Build your own gaming PC

If you want something done right...

How to rock like a motherboard

Ben Miles of chillblast.com offers prime gaming-rig-building tips:

1/ GPU me! The single most important component for a good gaming PC is a big-ass GPU packed with shader processors. However, this needs to be supported by a good CPU. If you're rocking a dualcore i3, pair it only with a mid-range GPU, up to around 100 quid. A quadcore i5 is good for cards up to around £300 – above that, go for an i7.

2/ RAM it in! A tiny minority of games show small gains with a move to 16GB. Seriously, 8GB is fine.

3/ Futureproof it! Get a case with room for future graphics and storage expansion. Insist on a quality branded power supply with 80+ certification.

4/ Think! Plan your cable routing and work out a way to stow unused cables in such a way that doesn't impede airflow or make future upgrades tougher. Good cases help here. Scope out YouTube videos on how to install components before diving in.

5/ Alternatively... Building a PC isn't always the best, or cheapest, option – many system integrators now allow near-limitless customisation and Chillblast.com, for instance, offers a five-year warranty and phone support. Just sayin'!

You will need:

Corsair H55

Yes, it is ugly, isn't it? Rest assured this cheap, liquid-cooling system will be secreted in your Aerocool, lifting the ventilation to new heights of chill.

£55 | corsair.com

Logitech G502 Proteus Core

Customise its optical sensor, weight, DPI and balance to suit your style. Then get busy on the 11 programmable buttons. It's great for FPS, but versatile.

£69 | gaming.logitech.com

Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma

The usual quality Razer 'board – 60-million-stroke life for each mechanical, programmable key, five macros etc – now with customisable disco lights. Sweet.

£140 | razerzone.com

Intel Core i7 4790K

Essential,overclockable, not obscenely expensive. Pro-gaming willy wave nirvana.

£255 | intel.com

Aerocool DS200

How we love this case of many colours. It comes in blue and yellow and pink and green and... Has great, low-noise cooling.

£77 | aerocool.com

More essentials for your shopping list...

Motherboard

Asus Z97-K.Great value, allows overclocking.

£92 | asus.com/uk

GPU

Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB.Best mid-range card out there.

£270 | nvidia.co.uk

RAM

2x 8GB Corsair 1600. 16GB is ample.

£196 | corsair.com

SSD

Samsung 840 evo series 250GB

£90 | samsung.com/uk

Hybrid drive

1TB Seagate 7200RPM SSHD. A hard drive with an 8GB SSD element for essentials.

£60 | seagate.com

Power supply

FSP raider 750w

£60 | fsplifestyle.com

OS

Windows8.1 64-bit

£74 |microsoftstore.com

Grand total £1,438