Think Build it Yourself
Think Overclockers UK
So you're looking to build your own gaming PC, you've hit the point where you need to get your hands dirty and create your own masterpiece! Here at Overclockers UK, we stock everything you'll need to get you going. From a simple aircooled build to a fully watercooled monster, and let's not forget all of the accessories like modding parts, lighting, and replacement cables.
After deciding how much you're going to spend, it's time to pick your platform - with Intel's 9th gen and AMD's Ryzen CPUs, you can get some excellent performance without breaking the bank, but for those power hungry users & professionals our there we also have Intel 10th gen and AMD Threadripper. Pairing these with NVIDIA RTX graphics cards or AMD's RX 5000 series, everything else then falls into place. You can also go for one of our pre-configured Upgrade Bundles to save time and headaches!
What You'll Need
As we said before, knowing your budget will allow you to start in the right direction - but also knowing what kind of PC you need is paramount too - whether it's a gaming PC, streaming PC, editing PC, or just basic home PC. You can go small form factor for space saving, mid-tower for those looking for more space and potential future proofing, or full tower and beyond. There's benefits and drawbacks for each, so knowing this ahead of time will help you decide, and if you need a hand you can always call us or chat with us on the forums.
For gaming, we'd recommend you start with the graphics card - as a good GPU will give you the best visual result. Balancing the rest of your system after is then a case of looking at what you need at that moment in time. We also recommend a good, strong power supply - as skimping on a PSU could spell disaster later down the line! If budgets are tight, look at a small capacity SSD over the equivalent M.2 - you can fit your OS on there and you'll still have speedy boot times over a mechanical HDD, plus you can always save up and install the M.2 as a dedicated games drive. And whislt we're suckers for RGB lighting and glowy fans, these aren't needed for first time builds and can eat up budget that can be spent elsewhere!
For streaming or professionals, you'll need a strong processor and graphics card - if you're running a single system setup. Airflow is key here, as the higher through the range you go - the more heat will be generated, especially for those who like to overclock and tune for more performance. A lot of people will want to have power but remain as quiet as possible, so there's a few options including noise-dampened cases, fans that run quieter such as those from Noctua, NoiseBlocker, and be quiet!, or watercooling.
Making it your own
Whether it's LED lighting or fans, cable sleeving, or anything else - you can really transform the look of a system without changing everything inside. You can even pick up starter kits, such as Phanteks' Digital RGB LED Starter Kit or their RGB LED Strip Starter Kit, or the ASUS Aura Terminal that syncs up with their other Aura supported products.
For those who want to change their case too, there's a vast array that have their own RGB built-in, with some supporting connectivity for motherboard vendors that have a DRGB header on their motherboard.
It's always good to remember little things too, like thermal paste, cable ties, compressed air, and tools - all of which can be purchased from Overclockers UK.
Upgrade Bundles and the PC Configurator
If you want to take some stress out of picking your hardware, you can use our Upgrade Bundles to either inspire you - or take out the guess work completely. From wallet-friendly solutions to 8Pack specced beasts, these will give the core of your system some much deserved umpf! We've careful picked, paired, and pieced together some of the best hardware on the market, so you don't have to. Both Intel and AMD bundles are available, and come with a processor, motherboard, RAM, and cooler - unless stated otherwise.
Our PC Configurator let's you build a custom PC, but, instead of building it yourself - we build it for you! This means you get the expert knowledge of our System Builders, plus the warranty too - should an issues arise. With a huge choice of cases, hardware, lighting, and even peripherals, monitors, and chairs - you can pretty much get everything you need from one page.