Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Building a New Computer

I'm in the process of upgrading my computer from a crappy old laptop to a new computer that I'm building myself on a budget. Sometimes when you start building you're completely in the dark so here's the first steps you need to build a computer.

Step 1.

Decide on the purpose of your machine. This is to govern what types of parts you need. If you want to run a tri-screen gaming setup you'll want a more powerful video card than someone who wants to use their computer as a server.

Step 2.

Set a budget. This means that you won't be spending too much and will feel like you've got great bang for your buck at the end of your project.

Step 3. 

Create a parts list adhering to this budget. If you have no idea where to start, find a friend who does or check out some forums such as Whirlpool and Tom's Hardware. Here there are people who will be happy to give you advice.

Step 4. 

Research these parts and find the cheapest prices. A price comparison service like StaticIce (which compares tech prices, and has localised websites for the US, Australia, UK and New Zealand) will help you get the most bang out of your buck.

Step 5. 

With these prices from StaticIce, revise your list and if way under budget consider upgrading some of your parts.

Step 6.

Now time to build your machine. If you don't want to stuff up, get a friend to help you who has assembled before. I recommend that you don't get a store to do it for you as if it breaks down you won't know what to do. Assembling a computer is a highly educational experience.

And very broadly that's it. As simple as that.

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