Building a Computer Buying Guide

While building your own computer  may seem like a daunting task, taking on the project has a lot of advantages.  Aside from guaranteeing that you'll get all the features you want, it is often cheaper than buying a preassembled PC.  Building your own computer also means that you can avoid many of the proprietary designs on the market that require you to keep coming back to the same company for new parts .  So if a little painstaking labour sounds like a fair trade for saving your hard-earned cash and owning a computer tailored exactly to your needs, you've come to the right place.  Check out this guide for information on the basic parts and tools  you need for the job, along with some suggestions on quality brands.

Stock Your Tool Belt

Unfortunately, you can't wave a magic wand to get all the pieces together.  It actually takes some screws.  To help the process along, it's best to equip yourself with the following:

All of these tools will help you keep track of your components, as well as efficiently secure them in their appropriate places.

Basic Parts

Whether you are trying to build a budget PC, a workstation or a gaming PC, you will need all of the same parts to create the foundation of your new computer.

Some Quality Brands

Computer Cases

Antec Performance TX 10 BAY Full Tower ATX Computer Case with 500w Power Supply 

Thermaltake VD1000SWA Silver Aluminium ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 

RAIDMAX RX-9 SE ATX-911SEB Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window 

Computer Motherboards

MSI (E24903) VIA® KT 880 ATX Socket A Motherboard 

ABIT KN8 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard 

Asus Motherboard A8N-E 

Keyboards and Mice

Logitech Workstation Keyboard 

Alienware Gaming Keyboard 

Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 

Optional Parts and Accessories

Computer Processors

Intel® Core2 Extreme Processor X6800 

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ 2.4GHz Processor 

Intel Xeon 3GHz Processor 

Video/Graphics Cards

Ati Radeon X1600 PRO Graphics Card 

NVIDIA Quadro FX 5500 1 GB DDR2 PCI Express Graphics Card 

ATI Radeon 9800 PRO Graphics Card