Having the ability to understand how things work or operate can help push the envelope for greater technological advancements in the future and make us self-reliant in a machine driven world. The best place to start is inside the machine.
Anyone can build a personal computer with the right resources. Sometimes it's hard to weed out what is right and wrong on the internet these days because the hardware and software changes constantly. With the newest hardware only 6 months old and the holiday season amongst us, I have never seen such a perfect time for building a pc.
The recommendations I provide in this guide should be bought together because of how well they performed in testing. For all you planning on gaming at 1080p and at a solid 60fps this build will prepare you for the current and future 2016-2017 titles.
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#1 Central processing unit
The most important component inside a computer is the Central Process Unit (CPU). Visualize the CPU as the brain of operation. New builders tend to overlook this powerful piece of hardware and as a result experience poor performance. Having a powerful CPU will determine the longevity of your PC before an upgrade is necessary. Intel, is the leader in CPU technology, so our PC build will revolve around their processors.
#2 Graphics Processing Unit
If you expect to play a 3D rendered game or do some video editing in 1080p, then opting for a decent Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) can help compliment the CPU and help take the load off. A misconception in the building process for a beginner, is that they should invest heavily into the GPU than any other component. Sadly this misguided information will bottleneck the machine and cause hitching or stuttering performance. In order to not bottleneck the i5 6500, I want you to consider the GTX 1060 6GB for this build.
Note: There are different iterations of the 1060, so to avoid confusion, I made sure the GTX 1060 6GB ACX 2.0 (single fan) is selected by default when you click on any of our links. We are not worried about SLI configurations or enthusiast clock speeds, so the other iterations don’t apply to this build.
This component facilitates the constant flow of communication between all the hardware. Visualize the motherboard like a bunch of neuron connections in the brain. The price variation on motherboards is based either on a practical level or enthusiast level. For new builders take the practical option because you're unlikely to take advantage of all the features a higher end motherboard has to offer like sli or dual monitor setups. All we're interested in is achieving 1080p with a consistent 60fps all around.
Note: There are different versions of the msi H110M, so verify that you have the H110M Gaming model selected.
#4 Random Access Memory
When starting an application the program needs a temporary place to store its resources, we call this Random Access Memory (RAM). Visualize RAM as short term memory in the brain. When purchasing ram, we want to consider the type, brand, frequency and storage capacity.
Note: With the growing number of developers not optimizing applications correctly, we see these 8gb ram machines peak in their resource capacity causing hiccups or stalls in the system. In order to mitigate these situations I would recommend 16gb of RAM.
#5 Power Supply Unit
The Power Supply Unit (PSU) provides power to the motherboard. Today most power supplies on the market have fail safe modes that will prevent shocking of the components, but from experience you never want to penny pinch a PSU. Anything above 450 watts will suffice for this build.
#6 Hard Disk Drive
A component that stores your operating system, documents, movies, games, and other applications. There are two different types of storage devices to consider - Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and Solid State Drives (SSD). For this build we are going to utilize a HDD because of their budget friendly price point and the practicability they provide for storage.
#7 Operating System
The Operating System (OS) is just one big file system, which provides applications with their own folder to organize a variety of files. The 3 mainstream operating systems on the market currently are, Windows, IOS, and Linux.
#8 Optical disk Drive (optional)
Disk drives are not necessary, but can be helpful in certain situations such as when installing the operating system for the very first time using a CD; but then again that can be done by USB drive, so it really comes down to individual preference.
A mid tower is required, but the particular model I listed below is not mandatory. Having a huge tower for this build is overkill for a new builder and not to mention a waste of money.
I highly recommend fans! As long as you're running this build in an AC cool environment, you should not worry too much about overheating problems. If you're on a budget, I would suggest aiming towards at least 2000 RPM.
#11 CPU Cooler
Since we’re not concerned with overclocking the Central Processing Unit (CPU), opt into a budget friendly heat sink and attachable fan.
This concludes the beginners part guide to building the perfect gaming and video editing machine in 1080p. Note that the price listings could change at anytime. If you enjoyed this article or have any questions for me regarding your build, please leave them in the comment section below.
Thank you for reading and good luck on your build!