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How To Build A Computer - 8 Steps To Build Your Own Computer

Aug 17, 2007
There are several advantages to building your own computer. Probably the most important is that you can customize your pc to fit your exact needs, rather than having to buy a pre-assembled pc and then make changes. Understanding how your computer is put together will help you if you need to make repairs or add new components at a later time. Building your own computer allows you to make the decisions on what type of components are used in putting the computer together to assure high quality materials are included.

There are eight basic steps to build your own computer.

Step 1 - Design

Decide what specific needs you have for the computer and make a list of components.
Research hardware and software needed to provide for the determined needs.
Decide if you are going to use reconditioned or used components or buy new. Test all used components. Most parts over five years old are not worth using, as they may be incompatible with newer parts.

Step 2 -Setting up a workspace

Find a clean, dry, bright and dust free workspace. Avoid work areas that have carpet as this can lead to problems with static.
Collect the basic tools needed such as screwdrivers and pliers. At the very least use an antistatic wrist strap when building your own computer. It would be even better if an anti-static mat were placed on the floor of the work area.

Step 3 - Getting Started

Remove the cover from the computer case. Mount the feet, power supply and cooling fan using the screws provided.
Prepare the motherboard for installation by attaching the standoffs to the removable plate on the cover. If the cover does not have a removable plate the rest of the components will need to be installed first. Screws should be tightened just enough to be snug and keep the motherboard in place, but not overly tightened.

Step 4 - Start configuring

Configure your motherboard using the product manual settings.
Install the CPU, memory and heat sink or cooler.
As with all components follow manufacturers recommendations for settings and installation.

Step 5 - Power

With the motherboard in place begin by attaching the large power cable from the power supply to the motherboard.
Attach the smaller power cords to the LED and other components.
Attach the flat ribbon looking drive cables to the motherboard.

Step 6 - Installing the Drives

Configure the hard drive, CD-ROM drive, DVD or floppy drive using manufactures specifications.
Ensure the setting for "master" and "slave" is correct.
Physically mount the drives to the front of the cover.
Ensure power is hooked up correctly to the drives; attach drive cables to the devices.

Step 7 - Operating System

Determine which operating system works best for your needs.
Install the operating system
Set up a security system for your computer.

Step 8 - Enjoy

Relax, sit back, and enjoy your new computer.
Feel proud that you were able to build your own computer to meet your exact needs.
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