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Welcome to the guide on learning how to build a PC. This guide is for people that want to build a PC but has zero knowledge and experience on how to build one, but it can also serve as a refresher course to experienced PC builders! In this guide, you will learn about the different components that computers have and how to identify them as well as how to build a PC yourself!
Can I Really Build a PC?
Yes of course! For first-timers, the idea of building a computer from the ground up can seem very intimidating, but building a PC is one of the most interesting and satisfying projects one can take, and it's really not that hard at all! Anyone can build a PC once they learned the ropes and have a basic knowledge of computer parts and how a computer operates, and that's what this guide is for!
What to Expect: A Message to First-time Builders
A lot of people think that building a PC is just a matter of snapping together a few parts, but that's not really the case. Building a computer actually takes a lot of things into consideration other than just physically assembling the hardware. For first-time builders, there are a few things that you probably need to think about before you start the process of building a PC:
- Building a PC (especially for first-time builders) takes research, time, patience, and a willingness to deal with a lot of unexpected issues. It is recommended for first-timers to take a look at your current existing PCs and to have a sense of what the environment inside of a PC looks like. Beginners can also start from some easier tasks like replacing a hard drive for your current PC to get a sense of what building a PC would feel like.
- Think about what are you going to use this PC for once the build is complete. Is this a gaming PC? Or is this a productivity machine? The use case of your PC might determine your parts of choice when you deciding on your PC's components.
- For beginner builders, there are bound to be sometimes during the process of building a PC where you might think you mind as well just bought a pre-built PC. Trust me, once you're finished your build, all the hard work will be worth it!
PCPartPicker is a great place to start your PC building journey. This website is like the wikipedia for computer parts. PC builders can search for individual computer parts and find out information like their current prices in the market, what parts are compatible with this component, and reviews from other PC builders. PCPartPicker also have build guides where the PC building community can share their builds with others, which could serve as inspiration for other PC builders. For people who have no idea where to start, this is the place to go
Newegg is like the Amazon for PC components. It has a huge selection of computer components for PC builders to shop from, and often times the website will host sales for a lot of its items.
Building a PC for Dummies by
Publication Date: 2005-11-07
This book is considered by many to be the ultimate "bible" for beginner PC builders. All of the questions and confusions that a beginner PC builder might have will probably get answered here. Although this book is a little dated, but the knowledge it contains is still pretty valuable.