..:: How To Build A Computer 101 ::..
1. Hardware Selection:
So just go down the list, when you settle on an item that you want, you will need to add it to a list of your own creation using the normal PriceSpy functionality. Also you will need to change the filter options depending on previous choices made. For example: If you have chosen a socket 1155 CPU, like the i5 2500K, you would need a socket 1155 motherboard like the ASUS P8Z77-V Pro.
Computer Component List
CPU:: Click Here
CPU Cooler:: Click Here (Only if you have a need to exceed the ability of the stock cooler, such as if you were overclocking the CPU)
Motherboard:: Click Here
RAM:: Click Here
Graphics Card:: Click Here
HDD/SDD:: Click Here
Sound Card:: Click Here
Network Adapters (Wireless Card, etc):: Click Here
Case:: Click Here
Depending on your case choice you may need additional fans.
-Now after you have decided on the gear to jam inside that nice shiny case, you will need to calculate the Wattage used by the system:: By Clicking Here
-Secondly here is where care needs to be placed. You do not want to get a cheap PSU, as it could fry the components that you have spend your time and hard earned money, to gain. So here is a link to a list of reputable PSUs, that Guitar Man has kindly taken his time to put together.
-If for any reason (e.g. price), you do not like any of the suggested PSUs, you can choose from the full PSU category:: Click Here. (However, be warned a low quality PSU can lead to damage of your other components.)
2. Building the System:
Now building the system itself... Sounds terribly scary! And to some it is, I mean who wouldn't be afraid of playing with large Lego? I know that I use that phrase a lot, but it is rather like playing with Lego, just with a touch more care applied. And at any point you get stuck there is us helpful lads and ladies online to help peeps out, plus a tonne of guides floating around!
An excellent example is the one found at Toms Hardware called Step by step guide to building a PC. It has large pictures and easy to follow instructions for each step, Me and TomSahz thoroughly recommended it.
3. Optimising the System:
For a very long time, i sought a website resource that contained exactly what Tweakguides.com does. The site focuses on providing top quality tweak guides, and acts as a repository for PC optimization and troubleshooting knowledge. This knowledge is contained within the many 'Tweakguides' written by Koroush Ghazi, who is very knowledgeable about all aspects of computers. In the words of Koroush Ghazi:
"Tweaking is about understanding and customizing all the settings in a game, application or Windows to make things run as fast as possible, as smoothly as possible, with maximum stability."
Perhaps the most utilised guides are the game guides, including popular FPS and RPG titles. The guides provide .ini tweaks, mod information and in game settings information. All settings and variables changed within the guides are personally tested by Koroush, and as long as the guides are followed you wont have any problems.
It makes sense to know how everything inside your computer works together, so that if a problem does arise you can troubleshoot it and resolve it successfully. For this reason I've found the Windows, nVidia/ATI and other system guides to be extremely useful. There are Tweaking companions free for download; 100's of pages to help you customise and tweak your Windows XP/Vista/7 system to gain maximum performance and stability. I highly recommend Tweakguides to everyone.
Edited by Unregisteredd11561a2, 07 May 2015 - 07:46 AM.