Troubleshooting a New Custom PC Build (what to do if your PC doesn’t boot)

So you've finished installing all of your parts for your new custom PC build and you press the power-on button for the very first time with excitement and anticipation, only to experience that sinking feeling when not all that much happens. Now what? Don't freak out as this is a common problem and is more than likely due to a simple error that you've made in the building process that can be quickly fixed. The worst case is that you have a dead component, which y0u'll have to send back for a … [Read more...]

How to Build a Desktop PC Step by Step Part 3: BIOS Setup and OS Installation

Now that you have installed your gaming hardware and you have turned on your machine successfully for the very first time, it's time for the third and final part of building your very own gaming desktop computer from scratch. The meaty part of the actual build process is out of the way, so now it's onto the easy stuff: how to setup your BIOS and how to install your operating system. How to Setup Your BIOS After turning on your PC for the first time it should indicate on your screen that you … [Read more...]

How to Build a Desktop PC Step by Step Part 2: Install Your Components

Ok now that we've got the important safety precautions out of the way you are ready to get your hands dirty and actually install your components. If you follow these simple instructions in order, at the end of this article you will have finished the physical installation of your new gaming desktop build and you'll be ready for the third and final part of this guide which is to install the operating system. Open the Case Take your case out of its box if you haven't already done so, and remove … [Read more...]

How to Build a Desktop PC Step by Step Part 1: Preparation and Precautions

This is the first part of a comprehensive 3 part step by step guide on how to build a desktop PC from scratch. In this first part you will learn about the safety precautions you need to keep in mind when building your custom computer, and you'll find out what tools you need for the job. If you haven't chosen your components yet, check out the component buying guides and reviews if you want to select your own parts, or take a look at my current build examples if you don't have the time to … [Read more...]