The PC is brilliant. It’s brilliant for all the things you can do with it. But it’s also brilliant for being something you can build yourself. Yes, you at the back. You too can build a PC. Almost anyone can. And it’s not just easy. It’s fun. Once you get the knack, you won’t want to turn back. You’ll also be much more confident in future whenever you have to crack open the case. So here’s the RPS guide to the basics of building a PC.
For the record, we touched on the broader pros and cons of self-build and how it lines up with the pre-built proposition before. There are good reasons to go either way. Thus, we shan’t debate that again. We’re here to learn good basic PC build practice.
PC building, then, is dead easy. But it’s also dead easy to say that. If you’re unfamiliar with the process, it’s intimidating. Just how easy is it to brick components with static charge? How hard should you push, pull and tweak things?
Intel socket: Pins of doom
So, building a PC is not without hazard. But with some basic know how, it needn’t be scary. Oh, and this guide applies to both AMD and Intel systems. Where there are differences, and there aren’t many, I’ll highlight them.
Finally, in my Soave-addled dotage, I’m bound to have missed something. So shout out below and I will purge and merge to suit. Let’s begin.
These links will take you directly to a particular step:
Getting Started: The Five Ps
How To Prepare A PC Case
How To Install A CPU And Prepare A Motherboard
How To Install The Memory And A CPU Cooler
How To Install The Motherboard
How To Install A Graphics Card
How To Fix A PC That Won’t Boot