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The All-in-One Manual for First-Time Builders (Photo-Filled PDF)

So, you want to build your own PC as you've heard of the various benefits over buying a premade computer, but you're still a little fearful or concerned despite every dude and his dog saying how it's dead easy and practically adult Lego with cables? I get it, but you're far from alone, and there's no shame in feeling a bit anxious about building a PC for the first time as it can sound daunting. 

Our online how to build a PC article series covers the core install instructions to get your first build done, however there's more to building and owning a custom PC for the first time that goes beyond the scope of our PC building tutorial. If you're a beginner wanting to build a computer, but are seeking a way to gain full clarity and understanding of the entire A to Z journey of not just assembling a PC, but what to know about owning, testing, maintaining, tweaking and upgrading one - this manual could be a game-changing resource for you that eradicates all the fears and concerns you might have about building your first PC.

Introducing The Gaming Build Blueprint, the comprehensive owner's manual for first-time PC builders, releasing April 2020 in an all new and improved 5th edition that is chock-full of brand new chapters, guides, photos, diagrams, and expert DIY tips to help you make the absolute most of your first build now and over its full lifespan:

Learn How to Build, Maintain, Tweak, & Upgrade a Custom High-Performance PC - All in the One, Easy-to-Read Guide

In this downloadable, print friendly PDF manual you get all the core installation steps found in our PC assembly article series in the single all-in-one guide that's more easy to navigate and access at any time (offline or by your side as you build if you print it out). 

But the manual goes deeper and will take your knowledge of DIY gaming PCs to the next level with a whole bunch of brand new bonus modules that will take you by the hand through a load of invaluable additional topics to help you make the absolute most of your first custom build now and over its full lifespan including.

What You'll Learn

  • All Core Component Installation Steps With Photos From 3 Build Examples (Budget Intel, Budget AMD, High-End AMD)

  • Full BIOS Setup Steps and Checks
  • Steps for All Device Driver Downloads
  • Full Windows 10 and Linux Installation Steps
  • Full Steps to Creating Your Own Bootable Windows USB

  • Choosing a Linux Distribution for Gaming (& Drivers)
  • Free Windows 10 Security Basics (Using Windows Defender)
  • How to Overclock a GPU Step by Step (Using Afterburner)
  • Basics of Overclocking Ryzen 3000 or 2000 CPUs
  • How to Monitor System Temperatures (& Temps 101)
  • Tips to Boost Gaming Performance

  • FPS Benchmarking 101 and What All FPS Numbers Mean
  • How to Maintain Hardware and Effectively Clean Dust
  • Maintaining Software and Storage for Peak Performance
  • When & How to Upgrade Your Parts + Finding Bottlenecks
  • And Many More Tips and Tricks

When you build your own computer for the first time, there's a lot of guides online to help you plan and assemble your PC. But then once you've spent all that time choosing the perfect list of parts, and then finally put everything together by following along with whichever written or video guide you find most helpful - you're kinda on your own as to what to do next and how to use it over its lifespan.

In other words, just like when you get a pet (or have a baby for the boomers ;p), a custom PC doesn't come with an owner's manual. How you go about maintaining, further setting things up, tweaking, testing, fixing issues, upgrading, and so on - it's all on you and you have to research and figure it all out on your own one at a time.

One day I thought to myself, wouldn't it be nice if there was such a thing as an all-in-one, A to Z manual of sorts that contains a whole bunch of key/common sub-topics to know as a beginner, all in the one guide that you can reference over and over again.

That's when the idea for The Gaming Build Blueprint was born, and since borderline-barring myself up in a room for 3 months to create and release the first edition of it a few years ago (full self-isolation coronavirus 2020 style), a lot has continued to go into further crafting and fine-tuning it into the very closest thing possible to a complete unofficial DIY gaming PC owner's manual.

Access the manual at any time on any device, and have it by your side digitally (or printed out) as you assemble, tinker with, or upgrade your PC

Now in it's 5th edition, which brings a whole heap of all-new modules jam-packed with handy tips and tricks for 2020 builders, if you've ever thought about taking the leap into the wonderful world of building, owning and upgrading your own system, this could be the comprehensive noob guide you've been looking for that allows you to easily master absolutely ALL the basics in the one place (without having to spend days and weeks researching and piecing together all the included topics on your own).

Join many other first time builders who have downloaded the previous editions of the manual, and fulfill your destiny as a DIY gamer or content creator; yes, this manual applies no matter what sort of custom computer you're assembling, whether that's a budget or high-end gaming rig or a powerhouse high-performance workstation (and everything in-between).

Free Tutorial vs The Full Manual

What You Get

Core PC Assembly Steps

The Gaming Build Blueprint

Core Install Steps

Troubleshooting Boot Issues

OS Install, Drivers, BIOS Setup

Gaming PC Maintenance Basics


Gaming PC Upgrade Basics


Performance Boosting & Tweaking


Fixing Common PC Gaming Issues


Formatted for Printing




What Some Readers Said About the Manual

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"Your instructions and suggestions have helped greatly."

- Rich, USA

"I would like to express my gratitude for the great content included in your guide. I was able to build my first gaming PC, and without your product probably it would have taken me more time. You did a great job."

- Daniel Gallegos, USA

"Your latest Game Computer Building Manual, 5.0 is really excellent. I especially like the fact that being an old guy, there isn't a lot of fluff, and is in terms that people, below "geek" status, can understand. Thank you especially for that! This is my 3rd build, of a gaming rig, and this one was designed with your help."

Bill Switzer, USA

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If after completing the manual you're not fully satisfied and don't think the wealth of included knowledge and bonus expert tips was well worth the price you paid, reach out to me within 30 days of purchase letting me know why it perhaps didn't meet your expectations and I'll happily refund you no questions asked.

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Indie programmer currently working on my first game release (after years of hobby projects), an atmospheric story-driven VR FPS/adventure built with Unreal Engine to be announced once I'm ready here and here (for anyone into VR FPS's). Also likes writing about tech, which helps to fund development of the game. 

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