Here’s Why Serious Gamers Should Consider Building Their Own Gaming PC – PCMag UK
Building your own gaming PC is a labor of love, which gives you full control over every detail. You can really make it your own, whether you want to customize a sleek battle station purely for gaming or set yourself up with a versatile and extremely powerful machine that can also handle your everyday needs, from editing videos to streaming movies.
Since a gaming PC is more than the sum of its parts, you can decide where you really want to focus, whether that means GPUs, RGB bells and whistles, or both. If you’re ready to go hands on with your build, GameStop has all the components you need—and the accessories to finesse your setup, from chairs to monitors.
Ready to start your build? You’ll want a motherboard, a CPU, a GPU, memory and storage, and a case and power supply.
Gain a Competitive Edge With a Powerful Motherboard
Assembling your gaming PC from scratch is a satisfying DIY project and it begins with the mother of all computer components. Your motherboard is the backbone of your build, as it connects all your components and peripherals together and determines how upgradable your machine is down the line. For a reliable and powerful option that won’t break the bank, the multi-GPU MSI B550-A Pro ($139.99) allows high-end processors to run at full speed with a premium thermal solution that keeps temps nice and cool.
Get Top Speeds From a CPU
At GameStop, AMD has entered the building, and it’s big news for getting the hottest components into your hands. Of course, you want top speeds from your processor and the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X ($399, normally $549) is one of the fastest CPUs on the planet. It blazes ahead with more cores, more threads, and more clocks, and barely breaks a sweat at tasks like 3D rendering, video rendering, and software compiling. For serious gamers and creators, it’s worth every penny.
Take Smooth Play to the Next Level
As graphics cards go, the MSI Nvidia RTX 3060 Ventus 3X ($469.99, normally $514.99) fits into nearly any build and delivers the goods thanks to Ampere, Nvidia’s 2nd generation RTX architecture. But what makes it extra dreamy (in addition to super-smooth frame rates) is the reasonable price. For easy shopping, you’ll find it among the must-have GPUs GameStop stocks online and in its PC Gaming section at GameStop stores.
Max Out Memory and Storage for Demanding Apps
Recently, RAM has gotten a lot less boring. With a snazzy RGB design, the PNY XLR8 Gaming EPICX RGB 16 GB desktop memory kit ($64.99, normally $77.99) looks good while it works, giving you the memory you need for running extra demanding apps at the same time, at fast speeds. Likewise, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD ($109.99, normally $159.99) has upgraded performance in compact form with superior heat dissipation.
Admire Your Machine at Work
You’re going to want to admire your handiwork and the Atrix tempered glass computer case ($99.99, normally $119.99) has a viewing pane on the left side and just the right amount of flash thanks to ARGB fans delivering RGB illuminance and cooling performance. But before you check out, you’re going to need a power supply like the EVGA SuperNOVA 650 GT 650W power supply ($109.99), which has a modular design to reduce clutter and improve airflow.