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How To Build A Gaming PC - FULL Beginners Guide

what's up guys is that from Texas and welcome to the build guide everyone has been waiting for if you've never built a PC in your life because you don't know how or maybe you're just scared you might damaged something well I'm here to tell you that it's gonna be fine because this is a step by step very detailed build guide made just for beginners I'm also gonna show you guys how to install windows how to download and install the drivers and I'm even gonna show you how to overclock the GPU so that way you can get more frames out of it if you guys using different parts than what I have in my build then that is completely fine you can actually use this build guide to help you build your own PC as well the PC we are building today is the popular Blue Lotus which is a sub seven hundred dollar PC that will destroy any game you throw at it over 60fps whether you're playing GTA 5 destiny 2 or even pub G if you guys want to check out the benchmarks I did for this PC I'll leave a link below along with all the parts I used there's a few things I recommend before building a PC now obviously you will need all seven parts but aside from that I recommend a screwdriver the kid I'm using here is from iFixit and it offers all the necessary tools for a complete PC build I'll drop a link below if you guys want to check it out I also recommend one or two shot glasses or any small tray that will serve as a place to keep your screws safe because they tend to roll around on the table and get lost another thing you will need is a blank USB with at least eight gigs of space and finally if you're not going to be using the ethernet cable to connect to the internet a Wi-Fi adapter is a cheap alternative of connecting to the internet wirelessly this is the one I'm using for the video and I strongly recommend it cost twenty-five dollars but offers up to 1200 megabits per second with support for 2.4 and 5.8 diggers bands if you're building on carpet I do recommend building on a wooden desk however metal surfaces are fine as well as long as it's properly grounded you don't need to buy an anti-static mat or wristband however if you want to be extra cautious you can pick one up for only $6 on Amazon and once again I'll drop a link to it below I've been building pcs well over five years now and I've never used one of those anti-static things but it's better to be safe than sorry don't shuffle your feet on carpets don't pet your cats as long as you touch a metal surface that's grounded before you handle your components then you'll be completely fine also another tip when handling the parts if there is a plastic section or a plastic piece on it make sure you're grabbing it from that and also make sure you guys aren't touching any of the circuits side with your hands that's also one way of damaging the components step one you will need a motherboard CPU and RAM sticks so put the other boxes aside and begin opening up the motherboard box once you take it out of the anti-static bag place it on the top of the motherboard box but actually before you do that make sure to take out the following from inside you will need the i/o shield and the SATA cables one for each storage device we are connecting if you have only one drive then one is all you need next take out the CPU and it's cooler from the box and be very careful not to touch the bottom part of the cooler because it does come pre applied with a thermal paste if you're gonna set it down on the table set it upside down so that the thermal paste is facing upwards make sure you are handling the CPU from its edges do not touch the bottom or the surface of the processor if you look closely at your CPU you will find a triangle on one of the corners you're gonna have to align that triangle with a CPU socket cover go back to the motherboard and push down on the lever and pull it out from its side and lift it up until the cover flips open gently lower the CPU down into the socket while grabbing it from both sides again do not touch the surface of it and make sure that the two triangles are aligned and gently let it go do not apply any force on the CPU it should fall right in place you can tell if it's completely seated by checking out the two notches near the edges generally know where to cover down and lock the CPU in place the black piece usually pops right off if you tighten the lever but if it doesn't make sure to pull it out before you continue now it's time to install the cooler if you're using a different cooler just make sure to follow the instructions on the manual it's very easy to install however if you're using the stock cooler like me in the video then all you have to do is align the four pins from the heatsink to the four holes on the mother but before you install it you have to make sure the cable is long enough to reach the fan header on the motherboard in my case it was like a few centimeters too short if I were to install it right side up so unfortunately I had to rotate the cooler about 45 degrees to get that extra cable slack gently lower the cooler on top of the CPU while making sure all the four pins aligned with the four holes on the motherboard and then you can go ahead and let go of the cooler and press down on the legs one at a time make sure you are locking the pins diagonally tuck on the cooler a little bit to make sure it's fully secured once all the four pins are locked in the board it's time to hook up the cooler fan so grab the four pin cable from the heatsink and connect it to the CPU fan header on the motherboard which should be right next to the RAM sticks above the cooler now it's time to install the RAM sticks if you guys look on the motherboard you will see a label showing you what the RAM slots to occupy first if there are two sticks you have to install them on a two and the b2 before you occupy the others if you're installing only one then you have to put it in slot a to only grab the RAM stick one at a time and make sure the gap on the bottom of the RAM stick aligns with the notch on the RAM slot as you guys can see in the video it's facing the incorrect way so I had to flip it the opposite way gently lower the RAM stick down evenly and push down from the center until it snaps in place feel free to use both of your hands to do this if you pay attention both of the clips on the sides should lock in place if done right take off both side panels from the PC by removing all four of the thumb screws afterwards I put the screws in one of the shot glasses so that they don't get lost every case comes at either a box or a bag of screws needed to install the hardware so take the bag or box out of the case and set it aside for now next it's time to install the i/o shield so tear that out of the plastic and make sure you're holding it so that the six circles are on the bottom and slide it in the back of the case from the inside if you can get the i/o shield installed then you can pretty much build a PC this is literally the hardest part of building any rig make sure you're applying pressure on all four corners evenly until it snaps in place whatever you do do not apply pressure in the center otherwise it will Bend and most likely use the corners instead next up we need to install these standoffs but this case actually comes with six of them already pre-installed however we do need to install the other three on the right side since we are using an ATX motherboard you can find the standoff screws inside the bag that you removed from the case earlier the best way to figure out which standoffs screws you will need to install is by just placing the motherboard in the case and figuring out where the holes align as you guys can see the top three are missing standoffs screws so I went ahead and install them right after you're gonna need this type of screw to secure the motherboard in mine uses 8 however every motherboard is different depending on the form factor just look at how many holes your motherboard has and that's how many screws you will need start by screwing them in one by one feel free to use a crisscross pattern until the motherboard is fully tightened down whatever you do make sure you guys do not over tighten the motherboard we might as well connect the rear fan to the motherboard right now and get it out of the way so grab the 3 pin cable coming from the rear fan and connect it to the system fan header on the motherboard which should be right next to the side of the RAM sticks let's hook up the power supply now so with the fan facing down slide the power supply towards the back of the case and make sure the four screw holes align with the cutouts on the case before you start screwing them in you will need four of these screws which you can find either in a bag that came with the case or in the tiny bag that comes with the power supply now it's time to hook up the storage if you're using either an SSD or a hard drive you can use one of these three hard drive bays you will need to match the screw holes on the hard drive with the two knobs on the tray with the back end of the hard drive facing towards the end lower one side of the drive in and slide the other side in by stretching the tray a little bit you can also put an SSD in here as well but you will need four tiny screws to install them you can find those screws in the same bag additionally you can install your SSD up here near the optical drive area or you can hook it up in the back of the case on its side just make sure to tighten all four screws to hold it in place now it's time to hook up your storage device so whether you're using a hard drive or an SSD you will need a SATA cable that we pulled out for them bored earlier we're also gonna need one data cable that you can find coming out of the power supply looking at the back of the harddrive you will need to plug the SATA cable and the smaller slot and I do recommend using the l-shaped cable instead of the straight one for easier cable management and the other end connects to the motherboard but pay attention to this part because it's important if you're installing an m2 SSD do not use SATA one it's actually labeled right on the motherboard instead you can use SATA 2 or any of the other SATA ports right below that like I've done in this video the data cable connects right next to the SATA cable if it doesn't fit in the first time turn it upside down and try it again both of these cables only fit one way so this is what your PC should look like so far all the main components are connected and the final piece we need to hook up is the graphics card don't worry about cable management just yet we can work on that once everything is completed by the way I hope you guys are enjoying the build guide so far believe it or not does taking a very long time to put this all together and dropping a simple like would be very appreciated thank you start by removing the screw in the back to access two PCI slots so you'll need to remove the second and third PCI covers and the best way to do this is by folding it a few times until it snaps off you will need to align this part of the PCB on your GPU with the top PCI slot on the motherboard and it's always recommended to install your GPU on the top slot for most performance generally bring the GPU closer until you can feel it slide in place and once you feel it's sinking in apply some pressure until you hear it snap in place while holding the GPU at the same time screw in the PCI bracket in the back of the case that way it prevents the GPU from sagging if you accidentally remove the top PCI bracket like me you can take this time to put it back on close the cover and screw it shut once you are done now it's time to connect all the cables and we can start off with the GPU cable labeled PCIe and it looks something like this grab the six pin part and connect it to the GPU socket near the edge of the card and make sure you guys hear it snap in place next we are ready to give some power to the motherboard so we have the 24 pin cable that looks like this and connect it to the 24 pin socket on the motherboard make sure it sits flush and that there no gap between it always remember if it doesn't fit it doesn't belong there next up is the cable with the words CPU label on it combine both of them together and slide it in the socket right above the CPU cooler to the left the next cable has a blue tip and this is to power the front USB 3.0 ports on the case if you don't have any USB 3 ports in the front then you don't have this cable so this one connects right under the 24 pin we just connected just make sure that the notch is facing the correct direction before inserting it in because if it's incorrect you can damage the pins also make sure you are inserting it at a straight angle if it's slightly bent you can also damage the pins that way the other cable is used to power the front out of your port so that you can connect your headset or microphone and it's labeled HD audio this one connects to the far left side of the motherboard on the bottom and the pins on the motherboard are labeled J audio one in case you are having problems finding it with the words on the cable facing up insert the connector gently you might need to apply some pressure for it to go all the way in the USB connector is to power the other two USB ports and this one can go in either of the USB headers on the motherboard labeled J USB 2 or J USB 1 you can find both of them on the bottom side of the motherboard towards the middle now it's time to hook up the two fans in the front of the case grab both of the molex connectors coming out of each fan and you're gonna connect it to the molex connector coming out of the PSU we're basically gonna chain all three them together so connect one to the PSU and you can connect the other one right on top of it just like this and finally the last set of cables we need to connect is to power the front panel of the case however you need to pay attention to this one because it's a little different from the others the first one we are connecting is labeled reset SW which is short for a switch with the words facing down you need to connect this to pin number three and pin number four on the bottom row just like this next up is the power switch with the words facing up we're gonna plug this right on top of the reset switch to be honest the direction doesn't really matter on these two but I did it this way to make it easy for you guys to follow the next cable is the HDD LED and this one actually matters which way you plug it in make sure the words are facing down before plugging it in right next to the reset switch on the second row just like this the final two are the power led plus and minus pins the plus goes in first followed by the minus one it's actually easier to go backwards so I plugged in the minus one on the second pin and then I plugged in the plus cable if you did it correctly this is how it should look like from the bottom of the motherboard we got the H TV led first and then the reset switch and from the opposite side this is what it should look like coming from the right to left you should see the power LED plus power LED minus followed by the power switch notice that there is a pin missing as well as there being an extra pin right next to that and that's completely normal you're officially done plugging everything and take this time to work on the cable management now that you know where everything connects to here's a quick tip with the CPU cable I was actually barely able to run the CPU cable from the back of the motherboard into the socket and all I had to do was pull the motherboard towards me just a bit in order to give it enough space to squeeze it through instead of running the entire cable across the motherboard obviously you will need to remove that screw on the motherboard in order to pull it forward for the front panel cables I was able to route them through the front of the case through the side of the fans and then out from the back of the case I made sure to use the extra space underneath the hard disk trays to hide some of that excess cables and using velcro straps and zip ties really keeps everything nice and tidy if you followed all the steps then you are pretty much done congratulations on building your very first PC but we are only halfway done now it's time to install the operating system download the drivers and overclock your GPU here are the current time steps if you guys just want to skip to that portion of the video first step is to find a computer either a desktop PC or a laptop with a working USB port because you will need to plug in your 8 gigabyte USB Drive and visit the Microsoft website to download the windows files we are installing Windows 10 on to this PC but I'll leave a link to windows 8.1 pro if that's what you guys prefer instead click on the download tools Now option and open it up once it downloading follow the on-screen instructions until you get to this page where you have to select the create installation media afterwards you can hit next keep everything default and make sure you guys are selecting the USB Drive that you want the files installed on keep in mind everything will be deleted on that USB stick so save the files that you want to keep click on next and let it download and do its thing once everything is done it will tell you that your USB Drive it is ready to go so click on done take the USB Drive and plug it into your PC that you just built and hit the power button if it doesn't turn on make sure the switch on the back is flipped to the straight line indicator once your PC boots you will get a first-time boot message stating that you have to hit a certain key to load default settings and the BIOS and continue or something similar it's usually the f5 key but whatever it is make sure you're paying attention to what it says on the screen because we're gonna be skipping the BIOS setup for now your computer will now try and detect an operating system now obviously there is none so we'll boot straight from a USB Drive by default and it will take you to the Windows setup screen anyways once you get to the Windows setup screen just follow the on-screen instructions until it ask you to enter in the CD key you can either pay full price for it and get it online or you can get a cheaper on kinguin once you get your key enter it in here and click Next select the correct version of Windows that you purchased for the CD key and then you can click Next again and over here you will need to select custom over here we get to pick where we want the operating system installed on if you have only one drive then the selection is obvious however if you have several then you have to select which one to install the operating system I recommend installing the OS on an SSD or an MDOT to drive whichever one you have if you don't have either then it doesn't really matter a quick note if the drive has files on it and you don't mind wiping it clean then you will need to format it before you click Next otherwise it won't let you install the files keep in mind that you will lose all the data in your hard drive once you hit next sit back and relax while windows installs the files onto your drive this process can take up to 30 minutes depending on the drive speed once you are done it will take you to the setup screen so just make sure to follow the on-screen instructions until it takes you to the Wi-Fi set up now this is where the Wi-Fi card comes in handy because without it you can't access the internet until you download the drivers finish setting everything up until Windows takes you to the desktop now if you guys are having problems with your PC whether it's not turning on or you're getting a black screen on boot whatever it is I've listed some troubleshooting tips down below if you guys want to check that out if you have access to the Internet then we need to download the drivers straight on to this PC however if you don't have access then you will need to use another computer to download the drivers onto a USB and then bring those files back to the PC you just built so visit the msi service page for the board and download the following drivers once all of them are downloaded open each file and make sure you guys extract the contents out of the folder before installing them otherwise you might run into some errors next it's time to install the graphics driver visit the g-force website and download the GeForce experience by the way guys I'll drop a link to all this down below so all you have to do is click on the link and just download all the files once all the drivers are up-to-date and installed do a fresh restart of the PC but immediately hit the delete key so that we can get into the BIOS we can't overclock the CPU since it has a locked processor but we can set the XMP profile for the RAM and that way we can squeeze out more performance out of this build once you are in the BIOS set the f7 key to switch to advanced mode and from here select the overclock settings then we can scroll down an enable extreme memory profile and for the d-brane frequency we're going to set it to 3,600 megahertz finally we have to scroll down and set the DRAM voltage to 1.35 once you are done with all of that hit f10 which will save the changes and it will take you back to the desktop alright guys now it's time to overclock your GPU and for that we need both MSI Afterburner and the heav'n benchmark tool once again I'll leave a link below to download them they are both completely free install and open up both programs but first let's open up the heav'n benchmark tool and make sure that the fullscreen option is not checked and put the resolution to 1080p and hit run it will start running in the background at this time open up msi afterburner so that it's overlapping behave in benchmark just like how it is in the video we're gonna be dragging the power limit and temp limit bar all the way up to the right side so it's maxed out and from here we're gonna be gradually increasing the core clock speed until the GPU crashes I normally do increments of 25 megahertz so I double click on the plus zero icon right above the bar and enter in my own value I start off with 25 megahertz I wait about five seconds and if it doesn't crash I bump it up another 25 megahertz I keep doing this until I reach a point where the GPU can't handle it anymore and the program begins to crash as you guys can see I got it all the way up to 250 megahertz before the heav'n benchmark started crashing that means the core clock is set to high and the GPU can't handle it so we're gonna have to go back and lower the clock speed so I set it back to 225 instead of 250 and we ran the benchmark now that we know it can handle 225 we need to leave the benchmark running for a full cycle just to make sure it's stable once the benchmark completes and it doesn't crash we are ready to move on to the memory clock again it's the same concept over here however I do increments of 100 instead of 25 since memory is a lot easier to overclock so naturally I start with 200 I wait five seconds bump it up another 100 and so on and so forth until we get a crash so I got a two 500 megahertz before the benchmarks started freezing so obviously I pushed it way too much I'm gonna put it back to 400 megahertz and restart the benchmark now instead of increasing about 100 I'm gonna try 50 instead and see how far I can go as you can see it's still crashed even at 450 so the sweet spot is obviously somewhere between 450 and 411 425 and I let it ran for a full cycle and voila a stable clock speed over 2000 megahertz on the boost clock and 80 856 on the memory now if your PC freezes or crashes during gaming then that means you have to lower the clock speed even more the heaven benchmark isn't that demanding on the GPU so when you play games like pop G which are more demanding it might push your GPU even further and that is when you'll start seeing crashes so if that does happen go back and lower the clock speed and if that doesn't work then you have to lower the memory clock speed as well you just have to play around both of them until you find a sweet spot but yeah guys if anyone traps up this bit Gide it took me almost a week to make this video it was a very long process so dropping a like or even a dislike would be appreciated and let me know in the comments section if you guys are planning to build this exact same PC or if it was helpful anyways thank you so much again for watching I will see you guys in the next one
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