7 Steps To Build Your Own PC

Buying a new PC is one your mind since long?

If you have finally decided to take the plunge, it is right time to weigh your options carefully. Now there are two major choices,

  • Pre-built computer
  • Build your own

However, the latter option, i.e. customizing it yourself is in the trend. Have similar plans? You will get several recommendations on choosing the best PC components. Besides, you will need a screwdriver, nose pliers, zip ties, and a bowl.

Here is a complete step-by-step guide to get the job done right way. Have a look:

1. Strip down: You need to remove every panel and store them in a safe place. To hold your screws you can use a bowl. Extra cooling fans can be good for durability of your PC. You can use two fans in the front drawing air in and one in the rear blowing air out.

2. Mother board installation: Be careful with the pre-installed motherboard standoffs. Make sure that the number and arrangement of PC case conforms to the holes found on motherboard. Secure the motherboard down with the screws.

3. CPU Installation: After motherboard, it is time to socket your CPU. The process will be different as per the processor family and/or brand you have chosen. For Intel mainstream CPUs, just slide the spring loaded retention arm out and up, and lift the bracket up. Alternatively, in case of installing an AMD CPU, there’s no bracket and you can simply lift the retention arm in its raised position.

4. Memory: For installing computer memory you need to push down the latches at either ends of the DDR4 slots. Just line up the notch on the bottom of the memory and the slot together. Later, install the memory pushing it down both sides into the slot. A clicking sound confirms that the memory.

5. Storage installation: When done with the memory, it’s time to focus on non-volatile memory storage. The list includes hard drives and solid-state drives. These days PC cases comes with SSD bays, but if you’re case doesn’t, you can use the 3.5-inch drive caddies with compatible mounting points.

6. PSU positioning: After CPU, motherboard, and memory installation, next in the list is your power supply. Start figuring out what cables you need, and plug them into power supply.

7. Graphically sound: Locate the PCIe slot in the motherboard closest to your processor. Now locate the two PCIe slots next to where you need to install your GPU and remove them. Line up your graphic card with the slots opened up. With the gold contacts on your GPU touching the PCIe slot, push it into place to hear a click.

Before you reattach all your panels, make sure it actually turns on and runs properly. With the temporarily built tower, plug it into power, a screen, keyboard and mouse. If everything is showing up, you can proceed with tidying up things and installing windows

About Ng Wei Khang

Ng Wei Khang, CEO at a Singapore based IT consultancy company, APIXEL IT Support, has been operational for over 8 years from now. Apixel provides fixed price IT Support Services with unlimited packages that includes small business server setup, Cloud Solution Configuration, Network management and Data security & Theft prevention. The company also provides expert IT consultancy to SMEs in Singapore.

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