How to build your own computer

Does it bother you when you buy a "New" computer online or from a store and find all of this junky software that is already preinstalled? More than 80% of computer users have no clue what this software does and will never use it, but it's still there taking up space. This toolset will help eliminate those problems by providing you the information needed to successfully build your own computer and install only the necessary software that is needed to get it to function the way you want it to. Lets take a look at what it takes to build your own custom PC.

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    How to build a computer - What type of machine do you want to build?

    Lets take a moment to think about why you would want to build your own computer?<br><br>Maybe your very intrigued and a "DIY" kind of person and like to know what component's functionality are? &nbsp;&nbsp;Maybe your tired of the garbage that you buy from Dell, HP, or any other branded machine? &nbsp;Maybe your like me and get tired of all the junky software that is already preloaded on your machine and your actually ready to have a say of what software will be loaded on the machine? &nbsp;There are many reasons for people to build their own computers. &nbsp;You must have your own reason if you have stumbled upon this so lets move on to the next step. &nbsp;<br><br>The first step to building a computer is figuring out what type of machine you want to build. &nbsp;Do you want a really cheap computer for the kids to use for internet browsing and homework? &nbsp;A smaller form factor computer for watching your movies and tv shows? &nbsp;Or maybe your looking to build a powerhouse that will support your gaming habits? &nbsp;Lastly, your looking to build a cheaper computer than you can buy at the store?<br><br>For this example, we are going to say that we are looking to build an above average computer that will handle everyday tasks, but will not choke when I get bored and decide to play some games.<br><br>The first component you will want to choose is your motherboard...

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    How to build a computer - Choose a motherboard

    Finding the right motherboard for your computer build is one of the most challenging parts of the build. &nbsp;There are so many variations of motherboards it will get overwhelming! &nbsp;<br><br>The first thing you may want to consider is which type of CPU you will be getting? &nbsp;Your options are Intel or AMD. &nbsp;AMD seem to be the best bang for the buck where many people find Intel to be more powerful and trustworthy. &nbsp;When building custom computers, I like to try to stick with AMD just because they are cheaper and you can get a decent CPU for the price. &nbsp;This decision will help cut your selection of motherboards in half. &nbsp;<br><br>Now that we have decided to go with an AMD socket on the motherboard, we have to consider what other functionality will we want this board to handle? &nbsp;I like to play it safe and select a board with some expandability incase you decide later that you want to add more PCI cards (video card, dual GB ethernet, or TV tuner card). &nbsp;You will also want to consider how many RAM slots there are for your memory and how many SATA ports there are for your hard drives. &nbsp;For this build, I would suggest at least 3 PCI-e slots, 4 RAM slots, and 3 SATA ports. &nbsp;This will ensure that you can keep up with technology and add components as&nbsp;necessary. &nbsp;<br><br>Keep in mind, motherboards come in different sizes, so when you select a board, you will have to cross-reference the size with your case so you can assure that it will fit inside. &nbsp;<br><br>You should be able to find a decent board for under $100, so start browsing around at <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href=""></a> or <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href=""></a>&nbsp;.<br><br>Now lets look into what components you will be putting in the machine...

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    How to build a computer - Selecting Components

    Now that you have selected your motherboard, you will want to consider everything else that attaches to the motherboard. &nbsp;<br><br>First you will want to find the right CPU that will fit into the socket that is on the motherboard you have selected. &nbsp;There are many types of sockets, but if you are using NewEgg, you can filter the CPU's by the Socket Type. &nbsp;This will allow you to select your socket type (ex. AMD - FM2) and see what options you have. &nbsp;Since we are looking to build a somewhat robust computer system, we will want to consider a quad core CPU. &nbsp;Any quad core will be able to handle the everyday tasts along with watching movies, video editing, gaming, and multi-tasking. &nbsp;If you find anything above a 2.5ghz then you should be in pretty good shape!<br><br>Next you will want to look at the RAM with the correct pin configuration. &nbsp;Look back at your motherboard and the RAM specs will tell you what your pin configuration is and you will be able to filter your RAM selection on NewEgg by the Pins. &nbsp;I would highly recommend you select a dual channel ram (ex. 2 x 2gb). &nbsp;By filling both DIMM slots, you will have better processing times.<br><br>Now you will have to get a power supply if your motherboard or case does not come with one. &nbsp;This is one component that you will want to spend some money, as it is the part that will power everything inside the case. &nbsp;Look for a good one and save yourself some trouble future trouble. &nbsp;<br><br>Most of the time, onboard video will suffice, but if you are planning on running some games on it, then you may want to consider a new graphics card. &nbsp;These range from $30 to $500 depending on the purpose. &nbsp;For our purpose we will be good using the onboard video. &nbsp;<br><br>Next you can select the optical drive. &nbsp;This isn't really that important. &nbsp;For our purpose, I will look into getting a DVD-RW so I can burn some movies when I need to. &nbsp;<br><br>Now you will need somewhere to store all of your files. &nbsp;Hard drives come in many sizes and speeds. &nbsp;You can get anything from a 80GB drive to 4TB drive. &nbsp;If you are looking at storing lots of photos, music, movies, and other miscellaneous files, then I would look at purchasing atleast a 1TB drive. &nbsp;This should give you a great start; keep in mind that you can always upgrade or add an additional hard drive later down the road.<br><br>Finally, you will need to either purchase a Microsoft Windows license or use an open source operating system. &nbsp;For most users, they will want to use Microsoft Windows. &nbsp;I would suggest getting Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium.&nbsp;

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    How to build a computer - Purchasing your components

    Now that you have an idea of what kind of components you are selecting, you can go shopping.<br><br>From my experience, shopping at NewEgg or TigerDirect will be the easiest and cheapest solution.<br><br>NewEgg and TigerDirect make it very easy for you to filter your items so you can assure that you are selecting components that are&nbsp;compatible&nbsp;with&nbsp;each other. &nbsp;

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    How to build a computer - Building your computer

    Once your parts arrive, you will want to organize and&nbsp;unpack&nbsp;them.<br><br>First I would start with the motherboard and CPU. &nbsp;Typically, your CPU will come with the&nbsp;heat sink&nbsp;and fan. &nbsp;You will want to carefully unpack your CPU and find the little gold triangle that is located in one of the corners. &nbsp;This triangle will align with the triangle on the CPU socket on the motherboard. &nbsp;All you have to do is drop the CPU in the socket making sure the pins are down in the socket. &nbsp;Once that is in place, you will have a arm that will swing down towards the motherboard and lock in place, this will secure the CPU in the socket. &nbsp;<br><br>Next, you will have to add thermal compound that came with your CPU on the top of the CPU. &nbsp;You typically will place a small rice size dot in the center of the CPU. &nbsp;Then take your heat sink that came with the CPU and drop that right on it and fasten that to the motherboard by the screw or locking mechanism. &nbsp;Make sure to plug the heat sink fan to the correct plug on the motherboard.<br><br>Next you can install the memory. &nbsp;Simply find the DIMM slot that is labeled DIMM 0 and DIMM 1 and drop the RAM sticks in those slots, make sure they snap in place.<br><br>Now you can screw down the motherboard to the case. &nbsp;The instructions will show you what holes need to be screwed down to fasten the motherboard in the case. &nbsp;<br><br>Next we will install the power supply. &nbsp;This will either mount to the top or bottom of the case, depending on what type of case you ordered. &nbsp;It should only take four screws to be fastened down. &nbsp;Then plug in the Main power connector to the motherboard and the secondary power to the motherboard. &nbsp;<br><br>Now you can install the hard drive. &nbsp;Depending on the case, you can mount this wherever the space is provided. &nbsp;You will need to connect your SATA cable and power cable from the hard drive to the motherboard and power supply. &nbsp;<br><br>The same will apply for the CD-Rom drive. &nbsp;You will have to connect the SATA and power cable to both the motherboard and the power supply. &nbsp;<br><br>After everything is connected, it is time to boot the machine and see if everything is functioning properly. &nbsp;<br><br>If all is functioning properly, you can insert the Microsoft Windows 7 disc into the CD Rom and boot the computer to the Boot menu (typically you can hit F12 to get to the boot menu). &nbsp;Then follow the onscreen instructions to install your operating system.<br><br>After the installation is complete, you should be set to install the Windows Updates which should find all of your drivers for the hardware installed. &nbsp;<br><br>You should now be able to build your own computer!!!

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