Building a gaming computer for winter

  1. I used PCPartPicker.com to identify and select parts, using their guide for a Great Intel Gaming build.
    • I modified the setup to include a less colorful Case and the recommended 1 TB solid state drive (SSD) from The Wirecutter
    • I added in a wireless/bluetooth card since (don’t tell anyone) this computer won’t be using an ethernet cable for data and I like the option for bluetooth headphones
    • I purchased a Windows license from Microsoft directly since I didn’t feel like dealing with Linux and game compatibility
    • Decided that a soundcard was overkill since we already have one computer with a nicer soundcard and we’re not planning to record sound or run speakers from this computer
    • Any extra cords needed for monitors
  2. Install the frame for the motherboard inputs so it doesn’t come back and bite me later. This required me to remove the fan (take a photo before removing) and took a bit more force than I expected to push it into place.
  3. CPU install: lever to open case was awkward to pull out. CPU just floats in place. I used the triangle to line it up in the correct alignment.
  4. RAM went into non-adjoining slots (Got this advice from BIOS after initial install). Took a bit more force that I wanted to install.
  5. Cooler had goo on it and I used that instead of the thermal paste I had since I didn’t want to clean the cooler goo off. This may be a mistake and I may have to go add back in again.
    • Push pins on cooler base took more force to go into place than I wanted.
  6. Hard drive was easy peasy to install following the instructions that came with the drive
  7. Install the power supply unit.
  8. Install motherboard on the risers.
  9. Install GPU.
  10. Plugg all the things in
    • the power went into two places on the motherboard
    • all the fans
    • the case plugs took some work to sort out where they wint
    • install the case plugs before any extra PCI installs (I had to remove a card on a different computer install in order to get some wee sound plugs in place)
    • GPU probably needs power. 🙂
  11. Turn things on and follow any instructions.
  12. If everything is happy, rationalize the cords. I mostly used little velcro straps. My case had a ton of extra room (but will be nice and cool?) so I used the bottom of the case where the optical dries would go to store extra cords since my power
  13. Add the operating boot disk (I use a wee USB drive)
  14. Install operating system
  15. If everything is happy, close up the case.
  16. Install drivers/support for GPU (I went to AMD for my Radeon card and it worked like a charm)

Extra notes:

Civilization didn’t work until I installed Microsoft C++