Are you a gamer? Are you Interested in building a gaming computer for your personal use? We can help. Here’s our step-by-step guide to creating your own gaming PC in 2020. It will help you:

  1. Determine which PC components are best for your build, including budget, types of games you like, and purpose.
  2. Understand how each PC component works, what the differences are and why they are so important.
  3. Become fully equipped with the right tools you need to build your first PC for gaming.


Before you build or buy a PC for gaming, you will have to take these considerations into account:


You’ll need a budget of at least $300 to purchase the core components at an entry-level. If you want playable framerates in cutting-edge modern games, for instance, you will have to increase your budget to between $400 and $600.

If you’re willing to spend $700 to $800, you can achieve more modern titles and even get into some VR gaming and content creation.


Consider what kind of games you want to play. At that entry level budget, you can easily incorporate eSports titles, which run very well on low-end systems as well as on mid-range to high-end systems.

For $600 and higher, you will get immersive gameplay at high framerates and better graphics settings, all of which should last you up to four years.

If you are a professional gamer, your PC will become an investment.


To build your PC, you will have to make sure your parts are compatible with each other and balanced. Buying a PC toolkit is a wise move. You will need the following gaming PC parts list to complete your build:

  1. Processor (CPU)
  2. Motherboard (MOBO)
  3. Graphic Card (GPU)
  4. Memory (RAM)
  5. Storage (SSD or HDD)
  6. Power Supply Unit (PSU)
  7. PC Case

Peripherals and OS

Now that your main build is determined, on to the peripherals…

Operating System (OS): Windows 10 is highly recommended, if you have the cash for it. Keep in mind, earlier Windows OSes are quickly losing support. If that’s not in your budget, go with a Linux distribution.

Mouse and Keyboard: If you play shooters, your mouse makes a big difference on your gaming performance as compared with your keyboard. If you play MOBAs, MMOs, or strategy games, go with the opposite.

Gaming Monitors

  • Choose 1080p 60hz for builds up to $500.
  • Choose 1080p 144hz or 1440p 60hz for builds up to $800.
  • Choose 1440p 144/240hz or 4K 60hz for builds up to and over $1000.

Fans: Keeping your system cool takes fans. In fact, you should pick up some extra case fans to be safe. These improve the air flow and keep your hardware cool, as well as cut down on noise coming from the computer.

Now that you have the basics, it’s time to start building your gaming computer. Don’t have the time, resources or patience for it?

Let Monmouth Computer Associates help. Contact us at 732-681-2360 today!

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