In the past week, I have agreed with my dad to build a gaming PC for playing video games. My dad has agreed to subsidize for up to $1000 for half of the total price of the computer parts. I have chosen the parts according to how much money I have or how much money I will get from Christmas. The parts needed to create a working computer are a power supply, a computer case, a hard drive or SSD, a processor, a motherboard, some sort of cooling system, RAM memory. Those parts will create a computer when put together properly. For a gaming computer, you would probably want a graphics card which is what usually makes a gaming computer different from a normal desktop or PC.
First I had to find a motherboard that would accept the same processor and RAM memory that I was getting. So I chose a decent motherboard for around $60. I chose the graphics card, which is the most expensive part, by seeing how much memory it has. I want to make sure that the amount of memory it has is still relevant in the next couple of years, and if it could handle the games that I want to play.
Next, I looked for a processor. I was originally going to get an Intel Core i3, but some of the newer games require 4 cores where the i3 only has 2. I finally decided to choose the Intel Core i5 6400, which is least expensive of the latest i5 but still has 4 cores.
For storage, I was originally going to get a 1TB western digital mechanical hard drive, but I ended up giving that to my brother and my dad is going to give me his older hard drive which has about 500GB of storage.
For RAM memory, I found a pretty good deal for x2 4GB sticks of RAM until I found out that it was DDR3 RAM when my motherboard only runs DDR4. I found another two 4GB RAM sticks, but they were a bit more expensive, but at least they work.
For a computer case, I found a case that came with fans and also had some drive cages. Finally, I found a 500-watt power supply by EVGA to power the whole computer.
I ran into a problem however after buying everything that cost less than $75. I don’t have enough money for my processor and graphics card. Luckily I had an old graphics card in my old PC that I stopped using since the 13th of March 2015 at around 8:15 PM. This old card is still better than my current computer that I am using right now. Still, however, I am $2o short.
My plan is to wait until Christmas to get the money for my processor. So that was how I chose the parts for the PC that I am going to put together in the next couple of months.