The 10 Things They Never Told You About Building a Gaming PC

A couple of weeks ago I set out to build a gaming PC, and let’s just say it wasn’t an entirely smooth process. I’ve watched all the recommended YouTube tutorials, and read many “how-to” guides that seemed comprehensive, and that assured me it would be just like making a Lego model.

But when things started to get worse, with BIOS updates refusing to download, and components failing in the right places, I started to feel like I had been misled a bit. So, before you embark on your first PC building project, here are 10 things guides don’t tell you about gadgets, technology, and life in general.

1. Choosing ingredients is difficult

(Image credit: Keith Stewart)

There are many options for each part of your device. Are you using the best CPU you can afford and a cheaper GPU – or the other way around? Is Corsair RAM better than Western Digital RAM, and if so how? Do you need a modular or semi-modular PSU? Is the cheap motherboard you bought on eBay PCI 3.0 or PCIe 4.0? Will the gigantic, ultra-powerful graphics card really fit in the sleek, precise NZXT 210i case you’ve been looking forward to?