Hey guys! Pretty excited about this series coming up. I decided to create a course on building a computer step by step because, when I built mine, there were no instructions! I spent a good amount of time researching and learning in order to build a good computer at the time. Notice I say at the time because computers and parts become outdated fairly quickly. I had spent a few hours trying to figure out what was even going on. It was pretty scary and my computer didn’t even work after putting all the pieces together. If you want to find out why I’ll tell you in my last post of this series. I love to keep you waiting!
Building a Computer Step by Step – The Point of This Series
The point is to show you how to build a computer and what parts are needed. There are a lot of pieces that go into building a computer and you will probably spend more time researching, then actually building the computer. It’s tricky to build alone with no prior experience and that is what we are here for! But remember, the easiest way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time, so don’t sweat it.
Be mindful that you will get what you put into this build. If you spend a few hundred dollars and expect to run top-tier games or do intensive photo editing, you will be disappointed. You pay cheap, you get cheap and just keep that in mind because you only have one chance at this for next few years, unless you are rich.
How This Can Help You
Building a computer from scratch is no easy task so I really want to break it down. My goal is to not only show you how but to help you develop an understanding of what you’re doing throughout the process. You don’t want to just memorize or follow steps—you want to know why the step exists. I want to create a cornerstone of knowledge for someone new to building computers. I wish I had this when I was in the process of building mine!! This post will help someone out there become as successful as I was when building my computer and having the pride associated with it because it can be quite intimidating. Just start with the case and work it one piece at a time.
Building a Computer Step by Step – It Starts With a Case
The case is the beginning. This piece will push you to buy all of the rest. I remember that I told myself that I was going to only buy a few parts at a time because money was tight, but my Amazon and gaming addiction brought me to my knees. I bought it all after I got my case. This is where we’ll start and this is where we’ll finish. That is when we close the case after putting all the parts in it.
The case is the foundation of your new house(computer) and if you get a small house, you won’t be able to upgrade as much in the future. Make sure you leave room for improvement. As soon as you buy parts, they’re already creating more! This means that you do not need something just because it is top of the line or because it is the most expensive. You want to buy for efficiency and accustom this to your needs and wants.
Choosing The Parts That Go Into The Case
After we choose your tower, you will need the core inside pieces, I have included my picture at the top to give you kind of an idea to what your computer will look like in the end. There are a lot of wires and parts, but don’t let that discourage you in any way. Building a computer sounds threatening and look scary!! However, that is what this article is for! You will need several other parts for the interior, such as your CPU, GPU, RAM, and MOBO. I am not going to explain these terms in this post, but keep you guessing.
You need to research these on your own because some parts you choose will not be the same as mine. Try thinking of researching those terms as a precursor that will be required for you to find the parts. I will explain these terms to you when we go to buy the parts, such as the CPU and GPU.
What Comes After My PC is Built?
We will get into setting up Windows and installing useful software after your computer is built. We also need to find good accessories—a decent keyboard, mouse, and headset. Good monitors are critical as well. There are lots of things to consider. We’ll be taking many steps together to give you the knowledge—not the “build”—so you can RECREATE this success. If you are interested in laptops and what those specs mean, we cover those as well. This will help you understand the hidden meanings behind specs as well. Now you will be able to build a computer and purchase laptops with confidence!
Don’t look at the conclusion of this series as the end but the beginning of exploring all the possibilities! I hope you enjoy! Head on over to our first article starting with what case to buy. Leave any comments or questions below and we’d love to look into them for you!