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How do you build a computer?

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May 05, 2010 1:44PM

Buy a:

  • Case
  • Power Supply (Sometimes comes with case)
  • Motherboard
  • Processor/CPU
  • RAM/Memory
  • Hard Drive
  • CD/DVD Drive
  • Peripherals, such mouse, keyboard, and monitor.
  • An Operating System. Such as Windows or Linux.

Optional Components:

  • Video Card (For graphic intensive actions. Games and graphic design)
  • Sound Card (Higher quality sound. Home theaters and professional music editing)
  • Other peripherals, like earphones.

Before you buy, make sure all parts are compatible.

This is a simple summary of what to do, consult the manuals for each part for an in-depth guide.

  1. Place power supply into case.
  2. Put motherboard in place. Connect necessary cables.
  3. Install other components. Connect cables.
  4. Once all parts are done, close case and move onto peripherals.
  5. Plug peripherals in.
  6. Turn computer on.
  7. Install operating system.
  8. Install necessary drivers, usually found with product or on its website.

Setting up a computer

we need to know some additional info first:

what type of motherboard is it? (brand name, model #, mhz, etc.)

once a brand name is given for the motherboard and the model number, you can try searching for the manufacturer's website for downloading a manual or online instructions for installation. another important tip is to be careful of magnetic objects (screw drivers, etc.) near these parts AND static causing agents (including your hands, carpeting). these will ruin the parts by shorting them out.

The easiest way would be to buy a "BareBones" system. Depending how much you want spend will determine what you will get. Some of the systems will only require a harddrive and a operating system.