How to Build Your Own Computer

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How to Build Your Own Computer

For most people, building a computer may sound like a daunting task. But once you understand what is needed to search the internet or send email, putting together a computer is much easier than one may think. By following these steps, you can build a computer to your specific desires and save money in the process as well.

There is not one specific way to build a computer, there are many variations in the way one may go about putting a computer together. Strict sequential order, this is not. But, there is specific connections that need to be completed accurately. There are hundreds of computer specifications that a computer can have. The following is a list of parts that are required to build your computer: motherboard, memory, video card, processor, hard drive, thermal compound, computer case, power supply, sound card (optional), and a CD or DVD drive. Also, you will need a Phillips screwdriver. Ensure screwdriver is not magnetic, as this may damage your motherboard.

First, ensure you ground yourself of static electricity. Do not build your computer on carpet, as this can create static electricity and damage your motherboard. Also, touch a metal object just to make sure that you are not carrying any static electricity. Open up the computer case. Generally, there are two screws in the back which secures the side panel of the case.

Unscrew these and pull off the side panel. Turn the case on its side, with open side panel facing up.
Secondly, take the power supply and place it into the computer up at the top of the case towards the rear with the fan on the power supply facing the back of the computer case. This is the piece of equipment which provides power to everything in the computer. Use the screws supplied with the power supply and secure it to the case.

Once you have secured the power supply to the case, it is time to attach the motherboard. This is the most important piece of a computer. Excluding the power...
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