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How To Build A Computer - Initial Decisions

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How to build a computer? Use this computer building guide to build gaming computer, home theater pc, office computer and more. Save money, customize your build and say, "I can build my own computer".

The first decision in how to build a computer is related to purchasing: what computer parts or components should you buy? Before purchasing anything for your new computer, you'll need to make some initial decisions.

These will determine the components you may need, and how much you will have to spend, to get your desired results.

Initial Decisions


What are you planning to do with your computer?

Are you a gamer and do you want to build gaming computer with high performance capabilities? Or a small business owner who wants to build a stable, and fast, office computer? Do you do a lot of video editing and/or you want to build a home theater pc?

These are just a few of the uses for your new computer. What you plan to do with your computer will in large part determine how much you will need to spend on it. Gaming computers are going to be the most expensive. If you want to play today's games at the highest resolutions with smooth game play, you will need a machine that can handle high end graphics, and has the processing power to keep up.

Do you do a lot of video editing? This type of machine can go either way. If you are a professional video editor, or have a side business, you will most likely want a better machine than if you simply do editing at home for your personal use. The decision is yours.

Are you simply looking for a machine to do some basic word processing, maybe some home finances, or read your email and surf the web? Then you can build a pretty inexpensive computer. The best part of learning how to build a computer is that you can 'custom specify' it to your own needs (unlike buying a pre-built machine 'off the shelf' at a retail store.


What is the budget for your new computer?

Another initial decision is how much money you want to spend. Do you only want to spend $300? Or $3000? Or is the sky the limit? The amount of money that you want to budget for your computer build will in part determine what you can do with the computer.

If you want to play the latest games, $300 just won't give you the system to do that. If you want to do some home finances, web surfing, and/or school work, there really is no need to spend $3000 on your computer.

Where are you planning to get the components? Where you get your components will have an effect on the cost of your computer. There will be a big price difference between going to your local Best Buy, and buying online from a site like Newegg. Buying online can save you a lot of money, but you have to plan ahead a bit. The best way to save money online is to plan out all the parts you are going to need, and then get them all at once. This will save you on shipping costs, and a lot of times, if you place an order over a certain dollar amount, shipping will even be free.

That's it for the first step in how to build a computer. Once you have made these initial decisions, move on to the next step of the computer building guide.

Step Two: Purchasing Computer Parts


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