What is advice on building your own computer?
Brand-name computers are good quality but building your own can
save you money and get you exactly what you want.
Brand-name is good quality, but they often bundle there PC's
with lots of accessories and junk software that you probably will
never use, and they jack up the price for it. I have recently built
my first PC, it was surprisingly easy and fun. The first thing you
should have in mind is what you want it to do, I built mine for
games, so having upgradeable hardware is key...I wanted to be able
to upgrade my graphics later on..
So you need to keep things in mind like this, do you want
on-board video or not? I started with the motherboard and built
around that. You need to fully understand that certain parts only
work with certain parts e.g. you CANNOT stick a AGP video card into
a PCI-E slot and expect it to work if you get my drift. Same goes
for CPU/Mobo/RAM ect. So if you're building going from the ground
up you need to remember this stuff, you CANNOT stick a 775 socket
CPU in a 774 socket Motherboard. You will end up damaging both the
CPU and the MOBO.
So keep that in mind, when you buy a Motherboard you should get
a list of all the compatible hardware/software...Also there are
lots of different Case types like : ASUS, Abit, MSI, DFI, ATX which
all have different screw holes for the Motherboard and power
supply...So advice would be to start with the motherboard and build
up from that using the recommended hardware for the motherboard.
Find a case that fits, make sure you have a Operating system disk
handy, and make sure that OS is supported by all of your
You may also want to install the CPU yourself to save a lil
money or you could opt for a Mobo w/pre-installed CPU and make
things MUCH easier. I installed my CPU by myself was worried about
it at first hearing a lot or horror stories of things going wrong,
but personally I found it easy and had no problems installing the
CPU whatsoever. Make sure you do the research first before
attempting to install a CPU because you could easily destroy a CPU
if you don't know what your doing. Don't be afraid to use a
walk-through! It's a great feeling once you get her up and running
and installing your new operating system :)
I'm 17, and have been building my own PCs for just over 5 years
now. It's not as hard as they say...
You have to decide what you want the PC for, gaming, work,
server management etc. After that, you need to decide what the best
hardware is for your specific purpose (speak to a local PC dealer
E.g: For gaming, you want a dual core CPU at minimum (quad core
or higher preferred). So make sure the motherboard can handle a
good CPU as well as lots of ram (+- 8 gb) and pci-e slot. If you
can get a SLI compatible board then go for it (can connect to
graphics cards of the same type to double memory). Also aim for a
gigabit on-board network card and 5.1 channel sound card. A good
hard drive is essential (250gb should do at first). Make sure your
mother board can handle SATA (Serial-ATA) drives as they transfer
data at a much quicker rate than the old IDE... I would suggest
going for a Gigabyte mother board if it is your first build. They
are easy to manage and very reliable.