Build Your Own Gaming Computer


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If you get nothing at all—no lights or beeps or moving fans—the most likely cause is a loose on improperly connected cable. Double check that everything is plugged in where it needs to be, especially the front panel power switch wire. With a little jiggling, you’ll likely have a working PC.

I also knew I wanted a motherboard with Wi-Fi built in, since my computer desk is far from my router. I decided on a full-size ATX design, because it’s easier to fit components inside. Since memory and storage are a large part of the cost within a new computer, building your own PC gives you a chance to save on these components by adding your own. While RAM and SSD costs rise with the amount of GB they offer, they are less expensive than buying pre-installed components that you’ll likely need to upgrade quickly. Even background services and processes, like system updates, can draw from your RAM and that’s why it’s important to have as much memory as possible.

You don’t need to be technical to have a custom built gaming PC. If you’ve based your retro PC build on a specific game, then you should be able to enjoy smooth performance and gameplay. You might even find that games run better on this older machine, thanks to increased compatibility. You’ll also have to connect the fan’s power supply cable to the board. This should be labelled, but it is commonly found on the edge of the PCB. Once you’ve ensured the CPU module is secure, it’s time to move onto the next step.

If you have a high end computer, you should get at least 450W PSU. Most cases are ATX, but make sure it is the same type as your motherboard (ATX, MicroATX, BTX, etc…). They are expensive and usually reserved for those on the high end of the pay scale. You will have high memory and no problem accessing complex CPU programs. Be aware that the Motherboard will control the future of your computer.