The ‘Geek-Free’ Guide To Building Your Own Computer

Posted on Apr 1 2014 - 4:35pm by Editor

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a geek to learn how to build computers. In fact, it’s actually a really simple process if you have the right information and you don’t mind spending some time working on electronics. For the most part, computer hardware is easy to manage, and you don’t actually need that many separate pieces these days to create a working machine. Obviously, you need to be careful when switching the power on for the first time, as any wrong connections could cause the system to blow, but so long as you follow my advice, the chances of that happening are very slim indeed.

Building Your Own Computer

Don’t get me wrong here, I’m certainly no expert, and I don’t have any official qualifications when it comes to performing this endeavour. However, I have worked for computer companies numerous times over the last ten years, and so I’ve picked up quite a lot of useful knowledge. Even so, this really isn’t rocket science, and even those with no previous experience should be able to achieve their goal in no time.

Purchasing All The Components

Before you can do anything else, you’ll need to purchase all the key components for your computer. Luckily, many of them will come with basic instructions, but if not, there are lots of videos online explaining how to deal with each individual piece of hardware. At the very least, you will need:

  • A Case (and Case Fans)

  • Power Supply

  • CPU (Processor)

  • A Suitable Amount Of RAM

  • Large Hard Drive

  • Optical Drive (e.g. DVD Burner)

  • A Top Of The Range Video Card (this may be integrated into Motherboard if you’re lucky)

  • And A Sound Card

Getting Hold Of The Right Tools

The chances are; you probably won’t have the right tools for this job lying around at home, and so you’ll need to visit the website of a reputable company that specialises in electrical products and supplies. That said; these aren’t really specialist tools as such, so you might be able to get by with whatever is available from your local hardware store. At the very least, you’ll need some screwdrivers (flat head and Phillips head), some pointy pliers, some snips and a number of zip ties.

Building The Computer

I really don’t want to get too technical or geeky in this article, which is why I’m not going to write about the build in any real detail. As you will see as soon as you open your computer case, there is only one place that each of your components will fit, so you can’t go wrong. Even so, if you do get stuck, you’ll find tons of simple videos online showing you exactly what to do. Basically, the only thing you need to be concerned about is how you link all the components together, and for this, you just need to read the instructions that came with each individual piece of tech.

I absolutely guarantee you’ll get this job done in less than two hours if you trust your instincts and follow the advice I’ve just relayed. At the end of the day, this is really no more complicated than painting by numbers, and I have every faith in you.

Let me know how you get on!