You want to build your own computer, right? Of course you do. By now, I’m certain that you’ve read Part 1: The Basics. If you know what the parts of a computer are, you probably skipped it. The main point I want to recapitulate is that this article was written in March 2011. [UPDATED: current as of July 2011.] In this business, you’ve got to use recent sources.
Previously, we looked at what components go into building a PC. Now we’re going to go over that list another time, but in detail. Our goal here is to understand the options available to us when it comes time to pick out parts and make a budget.
Building your own computer is a piece of cake, and can be really useful besides. But it can be tough to figure out where to start. Processors? Motherboards? RAM? This post is the first of a series that will guide you through the steps to take if you’re interested in building your own computer. We’ll go from understanding the different parts of the computer, to selecting and ordering parts, all the way to installation and setup.
In Part 1, we’ll look at exactly what parts are required and what they do.
Part 2 goes a little more in-depth on the technical aspects and options available.
Part 3 offers a guide on how to pick out your parts, once you know your choices.
Part 4 is a guide on how to actually put the thing together.