How to Build Your First Gaming PC With a PC Game
I’ve always dreamed of building my own gaming PC, hoping to end a desktop-gaming existence of painfully long loading screens, laggy gameplay, and dated graphics. I’ve also made every excuse in the book not to do it, instead jumping over to consoles to get my fix of newly released, big-budget games. But as I learned firsthand, there’s no secret entrance to the world of PC building, no black door with a gold star on it guarding an exclusive club for hobbyists and tech gurus. Anyone can build a PC from scratch with a bit of patience and the right guide. For me, that guide was a video game.
Parts list for my first PC build
By the end of last year, my boredom during the pandemic had hit its peak, and after spending dozens of hours researching—and agonizing for weeks over which parts to buy that would best fit my unreal standards and my very-real savings account—I realized that the most helpful tool was a game called PC Building Simulator.
The internet is brimming with great resources and guides for enthusiasts, but if you’re brand-new to the world of PC building, the sheer amount of information can be overwhelming. It’s hard to anticipate the questions or issues you might come across once you begin.
I set a budget cap that let me splurge on certain components without getting too out of control.
PC Building Simulator is designed for just such novices. Literally a game about fixing and building personal computers, it presents a catalog of real-life parts from manufacturers like Asus and MSI and accurately reproduces them on a workbench. You can pick out components such as cases or motherboards you’ve had your eye on and inspect them up close with the camera or click around to plug them together.
For total beginners, there’s a tutorial mode that plops you in front of a workbench and has you build a PC from scratch. You start by holding the mouse down over the side panels of the case to remove them, after which you unscrew the power supply’s mounting bracket. Then, you reach into a pile of parts and pick out, say, the motherboard, where text bubbles appear to point out features such as the hard disk drive’s SATA ports or the chipset. If you click on a bubble, you get a summary for that part: For example, it explains that SATA ports are where hard drives are connected, and that I/O (input/output) ports are where peripherals such as keyboards and mice are plugged in. If you know nothing about PCs, the tutorial is a foolproof way to get familiar quickly.
PC Building Simulator’s tutorial mode teaches you how to build a desktop computer from scratch.
The tutorial prompts you to find a specific part from a pile during each step and highlights the piece you need to install next.
When you click on a computer part, such as the motherboard, text bubbles appear to point out different important components, such as where the CPU socket and RAM slots are located. Selecting these text bubbles expands them to reveal a quick explanation of each component.
The game also walks you through where to install each part in the case, and it even instructs you to manually place screws and connect wires.
Before trying the game, I had narrowed down which parts to get. (My approach of shopping first and learning how to build second was a bit foolish, but it all worked out in the end.) I wanted a small PC that was light and compact enough to easily move around, but I also wanted power. Despite a deep longing for the best graphics and the fastest performance unlimited money could buy, I couldn’t justify spending many thousands of dollars on this particular project. Instead, I set a budget to splurge on certain components without getting too out of control.
The GPU market has been dramatically impacted by global component shortages and manufacturing issues, and as a result even mid-tier and lower-end cards have inflated in price or disappeared entirely. That made availability an important variable in my decision making. I elected to use the graphics card from my old computer, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti—a solid card that met my needs well enough to orient my build around it. More important, I already had it.
With my GPU as a base, I started putting together ideas for potential parts using a website called PCPartPicker. You can research and shop for parts on PCPartPicker, and you can use the site’s filters to find options that work with your existing or planned parts, budget, or other needs. Once I finally felt confident in the choices I had made for my dream build, one looming question remained: Would they all fit?
Although it’s easy enough to find size measurements for each part, mapping out the physical placement and clearance for everything is a different challenge if you’ve never gone under the hood of a PC before. That’s where PC Building Simulator saved the day.
Nothing had really prepared me for the difficulty of connecting wires to tiny ports on the motherboard or screwing in the world’s smallest screws on the heatsink, where my hands all but covered everything in view.
The game’s Free Build mode grants open access to the full catalog of parts and doesn’t interrupt you with any challenges or scenarios to play through. I easily found almost every piece of hardware I wanted to buy in the catalog, and after finishing the game’s tutorial for a basic explanation of each component, I graduated to Career Mode.
There, you operate a PC repair shop and use the parts in the catalog to fix computers with a variety of issues. Customers come to you for help with problems such as recently upgraded PCs that keep crashing, and the game guides you through identifying and fixing them—in one case, it prompted me to install a new power supply capable of supporting the upgraded parts. After a couple of hours, I’d disassembled so many customers’ computers that I felt like I could do it in my sleep.
Then it was time to practice in Free Build mode, where I virtually built my PC at least three or four times until I felt comfortable tackling the project for real. Of course, I encountered hiccups when I built the computer in real life. The game had simulated the building process accurately, but nothing had prepared me for the difficulty of connecting wires to tiny ports on the motherboard or screwing in the world’s smallest screws on the heatsink, where my hands all but covered everything in view. When you’re simply clicking around in a game, the challenge of these tasks is downplayed immensely.
I hit snags—most user manuals that come with the parts are generally unhelpful—but I built with far more confidence than before PC Building Simulator. I knew where each part should go, the role each one played, and most important, that everything would fit and be compatible.
Spending a few hours with PC Building Simulator can be instrumental if you’re new to understanding computers, overwhelmed by the sheer amount of unfamiliar vocabulary, or turned off entirely because you’re unsure about where to start. I still take the time to play certain games or genres on my PlayStation or Nintendo Switch, but after a few months with my new PC, I’m spending a lot more time at my desk for long sessions of World War Z, Valheim, and Dead by Daylight.
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BuildMyPC is a free PC parts compatibility checker website for those who want to build an entirely new and customized PC for their needs. We will help you to customize your high-end pc by picking up the budget-friendly components. We will do so by recommending different builds — sets of computers that meet specific goals.
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We list Components
The first thing we do at Build My PC is to search for various computer components, finalize them, and add them to our website. We always try our best to add and update the latest components for you.
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Once the product is added to our Build My PC site, we check for compatibility issues with each and every product and do manual testing to make sure it is compatible with them.
Doing manual compatibility testing is helpful, and it helps our website to be fully error-free for our users who came to us for testing the pc parts.
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Although we try to add compatibility of all the products manually, but still if you find anything which isn't compatible with the product it has to be compatible with, then you can email us and we'll take the required actions ASAP.
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BuildMyPC is a custom PC builder website, which allows you to build your own custom PC best possible as per your budget. Users can easily compare various available components under their budget in terms of their features and prices from different retailers online so users can decide which component to choose accordingly.
BuildMyPC provides its users with various features and functionality like compatibility checkers, listing their builds, sharing their Rigs, price drop alert, various kinds of filters to filters the component you like.
BuildMyPC is a site build by keeping in mind to provide its users with what's best in the market. Anyone can create the custom PC with the help of our tool as we undergo various compatibility tests for all the components so that only compatible parts are provided to their users.
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The website was substantially got live in July 2019 and still undergoes a huge development to provide its users only with the best. It almost took us 3years and still counting to make such a stable website.
As for the R&D, the research for this website takes around 1year and the initial development of BuildMyPC takes around 2Years to develop with the help of the bulk of experienced developers.
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You can easily contribute to our website by checking and sharing any compatibility issues you found during using our website. Along with it, you can contribute to us by measuring our website for security issues, and for this, we will mention your name on our hall of fame page and the chances are we can reward you for this.
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The only reason the BuildMyPC is started because there is no best service available in the market which provides users with the lastest components to make their builds. When it comes to build a PC the users have to work hard due to lack of knowledge about the various PC components and in the end, many of us just get compromised with some low build component.
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As of now, we at Build My PC only support merchants in 6 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, Australia, and India. So if you reside in any of these countries, then you can use the merchants to effectively build the PC for yourself.
Along with it, the website is free to use for everyone whether their country is listed in our compatibility checker tool or not. The only difference is, we don't support the merchants in other countries and we're really working hard to update every country on our platform.
I think I found some issues in BMPC. How can I help to correct you?
Oh, Snap! It might be possible to miss some in thousands, and we regret our mistake, We have developed various algorithms to check for the compatibility of each and every pc parts listed on our website, but there might be some times that we miss something while writing the algorithms of the component you found the issue with.
If you think there is a chance we missed something important, then you can help us by simply getting back to us at [email protected] with the issue and join our cause of making building better.
How buildmyPC compatibility works?
Well, it harder to explain exactly, but in simple words, every component we add on Build My PC is checked for the compatibility parameters with each of the other pc components, then finally we make it available for our users.
How many components are there in Build My PC?
As of now, we have more than 2,000+ components in our database which are checked and added by following all the parameters required. And we're constantly working on increasing products day-by-day to help you choose the right product for yourself.
You'll get to choose from 150+ processors, 200+ motherboards, and from 100's of graphics card and RAM. The numbering might be different for you, as we have added various country-specific products in our system as well. And trust me, while you're reading these FAQs, we might have added some more pc components to our list.
And in case, you don't find any pc component, you can mail us at [email protected] and we'll add them for you :)
I am not able to find some components. How can I check my compatibility now?
There are thousands of pc components available in the market and it's really hard to manage all these in just a few months. But we're constantly working on adding the latest components on our website along with several algorithm updates just because to get you with the best pc compatibility.
However, it's possible that we might have missed some pc components under our sleeves - and if you think that's the case with you, then you can reach us at [email protected] with the component link or with the name of the pc component and we will add it for you.
Why many of the components don't show the pricing?
We update our pricing several times of the day, and many of the times some of the components get out of stock for only a limited amount of time, so we show all the components on our product list page.
It is because most of the components which are out of stock are again available on these merchants within a day or two (normally it takes 2-3 hours) and we don't want you to miss any of the best components for your build, just because they recently got out of stock.
Along with it, it is really helpful for someone who came looking for the specific pc component compatibility which might be unavailable or out of stock at that time. So it would be really helpful for peoples to use our pc compatibility checker even if it shows the product out of stock or unavailable at that moment.
How can I feature my recently build rig?
As of now, we don't have the feature to share user builds on our website. But if you're really interested in sharing the build with us, then you can reach us at [email protected] with every component you used to build your pc along with the images and videos (if possible). We'll feature them on our blog.
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