The only constant in the computer world is change. What is new today is ancient in a year. Technology is changing at lightning speeds. This is great for the consumer, because everything is getting smaller, faster, and less expensive. If you decide to build your own computer, here are 5 tips that will truly make your new computer personal.
Define Your Use
More than anything else, first defining how you are going to use your computer determines everything else. Know the types of software applications you want to run on it, the type of working environment it will be running in, and whether or not it will be a standalone computer, or part of a home network. These are all your first considerations.
Set a Budget
Once you decide on the usage of the computer, you have to set a budget. What is the bottom line most you are willing to spend on the computer. Remember, this includes paying for your own operating system and other software that is not free downloads. When you build your own computer, you have to buy both hardware and software.
Picking the Right Motherboard and Case
Defining your use and setting a budget will give you clarity when it comes to choosing the starting point of your computer hardware. Your CPU is the brain of your computer, and only certain CPU’s fit on certain motherboards. Likewise, only certain motherboards fit in certain cases. The sizes of motherboards and cases are called form factors, and must match.
Allow for Expansion
Because computers are constantly changing, you can always add on more memory and a faster CPU later, as long as you pick the right motherboard now. You can also add more or bigger hard drives. Do your research now, so you will have more freedom to upgrade later. What do you have to have now, and what can you wait until later for.
A wireless USB mouse and keyboard are inexpensive. So are flat screen monitors. Many times you can buy a flat screen TV (with good speakers built in) for fifty to a hundred dollars less than the same sized monitor, as long as it has a computer VGA input on it. Obvious make sure you install a NIC card, which allows internet access. Top it all off with a printer, and you have made yourself a very “personal” computer.