One of the coolest things to do for a modern family (or just to treat yourself, or the kids) is to build a gaming computer.
Gaming is a great hobby and allows our kids to be social. With everything, moderation is key - but a gaming computer is something you can actually make, and benefit from if you love gaming. If your kids are into their games, this might even be something that they request of you, so it's worth keeping up with the times in any case so that you're not caught out by anything your kids throw at you. What's more, building a computer is really simple. You just need to follow the instructions.
Where do you get started with building a gaming computer, though?
The very first thing you need to buy is a motherboard. Why? Because it's the brain of a computer and every single part will need to bow down to the needs and size of the motherboard to work. If you buy other items first, you might handicap the motherboard. Buy the best motherboard available to you, because it is important. The case comes after. This should be the right size case for the motherboard, which is another reason as to why you should purchase the motherboard first. These times should come with enough essentials in the way of nuts and bolts, but be sure to pick up some spares.
What comes next? RAM - RAM is the 'size' of the computer. More RAM equates to more space for the computer to work with. These RAM sticks need to be identical in terms of performance so the workload can be balanced. They also need to match the specs of your motherboard (yet another reason to start off with the motherboard, so you know what you can buy!).16GB of RAM should suffice, but don't be scared to knock it up to 32 gigabytes if you feel that your machine can handle it.
Next? The CPU. The CPU is needed so the computer is capable of 'thought' and can actually do things. The bigger CPU, the better - just make sure you check what is compatible.
A graphics card will be the standout piece of your computer. Advanced users might pair graphics cards up, but you'll only need one nice card to run your computer visuals.
The last pieces of the puzzle are the hard-drive and power supply. An SSD offers faster load times, but are expensive. Simply purchase the option you can afford and aim for around 1 terabyte of space. The power supply should be modular and is bought last - why? So you can calculate the power usage of all your current parts and buy a supply that will run your computer! Finally, grab one of the best gaming monitors, pair it up with a VGA cable - grab the operating system and you are good to go!
Then it’s time to grab your games - your computer should be able to run whatever you please if you’ve bought smartly, but upgrades aren’t hard to perform!