A Short Guide to Building a Computer: The Parts

Building your PC is all about deciding what it’s going to be used for. Things like custom-made casings and parts dependent on the operation will play a factor into choosing what you need. Knowing whether you’ll use your PC for simple spreadsheet work, video editing, graphics rendering, or gaming, is crucial for determining the appropriate parts to use in building your PC.

CHOOSING PARTS

MOTHERBOARDS
For simple working PCs, basically any motherboard that supports at least the Intel Core 2 Duo line of processors would hold up just fine but there could be some problems when multitasking. For best results, purchase motherboards equipped with CPU slots that support the i series of processors. For graphic artists and gamers, make sure that the motherboard you purchase can support the latest video cards as well.

More Parts

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HARD DISK DRIVE
A 250 GB Drive should be enough for regular PCs, but for all of the other resource-intensive purposes, 500 GB to a couple of Terabytes of disk space is the way to go. An optical drive or CD-ROM is optional.

COOLING
Stock fans should work fine for work PCs, but for heavier system workloads, you should add a couple more fans to the sides of the system unit or installing a water-cooling system if you can afford it.

MONITOR
Monitors depend entirely on preference, but for work purposes, a simple 60 hz monitor should do just fine.

here is a short video explaining everything.

Even More Parts

PROCESSOR
Work PCs don’t really need much processing power, except if multitasking. For that, the Intel i3 series should give enough headroom, or the Core 2 Duo series if you’re on a tight budget. Graphic artists and video editors should go with the i5 series, or i7 if they can afford it. For gaming, the latest i5 models should be enough, as i7 is oftentimes overkill if the other parts bottleneck it.

RAM
It’s always good to have more RAM, but for data processing purposes, 2 GB is more than enough. Gamers and video editors would need upwards of 8 GB.

VIDEO CARD
Regular working desktops can do without one, but graphic artists and video editors would need at least a mid-range one. For gamers who could afford it, having two onboard working together is definitely a plus, provided you can supply your unit with enough cooling.