Back in the early internet days, it was not uncommon to build a PC from the ground up. But now it is really easy to simply head to Best Buy, or hop online to purchase a PC for your home or office. It is in many ways the only way to get the performance you want, or maybe need.
Do people still build PCs? Absolutely. There are PC gamers and computer hobbyists that would not buy a PC. They would rather build their own to ensure they are getting the best performance. PC builders can choose specialized parts like processors, or even small components like shift registers.
This, however, takes a bit of know-how and some skills. Not to scare you away from a PC build of your own. If you are thinking of building your very own PC, it is a great way to maintain control over how your computer performs. The following essential tips to master your PC build will hopefully get you moving in the right direction. Let’s dive in!
When it comes to building a PC, you will quickly learn the large number of parts involved. And the large number of parts you will need to choose from. It is very important for beginner PC builders to know the core anatomy of a PC in order to be successful.
Here are the core PC parts you should know a bit more about:
- The PC motherboard. This is the main component of your PC. It is where the SSDs, hard drives, RAM, cables, and all other things come together.
- Processor for your PC. The processor of your PC is the brain of the entire operation. It is essentially where all the data of your PC is sifted through and distributed.
- The PC RAM. This is the part of your PC where tasks are stored for a short amount of time. RAM also has another job too, since it deals with all the main memory. The faster the RAM, the better.
- Your PC power supply. The power supply of your PC is the part that converts power from wall to motherboard. Obviously this is a very important PC component.
- PC case. The PC case is essential, because this is the box where all the above core parts are installed, stored, and protected. The main objective is to have a case that fits your motherboard and other core components.
When you assemble all the core parts of your PC in the case, you will need to use a heat sink on the processor. This keeps your PC from overheating. An AMD works pretty well to keep your PC cool, but you can find cheaper options as well. But just be aware how you install the fan and heat sink.
Sometimes the motherboard and other components get tight together. Then you have the fan and heat sink. But sometimes, these parts can be too crammed together, and the cooling ability is hindered a bit. This is why you need to pay attention to your build and how the fan is placed. This is especially important if you are playing games on your computer for hours on end.
As mentioned above, your PC case is a pretty essential part for your computer build. If your case is not big enough to fit all your components, you may run into heat issues due to all parts being too close together. Remember, your PC parts need to breathe and stay cool.
For example, a Corsair PC case is a smaller case and it can be used when you have smaller components. But in some cases, you will need to use a medium sized case to ensure everything fits well together. You should also keep your parts organized within the case, using zip ties for cables.
One of the most important aspects of building your own PC is to ensure you can easily take the PC apart in order to repair it, or upgrade parts, like a processor for instance. After all, new processors are always coming to market, and to get the latest and greatest could improve your PC’s power.
The above four essential tips to master your PC build are just the tip of the iceberg. There are certainly a few more essentials to learn about and employ, like wiring for instance. The above, are however, the most important and easiest to put into action. Have you built a PC? What is your top tip?