How to build a PC step by step

The first time you build a PC from scratch is an exciting learning experience. I’ve tried to make these instructions as detailed as possible and hope that you will find them useful.

What should I look for in a computer case?

For some the computer case is an afterthought it’s just the casing right? For others it needs just as much consideration as all the other components on the list.

Buying a PSU that’s right for your PC

Many custom builders are really not sure what to look in a Power Supply Unit or PSU and end up just buying one without too much thought.

Storage options for your custom build PC

In the old days deciding which hard drive to choose was as simple as looking at the capacity of the drive. Nowadays there are several choices to make like interface types, speeds, storage technologies and physical sizes.

How to pick a Graphics Card

The graphics card has evolved from just rendering graphics on screen to also having a powerful on-board processor. That’s why you’ll commonly see a graphics card being referred to as a GPU, a Graphical Processing Unit.

Find the right memory for your computer

By now you will hopefully have chosen a processor and motherboard for your custom build PC, it’s now time to decide which memory modules to buy.

Which motherboard is best for you?

Motherboards support so many features and new technologies that picking one can start to become a bit overwhelming. If you’ve read some of my other posts you’ll know I like breaking things down logically into steps. I’ve come up with 8 steps that will hopefully make the selection process simpler.

How to choose an Intel processor

Picking a processor for your new PC is a difficult but important decision. Intel processors currently have an edge over AMD processors and so I will be focusing on Intel for this build series.

Plan your Custom Build in 5 Stages

Welcome back! I assume you’ve read the first post in this series: why build your own PC. Hopefully you’re back because you want to learn more or have decided to build a custom computer of your own.

Why bother with a Custom Build Computer?

Before you start choosing parts and building your custom computer you should consider whether it’s the right choice for you, after all, why not just buy a pre-built computer?