How to Build Gaming Computers

More Easily Plan & Build the Best, Fastest, Longest-Lasting Gaming Computer in 2018 With Always-Updated Beginner-Friendly Guides, Builds & Tutorials

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Building your own gaming computer in 2018 is still the smarter, cheaper, and most enjoyable way to get into the exciting world of PC gaming, eSports, streaming and virtual reality. There are quite a few great reasons to build gaming computers instead of buying overpriced pre-built, off-the-shelf gaming desktops that do not maximize performance and reliability for your money the way that a custom, carefully-selected parts-list can.

Simply put, if you want the best, highest-performing, longest-lasting and most reliable PC for the best gaming performance and experience possible, building a gaming computer and taking the DIY path like your favorite gaming pros is hands-down the best way. Plus, you'll learn a lot, have fun, and be able to tweak your rig for the exact features that you want.

But the best thing about building gaming computers is that these days it's very straightforward to do and hard to go wrong as a newbie if you simply follow a detailed-enough step by step guide: see our full digital manual for indepth guidance of all the steps from A to Z, or check out our basic walkthrough version if you already have some sort of computer experience and just need the basic core installation steps.

Building your own gaming computer in 2018 is basically like Lego for teens/adults.

But whilst building your own gaming computer is a lot easier than it used to be, there are still many little details and nuances to be aware of as a beginner. Here at we've made it a mission to simplify the oftentimes confusing, fast-paced hardware market to help you as a first-time builder to more easily navigate the endless component and accessory options out there, save more money on your build, and more effectively picks parts and peripherals to build a great first gaming computer that'll have you beaming with pride every time you boot-up 'cause YOU are its master (as you should be, Jedi).

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With our continually-updated, objective and unbiased buying guides, simplified reviews and tutorials we aim to minimize complicated technical terms and lingo as much as possible (and explain it where necessary) so no noob gets left behind, and so even if you're not that tech-savvy and/or a complete hardware beginner you can still easily get into this super-fun and beneficial hobby that will serve as a handy skill for the rest of your gaming days (or for your job or career if you're in IT/computer science).

More experienced builders aren't forgotten about either and we also create guides on intermediate and advanced topics such as CPU and GPU overclocking, planning and building water cooling PCs, video editing PCs, and rendering PCs, choosing optimal parts for eSports as a pro or aspiring pro gamer, and more. Welcome and enjoy designing and building your dream new desktop to experience gaming in its finest graphical glory for years to come! 

The Best Gaming PC Builds for the Money:
August 2018 Recommended Parts

Our Monthly Recommended Gaming Computer Builds for Beginners are here to help you fully maximize bang for your buck for your new custom gaming computer. Our long-running, most popular feature of our site lists PC build examples for any type of spending budget, and are carefully-reconsidered and updated each and every month to ensure they remain solid examples of how to stretch your dollar further as a DIY PC gamer.

With these monthly-updated builds the extensive, time-consuming, painstaking and often-confusing hardware research has been done for you, so you can more effectively design your own parts lists to match your exact performance and feature requirements, and end up with an overall better and faster gaming computer that lasts longer, looks cooler, and is more flexible in terms of upgrades as well.

How to Choose the Best Hardware

How to Choose a Gaming Video Card for Your PC

When you build gaming computers there's no hardware component more crucial than your graphics card and this guide covers what you need to know including the best value GPUs for 1080p, 1440p and 4K.

How to Choose the Best CPU for Gaming

The latest information on buying a processor including Intel vs AMD, which CPU features matter most, and the top bang for your buck gaming CPUs right now.

How to Choose the Best Motherboard for Gaming

Your motherboard is a vital piece of the PC puzzle and in this buying guide you'll learn about the most important features as well as handy tips on selecting the best Intel or AMD motherboard for your needs.

How to Choose the Best Computer Memory/RAM

The RAM in your custom computer plays a role in gaming and general performance and we cover RAM types, speeds, and how much you really need for gaming or other demanding applications.

How to Choose a Hard Drive for Your Build

Traditional storage hard drives are still the go-to when building a gaming computer to stretch your dollar as far as possible (SSDs are faster but more expensive). Learn what you need to look for in a HDD for your desktop PC.

How to Choose an SSD

Whilst totally optional, Solid State Drives are all the rage these days and for good reason as they provide super fast loading of your games and other programs should you have the budget to afford them.

How to Choose the Right Case

The enclosure that houses and protects all of your expensive hardware is an important decision and here we cover everything you need to know to pick the best one for your budget and size preference.

How to Choose the Best Power Supply

Last but definitely not least is the often overlooked PSU which is an important component in the grand scheme of things and should be chosen wisely. Get expert advice on shopping for one here.

How Choose the Best Accessories

How to Choose the Best Gaming Monitor

No point building a killer rig without hooking it up to a decent screen. In this guide you'll learn about the important features that make a good monitor for gaming and the current top rated models.

How to Choose the Best Gaming Mouse

Having a comfortable, decent-quality and accurate mouse is important to many gamer's especially for competitive multiplayer games or eSports where every millisecond counts.

How to Choose the Best Gaming Keyboard

Keyboards come in all shapes and sizes with many different cool features too. We give you the lowdown on how to buy a good one for your budget and feature-needs.

How to Choose the Best Gaming Headset

Headsets can be a confusing bunch and we do our best to help you make sense of it all as well as advice on picking the best bang for your buck models on the market today for different budgets.

How to Choose the Best Gaming Speakers

Headsets are all the rage these days thanks to the rise of multiplayer/online gaming and the frequent use of chat mics, but sometimes you'll want to crank out a nice set of speakers instead.

How to Choose the Best Gaming Sound Card

Not a necessary component when building a gaming PC but a must-have for high-end audio geeks and enthusiasts who won't settle for anything less than the highest quality audio possible.

Learn All the Steps to Plan, Build & Optimize Your First Custom Gaming PC Without Getting Stuck

Our comprehensive yet easy-to-follow tutorial on how to build a gaming computer, The Gaming Build Blueprint eBook, takes you by the hand through every step of planning, buying, assembling, troubleshooting and tweaking your first custom gaming computer build - even if you're a total hardware beginner who's never seen the inside of a PC or if you're a little intimidated or scared to build a PC. Here's what you'll learn:

  • How to design the perfect parts-list and add-on parts step-by-step in a logical order to ensure compatibility
  • How to select the right gaming resolution, refresh-rate, frame-rate, and settings to aim for, including what to know about 1080p vs 1440p vs 4K, 30 vs 40 vs 50 vs 60 vs 144 FPS, and low vs medium vs high vs ultra settings
  • How to choose the right spending budget for your build to get the performance and features you want, and without overspending
  • What to know about frame-rate, how to know which frame-rate you'll be happy with and should aim for, and how to plan and predict the frame-rate of your new build
  • How to reuse parts, which parts are safe to reuse and which aren't, and everything you need to know about buying refurbished, second-hand, or OEM parts and peripherals
  • How to set up a safe, static-electricity-free workspace to build your computer and thorough safety precautions for first-time builders
  • Explanation of all tools you can use to build a PC including optional tools that might come in handy now to later on
  • How to assemble all your parts and peripherals step-by-step with photos from a real-life build example
  • How to troubleshoot, find and fix first-boot errors and mistakes for peace of mind as a noob
  • How to install your OS, add-on software, and maintain software and device drivers
  • How to boost general and gaming performance to keep your system running faster for longer
  • How to know when to upgrade, upgrade best practices, and upgrade how-to's
  • And much, much more!