I know, for computer geeks like us, customising computers are fun. Having a custom computer can provide you with nearly endless possibilities, whether you’re looking for a killer gaming machine, a system for mixing music, or something to use in your job in IT Support.
Building a custom computer is the perfect go-to if you want both performance and flexibility.
But, if you are a total noob, check out these tips to guide you in customising your computer.
Processor and Motherboard
In building your weapon of choice, you need to start with the processor, which will dictate your selection of other necessary parts, such as the motherboard.
Intel is usually the template when it comes to processors; so you can’t go wrong if that’s your choice. Its Core series comes in three families: i3, i5 and i7. The i3 series is good for average computing needs, while the i5 offers a little more horsepower.
After getting your badass processor, select a motherboard to go with it. Make sure it is USB 3.1/3.0-capable for optimal speed.
Storage and Memory
After getting a processor and a motherboard, choose the storage you want to use. HDD drives are the traditional hard drives that most computers have, and they are extremely affordable.
However, I suggest that you choose a hybrid option that includes both. A computer built with its system files on a smaller SSD will boot faster, while a larger and cheaper HDD in the 2-TB range gives plenty of storage.
Decide on the RAM that you need. If you plan on running a 32-bit OS, then you only need 3 GB of memory since the OS won’t support any more. Most likely, though, you will be using a 64-bit architecture where 4 GB is the minimum.
I also suggest that you get 8, 12, or 16 GB for a better user experience.
Video and Audio Cards
If you are into gaming, digital graphics or video editing, you should invest in something more advanced than a basic video card.
For better graphics, AMD, ATI or Nvidia cards will do the job for ya’ll.
The same goes for your audio card: If you are editing audio files, you should always opt for a higher-quality card that’s compatible with the peripheral equipment you want to connect.
Case, Power and Cooling
After doing the above tips, get a really cool case for your computer. There are many types of cases on the market with different features. If you are building a high-performance system, you may need a powerful cooling system to go along with it.
All that performance generates heat. Too much heat will cause your computer to crash and may even damage hardware, so be sure to get some quality computer cooling fans.
For your power supply, get at least a 500w power supply, but if you’ve opted for a bigger processor, graphics card, and the requisite fans, you’ll need something more high end. Your components may come with recommended power allowances. However, if you are planning to use your computer as a workhorse, get at least a 750w power supply.