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Customers who have decided to forego the market for refurbished laptops and desktop computers can easily build their PC by following just a few simple steps. It all begins with shopping, and it all ends with custom configuration and assembly. With the general guidelines below, a custom computer will be easy to assemble and ready to enjoy in no time.

Step 1: Shop for a Case

Custom PCs do not naturally come with a case to hold all of the components, so those building their own machine will get to pick out exactly how the computer will look. Whether it’s black, white, or one of several different colours, and whether it’s tall, short, or thin, the case will represent the first step in the building process.

Step 2: Buy the Components

Next, it’s time to buy the PC parts that will allow the computer to function. This means selecting a motherboard, a hard disc, RAM, an optical media drive, and other components, that will contribute to the PC’s functions. A processor, typically by AMD or Intel, must also be chosen. The processor will determine exactly how fast the computer is and how quickly it performs tasks. Altogether, all of the components will contribute to the PC’s longevity after it has been assembled and used for the first time.

Step 3: Assemble the Components in the Case

Every case is different, but virtually every case has a very specific area where the motherboard must be placed. After that has been placed into the case, every other component can be routed through the motherboard and held in place using specific brackets and fixtures built into the computer’s shell. Carefully assemble each piece, and be sure to remain free of static electricity. Any static electricity may wipe out circuits and other components, making them virtually worthless.

Step 4: Insert the Power Supply, Close the Case, and Plug it In

The power supply should be inserted last, in many cases, and it should be done very carefully. The power supply is a high-voltage piece of equipment and, in some cases, it can shock the person installing it. Avoid static electricity and follow the safety procedures set forth in the power supply’s guide. Next, close up the case and prepare to plug it into an electrical source. With all of the plugs and cables in place, the computer is ready for general use.

Step 5: Turn the PC on and Enjoy

Finally, turn the computer on and await the moment of truth. If everything has been installed properly, it will be lightning fast, very affordable, and ready to perform any task the user can throw on it. If everything works, it’s time to enjoy having built a custom PC for the very first time. Congratulations!

How to Buy & Build a Custom PC

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