So you've just received your first Gaming PC? Unsure on how to get it set up? Don't worry we've put together a step by step guide to get you gaming in no time!
All our Gaming PCs are shipped pre-installed with Windows 10 as well as all the necessary drivers, therefore they're ready to use right out of the box. However, there are a few things you need to do to get your PC set up and ready to go.
So let's get started.
Safely remove the PC from the packaging. This can be quite tricky and can lead to damage if it is not done carefully, we would recommend 2 people with one slowly lifting the PC from the box and the other holding the box steady. Then remove the plastic cover and foam padding.
Get your desk ready. We would recommend getting your desk ready first, this includes setting up your Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse, we would recommend getting all necessary cables plugged in ready to go so you can just place the PC on the desk and plug it in and be ready to go. To know which cables you need to for your PC look at the ports on your monitor and the ports on the graphics card and see which ones you can use. We would recommend using DisplayPort if possible however if this is not possible HDMI and DVI also work perfectly fine.
Connect your PC. Once your desk is set up and ready to go it's time to connect your PC. First you need to decide where your PC to be, we recommend avoiding putting the PC on a carpeted floor as this can lead to more dust being pulled into the PC and overheating issues, therefore, try to place the PC on a hard wood floor or if possible somewhere on your desk.
Once you have placed the PC in your chosen place, it is time to start connecting the cables. Firstly, connect the included kettle power lead into the power supply located on the bottom of the back of the PC, also, ensure that the small switch above the power cable is switched on, if this is off the PC will not power on.
The next step is to connect your display cable, connect one end of the cable to the chosen port on the back of the monitor and then locate the same port on the back of the PC, please note that display cables need to be plugged into the graphics card and not the motherboard, a full visual guide to connecting up your PC can be found below!
If you are using more than one monitor then you just repeat the process, however, you may need to use a different type of port if the graphics card only has one of your chosen port, for example you can use DisplayPort for your main monitor and HDMI or DVI for your secondary monitor.
Plug in your peripherals. Once you have connected your power and display cables, you then need to connect your keyboard, mouse, headset and any other accessories you have. To connect these just plug them into any of the USB ports on the back of the PC, to connect your headset you will need to plug it into the audio jacks which are also located on the back of the PC.
Power on your PC. Now you have everything connected, it is time to power on your PC, to do this press the power button on the top or front of the pc, you should then see the fans start spinning and the RGB lights should also light up. Your monitor should also display the image being sent from the PC, if the monitor is not displaying the image, use the buttons on the monitor and ensure that the right input has been selected, for example if you have plugged your display cable into the DisplayPort slot on the graphics then you need to ensure that your monitor is set to DisplayPort or DP. If you are still not seeing an image after this then try ensuring that all cables are connected securely and are plugged into the right ports.
If everything is powered on and working as it should, then you can start downloading some games and having fun!
It is important to ensure that you regularly install the latest updates for Windows and for your Graphics Card, this will ensure that your PC is running as it should.
It also important to regularly clean your PC to remove any dust, this prevents issues with airflow and avoids overheating issues. Please be careful when doing this as you don't want to damage any components or get any loose connections. A can of compressed air is ideal for removing dust safely from your computer.
We've put together some frequently asked questions that we get asked by people setting up their Gaming PCs, we hope these help!
Q. How do you cycle through the RGB lights on the PC?
A. All our Gaming PCs have a dedicated light button which is located somewhere around top front of the case, you can press this button and cycle through the various colours and effects.
Q. Does my Gaming PC have built-in speakers?
A. Unfortunately, there are no onboard speakers, so external speakers or a headset will be required for sound output.
Q. How do I set up my headphones or speakers?
A. If you have purchased a set of headphones or external speakers then the aux provided will plug into a headphone jack on the top front of the PC or the green port located on the back of the PC.
When the headphones are connected, it should automatically detect them. If this isn't the case within ‘sound settings’, click troubleshoot. After the scan is complete it should automatically connect. If that's not the case then underneath output there is a drop down that will allow you to navigate to your headphones or speakers.
Q. How do I connect a webcam?
A. A webcam isn't included in the package and therefore it will have to be brought separately. Connecting the device is easy. Plug the External webcam into one of the USB ports on the PC and it should automatically detect the drivers and software for the webcam.
Q. Does my PC have built in Wi-Fi?
A. Our PCs do not have built in Wi-Fi on the motherboard, however, we do include a free USB Wi-Fi adapter which can be plugged into one of the USB ports on the back of the PC.
This adapter allows you to connect your PC to your home network. To do so when in windows, navigate to Wi-Fi settings, click on your network, input password and it should be all connected.
Also you can use a wired connection through the ethernet port located on the back of the PC.
To test your internet speeds, upload and download here is a link. https://www.speedtest.net/
Q. Does my PC have built in Bluetooth?
A. Our PCs do not have built in Bluetooth, therefore, if you wish to use Bluetooth, you will need to purchase a Bluetooth USB adapter separately. You can plug this into one of the USB ports on your computer and then you will able to connect Bluetooth devices to the computer.
Q. Can I use a controller on my PC?
A. Yes, you can plug in your console controller using a cable or by using a Bluetooth adapter (not included). Please note that we recommend using an Xbox controller as this has full support and works perfectly with Windows 10, if you choose to use a PlayStation you may run into issues with it not connecting correctly or with it not being supported in games etc.
Q. Why is my Keyboard and Mouse not connecting to the PC?
A. If you are having issues with your Keyboard and Mouse, ensure that the USBs are plugged into the slots on the back of the PC rather than the front, if this does not solve the issue, you can try plugging them into a different USB port.
Q. How do I install games?
A. There are various different platforms from various different developers which are used to download to games, here are some links to some of the most popular and most used platforms -
Epic Games (Fortnite) - https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/
Origin (EA) - https://www.origin.com/gbr/en-us/store
Blizzard - Battle.Net (Call of Duty & League of Legends) - https://www.blizzard.com/en-gb/apps/battle.net/desktop
Once you have downloaded you chosen platform, you then need create an account and you can start downloading some games!
Q. How do I install Fortnite?
A. 1. Download and install the Epic Games Launcher at the following link, https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/, we would recommend installing this on the SSD if you have one fitted in your computer.
2. Create or sign into your existing Epic account, if you have played Fortnite on console, all your progress and cosmetic items will carry over to PC if you use the same account.
3. Once you have downloaded the launcher and signed into your account you can download and install Fortnite for free from the store. For faster loading times we would recommend installing the game onto an SSD if possible.
4. Once the game has downloaded, you can navigate to your library within the Epic Games Launcher and launch the game from there.
5. The first time you load the game your computer may run a first time set up and you may have to allow permission, this only happens once and every time you launch the game this will not happen.
6. Drop into a game and try and get the win!
Q. How do I save games on to the 1TB HDD?
A. We suggest locating the 1TB hard drive by clicking on ‘this pc’, clicking the 1TB 'D' drive and creating a folder within this called “Games”, “My Games” etc.
When using a platform like steam, make sure in the setting’s you make this drive the default drive for the games to be installed on.
What software can be used to stream, record the gameplay?
We suggest you use the below screen captures as a way of recording your gameplay;
- NVIDIA ShadowPlay