PCs are currently the most efficient gaming platforms available on the market. Higher resolutions, quicker frame rates, and sharper graphics are possible with a powerful gaming PC. It might be an enticing idea of how to build a gaming PC, but if you do not know where to start with, it can be terrifying and turn you off completely. Thankfully, this isn’t the case now. PCs are significantly easier to assemble than they were previously.
This guide is for individuals who are hesitant about creating their first PC or need an upgraded one. Choosing your parts might be difficult, especially when incompatibility and power usage are considered. There are numerous factors to consider, partly because many of your components may depend on whether your CPU is from Intel or AMD. However, this is the only concerning factor one may face.
Step By Step Guide:
Step 1: Prepare your motherboard.
Before installing your PC’s motherboard, be careful, as it will be considerably easier to cope with your entire experience if you assemble the motherboard outside the casing. Don’t construct it on a carpet—the combination of static electricity and your computer’s components is a risky one that might harm your components. Instead, construct your equipment in a room with hardwood or laminate floors, such as a dining room or kitchen.
Step 2: Install the CPU
Installing our AMD Ryzen CPU is the simplest component of the entire setup, and it’s also the first. A piece of plastic will shield the CPU socket on your motherboard, which you may remove when you open the tray. Then, simply lift the tray out by gently pushing it down on the metal arm of the tray. Lift it to open the socket after it’s free of the tray, and the protective plastic will fall out.
Your CPU socket tray should be open at this stage, allowing you to put your processor on your motherboard. Your CPU’s PCB should have some minor half-circle indents. The CPU socket is shaped to fit into these indents, making it simple to align and install your CPU. Once you’ve worked out how to put your CPU in its socket, do it slowly and carefully. Do not apply direct pressure to the CPU; instead, seal the tray and ensure that the metal arm is secured into its original position, which may require some force.
Step 3: Install M.2 SSD(s)
Remove any protective heat shields on your M.2 slots that your motherboard may have. These will take some force to fit into their respective slots, but don’t press too hard. Instead, take the proper screw (frequently provided with your motherboard) and push each SSD down and into its location.
Step 4: Install the RAM
If your motherboard has four slots but only two sticks of RAM, make sure the two sticks are spaced apart. Separating your RAM in this manner will allow you to get the most out of your CPU. Also, make sure the clips on both sides of each slot you intend to use are flipped down. If your clips haven’t flipped up, it’s possible that your RAM isn’t correctly installed.
Step 5: Prepare your motherboard case.
It’s time to install your motherboard, but first, you’ll need to install some standoff screws onto which you’ll mount your motherboard before screwing it in. These standoffs are included with your motherboard, and after you’ve found them, you may begin screwing them into your case. The standoffs should be able to fit into around a dozen holes. If you’re having difficulties finding them, see your case’s handbook. After you’ve screwed in the standoffs, it’s time to put your motherboard in.
Step 6: Install the motherboard
The standoffs simplify inserting your motherboard into your case, but don’t do it immediately. The I/O ports on your motherboard should fit into a gap at the rear of your case. It’ll be a rectangle, and you have to make sure the motherboard fits snugly into it, so you can get access to all the available ports. Once everything is in place, use the required screws to secure your motherboard to the standoffs. Just don’t overtighten anything. Simply tighten everything with your screwdriver until it’s secure and you’re ready to go on.
Step 7: Install your power supply (PSU)
The power supply is usually simple to install in your case. You’ll notice a fan on your power supply, which is utilized to circulate air. If you’re going to put your PC on a hardwood floor or a carpeted floor, you’ll want to direct the fan upward. Depending on the space available, you might want to wait until you’ve connected all of your PSU’s numerous power wires before screwing it in.
Step 8: Connect SATA hard drives or SSDs
After installing a hard drive on your PC, you will need to format it. To format a drive, locate the slot on your motherboard and insert the relevant cable. Then, proceed with one end of the cable plugged into the power supply and the other into the motherboard. After that, you’ll need to reinstall the bay and connect a SATA and power supply connected to your hard drive.
Step 9: Plug everything into the motherboard.
You’ll consult both your case and motherboard instructions before you begin connecting connections to your PC. Some motherboards provide a bus into which the case cables can be plugged before being inserted into the motherboard. Likewise, the 24-pin ATX and EPS12V wires should be plugged into the motherboard and PSU places. Nothing will happen if you don’t connect your PSU to your motherboard when you hit that power button.
Step 10: Install your CPU cooling system
Installing your cooling system is a lot easier than you might think. First, you’ll need access to the back of the tray and an easy-to-follow guide on installing it. The system must then be secured to the motherboard.
Liquid-based CPU cooling solutions include a radiator with fans, which you should install in your case. We recommend inserting the radiator into your case’s top grill to increase airflow.
Unfortunately, some cases do not have a top grill, so you will have to install it at the rear. Then, after applying thermal paste, you may press the cooler into place on the CPU. Do not worry if you accidentally applied too much thermal paste: all you have to do now is wipe the CPU clean with a dry cloth and rubbing alcohol, then try again. Finally, you had to attach a micro-USB cable to your pump and the other end to the motherboard for the specific cooler.
Step 11: Start cable management.
Before we continue to the final stage of physically assembling your PC, you might want to tidy up your cables. This will provide you with more space for air circulation and access to your components in the future if you decide to update. However, most cases come with Velcro straps or zip ties. This made it easy to align them through the holes and get them to the desired location. Just be careful not to overtighten your zip ties, since this might cause harm to your cables.
Step 12: Install your graphics card
Remove the necessary number of expansion slot inserts from the back of your case. This varies depending on which GPU you choose, but two is typically a good quantity to start with. Next, figure out which PCIe Express slot you will slide your card into after unscrewing and removing them. Finally, all that remains is to align the graphics card with the slot and press down until the plastic notch flips up and snaps.
If you are utilizing a low-end graphics card, you may skip this step if that’s what you are dealing with. To give your graphics card electricity, connect it to your power source at this point. It is fine if some necessary cables provided with your power supply are not utilized. Just make sure that a portion of the cable is put into each port on the graphics card.
Step 13: Install your OS
You will need another PC and a fast USB drive with at least 8 GB of storage. Connect your PC to an HDMI cable and the other end to a display. This will allow you to generate an installation device from your USB drive. When you turn on your computer, it should immediately begin the Windows 10 installation process, and you are good to go!
I hope this guide will be of help and you can produce an efficient gaming PC for yourself. If you got stuck in any of these steps then just show your concerns in the comment section given below, we will cover you up from there. Good luck!
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