AMD’s powerful Ryzen processors and Intel’s high-octane 10-gen Core CPUs continue to arouse interest in PC construction, but some people are still hesitant about the idea of creating a custom PC. Do not do it! Building your own computer is not an arcane art or esoteric skill that only the most hardware hardware hardware can pull. In fact, it is quite easy to assemble a DIY PC once you have sat down on your spare part.
Rolling your own computer offers a number of benefits that boxed desktops just can’t match, even though high demand during the pandemic has made computer parts scarcer and more expensive. You still have granular control over every single aspect of the hardware. You can still choose not only the details of nuts and bolts such as machining and graphic performance, but also deeply personal details such as the computer’s lining design and cooling features. There is no need to settle for a boring black box, unless you want a boring black box.
Are you looking to build a hulking PC that is packed with top-of-the-line hardware and enclosed water cooling? Go for it! (If you can convince your significant other to OK about the expenses, that is.) Or maybe you prefer a more well-balanced rig, or a wonderfully small system with large game chops. You can even light candles on your wallet and still get away with a gaming computer. When you build your own computer, the choice is yours.[ Further reading: The best SSDs ]
Even better, when you build your own computer, you can shop at the best price for all your selected components, rather than paying a single marked cost for the entire hog system. AMD’s Ryzen processors have led to a brutal price war in CPUs. DIYers take advantage of it! The amazing website PCPartPicker.com makes comparison shopping easy. And when you have finished building your computer and manage to turn it on, it feels good lovely– as if you have really accomplished something, rather than simply pulling a pre-built tower out of a box.
However, building a PC for the first time can be daunting.
Although the PC unit is quite simple when you know what you are doing, you stare at a huge pile of different parts and know that you not only need to put them together correctly but also wire them properly afterwards are enough to bring a lump to the neck of a novice PC builder.
We are here to help.
PCWorld has detailed installation guides – often with additional purchase advice – for all major computer components you need. This comprehensive super guide explains how to build your computer from top to bottom, from drop fans to CPU to cable management.
Need help installing a specific component? Here are links to each hardware on your computer:
How to avoid common computer building errors – one must read before you even buy your first part.
How to install a power supply in your computer
How to install an Intel or AMD CPU on your computer
How to install new memory on your computer
Then replace the computer’s motherboard
How to install a graphics card
How to install a hard drive on your computer
The ultimate guide to proper PC cable management – you want your PC to look good and beautiful, after all.
Even veteran PC builders stumble upon problems from time to time (although our guide to avoiding common computer build errors should help you avoid most things). If your system will not boot after everything is together, check out PCWorld’s troubleshooting guide for your home-built computer. It is several years old, but still very applicable today. And once everything is up and running, you may want to consider checking out these free programs that your new computer needs first. They all rock!
Then sit back, relax and enjoy a cold drink. You just built a computer with your own two hands. It was not that difficult, was it?
Editor’s note: This article was last updated to mention component shortages and price increases for DIY hardware.