STEPBY-STEP GUIDE

Build this $601 full HD gam­ing beast!

Maximum PC - - FRONT PAGE - BY ZAK STOREY

FOR THE EX­PE­RI­ENCED, build­ing a PC is an easy, of­ten ther­a­peu­tic ex­pe­ri­ence. Each part fits into its des­ig­nated slot, each ca­ble is care­fully wo­ven around the frame, and each power-on is suc­cess­ful. How­ever, for a vast swath of folk, it’s noth­ing of the sort. PC build­ing can be a daunt­ing task, es­pe­cially if it’s your first time. Af­ter all, you’re mess­ing around with del­i­cate parts that can cost up­ward of half a month’s pay­check. One lit­tle slip, one jolt of static, one ca­ble in the wrong place, and boom—you’re out of pocket and out of luck.

So, why bother? You can pick up a pre-built PC for a sim­i­lar amount of cash as build­ing your own—and let some­one else worry about ev­ery­thing. It’s con­ve­nient, easy, and saves a whole ton of time. Com­bine all that with nu­mer­ous tech sources and jour­nal­is­tic out­lets (our­selves in­cluded) fo­cus­ing on the very ex­treme end of com­put­ing, and find­ing the info you need to take you through the process of build­ing a sys­tem right from the start is chal­leng­ing.

How­ever, the fact is that, more than any­thing, build­ing your own sys­tem is ac­tu­ally a rel­a­tively easy and sat­is­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s about tak­ing the ex­act hard­ware you want, and com­bin­ing it all into some­thing that suits you per­fectly. By build­ing your own rig, you know ex­actly what goes in it, where po­ten­tial prob­lems can arise, and what you can do to im­prove it. On top of that, it’s yours. You built that, no­body else, not another com­pany—you.

This time around, we de­cided to pull out a bit of a dou­ble whammy. Firstly, we’re talk­ing a $500 hard­ware bud­get, and an at­tempt to build a fairly re­spectable 1080p gam­ing ma­chine, with all the giz­mos you need, in­clud­ing 620GB of stor­age, an SSD, 8GB of DDR4, and a fairly meaty pro­ces­sor. Or, at least, enough to get by just fine with the lat­est ti­tles. We’re com­bin­ing that with a su­per-gran­u­lar, in-depth guide to take you from the very be­gin­ning to the very end of your own bud­get build.

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