Custom PC Building

Custom PC Building How to start 

  1. Start by deciding on your target graphics performance (depends on types of games  & Software you wish to play and quality, resolution and fps at which you wish to play  & edit them) and/or budget. Chances are the two might not match so decide on a rough target/budget before the next step.
  2. Refer to PC buyers guides from experts through google/youtube to find recommended parts lists for your requirements. Alternatively post your performance target and/or budget and related doubts here as a question to get parts list suggestions from shopscotts users.
  3. Use a website searching  pc building to verify compatibility between parts you've decided on.
  4. Refer to prices in various online and/or offline stores and purchase parts.
  5. Refer to build guides on YouTube for a step-by-step instructions on how to put together your PC, look for a guide that uses similar parts to minimise confusion/mistakes. If you have doubts on specific steps you can Google for solutions or ask them here. Remember to follow basic safety measures while building.
You’re going to get a lot of different answers in this over time. THE FIRST place to start is the case. Depending on your budget of course the case MUST have good airflow and good expandability. Plenty of drive bays, expansion slots, modular in nature, etc.
Then, look at power supply. Do research in what your planned hardware will take at both baseline wattage and peak, then multiply that by approximately 1.25 - that’s the wattage you want. Ideal scenario, make sure it also has good airflow properties. Modular or not is rather irrelevant, though these days anything good quality is. Make sure also that it is efficient - 80+ bronze or better, with a good 5v and +12v amperage rating.
CPU, Motherboard… well these are pretty self explanatory. The newest hardcore CPU out there aren’t always the best bang for the buck, and some that are 1–2 generations back are almost perfect for the task. A motherboard should also be able to handle said CPU wattage TDP, have at least 4 RAM slots (for dual channel and similar properties - better throughput). CPU cooler should reflect the airflow/efficiency mentioned above. The more it cools, the harder the PC can work. (to some extent).
RAM - unless you’re an enthusiast gamer needing the best there is PERIOD… this is a more fluid choice. Most modern games require minimum 8gb, but for best textures blah blah… double it. Or, you could be like me and cram every last GB the motherboard supports. If you buy multiple sticks over time, or as a non-packaged set, make sure they’re matching timings and clock speeds.
Storage and optical drives… faster is better. bigger too. durability is a must.
the rest, that’s up to you - well it all is. how do you want it to last? how hard do you want to hit the gaming world? is style a factor in how it looks?