A lot of people have asked me for advice on how to build a PC, and today I decided to write a little guide on the basics of computer building. Welcome to Tech Tuesdays, and today we will learn how to build a desktop.
The first component you should decide on is your processor. There are two leading brands of processors, AMD and Intel. Although AMD processors can have slightly higher stats, people with one need to install different versions of software in order to be able to run it. For this reason I recommend Intel cores. Now, you have to pick your processor. The most modern processors are the Intel i5’s and the i7’s. Although the i7’s are better than the i5’s, they cost nearly twice as much, and those on a smaller budget shouldn’t spend the extra $200. Next comes your graphical processing unit, or GPU. by far the best GPU’s on the market belong to Nvidia. The GTX and RTX models are quite powerful, but cost several hundred dollars. The GPU should be your most expensive component.
Motherboard and RAM
After the CPU and GPU comes the motherboard. There are many models of motherboard and the motherboard you pick depends on your CPU and GPU. if you don’t pick the right motherboard your computer will either not turn on or break every component in your build. Do lots of research and make sure your chosen parts are compatible. Next in the lineup is RAM. 8 Gigabytes of RAM is a good start, but for a truly good computer, you will need at least 12 gigs. RAM should be DDR4 type.
Data Drives and Cables
All the stuff in the previous paragraphs will end up connected to your motherboard. This stuff will be attached to your case. After you pick your RAM, you need to get your drives. A proper PC setup would have a solid state drive (SSD) for games, and a normal hard drive for everything else. I recommend a 256GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive. Make sure to get the right cables to hook them in. if you want to be able to read and write to DVD’s and CD’s then you will need a DVD R/W drive.
Cases, Power Supplies, and Cooling
Your power supply, case, and cooling should be bought together, as they all depend on conditions of each other. Your fans need to be the right size for your motherboard and case, and they need to have the right power input for your motherboard and supply. Your power supply must fit in your case and provide the correct amount of power for your motherboard and components. Your case must be large enough to fit your components and have the correct mounting slots for your motherboard and drives.
Once you get all of these components, try running them through https://pcpartpicker.com to make sure they’re compatible. Once you know it will work, order your parts and enjoy your beautiful new PC!
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