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Feature: Especially when you hate buying new PCs

Everything you need to know about upgrading your PC in 2020

Some of you love building a PC. You’re well into hardware trends and technical innovations and model numbers and all of that. This is fine and valid. But a lot of players are just not interested. They love games on the PC, but the machinery itself is irrelevant. I am one of those people. I’m not totally clueless. I know some basics. I can put…

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Feature: How to build a great 1080p gaming PC without breaking the bank

The RPS Rig: Everything you need to play games for less than £1000

If you've ever wanted to build a PC but don't know what you should buy or which of our many bestest best components to put inside it, then help is at hand. Introducing The RPS Rig - our recommended PC build that covers everything you need to sit down and start playing your favourite PC games for less than £1000. It's the complete package, including…

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Feature: Everything you need to get ready for Half-Life: Alyx at the lowest possible price

Build a Half-Life: Alyx ready PC for under £650 / $600 with these Black Friday deals

It's all very well me telling you what the best Black Friday graphics card deals are, or the best SSD deals are this Black Friday season, but even I'm prepared to admit that it can all seem a bit meaningless unless you've got a specific goal in mind, or you really, really need a very particular upgrade for your ailing PC. Fortunately, your deals herald…

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Feature: The mother of all questions

What motherboard do I need for my Intel or AMD Ryzen CPU?

Your motherboard and CPU are two of the most important parts of your PC, but untangling the mess of motherboard sockets, chipsets and which ones work with which CPUs can be an absolute nightmare if you're building a PC for the first time - especially when there's a whole new crop of them about to be released over the next few months. It's important you…

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Feature: An offer you can't refuse - this time for our US readers

Build a Black Friday PC: The best 1080p gaming PC for under $590

Black Friday is a brilliant time for upgrading your PC on the cheap, but arguably it's an even better time for first-time PC builders looking to assemble all the necessary parts for the lowest price possible. Now I've already cribbed together a PC for UK builders that can play Plunkbat and Battlefield V on max settings at 1080p for under £600, but for US builders…

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Feature: How to build a 1080p gaming PC on the cheap

Build a PC that runs Plunkbat and Battlefield V for £599 from these Black Friday deals

On this hallowed day o'deals that is Black Friday, I thought I'd take a small break from my epic deals hunting (all of which can be found in our jumbo Black Friday hub, by the way) to do something a bit more practical: tell you how to build a PC from the best Black Friday PC gaming deals that will run Plunkbat and Battlefield V…

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Feature: Building blocks

How to build a PC: A step-by-step guide

Building your own gaming PC isn't too bad if you know what you're doing, but for first-time builders it can be quite the daunting experience. Sometimes, it's just easier to get someone else to do all the legwork for you, especially if you're after something small and diddy like the rather swish Zotac MEK1. Other times, though, it can be both cheaper and more satisfying to make one…

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Feature: Storage wars

How to install an SSD / HDD

All right, our How to build a PC guide is so very nearly over. Just a couple more steps and you'll be home free. In this article, we'll be installing some storage for all those lovely games you've got waiting to play. I'll mainly be covering traditional 2.5in SATA SSDs and 3.5in HDDs here, but fret not if you've gone down the fancy NVMe route - I'll…

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Feature: Down to the wire

How to connect your system panel connector and case cables

Hooo boy. Here comes the fun part of our How to Build a PC guide. And by fun, I mean, excruciatingly awful and needlessly fiddly. It's time to connect up your system panel connector and all your case cables to all the teeny tiny metal prongs dotted around your motherboard. Hooray!

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Feature: Bringing it all together

How to put your case back together again and connect your peripherals

Congratulations! You've made it through our How to Build a PC guide. Now it's time to double-check and triple-check that everything's connected properly, put your case back together and plug in those peripherals. Let's get started.

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Feature: Window of opportunity

How to install Windows 10

Here it is. The final step of our How to Build a PC guide. You've got your brand-new PC ready and waiting. All we need now is to give it an operating system. I'll be taking you through how to install Windows 10 in this particular article (it really isn't as bad as everyone says it is, even if it can be immensely irritating sometimes),…

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Feature: Power to the people

How to install your power supply

The first step in our How to build a PC guide is installing your power supply, or PSU for short. Before we begin, however, we need to make sure your case is prepped and ready for it. That means taking out any lingering bits and pieces your case manufacturer might have left in there when you bought it, so get that screwdriver at the ready.…

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Feature: The mother of all problems

How to install your motherboard

You've just learned how to install your power supply; the next step in our How to build a PC guide is installing your motherboard. This is arguably one of the fiddliest bits of building a PC, so it's important to take your time here. I'll be building into an ATX-sized motherboard into a mid-tower case in this particular instance, but the same steps apply for…

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Feature: Keeping it cool

How to install extra case fans

Welcome back to our How to build a PC guide. With your motherboard and power supply now firmly in place, it's time to get those fans going. Most cases these days come with a few fans pre-installed - usually one at the front to bring cold air in and one at the back to throw hot air out - but adding more can be useful…

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How to install your CPU

Here comes the tricky bit in our How to build a PC guide. I know I said that earlier when we were learning how to install a motherboard, but that was just fiddly. Installing your CPU requires a delicate sense of precision, as bending one of its many pins underneath could spell disaster for your entire build. So, take a deep breath, and let's get…

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Feature: RAM it in

How to install RAM

Next up in our How to build a PC guide is installing your RAM. As you may well have seen in our Best DDR4 RAM article and buying guide, your PC's RAM (or random access memory, to give it its full and proper name) is the middle ground between your CPU and your various storage devices, be they SSDs or more traditional HDDs. RAM can…

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Feature: The Wisdom (?) Of Crowds

Help Everyone Build A Gaming PC

Okay, more hardware, I think. There are loads of "How To Build A PC" features out there, but it strikes me that, given the amount of experience, expertise and opinion that there is in the RPS comment threads, we can probably come to a rough sort of consensus on a recommended gaming hardware setup for a modern PC. I'll make some inexpert suggestions below, then…

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