Have you ever wanted to build your own computer but don’t know how to get started? Or are you not sure you have all your bases covered? Well, I’ve gathered a few helpful tips for the beginner and the advanced user alike.
Decide What You Want
You need to figure out what kind of computer you want first. Do you want a desktop or a laptop? A gaming PC, work computer, or just something to surf the internet with? The type of computer you want will determine what type of parts you need.
Do your research! I cannot stress this enough. Some companies do not offer parts upgrades, some brands are not compatible with other brands, and there are certain technical requirements for certain system set-ups you may want.
You need to get your motherboard first. Some of them come with processors already built in, others have as much as the video and sound cards already installed. You can even order them custom made and pre-built for you. But again, do your research. Some motherboards will only accept certain types of processors and such.
While it’s not enough to hurt you, even the tiniest electric transfer between you and the motherboard during your build could FRY IT. Be grounded. Be safe.
Saving Your Information
You should save your receipts, part, and serial numbers in the event you should have to return something. It’s also a good idea to hang on to the parts boxes, if you have room to store them… at least until you’re sure everything works okay. Keeping part and serial numbers will help you if you need to replace something later on.
Okay, that’s my best advice, gathered from the best sources I could find (with a bit of personal experience thrown in there – mostly what NOT to do lol). I hope it takes care of your questions about building your own PC.
Techno Buffalo – technobuffalo.com
DIY All Day – diyallday.com