Building your own computer is usually the only way to ensure you get all the bells and whistles that fit your needs. However, if you do not know what you are doing you can dump a fortune into this process and still never get what you need out of it. It is important you follow a certain order when building your computer. This is because not all components of a computer are compatible with all other components. For example certain motherboards are only compatible with certain memory, certain processors only work with specific operating systems, etc. Here is the order recommended by PC Tips and Tricks.
- 1) 1) Choose a Processor
- 2) 2) Choose a Motherboard
- 3) 3) Select Type of Memory Card
- 4) 4) Select Graphics Card
- 5) 5) Choose a Compatible Casing
- 6) 6) Select a Hard Drive
- 7) 7) Choose a DVD Burner
- 8) 8) Choose a Blu-Ray Burner
You can think of the CPU or processor as the brain of your computer. It sets the tone for what type of computer is being built; whether it is for business, gaming, graphic design, etc. It is extremely important to get this component of the computer right before moving on, because once it is assembled it is much more difficult to replace the processor.
I like to think of the motherboard as the control center of the computer. It is where other components of the computer such as processor, memory card, graphics card, and other accessory components connect. Why is this important? As previously stated many components are not compatible with one another, so it is crucial you make sure certain items such as specific graphics and memory cards will be compatible with the motherboard before you can move on.
There are two types of memory for a computer. There is long term and short term memory. While your long-term memory is usually stored on the hard drive your short-term memory is processed by the RAM component of your computer. This type of memory plays a big role in your computer’s speed, especially if you are going to be running a lot of applications. Again, it is very important to decide what type of computer is being assembled prior to purchase so that you can make sure to select the type of RAM or memory that will best serve your needs.
Once you have worked your way down the list and your computer is assembled the last step is choosing an operating system. Most people just jump on whatever the newest version of word is; however, I would recommend spending a little time research all the different types of operating systems. There are many versions of windows, some work better for certain things than others. There is also numerous Linux operating systems and ever variations of Apple OS available for certain PC’s (visit Apple OS for Windows).