Building a PC can be a useful and rewarding undertaking for a number of
reasons: First and foremost, you have complete discretion over what components
you want and what amount you’re willing to spend. You can craft a PC that suits
your specific needs, allowing you to pay the least amount while getting a
computer that’s tailored to your preferences. The only alternative is to allow a
computer shop to custom-build your PC, and this will result in markups ranging
from $100 to upwards of $1000, depending on the build and the shop’s pricing.
Secondly, assembling your own computer provides you with a deeper
understanding of how the computer works and how the specific parts interact. It
equips you with a knowledge base you wouldn’t otherwise have. You’ll be able to
troubleshoot hardware issues more effectively, and you’ll be able to upgrade
components on your own as the need arises, saving even more money in the long
run.

I created this guide to help you do this. It covers every step of the PC building
process from start to finish and will help you pick the right parts for your specific
needs. Regardless of whether you’re building your PC for gaming or office work,
or just want to learn the basics of computer hardware, you’ll find everything you
need on the following pages.

Table of Contents:

Part 1: Parts Overview

  • Motherboard
  • CPU
  • CPU Cooling System
  • Graphics Card
  • Storage Drive
  • RAM
  • Power Supply
  • Case
  • Monitor

Part 2: Picking Your Parts

  • Motherboard
  • CPU & CPU Cooling System
  • Graphics Card
  • Storage Drive
  • RAM
  • Power Supply
  • Case
  • Monitor

Part 3: Parts Lists (Recommended Builds)

Part 4: Assembling the PC

Part 5: Troubleshooting

Part 6: Startup