We love computers, more than tablets, laptops, smartphones and any other type of computing device, and like us, there are thousands out there. We believe that the humble desktop PC has lots to offer and it will never be replaced by other devices. It offers both flexibility and power, it gives you the possibility to customize it and create a work of art.
That’s why, we decided to give all the desktop PC fans out there a tutorial on how to build their own computer, component by component. In this series of articles, we will take a look at how to build your own PC, what parts to choose and how important is each and every component. We will update this post as we go along and give you a complete tutorial so you will have all the information you need in making your own build.
Why make your own PC?
The answer is simple: for better performance. Off-the-shelf systems lack the horsepower and customizability that self builds have, and also, when you know exactly what you have inside your computer, it’s much simpler to upgrade it when the time comes. Also, you will have knowledge of the different aspects of building a computer, different technologies, confusing terms being explained and how to compare different components to see which one is better.
Not to mention that it will be much cheaper. There are risks involved with making your own personal computer, so be sure you learn every step in detail, because you don’t want to break something. Making your own PC will also work as a confidence booster, and your friends will always ask you to help them. Who knows, you might even make a buck out of it.
What have we covered so far?
As you may very well know, there more than one type of computers, so the first step is figuring out which one is the best suited for your needs. Are you a gamer, are you an amateur director who has to do a lot of video editing or you’re just using your PC to see movies and pictures and to play some not so demanding games? That’s the first step you need to do before starting to build your own PC.
The case is the first thing anyone will see on your computer, but its functionality extends more than aesthetics. It plays a crucial role in cooling your system, so choose with care. So, after you have made a decision and you know what kind of computer it will be, now it is time to choose case where your system will “live”.
The motherboard is the body or mainframe of the computer. It is that one component that binds all others to create a fully working computer. You need to carefully choose this, because all your components will be mounted onto this. If the processor is the brain of your computer, then the motherboard is its “backbone”.
Because the CPU is the brain of the PC, you must take extra care in choosing it. Also, it’s one of the most expensive (specially if you buy an Intel), so you have to get it right! Processors are getting more powerful year after year, so you have to choose one that will last for at least an year. There’s a big debate between Intel or AMD, so read our article to find out more about it.
Cooling your system is very important. All computers need to run on low temperatures and depending on the type of computer you want, you need to figure out what cooling system to add. You need to keep your PC cooled down if you want to have a smooth experience while using your computer. Especially if you’re a gamer or a person who does heavy work (like Photoshop or After Effects), you know just how important this aspect is.
RAM memory is often overlooked and thought of as a simple component. We will try to shatter that belief and give you some understanding of what the RAM is and how it works. The basic idea is that more RAM power means a more efficient computer, but there’s much more to it than this. Read our article to be informed.
If you are a gamer, than this will most probably be the most expensive component of your build and also one of the most important ones for you. Here we will show you how to choose the best one.
The place where you store all your information and where your OS boots. But what to choose? HDD or SSD? In this article we will try to shed some light on the subject.
Accessories come in all shapes and sizes, from performance, to aesthetics and to peripherals. Not only they add some “bling” to your computer, but also better performance and more functionality. They might not represent the most important parts of your computer but in order to give more personality to your PC, learn how to choose accessories for it.
Powering your system is a top priority, so the power supply unit must be chosen with care. If you go wrong here, you might end up with a system that does not have the power to start. Without it, you simply can’t start your PC, but the power supply is also important to keep the energy flowing.
Wire management is not only cosmetic, but it also helps the cooling of your system and helps your computer to remain clean for a longer period of time. I recommend spending some time here, to make it right. A computer system with lots of wires isn’t quite attractive, so learn how to make your PC look sexy.
After choosing all the parts for your build, it’s time to get to work: putting all those components together and watching a PC being born. Be careful and wear gloves just for extra protection. The feeling you get once you assemble your own PC is inexplicable!
If you think that you are not up to the task of making your own build, think again. The process is very simple and as we go along you will see that with the right information, anyone is capable of completing an awesome build. We have lots of experience in building computers, and we will take you step by step through the entire process. As you know, we already covered the different aspects of buying a desktop PC, but now we will show you how to build the custom PC so you can have the satisfaction of using a computer that you built from a pile of components. From our experience, we can tell you that there is nothing else that compares to the moment you fire up a computer you built, it’s like seeing your child born!