Computers: Build your own Computer
Some people wonder if it is better to buy a computer off the self or build your own. Building your own computer can save you money and in many cases you can get what you want. This makes it much easier to upgrade your computer later on. This computer will exactly fit your needs. You can buy a pre-built computer at the same price or cheaper than the one you can build but if you take into account the quality of parts that you use, then the price is in favor of the homebuilt computer. The only problem with a homebuilt computer is that if you run into a problem then there would be no support, nowhere to take your computer for service. Warranty is not a problem with homebuilt computers, everything you buy should carry at least a one year warranty.
Before starting you should figure out what kind of computer you really want. Do you need something with a lot of processing power (for the games)? Do you need something with a lot of disk space (for graphic designers)? Do you need something to do some basic internet surfing and basic document writing (most people)?
Here are some Basic steps to building your computer:
Step 1: Choose a Case to your liking.
* The case houses all the computer components. Cases usually come with a Power Supply that is already installed.
* Cases vary in price depending on look and quality. If you are a gamer then a case that has bigger or more fans will be needed because typically games use the CPU a lot and need intense cooling.
Step 2: Choosing your Motherboard.
* The Motherboard connects all the peripherals into one unit. All instructions must be sent to the Motherboard and it decides what to do with the instructions.
* As with most parts, the Motherboard has a wide selection and therefore comes with a wide selection of prices.
* But choosing a motherboard also depends on the Processor.
* Deciding how many USB ports you need also affects your Motherboard, so make sure you Motherboard can handle all the ports.
Step 3: Choose a Processor.
* Do you want a Intel chip or an AMD chip. AMD chips are usually half the price of Intel chips and can give you the same performance.
* The decision on which processors can also cut the number of motherboards in half.
* The Clock speed (measure in Hz) will impact the price of the processor.
Step 4: Choosing enough RAM.
* RAM can really impact the performance of you computer. So make sure that you have enough of it.
* Now a days 1 GB of RAM is the norm.
Step 5: Choosing the Video Card.
* The video card will come down to weather you are a gamer or not. Gamers will need a high end video card. Those who are just using there computers for word processing and surfing the internet can spend less on there video cards.
Step 6: Choosing your Input Device.
* CD-ROM comes down to if you want a DVD or CD burner, they are all different in price.
Step 7: Choosing the size of you Hard Drive
* Your Hard disk is your Hard Drive which will store all your information.
* Make sure that it fits your motherboard, that is pay attention to weather it is Parallel ATA or Serial ATA.
That’s all there is to building your computer. Give it a try and it should save you lots of money.