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7 Things to Think About Before Building Your Own Computer

There are so many things you need to consider when building your own computer. One of the most important things you need to think about is compatibility – we’ll talk about it later.If you think it’s as easy as piecing everything together after buying the parts, you might want to take a step back. Consider reading the 7 things you need to know about before building your computer below.

What Type of Computer is Best For You?

Before you shop around, you need to answer this question. A computer may be designed to perform multiple tasks at once but this doesn’t mean that every computer is able to meet everyone’s standards.

You might want to build a gaming rig or you might use it for content creation. On the other hand, you might want to stream while playing games at the same time. Depending on which road you take will be the parts you need for your build.

How Much Are You Willing to Spend?

Before you build your own computer, it’s very important to think this through. You may piece together a $300 worth computer but you really can’t expect it to handle extreme data processing tasks.

Average gaming rigs can be pieced together with a budget of $700-$900 but for streaming and productivity tasks, you need to up your budget to at least $1000.

Full-time content creators, game-streamers, and video editors will need a budget of $1000 – $2000 to build a computer capable of meeting their software’s demands.

Know the Parts Compatibility

It is very important for computer builders to know which parts go where, and whether or not they are compatible. PCPARTPICKER.com has a START A System Build page that allows you to come up with a build and see if there are compatibility issues with the parts.

To make extensive research before deciding on which parts you need for your build is vital for every aspiring builder. Do your research and make sure you know how to build a gaming PC before you decide which build is best for you.

Which Build is Best for Your Needs?

If you want to build a computer for browsing and other office tasks, go with an entry-level computer. Most computers in this criteria are able to carry out the tasks needed to give you a smooth experience.

On the other hand, go with a mid-range computer build if you want to install the best free Linux games or if you are into gaming and entry-level streaming in general.

A high-end computer build is what you need if you’re doing full-time streaming and gaming or full-time content creation.

What Case Best Suits Your Build?

When you’ve come up with a build, it sure helps if you can save when buying the parts.

Fortunately, there are many manufacturers and online computer shops today that offer bundled computer parts. A common bundle you could find on the market is the CPU and motherboard bundle – which cuts the price to as much as 10%.

Get an Anti-static Equipment

Keep in mind that you’ll be handling components that are easily damaged by ESD (electrostatic discharge). Getting the right antistatic equipment such as an antistatic strap and an antistatic mat makes a static-free environment.

Make sure you know how to properly use anti static wrist straps first before actually building the computer.

Final Thoughts

Building your own computer may sound easy. However, one can easily overlook the details and risk damaging the computer as well as your experience. With these things in mind, building your computer will be a success.

Here’s a list of helpful resources for building a PC:

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Jim Bond

Jim Bond

Jim is a computer security technician living abroad, who works as a full time consultant trying to stay out of intrigue as he travels the world.