Originally Answered: Besides a lot of money, what all do I need to build my own gaming PC?
Win 7 is easier IMHO, windows 8 is geared more towards casual users. Windows 7 is easier to run many programs atm, and will stay alive for quite some time. Google it on your own to find what you like more, its really just user preference. I recommned windows 7.
For building a PC:
Motherboard. This is what your computer is built around, it has different ports in it that limit what you can buy. For example, getting an older motherboard with a PCI Xpress 2.0 would only let you get older graphics cards that are compatiable. You would need to find one with a 3.0 port to run new ones. It also affects the hard drives (SSD) you may have. Says # of Ram sticks + speed, Cpu, etc.
What your gona need as well -
GPU (Graphics card)
Surge protector (Recommneded)
Network interface card
Fans, depends on case.
Hard drive (SSD)
Thermal paste (Heatsink)
Operating System software
Screen, mouse, speakers, keyboard. heres some infoon all the parts - may help ya out. http://www.davesite.com/computers/system...
Feeling of accomplishment (?)
Lets you customize A LOT
Lack of knowledge could lead to several pitfall costing you much more than you expected.
Viruses and incompatibility
Time and effort
Price can be an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on the type of system you want to build. If you are looking to put together a bare-bones basic system, you may be better off just buying a low-end one
There's also sites out there (Xoticpc.com comes to mind) where you can more or less build your own computer, but they will assemble it for you. Still get the customization option, and is still cheaper than buying mainstream, ie. dell, hp. You ahve warranty plus a pretty damn good customer service people.
Just say other guy's comment. 14 myself. Eh, makes me feel rather smart. Good luck, if you have any questions or anything feel free to email me - [email protected]
Know quite a bit.