Hi and thanks for taking the time. If this thread seems too long to bother, then you can focus on the headings to get straight to the just of it. Introduction:My knowledge of PC hardware is basic and I want to attempt to build my first PC which will be a gaming PC. I've being trying to learn as much as I can in my spare time about PC hardware and the first thing I always notice is the sheer range of models and brands to choose from, which seems even simple compared to trying to understand the differences in the types of technologies used in each. I don't just want to end up with the final product of a good gaming PC suited to my use and budget, but also the understanding of why each component was chosen and how they made the cut. I'm hoping I don't first have to get a computer science degree. So I was thinking there must be a higher level logical and understandable aspect to how hardware components are chosen, that once learned, can apply to most other builds. My question is this:What are the step by step choices that are made in an order of priority when building a custom PC and the thought processes behind those choices? Further details:From the articles I've read on line so far it seems that the motherboard is the most important component since every other component will connect through the MOBO. The CPU seems to take second priority. I'm not sure though. But if this is correct then I assume that the chipset is actually the first thing one should look at since it is what primarily defines the technology a motherboard will support. Also when trying to wrap my head around the different CPU names, brands and architectures I noticed that there is a logical order to it all, although an unmentioned one. For example on the Asus website the motherboards are categorized and grouped in the following order: First by the CPU brand. Second, by the CPU socket type. Third, by the chipset. Fourth, by the model number. So there are at least three important things to consider first before actually getting to the specific model of motherboard you select. Three things which can probably form one aspect of deciding on the chipset of your choice(I'm not sure if that's correct, if not please correct me). Where as this is not reflected in on line articles or reviews, possibly because of practical reasons concerning the length. Although I have not been able to find any in depth articles that can explain PC hardware on a higher level. Most just amass a bin of tech jargon and very specific components that will not matter much a year or two from the writing, as if the reader is already clued up and in possession of perfect memory to just consider different hardware models without being able to fit it into any kind of logical and conceptual structure. Is anyone willing to address a complete dummy like me hopefully you will be able to shed some light on this. Not just about chipsets or CPU brands and socket types but in as far as you can about the whole process of what to consider and how to consider it when choosing your hardware. Maybe you even have a few relevant link If all goes well I will do my best to share whatever I've learned so your time will not be wasted. Would really appreciate some help and overall insight. Thanks.