The Complete Guide To:
How to Build a
Computer from Scratch.
By Whitson Gordon
[PDF Created by Sarvesh Lad]
Building a computer from scratch gives you the perfect machine for your needs, but it can be
daunting the first time around. In this edition of Lifehacker Night School, we'll be taking you
through the buying, building, and installation process step-by-step. Today, we're going to start
with a little computer hardware basics.
While you could just go to the store and buy a Dell, you might find that you're happier with a
custom-built machine. Building a PC from the ground up means it's perfectly crafted to fit your
needs, whether you're a hardcore gamer, video editor extraordinaire, or you're just trying to build
a low- or high-powered home theater PC. In some instances, you may save some money, and in
all instances you'll have accomplished a project that you'll benefit from for yearsâ€”a pretty great
feeling in and of itself. That said, building is much more time consuming than buying, and your
first time through, it can be daunting. This week's Night School series will walk you through
building your first (or second, or third) computer from start to finish.
Today, we'll be talking about the first step in any computer build: brainstorming what kind of
machine you're looking to make and what that means for your hardware.
The Types of Machines and their Ballpark Costs
Much like we did in our original spec-crafting feature, the the first thing you need to do is come
up with a very, very rough idea of what kind of performance you want from your machine. The
easiest way to do that is to split builds it up into three general categories:
ï‚· Low Performance: If you're looking for a simple PC for web browsing, email checking,
or video watching, a low performance machine is probably the way to go. These
machines are small, don't draw a lot of power, and are usually pretty quiet, which is great
(though they obviously sacrifice perform