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Building your own computer system Part 1 - What you need

Building your own computer system Part 1 - What you need

Building your own computer is not as difficult as you may think. The reality of the situation is that putting the parts together is very easy. The only tricky part is making sure that all the parts would work together. That comes with experience and research, and that's for another set of videos altogether. This series will show you how to physically get all the components in a computer together, to build a working unit.

If you have never built a computer before and want to give it a try let me recommend that you find a current example online, and read or watch it a couple times before starting. Further I would recommend buying the same parts that are in the example video/document so that you can follow along easily.

In this build I will be using the following (All links go to Newegg so you can purchase them):

 

Seagate Barracuda ES.2 500GB 3.5 Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3500320NS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR800D2N6K2/4G
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Sony Optiarc DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model AD-7241S-0B LightScribe Support Sony Optiarc DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model AD-7241S-0B LightScribe Support
AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX945WFGIBOX
ASUS M4A79 Deluxe ATX AMD Motherboard ASUS M4A79 Deluxe AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
Lian Li PC-7B plus II Black Computer Case LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
ENERMAX Tomahawk ETK500AWT 500W Power Supply ENERMAX Tomahawk ETK500AWT 500W ATX12V V2.2 AirGuard, Speed Guard and Safe Guard Active PFC Power Supply
  ASUS EN9400GT/DI/512M(LP) GeForce 9400 GT 512MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

At the time of writing this you can buy all these parts for around $920 with the exception of the graphics card this would make a pretty decent gaming machine. You could upgrade the graphics card to something like an Nvidia GTX 275 or higher for some serious graphics power.

First gather all your parts together and make sure you have everything:

 

After you get your parts together the first thing you will want to do is prep your case to start putting parts inside:

 

The next part is actually assembling the computer, you will see that in part 2 of this series.


Last Updated: 11/27/2009 03:51 AM

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