Learn everything you need to know as a PC building beginner with BGC (Build-Gaming-Computers.com) - the long-running, ever-updated, objective and unbiased guide to the latest in PC gaming hardware and gear from the perspective of an avid gamer looking to maximize bang for your buck.
When it comes to the premier gaming platform - the mighty PC (not to say consoles ain't also great but the PC has the best graphics quality, most game options, is the most flexible/customizable, etc) - you have two choices when buying a gaming computer to enter the gaming "Master Race". You can buy a pre-built system, or you can build your own one yourself to fully maximize bang for your buck and performance.
Building your own custom gaming computer is the smarter, cheaper, most customizable, and most fun way to get into the wonderful wide-and-ever-expanding world of PC gaming, eSports, streaming and virtual reality to get the most bang for your buck, get the highest frame-rate and graphics quality possible for your specific games, and to end up with an upgrade-friendly system that's built to last you many years of elite gaming.
Simply put, if you want the fastest, longest-lasting, best-looking, and most overall reliable PC for your money to experience optimal modern gaming, the Do-It-Yourself path of building gaming computers like your favorite gaming pros is hands-down the best way if you're willing to simply spend a few hours planning and tweaking the perfect parts-list for your exact budget and needs (which is part of the fun) and then the couple hours or so required to build a gaming PC, which really isn't difficult at all.
There are many other solid reasons to build gaming computers instead of buying overpriced pre-built, off-the-shelf gaming desktops that rarely-if-ever maximize gaming performance and reliability for your money the way that a custom, carefully-selected gaming PC parts-list can.
Plus, when building your own gaming computer you'll learn a lot, have fun, be able to fully customize your hardware parts in order to get the best performance in your favorite games, customize its look and design and features, as well as building the longest-lasting, flexibly-upgradeable system that will last you longer than any console ever could, would, or should.
But the best thing of all? Building a PC in 2018 is super easy and straightforward, even if you've never even seen the inside of a computer before, and is a hobby accessible to gamers of all tech-skill levels. The saying that building a computer is like building Lego is pretty much accurate, and it's just a matter of following straightforward instructions, plugging things in, connecting cables, installing software, and there's nothing complicated about it.
But whilst building your own gaming computer is a lot easier than it used to be, there are still some details and nuances to be aware of as a beginner so you should always follow a complete guide that explains the building process from start to finish (the manuals that come with hardware parts contains nowhere-near enough instruction for a first-time builder).
If you're the type who likes to learn by reading then don't miss our main PC building guide, How to Build a PC Step by Step in 2018, for full installation instructions and photo guidance. The steps from this guide have helped many beginners overcome their fears or concerns about building their first computer, and it just may be the simplified PC building guide that YOU need to finally achieve your dream of joining the fun-filled Do-It-Yourself land of optimal PC gaming, maximum savings, and sheer satisfaction every time you load up your new battle station of glory.
Plan and Build a Gaming PC More Easily
(enough small talk; take me straight to this month's best gaming PC builds)
Here at BGC we've made it a borderline-obsessive-mission to always strive to simplify the oftentimes confusing, fast-paced hardware market as much as possible 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).
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 Computer Builds for the Money (September 2018 Updated)
Our monthly-series of The Best Gaming Desktop Builds for the Money is our long-running monthly decode of the latest in gaming hardware where each and every month we share our thoughts on the current market and publish 8 gaming PC build examples for 8 different budgets to make planning the perfect PC build that little bit easier and to give you a quick refresher on what parts are currently the best value-for-money buys as a gamer for this month and what's changed in gaming tech since you last built a PC.
Each included component in all the recommended gaming build examples are carefully-considered, fine-tuned and meticulously researched from an objective, unbiased perspective and are also all fully checked for compatibility, therefore they're all solid examples of how to maximize bang for your buck when building your own gaming computer this month as they are now, but of course if you have more specific wants and needs then we encourage you to tweak these builds till they're perfect for your exact requirements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.