How to Build A Gaming PC! Guide For Me in 2024

How t0 Build A Gaming PC  F0r Me

So if you’ve ever wanted t0 know how to build a gaming PC, I’ve done this a few times. Today, I’m going to teach you what the PC components are that you can choose from, how to pick them, and how to put together an entire gaming PC. And of course, a huge thank you to our friends at Micro Centre for sponsoring this tutorial.

The number one thing you need to do when building a gaming PC is choose your components. Now, there are a wide variety of different parts that you could put inside a PC, and that’s really one of the main advantages of building it yourself. You can fully customise it exactly the way you want.

Today, I want to focus on building a fairly high-end gaming PC that can easily play 4K, ultra wide, ray tracing, all that kind of fun stuff. And the first spot to start is going to be with our CPU.

How to Build A Gaming PC! Guide For Me

Choosing the CPU

You have two choices. You can choose Intel or AMD. Now the good thing is you really can’t go wrong here in 2023. Both are incredibly competent and closer in performance than they’ve been in quite a while. However, for this particular tutorial, I’m going to choose the Ryzen 7 7700X, which in my opinion is an excellent sweet spot for gaming. It’s got eight cores and, really high clock speed. It’s fairly efficient. But as you can see, there are a wide variety of different options that Micro Center sells.

The general gist of it though, is if you are going to be building a gaming PC, I usually look at Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7. These are the chips that are sort of the best for gaming. If you want more, you can certainly go up to the Ryzen 9. But generally speaking, that’s going to be a little more so if you’re going to be doing a lot of multitasking, video editing, doing streaming. You can certainly do all of that with the Ryzen 7 very, very easily. But if you’re gonna be really pushing an absolute max, the Ryzen 9 can make sense. But for this build, this is absolutely the go-to.

Changing the M0therboard

The next component is the motherboard. And while this might not be as flashy or give you tons of extra performance like the CPU or a better GPU, really, this is the core of any Build-A-Gaming PC that ties all of your components together to make one cohesive system. To choose this, first of all, you’re going to choose something compatible with your CPU.

If you look on the back, it says that this is a Socket AM5 chip, right? So this is a Ryzen 7,000 series processor, which is the newest, the latest generation. You’ll see that not only does it say Socket AM5 on the front, but more specifically, it supports not only Socket AM5 but specifically AMD Ryzen 7,000 series processors. And as this is a Ryzen 7,000 series processor, we know that this is compatible.

Choosing the Case

Probably the biggest part of the customization of a gaming PC is with your case selection. As you can see, Micro Center sell a wide variety of different sizes, shapes. You’ve got mesh, you’ve got glass, you’ve got all kinds of fun stuff. So this is really where you should do some research, look at some different kinds of cases, decide what you want. When you choose your case, there are a few things you should consider. First and foremost is the size of the case.

So if you’re going to go with a standard-size ATX motherboard, which is the majority of people, you’re gonnawanna make sure that you have enough room in the case for it. If you take a look, pretty much all of these cases here at Micro Center will say ATX on the side, or Micro ATX or ITX, based on what size the motherboard is. That’s always the spot to start because you’ve gotta make sure that the motherboard fits.

Choosing the Graphics Card

The next important component is the graphics card. The graphics card is the most direct connection between a component you purchase and the performance of the games that you play. When it comes to choosing a graphics card, you have two companies to choose from, technically three. There is AMD, NVIDIA and Intel. Now I will say, as recording this video in 2023, the Intel graphics options are new and not massively popular. I would say the majority of people typically use NVIDIA graphics cards. But there’s nothing against using AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA. It’s really up to your budget and what you’re trying to do.

When it comes to actually choosing which graphics card to go with, this is an RTX 4070 Ti, specifically an MSI VENTUS 3X. But the most important thing to look at here is the actual model number. So this is a 40 series, which is the most recent, up-to-date card, and the 70 Ti is the upper mid-range. It’s not the absolute max. You can go to like a 4090 if you really wanna ball out. But this is a very, very competent GPU. Tons of performance, should easily be able to play games at 4K.

Choosing the Memory

Next up, something very important is to choose memory for your system, also known as RAM. For this, I need to go with DDR5. There are two main types of memories. So there’s DDR4, which is typically used in slightly older systems, although, most Intel systems will also give you the option. But for AMD, specifically for our AM5 Socket, we have to choose DDR5. The good thing is you can’t really mess this up besides just being sad because DDR4 will not fit in a DDR5 Socket and vice versa.

How to Build A Gaming PC! Guide For Me

Outside of just choosing the type of RAM, you also should choose the capacity and the speed. So this is going to be 32 gigabytes of memory. Now I will say for a lot of systems, 16 is actually totally okay, but because we’re going a little bit higher-end, having more memory is going to mean that you can do more multitasking, have 200 Chrome tabs open or whatever you’re gonna do. You also should consider the speed. So this is running at 5,200, although going up to like 56 or 6,000 is perfectly reasonable.

Choosing the Power Supply

Now we’ve got ourselves a CPU, a motherboard, a GPU, but we’ve gotta power all of this, which is where the power supply comes in. When purchasing a power supply, you should consider a few things. First and foremost is the wattage. But for our system, an 850-watt should be more than sufficient. The actual quality of your power supply is something you should also consider. It’s not just the wattage, which is why you should look for an 80 Plus badge like this.

Installing the Components

Now that we have chosen our components, it’s time to actually build a gaming PC. First, we’ll prepare our case by removing the side panel and organizing the hardware. Then, we’ll install the power supply and connect the necessary cables. After that, we’ll install the motherboard and secure it with screws. Next, we’ll install the CPU, RAM, and SSD onto the motherboard. Finally, we’ll install the CPU cooler and connect all the necessary cables. And that’s it! We’ve successfully built a gaming PC!


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