All of the information you need to build your own PC / computer
This section of this website provides all of the information required to build your own PC and install Windows, the latest versions of which are called Windows 10 (Home and Pro versions), released on July 29, 2015.
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Building a desktop PC is not very difficult. Moreover, once you know how to build a PC that works after Windows or an alternative operating system has been installed, you’ll know how to repair one should any of its hardware components fail.
You might want to use a version of Linux instead of Windows. Moreover, you can use the install disc of Ubuntu Linux and Mint Linux as a rescue disc. It boots the system as a fully-featured version without installing itself on the hard disk or SSD drive.
You just have to buy a few components and then assemble them. The components are: PC case, power supply unit (PSU), hard disk drive or SSD drive, CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive, motherboard, processor & processor cooling unit, RAM memory modules, video/graphics card and sound card, if these are not supplied by chips on the motherboard. The motherboard can come with graphics and sound chips but these are only suitable for a workstation not for high-intensity computing such as video editing and playing PC games. The best option is to buy a case without a power supply and then buy your own quality unit because the case might not come with one of sufficient quality.
After the introduction, which provides very useful general self-build information, all of the internal components of a PC are dealt with in detail – the case and power supply unit, the motherboard, processor and RAM memory and the storage (hard disk and SSD drives) and optical CD/DVD disc drives, etc. The keyboard and mouse just have to be plugged into the PC using a USB or PS/2 port. I still have desktop PCs that still use an old-technology PS/2 keyboard and mouse.
Note that images are only provided as illustrations where words alone don’t get the job done properly. I feel certain that I would have been able to build a PC successfully for the first time using only the information provided here. However, if anything is unclear, you can use web searches to clarify matters by using suitable search queries. YouTube is an excellent source of component-installation videos.
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