Build Your Own Computer
This how to build your own computer guide is the place to be if you want to build a computer, your very own computer. In this guide I will link to many other pages on this website that are useful in this process. Not all the tutorials are ready, so bear with me as I try to finish them.
The First Step: Choosing the Parts
The first step in building your own computer is choosing the parts. This part can be the most difficult and if you don’t know what you are looking for then it is easy to get bewildered by the huge rage of computer components on the market. So I have made some pages on choosing computer hardware.
The list below is structured in the order you should choose your computer parts. For some parts it makes no difference when you choose the parts, but for others it can be very important.
- How to choose a CPU
- How to choose a Motherboard
- How to choose Computer Memory
- How to choose a Computer Case
- How to choose a Graphics Card
- How to choose a Hard Drive
- How to choose Computer Monitor
- How to choose a Sound Card
One of the most important things to do when you choose your computer components, is to make sure that they are all compatible with each other. There is no point having a Pentium IV motherboard, if you have a Core 2 Duo, or having a small case, if you have a big motherboard, or having a SATA hard drive, with only IDE connections.
For more information on computer hardware safety visit this article.
So once you have chosen all your parts the next step is to go and buy them.
The Second Step: Buying the Parts
Buying the parts for your computer is the second step in build your own computer. This step can be quite difficult as you need to make many selections, choices and comparisons. You need to ask questions like, ‘Where are the cheapest parts for the best prices?’ and ‘How long is the warranty?’ and other questions similar to these.
There are many places where you can get computer hardware, so it is important to have a look around at the different places and buy that piece for the best and most affordable price.
A few options are:
- Local Computer Shops
- Large Retailers
- Small Computer Retailers
- Online Stores
I talk about all these and more in my article, how to buy computer hardware. There are also many online stores such as:
The Third Step: Building the Computer
It is now time to install all the computer parts into your computer. It is time to get your hands dirty and do the actually building of the computer. I usally do so in the following order, although it may not necessary matter. You don’t need to install a case, since that is where you place everything.
- Installing the Motherboard
- Installing the Power Supply
- Installing the RAM (Memory)
- Installing the CPU
- Installing the Hard Drives
- Installing the CD/DVD Drives
- Installing a Network Card
- Installing the Floppy Drive (optional)
The Fourth Step: Operating System
Once all your computer components are successfully installed, it is time to for your computer to boot for the first time. It is also time to format your hard drive and to install the operating system. More tutorials are coming soon.
So now you can build your own computer. If you have any problems or questions then contact me and I will see if I can help you.