Pc Cases

Written by Charles Peacock
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The first thing you discover when you build your own computer is how much you were overpaying every time you bought a pre-made system. Of course, buying a ready-made computer off the shelf has its advantages, particularly for those who aren't very technically adept. If you're wiling to do the dirty work yourself, however, building your own computer can have also a lot of advantages--and not just in terms of price.

Computer parts are not as expensive as you might think, particularly if you know where to buy them. Things like hard drives, PC cases and DVD burners can be found for literally half the price of what major chain store retailers would sell them for. All you have to do is scour around for the best computer parts websites that specialize in individual parts at wholesale prices.

Building a Computer: Where to Begin?

If you don't yet feel comfortable enough to put a computer together without any instruction, there are plenty of websites that will take you through the process step-by-step. It's important not to feel discouraged by the terminology and the amount of information on these sites. You'll find after reading them for only a few minutes that things quickly begin to make sense and the terminology isn't as complex as you may have thought.

Once you feel like you've got the process down (at least to a reasonable extent) it's time to start shopping for parts. This process can be a lot of fun, since building your own computer means being able to customize literally every single aspect of your machine. You can spend more where you need to, and save money on parts that might be necessary for your own computing needs.

The best place to find computer parts is again on the Internet. This is where you'll find retailers who import parts directly from overseas manufacturing areas. You'll be able to save on tax, and generally you'll find that everything is at least 25 percent cheaper than you'll find it in a local store. Don't be afraid to shop around--you will discover that some online shops are better for PC cases, while others have a better and cheaper selection of hard drives.

Putting Your PC Together: the Nuts and Bolts

An important consideration when you're buying your computer parts is to make sure that everything fits with everything else. Certain processors only work with certain motherboards, for instance. In addition, many PC cases are not large enough to hold certain types of motherboards. (Any good parts site will give you all the information you need in this regard.)

Once you've ordered all of your parts and everything has arrived at your doorstep (another nice advantage of the do-it-yourself route), it's time to lay everything out and get to work. Before you start putting anything together, you might want to check to make sure you have all the necessary cables and connections. It's always disappointing to be 99 percent of the way though a build only to discover that you're missing a power cable and can't plug the machine in.

The first step in building your computer is to mount the processor to the motherboard (if it didn't already come attached). Next, you screw the motherboard into the PC case. Once that it is finished, it's time to install all of your PC cards into the motherboard and your disc and hard drives into the case itself.

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