If we could name only one main difference between PC and console gaming, it would likely come down to building and upgrading. This is generally seen as the core benefit of PC gaming due to the flexibility of improving your system over time but can also be a hindrance for those who simply want to jump on and have fun straight away. The good news, however, is that you don't need to do it all yourself. PC gaming can be just as easy as switching on a console if you pick the right custom PC builder to do the hard work for you. But what exactly goes into upgrading an extreme gaming PC? If you're curious about the process, here's some insight into how it works:

Components and knowing what you want

Every PC is made up of components that function together to help it reach full potential. Before jumping in with requests for an extreme PC build, it can be helpful to know what exactly you want it for. This doesn't mean you have to be an expert and know all the technical names, as your custom PC builder will know all of that. You just need to know what you want, whether it's the best visual and sound quality for a cool strategy game or peak frame rate performance for the new Call of Duty. These may require slightly different components and knowing what you're looking for can help save time or even cut down on your budget.

The most vital components though are the motherboard, from which everything else functions, CPU (central processing unit) and hard drive. All extreme gaming PCs will build out from here.


Once the basics are in place and other components are decided, it's time to start putting it all together. Installation starts with the CPU and SSD, before other vital components such as a good cooling system (which could be a standard fan or more efficient water-based system) and the power supply unit is put in place. There are multiple slots on a motherboard for graphics cards, allowing you to ramp up your PC's capabilities further over time if you choose to start with just one. Once an extreme PC is built, it should become easier to upgrade over time as you'll already know what everything is and where it all goes.

Tidying up and starting up

It's important to keep the area surrounding your PC as tidy as possible, not for the sake of being neat but to help with airflow around your system and cut down on electrical problems caused by tripping over wires or unfortunate spillages. When it comes to upgrading your PC later, you'll also be thankful of tidiness as it helps you find leads and know where everything is.

When your PC has been freshly upgraded or built, it will finally be time to turn it on and install the latest version of Windows or any other programs you wish to use. You'll probably want a good keyboard and headset for the part that involves actual gaming, but we'll leave that in your hands.

Bear in mind this is only a brief summary and there is a lot more you can learn about building/upgrading extreme PCs. If this has sparked your interest or you're thinking of investing in a new hobby, get in touch for a custom PC builder from UK Gaming Computers today.