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How to Build Your Own Home PC
What Kind of Home Computing Do You Do?
The first thing I tell my clients when I start to gather information is that they don't need to pay for something they won't use. If you are looking for a PC that you will use for multimedia, you shouldn't go out and buy a $2,000 gaming computer. You don't buy a Corvette to commute 45 minutes to work do you? Unless you're a doctor or a lawyer, I wouldn't think so. You go buy the $12,000 Ford Fiesta that looks like a family of clowns should be living in it. The same applies to PCs. Think long and hard about what you're about to spend your hard earned money on.
Wal Mart, Best Buy, and others...
Yes, electronics superstores do sell relatively cheap computers. Yes, if you're planning on writing papers for college or playing on Facebook in your free time you can get by with one of their cookie cutter computers. Would I recommend you spend $500 on a laptop from Best Buy to get the best gaming experience of your lifetime? Absolutely not. In fact, I would recommend staying away from those stores and their expensive warranties for a few simple reasons:
- You can build a better PC for way cheaper than the quality you would get from any of those stores.
- For the price of their warranties, you can replace most parts of the computer and save money.
- YOU CAN BUILD 3 QUALITY PCs FOR THE PRICE OF A MACBOOK PRO.
Please excuse the all-caps, but I can't stand the Apple fad. The good news is, I can help you save money and get the PC you need.
Let's Get To The Planning Stage
Alright, now here come all the questions you'll need to answer to figure out what type of PC you'll want. Are you going to use the PC for gaming? Do you need to use it for photo, video, or audio editing? Are you planning on needing vast amounts of space for all your files? Keep track of your answers for these questions. Write them down and circle the things you'll use the PC for most. Decide how fast you want the computer to process your tasks. Also, keep in mind what kind of monitor you'll want to use. This information will come in handy when you're deciding what components you'll put into the PC.
What kind of computing do you do?
Don't Get Overwhelmed
Before you get overwhelmed with the long list of components that go into a PC, I'm going to let you in on a secret. There will be a link later in the article that will make choosing compatible parts a lot easier than it sounds. There are even full computer kits you can buy that will let you save money on parts, shipping, and the cost of having it assembled at the factory. I'll also give you a link to a video that will show you how to put the computer together. Do not worry too much about assembly. It's easier than it looks.
Components of a PC
The parts inside of a computer are as follows:
- Case Fan
- CPU Cooler (Central Processing Unit)
- RAM (Random Access Memory)
- HDD (Hard Disc Drive)
- Graphics Card
- Sound Card
- NIC (Network Interface Card)
- Power Supply
- DVD/BluRay Drive
- SSD (Solid State Drive) (Optional)
- Printer (Optional)
To find all of these parts, make them work together, and hope that nothing goes wrong can be a daunting task. The great thing about the internet is that someone else, somewhere, and some other time did the exact thing you're doing. They built their computer for the first time, and they documented how it went. Google and YouTube are great tools to help you out.
So, we're going to take that list of tasks you wrote down earlier, and we're going to go check out what the internet has to offer.
Google, NewEgg, and Amazon
The first website I want you to go to is Google. Type in the search box what type of computer you think you want to build. For this example, I'm going to type in "build gaming computer." The first website that came up is: http://www.build-gaming-computers.com/. I don't recommend using this website in any way, shape, or form to buy a computer. I won't do that for a site I haven't vetted myself. Simply get some ideas for the components you may want for your computer. You may even learn a better search term in this process to find exactly the computer you want to build.
Now go to: http://www.newegg.com/DIY-PC-Combos/PromotionStore/ID-33. This IS a site I would recommend buying your Do It Yourself PC building kit. The cool thing about this website is that when you buy a kit, you get discounts on each of the components, and you'll also save money on shipping all the parts together. If you can wait 7 business days, you'll get your parts for $3.99 shipping. Now, I cannot promote companies over others according to the HubPages rules, so what I'm going to tell you to do next is completely optional, but I have to recommend finding the computer you want to build from the NewEgg website, and looking up the parts on Amazon.com for price comparison and other deals.
(You have the option as a free human being to skip the Amazon step, but I have to follow the rules.)
Buy the Parts, Get them Shipped, and Watch a Video
I will be the first to admit that it's not super easy to build a computer for the first time. That is why I will be linking to a few YouTube videos to help you out. Unfortunately, I'm not good at shooting video, but I will attempt to record my next build so I can make sure you guys get all the tips and hints to making assembly easier. It may be a while before I get it posted, so in the mean time, watch these videos and learn how to do it:
Let's say you now have your computer fully built and plugged in, but how are you supposed to run it? You need to decide what your favorite Operating System (OS) is and load it onto the computer. For Windows and Linux, the process is very similar. You put the disc in the drive and follow the steps to set it up. Below this paragraph are links to buy Windows and download Linux. If, however, you cannot figure out how to load the OS of your choice, there are plenty of YouTube videos out there that can help. I prefer Windows, but if you like Linux better, I'll include the link:
If You Need Help
The best place to come for help and questions is the source. Not very many people will put their personal email on their blog, but I want to help you guys. If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for this article or a future one, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I appreciate the read and I hope I've helped you in some way. Make sure you do your research and follow the instructions carefully. I won't be responsible for any mistakes you make, but I will definitely help you get through them. Email is free and I am too. For anyone who wants me to do a custom build for them, the same email applies.