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8 Steps To Build Your Own Computer

Updated on October 7, 2009

There are many technologies to choose from when building your own PC today. Many computers are prebuilt and shipped to your door usually within a week. Rather than having one prebuilt you can also choose to do it yourself. That way you already know exactly what is going into your machine and can concentrate on what you are going to do with it. This provides you a in-depth understanding of exactly what you need in a computer and a understanding if anything should go wrong you will be able to take of the repairs yourself. It allows you to make the decisions up front in exactly what high quality materials go into your machine.

There are eight basic steps to follow in building your own computer.

Step 1 – Design

Designing your desktop can be fun it will allow you to express your own individuality when it comes to the technology that you use. You can choose today from many different computer case designs, or install water cooling or even neon lights. Do a little research on the exact hardware and software that you are going to be installing. There are many online sites that do a lot of the comparisons for you. Once you have decided on the specs of you systems make sure they are all compatible and avoid using refurbished or parts older than a couple of years because they may cause you problems.

Step 2 -Setting up a workspace

Once you have acquired all your components or they have been shipped to your home. While you are salivating to open them remember they still have to be put together. So find a dry, clean, and bright area of your home that is away from carpet or static electricity. Collect the basic necessary tools that you are going to need like screwdriver and pliers. If you cannot find a static free zone you can get an antistatic wrist band very cheap at any local hardware store. It will help you from damaging any components you are installing into your machine.

Step 3 - Getting Started

Start by removing the cover of the chassis that you purchased. First thing to mount in the machine is the power supply, fans, and feet for the case.

Then wearing your antistatic wrist band carefully removes the motherboard from the packaging. There will be some standoffs in there that need to be placed at the back or bottom depending on the type of chassis. Once you have them in place tighten down the main board of the machine. Remember not to over tighten everything just so that it is snuggly filled below.

Step 4 - Start configuring

Many motherboards come with different configurations that can be set manually using jumpers or switches so check the user manual for the exact specs that you would like to set it to. Install then the CPU, CPU cooler, and memory into your machine. follow the examples in the documentation provided or check out this video.

Step 5 - Power

The next step is to add the internal power cables into the machine. attach the larg power cable first to the motherboard attach the power cord to the other components as needed and attach the ribbons ready for drive installation.

Step 6 - Installing the Drives

Once you have the power and data cable applied to the main board of your machine it is best then to install the drive you will be using. Start with the cdrom or DVD drive and floppy drive for your computer. Ensure you have the jumpers for the drives in the right location for master or slave. Then physically mount the drives to the front cover of the computer. Then attach the data and power cables as needed.

Step 7 - Operating System

After getting your computer main board and components into the system the next steps included installing your chosen os. Weather it is windows XP, windows Vista, Or new windows 7. Make sure the first thing you do install after it is up in the GUI interface is respected security software.

Step 8 - Enjoy

Relax, sit back, and enjoy the fruits of your labor and your new computer.

Feel proud that you were able to build your own computer to meet your exact needs


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    8 years ago

    Great guide. You can now get those web based systems which allow you to design your own, completely bespoke computers, component by component which is great for those people who aren't too confident at physically building a system and who also are working to a tight budget.

  • katyzzz profile image


    8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    Not for me, but it was certainly interesting to read

  • sarovai profile image


    9 years ago

    Simple instructions and useful. Thank u for sharing.


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