Found 20th Jan
Im building a gaming pc because im sick of console gaming, but im gonna buy parts over time what part should i buy first?
Im only 17 so i dont have a job so i dont have alot of money at one time so should i take part in the £10 off voucher today?
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Case first then motherboard then cpu graphics card ram then power supply and then storage but forget about that if it is on a deal

Dont bother buying in bits, stick the money in a tin until you have enough for the whole rig. You cant use it without everything, and if you buy 1 part now it could end up being £50 cheaper in 6 months when you can get the whole lot in 1 go.

yeah i wouldn't buy in bits because aswell as prices coming down you won't know if something is faulty or not with no way of testing it. You would be better buying cheaper stuff which you can upgrade like a pentium 1151

Yeah, the only things you want to buy at a different time is stuff that tends to get replaced because it's worn out rather than too slow. Case, headphones/speakers, mouse & keyboard. Usually CPU cooler but until Ryzen launches that's probably not a good idea.

First off, look up and spec up a type build you would like.

When you the funds, I would buy parts in this order:
Case and PSU,
Motherboard and CPU, (could buy a cheap second hand CPU and/or mobo until more funds come along providing the socket stays the same)
RAM (start with 4GB unless you find a cheap 8-16gb bundle),
HDD and/or SSD.
Operating System. At this point, build and get setup/stable and running.

Then buy graphics card, more RAM if needed and additional HDD or SSD.

promithius

Dont bother buying in bits, stick the money in a tin until you have … Dont bother buying in bits, stick the money in a tin until you have enough for the whole rig. You cant use it without everything, and if you buy 1 part now it could end up being £50 cheaper in 6 months when you can get the whole lot in 1 go.


Exactly. New hardware is coming out all the time. Don't buy in stages.

n00dles0up

First off, look up and spec up a type build you would like. When you the … First off, look up and spec up a type build you would like. When you the funds, I would buy parts in this order: Case and PSU, Motherboard and CPU, (could buy a cheap second hand CPU and/or mobo until more funds come along providing the socket stays the same)RAM (start with 4GB unless you find a cheap 8-16gb bundle), HDD and/or SSD. Operating System. At this point, build and get setup/stable and running. Then buy graphics card, more RAM if needed and additional HDD or SSD.


PSU should be considered last

I started buying parts at the end of November and my last part arrived last week. There's nothing wrong with buying over time as long as you don't spend too long over it.

I bought most of my parts in deals over the period, amassing to a saving of over £500 compared to PCPartPicker (prices as of last week). This may be harder to do now due to lack of Boxing Day sales / Black Friday sales, etc.

There's no necessary order to buy parts, just make sure everything you get is compatible with what you plan to get. Make sure you keep your eye out for new technologies too. AMD Ryzen processors look to be on the horizon which may have an effect on Intel CPU prices, whereas AMD Vega GPU's may affect Nvidia's GPU prices. RAM and SSD's look to be on the up, so waiting too long may see you overpaying for these. Bear in mind that this is all speculation.

Good luck with your build!

My method always started with the CPU, GPU, then your motherboard, RAM, case, extras (SSDs, HDDs, Lights, Fans etc), PSU last so you know what you need in terms of connections and power. But this is all preference. Some builds will be limited by form factor

xfaxfa

PSU should be considered last



I always prefer getting my builds ready and stable before adding a graphics card. Everyone does it differently, but PSU being considered last is wrong in my opinion. Just depends on whether you want to build it all in one day or can get the few parts required to have a working PC up and running first.

puddles9999

Case first then motherboard then cpu graphics card ram then power supply … Case first then motherboard then cpu graphics card ram then power supply and then storage but forget about that if it is on a deal



Graphics card last as usually your motherboard has on board graphics you can use in the mean time. At a minimum allowing you to test rest of the components.

delusion

Graphics card last as usually your motherboard has on board graphics you … Graphics card last as usually your motherboard has on board graphics you can use in the mean time. At a minimum allowing you to test rest of the components.


It's the CPU/APU that will or will not have graphics

n00dles0up

I always prefer getting my builds ready and stable before adding a … I always prefer getting my builds ready and stable before adding a graphics card. Everyone does it differently, but PSU being considered last is wrong in my opinion. Just depends on whether you want to build it all in one day or can get the few parts required to have a working PC up and running first.


PSU last so you know that it will meet your needs

xfaxfa

PSU last so you know that it will meet your needs



I realise what your saying. but I advised looking at what kind of spec and build is desired first. If you know what you want and will end up with, then depending on how long it takes to amass the funds then it is irrelevant making PSU last priority.

If OP wants a high end GPU and is going to spend £500+, then why delay having a working stable machine as the OP will know what PSU will be required for that.

xfaxfa

It's the CPU/APU that will or will not have graphics



Or the motherboard... which always used to be the most common form of integrated graphics. In fact I'd be surprised if that has changed.
Edited by: "delusion" 20th Jan

delusion

Or the motherboard... which always used to be the most common form of … Or the motherboard... which always used to be the most common form of integrated graphics. In fact I'd be surprised if that has changed.



It's long extinct, there hasn't been a motherboard chipset with integrated graphics launched since 2010.

honestly, save up until you can atleast get the psu, cpu, ram, motherboard and hdd/ssd and case in one go so you'll have a working computer unless ofcourse decent deals pop up.
reddit.com/r/b…apc people there will help you spec a decent one for your price range plus give you advice and pcpartpicker.com/list/ is helpful for compatibility and finding better prices on parts

xfaxfa

Exactly. New hardware is coming out all the time. Don't buy in stages.



Plus any warranty you have will be running out even though the parts you've got are not actually being used yet.

Piggy bank mate. Best choice

I build my PC buying a couple of parts at a time. Bought the case, motherboard and PSU. installed them. Then got CPU and RAM, used an old laptop HDD. Then bought keyboard and mouse and used a TV/monitor I already had. In a couple of months I had a working PC for £220. I then added an SSD which gave massive improvements. A year later I bought a 1060. Next week I'll get 8gb of RAM and hopefully it plays nice with my current 4gb although 8gb will do fine if not. Next will be a good monitor and I'm all set.

You can easily buy a part at a time. Long run it may cost more in total but if you don't have the total at once it's worth it, especially if you're up and running saving for upgrades at around £200.
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