Save Money By Building Your Own PC

Building your own PC is easier than ever before, they are now effectively plug and play devices and the components are available from many retailers online for great prices. It is simply a matter of putting all of the bits together and then installing the drivers (Windows will have most of the driver software pre-loaded anyway once you have installed the operating system). In this article I will run through the key steps involved to successfully build your first PC.

Step 1

This is the planning stage; the planning stage is the key part of the whole process. First you need to decide what kind of PC you want, do you want it for gaming, are you a designer who uses Photoshop/Dreamweaver a lot or do you simply use the internet and Microsoft Office? If you are designer you might want to spend more money on upgrading your RAM and Processor, if you want to play games then you’ll want a good processor and a very good dedicated graphics card.

Step 2

Make a list of all the items you will require to build it and go about buying them. Make sure not to leave anything out, you can get full lists of required laptop components online, this will include everything from the fan to the motherboard, the RAM, the casing and the keyboard. Purchase your laptop components today and also make sure you pay attention to whether these items come with screws to attach them to the casing or whether you will have to buy them separately.

Step 3

We are now up to the building stage, despite what you may thing this is actually the easiest part of the whole process, step 2 is probably the hardest. There are two things you need to be careful of when building your PC and that is not to over tighten the screws and make sure you assemble it in the correct order or you’ll just end up having to take it apart again. There are lots of very helpful YouTube tutorials on how to assemble your PC in the correct order.

Step 4

The time has come to turn it on and see if it working. Before you will be able to use it however you will need to install an operating system, you can buy versions of Windows or alternatively download free systems like Ubuntu. The advantage of windows is that everything is automated for you so if you are a relative novice then go for this option, it should detect most of the drivers itself instead of having to install them manually. Once this is sorted out you should be ready to go and use your brand new PC at about half the price you would have paid in the shop for it.

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