Gaming PC Building 101


If you’re like us and love playing video games, odds are, it’s on your bucket list to build your own gaming computer at some point or another. Fortunately, gaming technology has come a long way in the last decade, which has made it easier for gamers to create their ideal gaming PC or other type of gaming system. At Magic Micro Computers, our mission is to help gamers like you create the gaming PC of your dreams, and it all starts with these five things! Shop our barebones PC packages here, and continue reading for some gaming PC basics to get you started on your custom gaming setup!


Step #1: CPU


Any avid gamer knows how important it is to choose the right CPU for your unique gaming system, as it contains all the information your computer program requires to give you the gaming performance you desire. First of all, it’s important to decide whether a CPU with two, four, or six cores is best for your needs in terms of how fast you want your gaming computer to respond to the instructions it is given as you play. CPUs are measured in Gigahertz (GHz), and the fastest CPU processors will use the most electricity. Don’t get too carried away; though — most gamers only require two or four cores for a great gaming experience, and exploring further territory will cost you more money. If you’re wondering where to start, check out CPU systems from Intel and AMD, which offer some of the top-performing CPUs on the market today at an affordable price.


Step #2: Motherboard


Now that you’ve decided what CPU to invest in, it’s time to select a motherboard for your custom gaming system. In essence, the motherboard of a gaming computer contains all the hardware you need for it to function, including the CPU mentioned above, the graphics card, video card PCIe slots, USB ports, and all the other physical components involved. That being said, picking out the right motherboard is one of the most critical decisions you’ll make when it comes to building your own gaming PC, because if it cannot support all your hardware, your computer will crash, and you’ll need to call an IT specialist for help. So do yourself a favor and invest in a quality gaming motherboard that supports the wattage of your CPU (depending on how many cores you chose) and can support all the components you plan on including in your gaming PC build (think about potential future add-ons, too).


Step #3: Graphics Card


Obviously, the graphics card is one of the most important things to include when building a gaming PC. After all, the whole point of building a custom gaming computer is to get the fastest response and the best graphics possible, right? When choosing a graphics card, make sure to do your research first to ensure that you are getting the best graphics for your own unique purpose. This is especially true if you plan on doing lots of future add-ons, as you won’t want your graphics card to hold you back from upgrading the system with new technology. At the end of the day, though, picking out the right graphics card for your custom gaming PC really comes down to personal preference. Love the realistic Western graphics in Red Dead Redemption 2 and the foggy green radiation in Fallout 4? Put your money toward a nice graphics card so you get the most out of the captivating visuals. Looking to get the fastest response time when you play Call of Duty: WW2? Consider investing in a CPU with four cores, rather than the best graphics card on the market.


Step #4: Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM)


This brings us to the computer’s memory capacity and speed enhancements. Like the CPU, your dynamic random access memory choice should be relevant to your gaming needs and desired response time. Again, this goes back to personal preference. If you like to play combat games, like Battlefield 1 or Halo, over role-playing games, like Skyrim, you might want to consider investing some of your budget into a high-quality DRAM like the G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB or the Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB. If you are concerned about your memory card slowing down your gaming PC or simply want to ensure that your system functions at top speed, it’s also worth it to get a solid state drive (SSD), which significantly reduces load times.


Step #5: Power Supply Unit (PSU)


Once you have all the components listed above, it’s time to decide on a power supply unit. As the name suggests, your PSU is responsible for powering all the hardware involved in your custom-built gaming PC, so you really don’t want to skimp on this piece. Take our advice and choose a high-quality PSU with a warranty, which will protect you from any potential issues you encounter down the road. Remember: building a custom gaming PC is an investment, so don’t cheat yourself when it comes to the most important aspects, like the PSU. To be sure you get the right one, first determine how much power your system requires, then choose a PSU that can support that energy usage without slowing down your computer or causing problems.


Choose Magic Micro Computers For Your Custom Gaming PC


We hope that these gaming PC building basics have given you a better understanding of the most important pieces involved, as well as where you should put your money based on your gaming needs and personal preferences. At Magic Micro Computers, we offer a diverse selection of barebones PC systems for you to use as the foundation of your build, whether you are an avid gamer or are just looking to create something truly unique.


Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you have about our custom gaming products, and shop our barebones PC setups, desktop computers, and gaming laptops today. Thanks for choosing Magic Micro Computers, and we wish you good luck with your custom gaming PC creation!