31 Jul

Build your own computer

Build your own computer


More and more people are starting to look into the idea of building their own computer. This is in part down to the fact that most people have heard just how much money they can save purchasing computer components themselves as opposed to buying a ‘ready built’ computer. Many people have also heard at just how easy it is to build your own computer. On this page I want to give you a brief rundown of the various components that you will need for your computer build. Sadly this is not a complete guide to build your own computer. That would be a rather in-depth instruction manual. This guide has instead been geared towards getting you started.


Components Required:

• Computer Case: This is going to be what holds everything together in your computer. If you are looking to build your own computer that’s a rather hefty machine power wise then we do suggest buying a rather large case. This will allow for good airflow as well as allowing you to get some of those larger components in there with ease.

• Motherboard: This is the ‘control hub’ of your computer. Your motherboard will determine the type and number of computer components that you can connect to your computer. The quality of the motherboard will have a huge impact on the way in which the processor works and the amount of memory that you can attach. When you build your own computer It is worth doing a good bit of research into the motherboard to ensure that you get something of high quality.

• Power Supply: This is perhaps one of the most important computer components. It is what is going to give your computer life. It is important when build your own computer that you do not ‘skimp’ on the power supply. I have seen plenty of people spend a rather lackluster amount on a power supply and a ton of cash on the other computer components. The result? Fried expensive computer components when the power supply blows.

• Processor: This is the ‘brain’ of your computer. It controls absolutely every single processor. You will want to opt for the fastest processor that you can afford. After all; the faster it can process computer instructions, the faster your computer is going to run.

• Memory: This, along with the processor, is going to control the overall speed of your computer. The memory will be used to store computer data whilst your computer is turned on. Generally speaking; the more memory you have, the more applications you can run, and the more intensive they are. When build your own computer I never suggest getting anything less than 4GB of memory in this day and age. If you have the cash to spend then you may even want to go up to 8GB.

• Hard Drive: This is where all your data is going to be stored. The more space; the better.

• Disc Drive: You can either opt for DVD or a Blu-Ray drive here. This will allow your computer to read discs that you place in it.

• Graphics Card: Most motherboards will have a graphics card built into them. If you are planning on a bit of gaming this integrated graphics card will not be enough however. You will want a dedicated card. You can search for reviews online to determine what the best for your budget is (graphic card technology is improving all of the time and thus it is impossible for me to make suggestions)

• Sound Card: This is not necessary unless you are one of those ‘audiophiles’. Your motherboard will most likely have a fairly decent soundcard built into it. You will only want a soundcard if you are planning on setting up a decent sound system. For most people the normal card should be fine.

Remember; When you build your own computer it can be tough from time to time. If you are a little bit nervous about playing about with expensive computer components then I do suggest that you get in touch with a company that provides computer repairs in Hull. You can then ask them to put the computer together for you. You will of course be charged a small fee for this service, but the total cost of the computer is still likely to be far lower than buying the PC ‘up front’.

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