How to Build Your Own Desktop Computer

by eHow Contributor

When building a new desktop computer, you often save money and can customize the computer according to your needs. More and more people are learning how to build their own computers from the ground up. Whatever your computer needs are, you could build your own desktop computer with a few tips.

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Decide what you'll be using your computer for. Gaming and multimedia desktops lean toward a stronger graphics card and more RAM. A simple computer for school needs a large hard drive.

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Make a list of the basic computer hardware parts you'll need. Every desktop computer system needs a case, motherboard, processor, heatsink or fan, hard drive, RAM, graphics card, CD drive, monitor, and of course the usual mouse and keyboard. There are several places available online to purchase these individual computer parts.

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Order the parts. After receiving all the components that you've ordered, you have to assemble them. Your new motherboard usually includes a set of instructions to assemble the computer system. Be gentle when inserting the processor. There are over 100 pins on the underside of the average processor, which will fail to work if even one pin is bent out of shape. Make sure your case is well ventilated or has several fans to avoid overheating, which can lead to component hardware failure.

Tip

  • check Besides the necessary parts, you can always order bright LEDs and fans, liquid cooling for the extreme gamer and multiple monitors for the multimedia expert.

Warnings

  • close Touch metal or use an antistatic strap to remove static from your body before handling electronic parts, which can become damaged from static electricity.
  • close Read as many manuals as you can find on building a custom computer before attempting.
  • close When buying random computer parts, make sure they are all compatible with each other.

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