How to Build a Computer

Building a computer is quite the arcane task, it isn't something that hardcore geeks and nerds can pull off. Once you have the parts list squared away its pretty straightforward. As you create your own computer, you get a number of different advantages that a desktop/laptop couldn't offer. Complete control over every inch of the hardware is in your grasp. The different size of the PC is determined by expenses; you can make a huge tower of high tech top-of-the-line hardware. But if you'd just like a smaller PC that's more portable and easy to manage, the choice is yours.

Building a PC can be intimidating at first, even though PC's assembly is fairly simple having the parts in front of you and not knowing how to piece them together correctly, but also wire them together. That's enough to ruin someone's confidence.

After reviewing this video, make sure that all of your parts are organized and kept safe. Make sure that all of your parts are compatible with each other as well, if they aren't you are setting yourself up for failure.

Scroll below to view the steps on how to create your computer.

Parts needed to complete the task. Table below showing the price ranges.

 

Steps to build a computer:

  • Take motherboard out of the box and set it on top of the motherboard box to prevent damage.
  • Grab your CPU by the sides very gently, then insert it into the CPU socket. Make sure to line up the arrows on one of the corners of CPU with the arrow on the motherboard and then push the cover down firmly. It will appear quite hard at first; this is normal. Make sure you do not touch the gold pins on the bottom!
  • Unlock the clips on the RAM slots, then insert it into the second and fourth slot of RAM. Making sure the notch in the RAM sticks line up with the piece that protrudes out on the motherboard.
  • To put on your CPU heatsink you will need to install the provided bracket on the back of the motherboard, then line up the four holes on the motherboard with the four pegs on the heatsink. Push in the pegs until you hear a click; you will need to use some pressure.
  • Attach I/O sheild. Screw the provided motherboard standoffs into the case matching the hole pattern on your motherboard. Then gently set your motherboard on the standoffs and screw in the provided screws.
  • Then the power supply needs to be added. You slide the power supply into the case, slide it back to the opening. On the back of the case use the four provided screws to secure the power supply.
  • Next the graphics card. You will need to remove one or two expanssion slot covers on back of the computer case. Then slide the graphics card into place, then push it down into the slot on the motherboard until it clicks. Then secure with the thumbscrews on the back of the case.
  • To install your hard drive remove the indicated bracket from your computer case. Secure it to the back of your hard drive with the screws provided. Slide the bracket with the hard drive back into the drive bay.
  • For plugging in all the wires on the power supply refer to the manuals of all your parts.
  • For cable management there is another door on the other side of the computer case open it and there should be slots in the case that you can weave the wires through for a cleaner looking case.
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    Name: Make/Model: Price:
    Motherboard ASUS Z170-A LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard. $150.00
    Intel Core i5 i5-6600K 6M Skylake Quad-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1151 91W BX80662I56600K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 530 $245.00
    Memory Card G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000) Intel Z170 Platform / Intel X99 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-2133C15D-8GVR $60.00
    CPU Fan Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan $40.00
    Power Supply EVGA 750 GQ 210-GQ-0750-V1 80+ GOLD 750W Semi Modular EVGA ECO Mode Power Supply $90.00
    Hard Drive WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD10EZEX $50.00
    Case NZXT S340 Matte Black/Blue Steel ATX Mid Tower Case $70.00
    Video Card MSI Radeon R9 380 DirectX 12 R9 380 GAMING 4G 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card $500.00
    DVD Player ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM $20.00
    Total: $1225.00