I built my first computer when I was 15. I learned a lot, but I also ran into some problems that I hadn’t foreseen. Here are the top issues that people seem to have problems with when it comes to building their own computer.
Odds are good that many, if not all of the parts you use will come from different manufacturers. Some will come from local stores, others from the great ‘deal’ you found online, some from other systems you have, and so on. The problem you will run into here is when something goes wrong, doesn’t work properly, or you have a question about installation you will have to track down the manufacturer. It can be a complete headache and very time consuming.
Show Me the Money:
If you’re building your own system, you probably have something very specific in mind and have a particular need you want the system to fill. My son wants to build a computer specifically for game design. What many people don’t realize is that the cost is going to almost always be more than buying a system. Before you commit to building a system, sit down and do the math. What cost are you looking at? You aren’t going to get the same kind of discounts that a computer manufacturer will get.
Many people read reviews and think that the parts they are looking at must be good if the review says so. Many internet reviews are not accurate or do not come from first hand knowledge. Often, people are paid to give a positive review or are simply lazy and basically copy other peoples reviews. It’s sad but true. Before you spend a dime, research every single component that you will be using. It’s not fun to be stuck with useless parts that you spent a lot of money on. Visit trustworthy sites only.
The first time you do almost anything, it can be challenging to say the least. If it’s going to be your first time building a computer, think about if you should go it alone. It isn’t that it’s overly difficult. There’s so much information available, that anyone who can read and follow directions can build a computer. Building your own system can be more of a challenge depending on what type of system you’re trying to build If it’s complicated, think about reaching out for help from someone who has been through it themselves.
Trust me, you are going to run into surprises that you didn’t even think about. One part not being compatible with another; no matter how much research you did, a part being defective and not being able to reach the company you bought it from, fixing problems by buying a different part only to discover that you had wired something wrong etc.. There are going to be surprises as you build your own system.
Just take all of these things into careful consideration before you jump into anything.