Game on: How to build a PC that will take your gaming to the next level

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Is it difficult?

Building your own PC is not a trivial undertaking, and you should probably have a basic level of comfort with computers and/or electronics. This was the third PC I’ve built from scratch, but even so, I watched tons of YouTube tutorials, consulted plenty of online guides and even read each component’s instruction manual.

Fortunately, there are hundreds of resources out there to help newbie PC builders – start by searching for “beginner’s guide to building a PC” or something similar. I found Robeytech’s YouTube videos helpful, and Intel’s own PC building guide is surprisingly accessible for newcomers.

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This sounds really nerdy!

When I interviewed Cavill a few years ago, I asked him about his gaming obsession. “I’m a big PC gamer, for sure,” he told me at the time. “You make time to do anything you want. And if I set time aside, then that becomes my gaming time.”
In fact, it was Cavill’s love for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – the sprawling fantasy role-playing game – that led him to petition for the role of Geralt in Netflix’s The Witcher, currently shooting its second season. If Cavill can embrace his nerdy soul, so can we!

OK, what components did you use?

The main components of my (admittedly very pricey) build are the Intel Core i9-10900K CPU, an MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Edge WiFi motherboard with a Noctua NH-D15 CPU cooler, and an Asus TUF Gaming OC RTX 3080 video card.

The NVIDIA RTX 3000-series video cards are still incredibly difficult to find in stock, but it’s worth waiting until you can get your hands on one, if it fits in your budget. I chose not to go too nuts with RGB lighting effects – the case fans have RGB lighting, and that’s about it – but you do you!

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