Gaming PC Building Guide

Introduction: Gaming PC Building Guide

Building a gaming PC is a better option than buying a PC. It gives you the freedom to do anything, by building it yourself, the choice is yours. And it is also cheaper.

The components of a PC:


  • CPU(Central Processing Unit): It is called the brain of a PC. It handles all the stuff you do, it is an essential part of a PC. If you have a unlimited budget, feel free to get any one. But if you have a limited budget for a gaming pc, you don't have a get a really high end processor. A budget CPU also works well. For gaming PC builders, the main focus should be on GPU.
  • GPU(Graphics Processing Unit): GPU is the part that renders the image.This is the part you should try to spend the most on if you are building a gaming PC.
  • RAM: This is the part where the programs currently in use are kept so that it can be quickly accessed by the CPU. Ram is like short term memory, it stores data and programs temporarily and deletes it after the computer is turned off.
  • Hard Disk: This is the part that stores the information. It is like long term memory and stores information till you delete it. Unlike RAM, the data stored in it does not get deleted when PC turns off.
  • Motherboard: You are going to connect all your components to a motherboard.


  • Operating System: Operating system manages the software and hardware of the PC. There are many operating systems but if you want to game, Windows is the best. You will find almost all the games for windows.
  • Steam: You can purchase and download games from steam. This is where you will be getting most of your games.

This guide will help you build a gaming PC according to your budget

Step 1: $350 Budget

This PC build could easily handle all the latest games. You can easily
play these games at medium or high settings at 1080p and still get 30 - 60 fps. So this is a pretty solid setup for a $350 budget.

If your budget is $350 you should go for these components :

CPU: AMD athlon x4 860k - $90 or AMD Phenom II X4 955 - $90

GPU: Nvidia GTX 750 ti - $100 - $130. This is one of the best budget graphics card that you can get for yourself. It can handle new gaming titles with pretty ease at 1080p.

RAM:8gb ddr3 ram - $30 - $50. 8gb ram will be enough to play for gaming and other stuff.

Motherboard: Gigabyte AMD F2A68HM-H - $50

PSU: 400W - $20 -$40

Hard Disk: WD Blue 1TB hard disk - $50

This PC build could easily handle all the latest games. You can easily play these games at medium or high settings at 1080p and still get 30 - 60 fps. So this is a pretty solid setup for a $350 budget.

Step 2: $500

This $500 PC can play GTA 5 at very high, 1080p and give you 50fps. You will get a better gaming experience from this pc than consoles.

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 860k - $90 or AMD Athlon II x4 955 $90

GPU: Nvidia gtx 960 2GB - $180

RAM: 8GB RAM - $30 - $50

Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 - $60

PSU: 500W - $20- $40

Hard Disk: WD 2TB Hard Disk - $80

Step 3: $900

You can game on this PC and do other stuff like Video Editing. GTA 5 very high, 1080p more than 60fps

CPU: Intel i5 4690k - $240

GPU: Nvidia GTX 960 2GB - $180 or Nvidia GTX 960 4GB - $220

RAM: 2x8GB RAM - $80

Motherboard: Asus B85M - G R2.0 - $70

SSD: Samsung 256GB - $130

Hard Disk: WD 2TB Hard Disk - $80

PSU: 500W EVGA PSU - $40

Step 4: $2000

This build is a beast. It can play games at even 4k resolution. GTA 5 ultra mode, no problem. This will give you more than 60fps.Video Editing, not a problem. This PC can handle almost anything you throw at it.

CPU: Intel i7 6700k - $350

GPU: Nvidia GTX 980 ti - $700

RAM: 2x8GB RAM - $80

Motherboard: Asus Z170-A - $200

SSD: Samsung 512GB - $250

Hard Disk: WD 2TB Hard Disk - $80

PSU: $200

Step 5: $4000

This is a totally overpowered beast. Play any game at 4k with the highest settings possible and it wont lag even a bit.

CPU: Intel i7 5960x - $ 1100

GPU: Nvidia GTX 980 ti (x2) - $1400

RAM: 2x8GB RAM - $80

Motherboard: Asus X99 Deluxe - $350

SSD: Samsung 1TB SSD - $480

Hard Disk: WD 4TB Hard Disk - $140

PSU: 1000w - $150 - $250

Cooling System: NZXT Kraken X61 - $140

Step 6: Assembling the Build

Now that you got all the parts, its time to assemble them. You can watch a video on youtube on how to assemble a PC.

After that install windows and you're good to go.

If you have any questions, please ask them in the comments.

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    7 Discussions


    2 years ago

    This is awesome! it has been super helpful to me for a long time! I know pretty much nothing about computers and I wanted to build one, so I used this. Thank you for writing it!


    3 years ago

    This is the best PC Gaming buyer's guide I've seen on the interwebs. My stepson has a 1T hard drive with all his gaming stuff on it and we'll incorporate that into the build saving us that $50. Hopefully we can eventually upgrade from the $350 build to the more pricier components.

    Thanks for this Instructable.


    4 years ago

    great post. Could 350 play dayz standalone?


    4 years ago

    I'm sorry, but your $900,- rig won't work. You have chosen an Intel Skylake processor which required a socket 1151 motherboard. This processor will not fit on the Asus B85M motherboard, which is meant for Haswell processors that fit in socket 1150.


    Reply 4 years ago

    Yeah, you are correct. I actually meant the intel i5 4690k but typed 6600k instead. I didn't even checked my instructable before posting. I changed it now. Thank you for telling me.