Popular cards like the NVIDIA GTX 1070 and AMD Radeon RX 580 have gone for as low as $360 and $240 respectively, but have climbed up over $800 and $600.
If you’re looking to level up your gaming rig right now – right now – don’t build a system piecemeal. At the very least, just wait. NVIDIA has spoken out in favor of gamers as the intended audience for its cards. Maybe the company can work with retailers to find a way to keep these cards flowing to gamers and selling for reasonable prices.
If you’re looking to game right now, though, look seriously at a gaming console. If you consider yourself part of a particular PC enthusiast group, that’s going to sound like heresy, but it’s really the cheapest way to get high-end gaming started right now. The PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X are both massively powerful consoles, with the latter especially so. A huge portion of the games available on PC are also available on these systems, and they provide benefits for owners of 1080p and 4K screens alike. And they go for $400 and $500 a piece. That’s a whole, 4K capable system for less than the price of a medium-range graphics card on its own, without the other parts necessary to build a computer.
If you simply must have a PC, a pre-built system is worth considering, too. Companies like Asus and MSI are building gamer-oriented PCs that are affordable in comparison to these cards. A GTX 1070 is $800 right now, but it was $1400 just a few weeks ago, so prices are still in heavy flux, and one of these systems may be cheaper bought whole than the graphics cards on their own, depending on the day you buy the system.
Check those prices before you dive into a build, and keep your eyes on the other options out there.
Table of Content
- Things to Consider Before.
- Preparing Before the Assembly.
- Building The PC.
- The PC That We Build.
Now all of this may seem very overwhelming, and while it is overwhelming, the good thing is that a successful PC build happens to be very fruitful. Now that we are out of the formalities, and preparing you mentally, we are going to take a look at some really helpful things that will help you make the most out of your money.
So, without any further ado, let’s take a look at the ultimate guide to building your gaming PC.
2. Preparing Before the Assembly
Once you’ve gathered all the parts, you are ready to assemble, however, you need to make some pre-build arrangements that are incredibly necessary. Having all the things in place will help make your whole build process a lot easier. Below are some of the things that you should have when you are about to build a PC.
- Large Table: Make sure you have a large table that is capable of accommodating your PC chassis, along with all the parts.
- Anti-Static Gloves: Static discharge can kill your expensive hardware, make sure you have anti-static gloves on before you start touching the expensive hardware.
- Phillips Head Screwdriver: You’re only going to need a single Phillips head screw driver to make sure the whole installation process goes without any issue.
- Zip Ties: In case your case doesn’t come with cable management Velcro straps, having an abundance of black zip ties can be really helpful.
- Wire Cutters: Wire cutters are really useful when building computers because you may have to use them to cut the excess of zip ties.
- Screw Holder: There’s a lot of involvement of screws in a PC build, and you need something that can hold all the screws, and although most cases come with screw boxes that are even labeled, if yours didn’t, simply get yourself a magnetic screw holder. Believe it or not, it’s a total nuisance losing screws.
Now that you have all the required things, you can start building your PC. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at all the instructions that you are going to require.