Building a Computer Step by Step – Overview

Building a Computer Step by Step

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 Notice I say at the time because computers and parts become outdated fairly quickly.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 CaseNZXT

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!

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13 Comments

  1. Awesome article, Pat! That first photo reminds me of time spent working under the hood of a car with my dad. I see where a person could benefit from choosing individual components. I am curious though, are there disadvantages inherent to this approach?

    • The disadvantages would be the inconvenience. Waiting on the parts and putting everything together would be pretty tough for someone not very persistent.
      I love working on cars and thank you for the comment!

  2. It’s not something that you normally think about – building your own computer. It’s so easy to go to the store and pick one out. But, the downside to that is that you don’t always have everything you want. I love this idea of building your own computer from scratch. Thanks for the step-by-step instructions. I’m sure I wouldn’t able to take something on like this without them!

    • I completely agree. It can be extremely daunting to build a computer, but it’s actually pretty simple. If you ever need any help with anything, please let me know!

  3. Thank for the help Pat. I know a bit about computers, but not the inside. It was always too complicated for me.

    But you have laid out what I need to get started. Looking forward to reading the rest of this guide.

  4. Hey Pat,

    When I was younger I had my own computer built by my brother’s friend and I always said to myself ‘how cool that would be to know how to do this’.

    I’ve never done it afterwards, but that’s actually a task I would like to do in the future. Thanks for the tips!

    • Ben, you can definitely do it man. It is really fun and actually quite simple. The tools and tips I’ve given should make it seamless. Please let me know if you ever need help!

  5. Pat,
    My previous job let me take a course on building computers. We had to take one apart and put it back together and make sure it worked when done. It has been years since I have taken this class. I have been the person in the family that everyone brings their broken computer when it needs simple work.
    Your articles should help me and others understand what we can do to upgrade or build a new box.
    Thanks for your information, I still have one box in the basement that only has a power supply, I may look at your future articles to get inspiration to fill it up and use it.
    John

    • John,
      I totally understand being the tech point of contact. It’s pretty entertaining to see people think you can fix anything. You should definitely use that power supply and build a computer if you have some spare money, it’s a ton of fun. Thank you for the response! 🙂

  6. Nice article Pat. One question… do you feel building your own is cost effective these days? I have built some in the past and back then the cost of acquiring windows was almost as much as the computers in the stores. Has this changed at all?

    • It depends honestly, there are some nice computers built out there that are amazing and in some cases it is cost effective. I think it depends on what you’re shooting for. Windows is pretty expensive and I could see that as well. I feel like when building a computer, you get more options in the customization but the price is around the same as buying one already. It’s kind of like buying a regular car or a car decked out and customized by yourself.

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