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.