What you need to build your own computer
We’re delving into the computer parts you need to build your own computer, including their functions and the role they play in the building process.
Are you considering buying your own PC? Many people choose to go this route instead of investing in another pre-manufactured computer that will eventually become dated hardware and lose its value as well as capabilities.
There are many benefits of building your own computer. For one, you can upgrade the hardware whenever you want so that it consistently stays up-to-date. In addition, since you’re building it from scratch, you can equip your computer with whatever specs you deem fit for your needs.
Building your own computer can get expensive when you factor in all of the parts needed. Still, if you have the time and don’t mind diving into a project that could make your head spin, this may be the route you want to take. In order to get started, you need to rally up your supplies and components.
Before getting rid of your current computer, make sure to thoroughly clean it of any data.
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In today’s blog, we’re delving into the computer parts you need to build your own computer, including their functions and the role they play in the building process. Once you have this foundational knowledge under your belt, you’ll have the puzzle pieces necessary to build your own computer that you’ve always wanted.
It starts with the motherboard. Much like the name implies, a motherboard is where other circuits connect to in order to communicate with each other. Think about it as the heart of your computer. They all have the same function, although they come in different specs and sizes. ATX means the motherboard is full size.
There are two main kinds of motherboards, and what differentiates them is mainly which kind of processor is compatible with each, as the socket sizes are different. The two kinds of motherboard are LGA or AM.
- Processor (CPU)
The processor is considered the brain of the computer. This component connects directly to the motherboard and is oftentimes considered the most important component of the computer.
- Graphics Card (GPU)
A graphics processing unit (GPU), or graphics card, is essential for gamers. This is what dictates the quality of motion on the screen (frame per second). The higher the frame per second, the better quality the video game. If you’re a graphic designer, you can also benefit from a graphics card for photo and video editing.
- Memory (RAM)
Not to be confused with the more permanent storage component, random-access memory (RAM) is short-term storage that your computer uses to cache or temporarily store data that it plans to use later. By storing data on the random-access memory, your computer can retrieve it very quickly.
The storage of your computer goes a lot deeper and is considered long-term. Here, you can find your computer’s video files, photos, documents, movies, etc. It is always available to you when you need it and typically consists of larger files than the RAM. Be sure to choose the right storage for your computer.
- Power (PSU)
What’s a computer without a power source? Useless! A power supply unit (PSU) helps bring electricity to every part of your computer, so it can power up and function properly. It’s important to have the right power source for your computer’s functions. This depends on the size of the components mentioned above. The bigger the processing power, the more power the computer will need. The power determines how quick your computer will be. The faster the computer, the more power it will need.
The case of your computer is like the skeleton. It’s the metal box that holds all of the components mentioned above together. A case is oftentimes fitted with glass panels and aluminum — even LED lights for show. The case should be the right size for your motherboard and the rest of the parts.
- Operating System
When it’s all said and done, the last thing you’ll need once your computer is powered on is an operating system. Without this, your computer is pretty much useless. You must purchase a license such as Microsoft and install it with a USB key. Then, you’re ready to go!