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Every computer enthusiasts started off with building their first computer or having it built by another person. Having a gaming rig is all what we could ever wanted and to have the best bang of the buck deal!

Building your own Computer can be challenging as it needs a lot of patience to do canvassing for components. But I know you would ask and say: “How about buy a package computer? This would lessen our time wasting on looking for parts and great deals in price. It’s also cheap!”. True. It would be convenient and it can also save time. But the computer packages won’t let you choose your own graphics card or the brand that you want without changing the price tag. It can also be “cheaper” or a little high for it’s package price for about 1,000PHP.

There are benefits when you build your own computer; this includes choosing your own processor, memory, power supply, graphics card, hard drive, motherboard, and your case. You can also choose the brands you love. And importantly, you can search for a lesser price from computer stores. But all of this won’t do without your target budget. Bare in mind that the budget will also be the basis of your rig’s performance. Most 30,000PHP computer can run triple A games on High. Triple A or AAA games are titles such as Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs, Far Cry, and Battlefield 4. So if you want to have your gaming rig as beastly as it can be, then you need to stretch the budget a little higher now, aye?

Alright, let’s stop with the long lecture and let’s get on with building your first computer lad!

First off, you need to set your own budget. As I mentioned, this is the basis of your computer’s power and without this you won’t be able to build your own computer (logic).

After you set your budget, make sure that you need to write down the parts you need that you think that you’re budget will suffice or if you need a little more.

When making your list, make sure that you write the ones you think is important. For me, the power supply is the first component I’ll need to buy. I need to consider the amount of watts or “wattage” I need for my entire rig. If you’re intention is to have dual-GPUs or do some overclocking madness then you need to have 1000W with a Gold rate if you want your gaming rig to be stable or to avoid roasting your rig for dinner. A little headroom is not a bad idea. 😉

The next component I will need to list is my processor. For you, if you intend to do overclocking or if you don’t, then I would still advise you to buy an unlocked processor. How to know if your processor is unlocked? There should be a letter “K” at last of the model number. Example: Intel Core i7-4770K. The locked processors are the ones without K at end of its model number. Don’t worry, your CPU won’t automatically overclock itself without you configuring it on BIOS or turning it on with a utility program included on your motherboard.

And so I mentioned “motherboard”. The motherboard is the next part that I need to write since it will depend on what processor that I picked. You can’t attach an Intel Core i5-4440 on an H61 motherboard. The i5-4440 is a Haswell (4th Gen) processor and it’s only compatible with 80/90 labled motherboards. You may try to do more research on this if the processor you’ve picked is compatible with the motherboard you want to get.

Next in line is the all might graphics card. The graphics card (GPU) or videocard as we all know it, is one important component if you’re planning to have a gaming rig. Choosing the right mix or CPU and GPU can prevent bottlenecks on performance. Bottlenecks is simple understood as preventing the other component to perform on its full potential. I’ll give you an example of some good mix with CPU and GPU:

i3 with a GTX750Ti or R7 250X
i5 with a GTX970 or R9 280X
i7 with a GTX Titan or R9 290X

Now, those 3 are my top priorities when I build my own PC. Next in line is the Memory or RAM as we call it. The RAM wouldn’t make any difference in terms of performance unless if you’re doing video or photo rendering. Usually the minimum RAM requirement nowadays in gaming is 6GB. So I would suggest getting an 8GB RAM.

We go to storage or what we call as hard disk drives. Our computer needs to have more space especially with next-gen games are requiring about a mininum of 60GB like the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V or the futuristic machine warfare Titanfall that requires a titan space of 50GB. A 1 Terabyte or possible 2 Terabytes of space is what I recommend for storage space and a 120GB SSD for the operating system since SSDs are faster than the regular HDDs.

Since all parts have been decided, now you need to have all this components be stored in a case! There are generic PC cases and branded ones. Generic PC cases sometime comes with a powersupply, ones that I won’t recommend using, and most of them are micro-tower sized chassis. Well, having branded PC cases like NZXT or Corsair have designs and sizes you can choose. If you’ll want to have smaller or console like-PCs so it can be easier for you to bring that little beast to LAN parties, then hopes up because it’s possible! There are Mini-ITX cases from brands like Corsair who makes cute and tiny chassis, but not too tiny… :))

All after your assembling moments and wire management challenges, you know after all those hard work, you have now accomplished your goal: to have your first computer built! But don’t forget to buy your monitor, keyboard, and mouse! Have fun in gaming and always know that building your PC is the first path of being a computer enthusiast!

By: Lexuzze Galias Tablante

2 Comments ON " Build Your Own Computer "
  • alt_example

    Arian April 14, 2015 at 8:36 pm -

    A good read although the article felt biased towards an Intel/Nvidia build. I suggest a build or suggestions from both sides (Intel and AMD) so as not to confuse the readers.

    • alt_example

      C.E.B.U April 18, 2015 at 1:24 pm -

      thank you. We will post AMD suggestions as well.

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