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How to Build a Gaming Computer 2012
Written by Lyth0s   
Monday, 14 March 2011 07:37

How to Build a Computer

We've created this guide on how to build a custom gaming computer to help the normal person with a lack of computer experience to feel confident enough to go out and buy his/her own computer parts and be able to put it together. We will cover all the basics, from making sure that all the parts that you buy are compatible with each other to building the gaming PC and installing your computer and operating system. There are different levels of computer performance and we will cover 3 different gaming computer sets. We will cover a basic, medium performance, and a max gaming PC. While assembling all the parts together is basically the same, the parts for each one varies, IE: a $100 generic video card vs a $300 dollar elite gaming PC video card.


Tools - As far as the tools needed to build a custom gaming computer you won't need very many. The most basic one that will cover 99% of assembling your computer together is your generic Phillips-head screwdriver. Odds are you will probably drop a screw or two while trying to screw in the motherboard so a magnetic screwdriver is optimal. Even though the magnetism on a screwdriver is very small, it is recommended to not place the magnetic screwdriver near the hard drive, which we will go into greater depth with installing the hard drive later in this guide. Other than that, a small flash light will make it 100x easier to see inside your computer case while assembling.

Computer Parts Required:

   ·PC Case
   ·CPU/Processor Fan
   ·Thermal Compound/Silver Paste
   ·Power Supply
   ·Hard Drive
   ·CD/DvD-ROM Drive
   ·Memory Modules/Sticks
   ·Video Card
   ·Operating System(Windows/Linux)

Check out the gaming computer part selection page to help you choose which computer parts are right for you.

Upon purchasing these parts, most items will come in a Static Proof Bag, these bags are to protect your computer parts from static electricity that would fry it, which we will cover later. You want to leave your parts in this bag until you are ready to put them inside your computer, and even then don't set your computer parts on the carpet/table, keep them on top of these bags.

Once you have acquired all of these items, you are ready to start building your gaming computer. The first step is to install your power supply, click the link in the top left corner of the website or on the link ahead.

Step 1: How to Install a Power Supply.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 April 2012 10:20


0 #13 Lyth0s 2012-04-28 16:52
Go to the computer part selection page of this website and you will need to build the Moderate Office/Gaming PC build with the exception of needing this video card instead of the one listed for the moderate computer build. The reason for the graphics card upgrade is due to the fact that you will be streaming the videos on a 60" display, which if you want the quality to be decent will need the better graphics card. This particular graphics card will also allow you to use the HDMI output if your TV does not have DVI-D (which is the output of most graphics cards).

Let me know if you have anymore questions :)
0 #12 doctorcam 2012-04-21 19:36
I am quite comfortable with most computer apps as far as my office goes. Now, I want to build a computer, from scratch, that I can use at home and would be entirely for streaming videos etc. I am planning to hook it up to my 60" LG screen. I don't expect to use it for gaming at all. Any suggestions about where I should begin and what components I might want to look at would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
+2 #11 Lyth0s 2012-02-28 19:36
The Antec 1200 and the EVGA motherboard both come with manuals that tell you what wire is what. Then you just need to match them, for example the antec 1200 has a HDD light, which plugs into the HDD activity light on the motherboard (in the bottom right hand corner). Also make sure to match the polarities of the wires to the polarity of the motherboard (IE negative to negative)
+1 #10 exia 2012-02-25 14:32
I've been following the site and guides and it's proven to be VERY helpful!
I'm just having trouble wiring everything together.
Is it possible for you to do a wiring guide using the antec 1200 case, the corsair tx750 PSU and the EVGA x58 mobo?
-1 #9 Kraig 2012-01-26 04:47
i know all this stuff like what you need for a computer and how to install everything but i want to know everything like pci pcie graphic cards are smaller and fit in other motherboards stuff like that so i can buy everything knowing itll all fit together and work
0 #8 Dave Wiebe 2012-01-18 12:05
A great site to help users learn how to build computers. For those who haven't tried, JUST DO IT, you won't regret what you learn.
-2 #7 P J 2012-01-17 15:22
Iam doing a home build with the following; Intel Core Processor i5-2500K with Intel P67 Motherboard. Iam reading some of the reviews regarding Hard Drive
failures to name a few Seagate,and Hitachi. I would appreciate a recommendation regarding a Hard Drive purchase. I did checkout Intel 320 Series
price for 1TB beyond my budget. I congratulate ElitePC for a excellent Website and the concise unselfish Info.
Thank You P J.
-2 #6 Aaron 2011-12-14 04:43
G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 $49.00

1 Thermaltake ToughPower XT 875W $174.00

1 Thermaltake Level 10 GT Case $299.00

1 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM $99.00

1 VTX3D Radeon HD6970 2GB X-Edition $369.00

1 ASUS M5A88-M Motherboard $125.00

1 AMD FX-6100 6-Core Processor $189.00

1 LG GH24NS70 24x SATA DVD-RW Drive OEM
get parts in 2 days
-2 #5 Jerry 2011-11-11 21:44
I heard the outside of the static proof bags are actually conductive and it's just better to put the mobo on its box.
+3 #4 Gaming PC 2011-07-07 12:25
Great site! I always enjoy reading about people and their unique computer building process

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