General Computers

How to Build a Computer / PC

So you want another computer, or maybe you’ve just thought about getting a new one? The kids are fighting over who’s turn it is to use the PC, maybe your current computer is getting a tad bit too slow, or perhaps you’d just like to start your own home network, or expand it for that matter.

Well here you’ll learn how you can build your own computer in easy to follow step-by-step instructions. I’d personally suggest that you review all of the information here thoroughly. Let it sink into you, and then, once you feel ready, take out your checkbook, get yourself a screwdriver and have some fun! For even more information than this tutorial can hold, recommends the books, Build and Repair your own PC and Build your own PC.

Note: is not responsible for any damages incurred while using this tutorial. Use it at your own risk!

What Do you Want? What Do you Need?

Before you go ahead and start building your computer, you should have a good idea what you will use this new PC for. Will it be:

  • To use for work? In this case you’ll probably won’t need such fantastic hardware, unless your work requires you to use some extensive software, such has 3D graphics, video and graphics, programming, CAD/CAM, etc.
  • To play video games with? If you want to build a new PC geared for video games, then you’ll probably want to get some of the latest new hardware, so you can really enjoy all the new 3d technology now featured in today’s video games.
  • Just to surf the web with? If you only want a machine that you can use to surf the web, use e-mail and chat, then you can rest assured that you won’t really need all that much expensive hardware.
  • Just an overall system? Most cases often that not, this is the system people want. Just a computer that can perform a whole variety of tasks, without being to slow, and without being too expensive.
  • Do you want power computer? One thing is for sure; these types of machines are great fun, yet they tend to be quite expensive.

    You might also want to go ahead and grab a flyer of your local CompUSA, BestBuy, or Fry’s Electronics (probably the best retail store for computer parts, but restricted mainly in the south west of the country). Take a look at the deals. You may want to wait until you spot a really good deal on parts before starting to build your system, or you can also get the parts as they come out on special. Of course, there is nothing wrong about shopping online for your parts either. You can often find some good deals, when you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for shipping.

    In the end, what’s the most important is that you shop around. Don’t let the fancy ads make you dish out your credit card or checkbook right away. Find out if other stores have something similar, or even the same product for cheaper. Another thing, if you want to save money, don’t always go for the best brand name, yet don’t go for the cheapest item on the shelf either. Low priced items might look nice in the box, but once there in your computer, you can really start regretting it.