Congratulations on your decision to build your own computer. When computers first hit the scene your options were limited. Now you can purchase a computer to suit any type of lifestyle. Your choices can range from a desktop, laptop, all-in-one or tablet device and that’s before you get into manufacturer, hardware or software preferences. The best way to ensure that you have the perfect computer is to build it yourself. Building a personal computer can sound intimidating, but if you are up for the challenge, it can be a very rewarding experience. Here are a few tips to help you along the way.
Test Your Components
Make sure you test your motherboard and BIOS equipment prior to building your computer. This will help you ensure that the components actually work before you put in the effort to build your computer. It has only happened to me once, but after a full day of building a gaming PC I realized that the motherboard was defective. Although, the vendor quickly sent a replacement, this was an experience I wouldn’t want anyone to have.
A successful build, starts with a great plan. The first step in your plan is to document your needs. What purpose do you have for this computer? For instance, if you are building a gaming machine, you may want to use a 64 bit instead of 32 bit. If your computer is needed for the office, consider multiple disc or USB drives for storage or a 1TB hard drive. A well-thought out plan can make all the difference in how well your computer performs.
Keep Your Packaging
Make sure you keep the packaging from your computer components. Many components offer limited warranties and you want to make sure that you have your original packaging and receipt, to help the process move along quicker.
Driver and Software Updates
Since you are building your computer from scratch it will not come with start-up DVDs and software installation discs. No worries, most of the software that the computer manufacturer provides with your computer is outdated before it arrives to your home anyway. The best way to ensure that you are getting the most updated software is to go online to the manufacturer website and download proper drivers and software.
Know the Basics
I’m not saying that you have to be a computer whiz, but it is best to have an understanding of the components needed to build your computer. This will help you make better decisions concerning your needs and what type of computer will help you meet them.
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