Building computers for a newbie can seem like an extremely long and complicated process. There are hundreds of parts that all go into making a computer and it takes a lot of money, time and effort to make a computer and as it is not an easy process, if you’re going to go on this journey then you’ll need to commit to finishing building it. There used to be debate around which is better PC or Laptop, and which laptop or PC is the best, but, some people got to the point where no laptop or PC was perfect for their needs and so decided to make their own to ensure it is perfect for them. Over time, there has become a bigger range of PCs available with different specifications, so it is much more likely now an already made PC will suit your needs. This means fewer people are building their own PCs, but some people are still choosing to build their own so they can customize them.
Why you should build your own PC?
There are plenty of reasons why building your own PC is great, not only is it a great project to focus on, making it a great hobby and something productive to work on, but it is also a functional project. You get to choose every single part of the specification, anything that you want on your PC can be there, you get to make every decision right down to the choice between the 0.030 and 0.035 flux core wire. Building your own PC gives you the freedom that you don’t have with pre-made PC’s, often it can even be cheaper. When buying the parts separately can allow you to save a whole bunch of cash, this is because you’re not having to pay wages and labor costs as you’re doing all the hard work yourself.
Just like with the specification where you have total freedom and flexibility, this is the same with the design. If you’re bored of the typical designs from a PC and want to mix it up a bit then this is the chance to do it. Building your own computer will also allow you to brush up on your technical knowledge and you’ll have a much better understanding of how PC’s work, plus, it’ll be cheaper for you to upgrade your PC when it is time as you won’t have to buy a new one from scratch.
The things you’ll need to build a PC yourself
There are many components that go into making a PC, but we’ve rounded up all the most important items that you’ll need when you set off on this challenge. The first thing you’ll need to look into to find the perfect one to suit your PC is the motherboard, this is one of the most important components of building a PC as it connects all the other parts which allows them to communicate.
When choosing a motherboard you’ll want to make sure you know what processor you want and if you want an LGA or an AM processor. There are several different sizes of the motherboard, if you’re just starting out with building computers then we do recommend using the standard size. The next thing you’ll need is a decent CPU, this acts as the brain of the computer, it connects to the motherboard is easily the most important component. It will depend on what you’re using your PC for what CPU you’ll need, for example, if your use isn’t very CPU-intensive then you can get away with getting something like the AMD RYZEN 3 3200G 4-Core 3.6 GHz. If you’re wanting to play games you’ll need to get a graphics card, you need to think about your operating system, power supply, storage, and RAM.
Building your PC
Now that you have all of the parts for your PC, it’s time to start building it, we spoke to the best techies to find the best tips and tricks when it comes to putting all the pieces together. Firstly, you’ll need to find yourself a good workspace, it needs to be open and clean so you can lay out all of your components so you can see and find them for when you need them. The first step is that you need to install your CPU, you’ll need to use the thermal paste to set your processor, then you’ll need to set a heat sink directly on top of this. This is going to be the hardest part of the process, as the CPU is the most important thing, this requires you to be very precise so take your time with it as you don’t want to make any mistakes. As you have installed a heat sink, you’ll also need to add in a cooling fan to stop the processor from overheating.
Once you’ve done the first step you can relax a little bit as the worst part is done, the next step is to install your storage and your memory. Memory is the easiest thing to install, which is a nice easy step after completing the hardest one. Following this, you need to install your motherboard, graphics card, and ribbon cables. Once this is done it’s time to boot up your newly made PC and once you’ve installed windows then you’re done.