Building a desktop rig requires lots of know-how and research before embarking on the actual project. You need to know your hardware inside and out before attempting a build.
Knowing which components are necessary for the PC to run and which parts will suit your personal needs is essential.
Before you start building you will need to plan. What this planning entails is deciding what type of PC you want to build, sourcing and choosing the correct components which are compatible with one another, and budgeting.
There are various builds you can attempt from high-functioning gaming PCs to small in-house entertainment centres to simple fast functioning work PC’s the possibilities are endless. The parts you decide to install into the rig will determine what type of computer you are building.
The question might arise: why build my own PC when I can buy a pre-built rig? Well, building your own PC might end up being cheaper than buying a pre-built rig. You can decide where to source your hardware.
Furthermore, building your own PC will allow you to tailor the machine to meet your precise needs.
Lastly, building your own PC can be a fun and knowledge-building experience, which might lead you to continue wanting to upgrade and improve your rig.
Which Components Are Necessary?
Starting with the basics, a case is what you should buy first. This part is easy and can be budgeted accordingly. Unless you want an expensive, aesthetically pleasing case, a simple hardbody should not be too expensive or difficult to find.
Next, the rig will need a motherboard. This component is the connective tissue of your computer. Every other component will need to be connected to the motherboard to function.
To narrow down the search for your motherboard ask yourself what you’re going to be using the PC for. If you’re wanting an intensive gaming PC look for a motherboard with a socket for a graphics card and so on.
The next two essential components are the processor (CPU) and the memory (RAM). The CPU acts as the brain of your computer. In other words, the better your processor the faster and more efficient your rig will be at running multiple tasks. You need to choose RAM that is compatible with your motherboard.
Lastly, you will need a storage unit (either a hard drive or solid-state drive) that will hold the operating system and files on your computer, and you’ll need a power supply (PSU). The PSU will regulate the electricity flowing through your PC.
All the components mentioned above are those that will ensure that you have a running computer. Thousands of other extra components can be added to your build, but these are essential.
For a more complex build, you could add these components to your rig: graphics cards, CPU coolers, case fans, and SD card readers among others.
The bottom line is that building a PC is not always as difficult as it looks if you know what you want to build and know which components to install.