Build Your Own Computer Part 3: Choosing the Parts

So you’re interested in building your own computer. And you’ve already read through Part 1 (The Basics) and Part 2 (Understanding the Options).

Those posts covered these topics: Timestamp (this article is up to date as of July 2011), Am I Qualified (Yes), Reasons to Build It Yourself, List the Parts, and Understand the Parts.

So we know, generally speaking, what’s going into our computer. More than that, we know what our options are at each step and about what they’ll cost us. Now’s the time to start making decisions. Continue reading

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Build Your Own Computer Part 1 – The Basics

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.

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