Gaming has become an incredibly popular diversion, especially with people stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to experts, gaming skyrocketed in March 2020 when stay-at-home orders and lockdowns began. Now there are believed to be more than 244 million people who regularly play video games in the U.S. And that number is expected to continue to grow.
There are many consoles on which gamers can play, including consoles created specifically for video games, as well as PCs, on which people can both play video games and do other computing work and online browsing. Many people have spent lots of time on their PCs during the pandemic, thanks to work and school being remote. Their computers have turned into multipurpose machines: they're for both work and play, and they have the powerful capability to both help you be productive and entertain you when you need.
If you don't currently have access to a PC — or you can't use a work or school computer for entertainment — it doesn't mean that you can't enjoy online gaming. If you are a PC gamer, or you are interested in being one, you don't ever even have to buy a PC in order to game. In reality, you can make your own simple PC for gaming — even as a beginner — which can make for a fun project and a more affordable way to access a computer. It can also ensure you end up with a computer that has features that you truly value and want, making for the best computing and PC gaming experience possible.
If you are wondering how to build your own gaming computer, read on. You can follow these basic steps to ensure you have all the essential parts; that you've planned the project; that you know how to assemble the computer; and that you take the necessary steps to protect your computer so you can ensure your PC and information are safe while you game.
The first step to building your own gaming computer is getting all the necessary basic parts. Here are the components you should start with.
Now that you have a list of the essential parts (there are many more computer parts you could get if you are building a PC, but the above are the ones you MUST have), you should plan out the process of building your gaming PC. Here are some steps you should take in the process, even before you start shopping.
Now that you have bought the right pieces that work together, you're ready to actually build your PC. Here's what to do to take the next step toward building your own gaming PC.
Congratulations! Now you've assembled the tangible pieces of a PC that will allow you to have and operate your own computer for gaming. You've taken the first step to have a great gaming PC, but there's another important process you need to finish: making sure your computer is secure and protected. Many people don't realize it, but people who use the internet and their computers to game are at risk of cybersecurity threats. In fact, there are tons and tons of ways that people who game online can encounter bad actors on the web, including phishing, ransomware attacks, credential stuffing, downloading trojanized games, and more.
You've worked so hard to build your computer, you want to take all of the necessary steps to protect what you've created. One of the most important things you can do to protect your PC is installing the right security solutions and antivirus software. Protecting your PC isn't just important because you want to guard the device you've built and the information you've put on it. But, if you've also hooked that computer up to a network that other computers are on, you can expose those computers to bad actors, as well. This can be incredibly risky, especially in today's work-from-home era, when computers may be accessing a business network remotely — which means an unprotected gaming PC could put a whole business's computer network at risk.
If you want to be a responsible gamer, and build the best and most powerful basic gaming PC possible, here are the most important steps you can take. Make sure you take these steps from the start, before you begin gaming, so everyone is protected from the get-go.
There are numerous antivirus and digital security solutions you can choose to use for protecting your PC. It can feel daunting to select one. However, if you aren't sure where to start, make sure you choose a security solution that is designed specifically for gaming. Here's what to look for so you know you've chosen an antivirus solution that won't disrupt your gaming experience:
Once you choose an antivirus solution for your basic gaming PC, make sure you install it and then ensure that it stays on while you're gaming. Some serious gamers have the inclination to turn antivirus off since they worry it will interfere with their experience. However, if you've chosen the right antivirus solution, based on the criteria above, you won't have to worry about antivirus software interfering with your experience. And, in fact, you may even be able to expect a better gaming experience if you have antivirus on.
For the best antivirus protection, install an antivirus solution on your basic gaming PC that defaults to gaming mode — and is always on — so that you don't forget to turn it on before gaming or browsing the web. By always keeping your antivirus on (and choosing one that defaults to gaming mode), you will ensure that you don't forget to turn it on when you start gaming, then get exposed to a security risk that is not caught before it can do major damage.
If you want to build a gaming PC so you can game online, you're in for a fun project. Learning to assemble the hardware of a computer can be a fascinating endeavor and putting the pieces together can feel satisfying — especially when you can use it to play games once you're finished.
It's important, however, if you're building a gaming PC to make sure you install security solutions on it. Antivirus and other security software can ensure your computer, your data, and other devices on your network stay safe while you game. If you want to use the most comprehensive, effective security solutions available today, choose those from Kaspersky.
Kaspersky offers a wide variety of antivirus programs, including those with automatic gaming modes, so you can ensure that your computer stays safe, without affecting your game performance or experience at all. Many Kaspersky products work well for gaming PCs, so do some research to figure out which solution makes the most sense for your machine and the other computer users in your family. By building a basic gaming PC, then choosing Kaspersky products to protect it, you can ensure you have the ultimate, uninterrupted gaming experience, while also being certain that your devices and network are safe from any bad actors who might pose a security risk to your machine.