If you are an avid gamer and would like to build your own PC, you have come to the right place. In this article, we outline the components and the process of building a high-end gaming PC, which isn’t as complex as you might think. If you have a basic understanding of the various hardware components and what they actually do, that is really all you need to know.
The main components include the following:
- Main casing – A desktop PC has a large case that is purchased separately; today’s units have cooling fans and LED lights, while there are screws in all the right places so that you can install the mainboard and all the other components.
- Mainboard – This is a large circuit board that sits on one side of the CPU case; onto this component, all other components are slotted into place.
- Random Access Memory – Known as computer RAM, these chips are available online and provide temporary memory space in order for the machine to operate at speed. A PC should have a minimum of 4Gb of Ram, while a gaming machine can’t really have less than 16Gb, preferably 32Gb for optimum performance.
- Solid State Drive – SSD you should have two drives (C and D drive), the D drive is used for data storage, while C drive is for the OS. Click here for information on cloud storage.
- Video card – This component transfers data to the screen and for a gaming PC, you will need a top-level graphic card; brands such as GEFORCE and AMD are the top sellers and these units have cooling fans to keep the component from getting too hot.
- Power supply – This essential piece of kit manages the power using a 600W model, which is more than enough. You plug the power lead into the rear of this component.
- Input peripherals – Your keyboard and mouse are input devices that enable you to use the computer.
- Digital monitor – Without this device, you couldn’t use your computer.
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How to build a PC
First you must make sure that you have all the components on the table in front of you, plus a few tools such as screwdrivers and grips. The best deals for computer components can be found at the online supplier; Google can take you to a leading supplier’s website where you can order everything you need.
Each component will have paperwork, warranty and how to install documents and prior to starting the build, check each component and be sure that you know how to handle them.
Installing the mainboard
Once you have removed one side of the case, you can position the mainboard and the bag of screws attach the board to the casing. There might be as many as 12 screws to hold the mainboard in position and once this is done, you are ready to build.
Central Processing Unit
The CPU sits in a special sink and you need to apply heat paste when installing this component. There are YouTube videos showing clearly how to seat a CPU and you can watch as many times as you need.
Whether one or two, the RAM chips slide into special slots and it is impossible to mis-seat the chips; make sure the contacts are clean on both sides (you can rub an eraser over both sides to promote a good connection).
Connect the SSD
There are small wires with connectors that fit into the mainboard and they need to be firmly seated. There are slots for the drives to sit in and you should have a diagram showing how to install.
Sound onboard & video card
Most PCs have ‘sound onboard’, which means you don’t have to do anything and the video card must be seated into the groove.
Power supply & cooling fans
The final components to fit are the power supply and fitting the cooling fans (might be pre-installed into the case). Here is some important information about cyber-security in Thailand.
Once the components are all in place, you need to plug in the keyboard and mouse, also the monitor cable must be connected to the corresponding plug at the rear of the case. Here you will find USB and HDMI ports and plug in your sound cables.
Now you can boot up the computer and in DOS mode, select the drive that contains the Operating System, double click on ‘setup’ and Windows will begin to upload onto the C drive.