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Building a Computer

Updated: Jan 23, 2019

What does it take to custom build a computer? There are five absolutely necessary parts you will need.

#1: First, start out with the processor:

#2: Find a motherboard that is compatible with that processor:

#3: Find the RAM or memory that fits with the motherboard:

#4: Select a storage device:

#5: And lastly, the power supply:

In addition to these necessities, you can add more parts tailored to fit whatever specific needs you have such as a CD drive, SD card reader, expandable ports, higher quality graphics card, etc.

Why custom build rather than buy from a large computer company?

-Quality and reliability. The parts being bought for a custom build are going to be more reliable and higher quality because they are coming from company that is providing a specifically designed product. Large computer companies are mass producing these parts and making them as cheap as they possibly can. As a result, custom parts will be more expensive but you are paying for the quality of the product- which you wouldn't find from a mainstream company like Dell, HP, Acer, or any other manufacturer.

-Overall the performance you are getting for the money you are spending is greater. For example, if you buy a $1,200.00 computer from Dell, and compare it to a custom built $1,200.00 computer, the custom build has more value because the parts are usually higher quality, and faster performing parts. Therefore it's performance and reliability should outlast the Dell desktop.

-One of the biggest appeals besides the value you are getting from a custom build, is that you can design your computer to fit whatever specific wants or needs you have. You could have every other part of your custom build be completely basic, except the fact that you need a solid state drive. You might be a gamer, and want to have the best graphics card out there. This isn't something you can do with a manufacturer. We can look at what the computer is primarily being used for, and basically give you the best value for the money you are spending based on which parts need to be priority.

Make sure you know what you need.

Anybody can throw parts into a case, or you can buy a kit that already has all the parts together and just assemble it. However, to understand what goes into a custom build, what's best, and what you're trying to get out of it can be very complex. PC Touchup has done hundreds of custom builds, and we recommend going to a professional who knows what parts are going to be compatible, where to get those parts and what to put your money towards to get the best quality and value for your expense.

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