Every case is a little different when it comes to drive bays. Depending on your case, you may need to remove I/O covers to accommodate your GPU’s I/O (HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, etc.) and make it accessible to the exterior of the chassis. I/O shields usually have sharp edges, so watch your fingers. Attach the PSU to the case using the four screws that came with the PSU. Take a look at your case and figure out where the PSU is supposed to go and how it can be oriented.

Dust reduces cooling performance and increases heat buildup, and it’s the enemy of high-performance gaming PCs. If you but a single large M.2 SSD, you could completely omit this step, but we included an extra SATA SSD in our build video for reference. Hard drives have much higher capacities with lower prices, but they’re much slower than SSDs and we often omit them in high-end builds.

To put a drive in one of these “bays,” all you have to do is slide the drive between the metal bracket and the side of your case and screw it into place. Use as many screws as the chassis manual recommends, but if you don’t have enough screws most drives will be fine with just two screws. Storage generally comes in two sizes, 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch . Most 3.5-inch bays can accept 2.5-inch drives, but not vice versa (some 3.5-inch bays will have trays that aren’t designed for 2.5-inch drives, but they can still fit 2.5-inch bays). You may also see larger bays in your case — these are for larger drives such as optical drives and are usually located in the front of the case, near the top. Some coolers come with thermal paste pre-applied to the conductive material and some coolers do not.

If you are going to build on carpet or in an area prone to static then an anti-static bracelet is also highly recommended. It is also a good idea to pick up thermal paste and some isopropyl alcohol as well. Finally, zip ties or velcro cable ties come in handy when you are managing cables. Building a computer is probably much simpler than you think. Especially now, things have been simplified and standardized.

Products Related To This Item Sponsored Hide Feedback

By assembling a computer yourself, you can save about a third of the money you would have spent on going to the usual retailers. For high end PCs, the amount of money you save could therefore be nearly £1K. If you are going to be doing any gaming, be sure to buy a video card, if youre not, onboard video is fine. Pay close attention to how many slots the Mother board has. The more, slots the better because they fill up quickly.

  • PC Gamer readers have also given us some great tips,which we’ve compiled here.
  • Then, uninstall the GPU and unplug all power cables before proceeding with the next step.
  • When you put all the parts together, make sure you have plenty of room to keep your build organized.
  • If in any doubt, here’s the best RAM for gaming right now.

Press against each side of the I/O shield until it gives you a solid snap. How to find the best storage, memory, and processor to build the best computer possible. First, you’ll want to check to makes sure your components are all installed and being recognized. Find the page in BIOS that shows your PC’s system info and check to make sure the system is recognizing everything you’ve installed so far. Once the GPU is fully seated, secure it to the back of the case using one or two screws.

Install The Cpu Aio Cooler

The slots are sometimes color coordinated, but on most modern boards you’ll want to install two sticks into slots 2 and 4. Check the cooler for size and clearance before adding the fans, as you might run into orientation issues or simply not have enough space. As noted above, the Kraken X62 we’re using blocks access to the EPS12V connector on the motherboard, so we had to connect that before installing the radiator.

You can also use an ‘X’ or a line about the size of a grain of rice. In general, how you apply the thermal paste isn’t usually critical—use enough but not too much, and let the pressure from the heatsink or waterblock spread out the paste. The result you’re looking for is a thin, even layer between the cooler and the CPU, not a big gloopy mess. It’s generally best practice to configure your cooling to provide positive air pressure—meaning, more fans pulling air into the case than fans exhausting from the case. As such, we oriented the two fans on the radiator to be intake fans, then passed the fan cables and waterblock cables out one of the top routing locations to keep things clean.