Build Your Own Gaming PC

How difficult is it to build your own gaming computer?

Hey guys, I want to build my own gaming computer, which will run the latest games on ultra settings with no lag. I have an 'okay' knowledge of computers but I'm no expert with them. My budget is $1500 to $2000. The reason I'm thinking about this is because I do want to learn more than what I know now, but I suppose it's also a challenge (for me anyway). I do plan to take gaming somewhat seriously after I finish highschool (not as a career!) so a new machine would be great. Anyway, has anyone here built their own pc from scratch before? If yes, how long did it take you to assemble the parts and get it going? The thing I'm worried about is the compatibility of each component. Thanks :D

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  1. Actually putting it together takes no time at all. What you would need to be careful of is that the parts are compatible, as you said. The bit that takes the most time, is choosing which parts you want and then waiting for them to get delivered to you. Its the sort of thing you want to spend a bit of time doing rather than just buying the most expensive bits or a bit on a price budget, you need to make compromise if you want to make the most out of the overall performance of your pc i.e choosing how much ram you want, the graphics card, cpu etc.... and then finding the best motherboard you can which would take all the bits you have selected with the money you have left. Once you have got the bits putting it together might only take you half an hour.

    Oh and you would need to buy an OS, cause when you build a pc from scratch the hd doesnt come with one on.

  2. There are plenty of guides online. Also, CompUSA and TigerDirect have really good DIY Kits with compatible parts as comboes. It's not really that hard, either! Just get the parts and make sure the RAM is supported as well as the CPU by the Motherboard. It should take like 10 minutes, if you're careful and 5 minutes average.

  3. Not at all, once you get used to it.

    1st one I built several yrs ago took all day. 2nd one took an hour

    You can build a very high end one for under $1200 similar to my newer one in January

    Intel Core i5 2500K processor

    P67 or Z68 motherboard

    AMD 6950 Radeon or Nvidia 570 GTX

    4-8 GB DDR3 1600 mhz RAM. You only really need 4, but might as well get 8 since it is really cheap now



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