Welcome to The Guide!
Welcome to the guide on how to build a budget gaming PC! This is a text-based guide with pictures and videos included, some parts of this guide you should find simplistic, whereas collectively it becomes a much bigger project, and we have tried to make a clear distinction between steps. We hope you enjoy it!
First things first, It’s of most importance you put your screws into groups and keep them in a safe, visible location, so you don’t lose any of them!
Yet even more importantly, it is imperative that you take precautions when handling this technology to prevent accidents!
ESD is not that big of an issue, but on the contrary, you do not want to make your £500 motherboard explode.
To do this you may:
- Work barefooted
- Work In a short-sleeved, non-synthetic shirt/clothing
- Work on wooden furniture
- Smack an unpainted location on your PC case before retrieving components from their bags/boxes
- Do not make sudden movements on the floor
If, however, the steps mentioned above are not enough to subside your doubt; using an anti-static wristband and an ESD mat will grant the safety you need. You should find them at your local electronics store, or most certainly from an online store.
If using the exact components found in this guide, it will be apparent to you where things need to go, such as cable routing. If you are using components differential to the ones found in this guide then we hope this will still shed some light on where you need to attach your components.
Additionally, we cannot and will not take any blame for damage or inconvenience you may have by using the information we are providing as a guide.
The case and the components you use must be compatible.
If you require assistance with component compatibility and pricing I strongly recommend you check out PCPartPicker here!
The components mentioned in this guide are:
- Case – CoolerMaster MasterBox Q300L – Micro ATX Case
- Case fan – Arctic P12 PWM – 120mm
- Motherboard – MSI B365M PRO-VH mATX
- CPU cooler – Arctic Alpine 12 CO CPU Cooler – 2.700 RPM
- RAM – Crucial Ballistix DDR4 16GB 8GB x2 RAM
- SSD – Crucial P2 500GB NVMe SSD
- PSU – EVGA 500W 80 Plus Certified PSU
- GPU – ASUS Radeon RX 570
- Regular sized flat-head screwdriver
- Regular sized cross-head screwdriver
- Knife/tiny screwdrivers
- Knife/box cutter
- The small packet from your motherboard box
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s begin!