Are you looking for a great computer but find that the offerings at the stores just aren’t what you want? Or perhaps you are just looking to create your dream machine with all of the components that you need. Maybe you just enjoy DIY projects and want to save a little money by building your own computer. Whatever your reasons, knowing how to build a computer is key. In this guide, we will teach you everything you need to know to build your own machine.
Step One: Compatibility Matters
Before we get into HOW to build your own computer, it is important that we take a moment to talk about compatibility issues. When looking to build your own computer, it is important to start with the motherboard. Write down what types of processors it is compatible with, as well as what type of RAM it uses, how many RAM slots are available, and what types of hard drives are supported. You will also want to make sure that the video outputs match the inputs on your monitor. Making sure that all of your parts are compatible will ensure that the computer you build functions properly and gives you the best and longest-lasting performance.
Step Two: Buying Parts
Once you have the basics of compatibility down, it is time to start building your own computer. This means that you need to buy parts. One idea, especially for those new to PC building, is to buy a barebones computer. Tiger Direct has some great barebones PCs for any price range, such as this ASUS performance bundle for $2099.99 with a core i-7 and this budget quad core bundle for only around $200. This is a set of compatible parts, typically including a case, motherboard, processor, RAM, and sometimes a hard drive, video card, or sound card. When you purchase a barebones kit, typically all you need is an operating system and perhaps a hard drive or video card, as well as a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. These kits can be a fantastic way to save money while offering parts that you can be confident will work well together. You can save great money on barebones computer kits by using Tiger Direct Coupons.
Another option is to purchase your parts separately. In order to build a home computer, whether for gaming or for web surfing, here are the parts you will need to buy.
- CPU (processor)
- Hard Drive
- Operating System
- Sound Card (optional, included on many motherboards)
- Video Card (typically optional, but usually required for high definition video and high end gaming)
- Mouse and Keyboard
Step Three: Installing the Motherboard
When assembling a computer, it is important to ensure that you are grounded and that you are working in an area free of static in order to prevent damage to the parts. If you have purchased a separate power supply or a larger power supply than the one that came with your case or kit, start by screwing it into place. You will then want to start by opening the case to install the motherboard. This is typically done by removing thumbscrews on the back of the computer case, allowing one side to be fully removed. When the side is removed, you will want to remove all of the motherboard screws while ensuring that you are grounded and free of static. Put your new motherboard in place and start replacing your screws. EBay offers great deals on home and gaming computer cases, with prices ranging from around $20 to over $200 depending on brand, features, and more. Our eBay Coupons are a great way to save on cases, motherboards, and other internal components for your computer!
Step Four: Putting It All Together
With your motherboard in place, you are ready to get started really building your own computer. You will now want to put your processor in place, making sure that you apply ample thermal paste to the back of it before placing on the heatsink and fan. Once the processor is in place, install your RAM into the RAM slots. If you are using RAM sticks of different sizes, make sure that the one with the most storage capacity is closest to the processor. Now you will want to screw the hard drive into the hard drive bay, as well as any other drives that you have purchased, such as a CD-ROM or Blu-Ray drive. Next, install any video or sound cards purchased into the appropriate PCI-Express or other slots and screw them firmly into place. When you are done, begin attaching the power cables from your power supply to the motherboard, hard drive, and peripherals (when required). Make sure to attach all case fans and your processor fan to the motherboard as well. Place the side of the case back on and replace your thumbscrews. Congratulations, you are almost done building your own computer!
Step Five: The External Components
Now that you have created the basics of your computer, it is time to install your peripherals. Using the appropriate cables for your video card or built-in video, attach your monitor to the computer and plug it in. If you are not using HDMI or other sound built into your monitor, attach your speakers to the speaker port on your sound card or motherboard. Next, plug in your keyboard and mouse. You are now ready to begin installing your operating system. Simply power on your new computer and put in the CD that came with your OS. You can save great money on your OS or on many different keyboard and mouse combos using our Target Promo Codes. Target offers great keyboards and mice such as this Logitech set for $69.99 or this great gaming mouse for $149.99.
Once your operating system is installed, you are finished building your own computer! From here, all you need to do is install drivers for your computer using the discs that came with your components. If your computer does not have built-in wireless, you may need to network using ethernet or purchase a wireless card to download the latest drivers. With all of this done and all updates installed, you are ready to start downloading your favorite software and using your new computer. Whether you are a gamer, a web-surfer, or someone who works from home, building your own computer is a fun way to save money while creating the computer you have always dreamed of!