How to build your own computer from scratch

Buying a new computer or laptop can be very costly, depending on the specifications that you require. This is why some people choose to build their own computer from scratch.

Building your own computer from scratch means that you can decide which components you install in your computer and how much they cost. So you could buy PC parts, such as a motherboard or RAM at a cheaper cost and create the computer you need.

Discover our guide on how to build your computer from scratch and find out whether it will work out better for you.

Computers in the 21st century

Did you know that in 2018, almost half of all households (48.3%) in the world had a computer at home? There has been a steady increase in the amount of households that have computers since the beginning of these statistics in 2005.

More and more people want to have technology such as computers, laptops, and tablets, in their homes so that they can watch entertainment, browse the web, and even work from home.

Each year, computers are becoming more hi-tech with additional memory added and software installed. Computers are also becoming cheaper and cheaper as new technology is created, so how do you choose the perfect laptop or computer? Is it cheaper to buy one or make your own? And if so, how do you make your own?

 

Is it cheaper to build your own computer?

There is no definitive answer to the question of whether building your own computer is cheaper because it really depends on what you require from your computer and what you will be using it for.

If you are just using your computer for basic tasks, such as web browsing, emails, Microsoft Office, watching some films/listening to music, then it might be cheaper for you to buy a computer.

However, if you are using your computer for gaming or activities that require more memory and a faster processor, then it might be cheaper to build your own computer from scratch and buy the parts that you need.

 

How to build a computer from scratch

Of course building your own computer can be tricky and you need to ensure you have the right parts and tools to do so.

You will need a processor (CPU), a motherboard, memory (RAM), storage, power supply unit, a PC case, a graphic card, a monitor, and a system cooling system.

You will also need a tidy workspace and a number of tools. To assemble your PC you will need screwdrivers, scissors, nails, zip ties (these are optional, but are a great way of ensuring your wires don’t get tangled), and a good light source so you can see what you are doing.

Once you have all the necessary components and tools, you can then start by installing your CPU. Then you need to install your CPU coolers, to ensure that the motherboard doesn’t overheat.

After that you need to install the RAM, your motherboard will either have two or four slots available for you to put your RAM in. Then it is good practice to do a test run on your CPU and CPU coolers, to make sure they are working correctly.

Then you need to mount the power supply, install the motherboard, install GPU and storage. And finally you need to install an operating system.