Gaming has been part of my life for years and years. I choice to make a computer that would enhance my gaming experience for gaming on the computer. To make a truly great computer gaming experience you need a computer with a lot of memory, lots of RAM, and an amazing graphics card.
I first started playing games on the computer when I was around seven years old. The game I remember playing the most was a game called Age of Rifles and Age of Empires. Age of Rifles is a military strategy game where you and your opponent takes turn controlling all of your troops and limiting your shoots to be able to beat each other. Age of Empires is a tribal strategy game where you gather resources and use those resources to create units, buildings, and upgrades; after you have troops you send them to face your opponent and win by either killing everything that he or she has or by destroying the town hall.
Sparkle SX550T1024D5MH GeForce GTX 550 Ti Video Card (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=140754&sku=S15-0550) (Selected for speed quality and future gaming: $135.99)
Intel Core i5-2500K BX80623I52500 Unlocked Processor (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7073161&sku=I69-2500K) (Selected for extra graphics, speed, quaility, and I have used Intel Core Processors in the past: $229.98)
Western Digital Scorpio Blue 750GB SATA/300 5200RPM 8MB 2.5″ Hard Drive (http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=WD7500KPVT-DT&cat=HDD) ( Selected for future expand-ability and size: $157.49)
ADATA AD3U1333C4G9-DRH Premier Series Desktop Memory Kit (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=833176&Sku=A208-5100) (Selected for quaility, value, and speed: 2 for $110)
Cooler Master Silen Pro Gold Series 1000W Power Supply (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171056) (Selected for quality and helpful cooling: $199.99)
Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5″ 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167042) (Selected for speed: $279.00)
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64BIT- OEM DVD and Cooler Master HAF 922M ATX Black Mid-Tower Case Budle (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7194559&CatId=306) (Selected for high performance design and supreme cooling with Microsoft 7: $285.99)
LG E2260V-PN 22″ Class Ultra-Slim Widescreen LED Monitor (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=348739&sku=L49-2150) (Selected for quality, size, LED lights, and full HD 1080p resolution: $169.99)
Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109148) (Selected for price: $38.99)
Logitech G500 10 Buttons Dual-mode Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104318) (Selected for price and quality: $43.99)
How to put together:
1) Remove the case’s side, front, and top panels to give yourself room to work. Inside the case, you should find a box or an envelope containing critical parts and pieces for the assembly, such as hexagonal brass standoffs and screws for mounting the motherboard, drives, and other hardware. You’ll also see the AC power cable and mounting brackets for drives and other peripherals. Separate the parts and read the instructions closely.
2)Before you install the motherboard, remove the case’s generic mounting plate, where the motherboard’s rear connections appear, and replace it with the custom plate that comes packaged with the motherboard. Make sure there’s a brass standoff on the case for all the mounting holes on the motherboard.
3)Be extremely careful when mounting the CPU into the motherboard socket. Don’t try to force it, and don’t use your bare finger to hold the processor as you push down the locking lever, since skin oils can affect CPU cooling; use a glove or a piece of paper. As for mounting the CPU cooling fan (included with most CPUs), don’t twist or move the fan once it contacts the processor surface. Double-check to make sure that the heat sink and the fan are securely attached to the CPU bracket–if they aren’t, the delicate CPU can destroy itself in seconds when you move a tower case from its side to vertical. Finally, don’t forget to attach the fan power cable to the appropriate connector on the motherboard.
4)When installing RAM modules, have plenty of light. Insert the modules into the thin, bracketed memory slots, and then press them down firmly. You’ll know they’re correctly inserted when the brackets on each side of the RAM modules click into place. If you’re not filling every slot, make sure that you place the modules into the correct ones; sometimes if there’s no module in the first slot, your computer won’t boot.
5)An AGP graphics card that isn’t completely seated in its motherboard slot is a surprisingly common cause of computer problems. Press the card down firmly when you insert it. Note, too, that some of the latest-generation graphics cards–like the Radeon 9700 Pro that we used–require their own connector from the power supply. Graphics drivers are also updated regularly, so be sure to get the latest from the maker’s Web site.
6) Hook up the I/O panel connector to the appropriate motherboard header. The operating system installation will usually include basic sound support for the on-board audio, but to access all the features, you’ll need to install the drivers after you’ve set up the operating system.
7)These days almost all motherboards include a network adapter. It’s a wise design choice, since most users will require one for a broadband Internet connection or a SOHO network.
Most of the time, the OS you’re installing will recognize the adapter and automatically add the drivers. Sometimes it won’t, in which case you’ll need to install the drivers manually afterward. If you’re using Windows XP, not having a network connection may prevent you from running Product Activation during the installation; you’ll have to handle activation after you install the network drivers.
8)Don’t skimp on hard drives–no matter what type of system you’re putting together. The speed at which drives read and write data can be a major bottleneck on overall performance. Many noticeably faster 7200-rpm drives don’t cost much more than 5400-rpm drives.
Make sure that the main drive is jumpered as the “master” and connected to the first IDE channel on the motherboard.
9)For the best results, jumper the optical drive as the master and install it on the second IDE channel of the motherboard to keep it separate from your hard drives.
10)There aren’t any special tricks involved in installing a FireWire card. Just plug it into a free PCI slot and fasten it down with a screw. FireWire drivers are standard and included in the operating system; Windows XP will detect the card and install the needed driver automatically.
11)Close the computer frame.