This tutorial on how to build a gaming computer shows the step-by-step process of assembling a PC for the first time. This DIY guide to system assembly can be found in greater depth here:

Parts used:

Intel i7-6700K:
or Intel i5-6400:

MSI GTX 970:
or MSI GTX 980:

16GB Vengeance LPX:
or 32GB Vengeance LPX:

MSI Z170 SLI Plus:
Enermax Digifanless 80 Plus PSU:
OCZ Arc 100 SSD:
NZXT H440v2:

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34 Replies to “How to Build a Gaming PC: Step-by-Step Walkthrough 2016”

  1. Not gonna lie, I haven't watched this video fully yet. I just wanted to comment saying, I'm an idiot. I want to build a PC but I have no confidence to actually do it, I'm actually nervous of getting parts then they don't work together regardless of how much research I do.

    More Below:

    I would appreciate if anyone could assist me. Is this ok? "Pre-build" (It's the far right Black Wood design.)

    This PC "" is one I USED to use, I still have it but only really because I really like the case. Is there a way I could get components that are compatible with this? I would like to use it as my main case, If I can I would like at least the following:

    GTX 10(Something maybe 70 or 80)
    2 TB
    16 GB RAM
    Disc Drive
    3 Video Ports (I have three Monitors)
    the Obvious Things, USBs, Ethernet Port etc… (I know it's silly to list since it's there already but hey I need to be treated like a baby XD) FYI I know how to power up the pc hehe
    Overclocking is great but not necessary in my eyes (Then again I don't go trying to find out how overclocking games makes a difference)
    SSD I heard great things about putting OS on them but I don't know how you would select that specifically over the regular hard drive to put it on the SSD in the first place)
    I also would like to have Windows 10 but Amazon shows some "Scams" they say and I don't see an official Windows 10 recommended by Amazon to buy.
    Also the case above in my Preffered case to use is called a "Raidmax Viper" Orange and Black and is a Mid-Tower Case.

    Also I'm 21 and I think I'm thick when it comes to PC components (as stated already lol) but I'm not.

    I am saving up as of right now so I have time to make up my mind but I want to get this somewhere so I can get input from smarter people in this field (Most likely EVERYONE).

    Welp, Thanks for reading my Most Likely Confusing Comment and List. – Ross

  2. I used all of the thermal paste in the little tube and spread it across rhe whole cpu. The system is already built, but not complete. Should i and could i go back and remove some paste?

  3. That MOBO was flexing because of the weight of the cpu cooler, and the fact you were only supporting it from the very edges of the board! Had nothing to do with "Over tight" screws…smh…sigh. You don't have to concoct some mechanism of fear of "Over tightening" fasteners.

  4. Optical drives obsolete? Come on have you ever heard of an EAC rip? You need an optical drive for that. I believe it's plausible to build a gaming capable rig that looks good and can rip/archive/play music. I WILL install an optical drive in either a NZXT s340 elite or a Phantek P400S. Many of you hard core gamers with multiple rigs will call me an idiot but if there room in a case….it should be an option. All current cases should be modular so you use what you want and all OPTIONS are available.

  5. So how the thermal paste should be applied for best use? Very thin layer spread across the surface or grain of rice style? Every video tells different things. Even you used both of those styles.

  6. The first time I built a PC I was 15 and Battlefield 2 had just come out (around 2005). I had to save up for a whole year to buy the parts which was a good thing cause it took me about as long to figure out what the fuck had to buy in the first place. Looking back on that, I have no idea how I didn't it fuck up haha. These videos would of been really helpfull to teenage me.

  7. Can anyone tell me if these parts are compatible with each other? Im wanting to build a PC and I mixed and matched some parts from this video and other videos.


    MSI Pro Solution Intel Z170A LGA 1151 DDR4 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard (Z170A SLI Plus)

    Intel 3.70 GHz Core i3-6100 3M Cache Processor

    WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive

    EVGA 500 W1, 80+ WHITE 500W Power Supply( 100-W1-0500-KR)

    Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz (PC4-24000) C15 Memory Kit – Black

    Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan

    ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon Rx 470 4GB OC Edition AMD Graphics Card with DP 1.4 HDMI 2.0

    Rosewill TYRFING ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case, supports up to 400 mm long VGA Card, comes with two fans pre-installed – Front 120 mm Fan x 1, Rear 120 mm Fan x1

    All parts found on Amazon and the total comes to:

    Any help is appreciated as I am indeed a noob xD lol.

  8. I've planned to make a gaming pc,
    The budget for the build is around £700….can you please tell me if this build would work:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
    MOTHERBOARD: MSI H110M Pro-VD Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
    STORAGE: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    GPU: Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB Video Card
    CASE: NZXT S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case
    POWER SUPPLY: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply

    Please tell me any improvements I should make.

  9. I am in utter amazement and shocked at all the comments from people bitching about the technical language. I mean seriously guys, if you want to do this and do it right don't be so damn lazy and want a simpler tutorial. It really does not get any simple than this and if you are so lame as to complain that he is using too technical a term, then do yourself (and us real geeks) a favor and just go buy a fucking Dell and move on! Otherwise search the web, buy some books and get up to speed with the nomenclature of a computer! Fucking lazy ass millennial's anyway!

  10. Personally, I would use a 1 Meg-ohm resistor in series with the ground strap wiring for safety purposes. This will bleed off high voltage, and limit current at the same time in case you come into contact with a charged unit. I see no need to cut the neutral and hot blades off the plug either. Just don't connect the wires to them internally. The hot and neutral blades would offer better connection to the receptacle.

  11. I strongly disagree with installing video card last. other steps were decently ordered. Minor revision as such….
    install mobo in case DO NOT FULLY TIGHTEN SCREWS, install video card and screws. This will/can slightly shift the mobo so that all the pci slots will properly line up in the future when installing cards. I cant tell you how many systems I have worked on built by others that the slots dont line up properly and the screws dont want to go in or you need to force the card to the side a little. once the video card is installed, then you can tighten all the mobo screws. after that I usually uninstall the video card to complete the rest of the build. In my opinion this is a crucial step that is missed by 90% of builders.

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