Build your Own PC

On this page you will learn how to build a fully functioning PC, learn what all of the components do and learn how to get windows 10 onto your new PC if you have a new Hard Drive or Solid State Drive.

Build your Own PC

On this page you will learn how to build a fully functioning PC, learn what all of the components do and learn how to get windows 10 onto your new PC if you have a new Hard Drive or Solid State Drive.

What Components do you Need?

In order to build a PC you will need to purchase:

  • A Motherboard
  • A CPU
  • RAM
  • A Power Supply
  • Hard Drive/ Solid State Drive
  • A Case
  • A CPU Heatsink
  • Thermal Paste
  • Windows 10 Memory Stick

PC Terminology:

What is a CPU?
A CPU, also known as a Central Processing Unit, is used to carry out instructions, so in other words it is the brain.

What is RAM?
RAM, Random Access Memory, is temporary storage, for example different tabs open in chrome are stored in RAM so if you shut down your computer and you haven’t saved your word document, all the data will be lost. Make sure you save everything before shutting down your computer.

What is a Hard Drive or SSD?
A Hard Drive is permanent storage so all your application and files will be saved onto your hard drive and will not be lost. A Solid State Drive does everything a hard drive does but is much quicker but they come across as a lot more expensive.

What is a motherboard?
A motherboard connects all your components together.

What is a case?
A case holds all the components of a PC such as a motherboard. It is also used for cooling so you Personal Computer doesn’t overheat.

What does a CPU heatsink do?
It stops your CPU from overheating; if you don’t have a CPU fan, your CPU will not work. You will need thermal paste to put onto your CPU.

What is a Power Supply?
A power supply gives enough power to your PC components so it will run.

Building your Computer:

Firstly, you will need to carefully unbox your motherboard and place it on top of the box it came with; we recommend building your PC on a hard surface such as a table. All motherboards will come with a few SATA cables to plug into your hard drive or SSD, it will come with a manual and a few other accessories depending on your motherboard. Make sure your motherboard is compatible with your CPU as your PC will not power up, so if you have an 8th generation intel CPU make sure your motherboard says it supports 8th generation intel CPU’s and make sure your RAM is compatible with your motherboard; if you RAM says it is DDR4 and your motherboard says DDR3 your computer will not work, you need a DDR4 RAM motherboard.

Installing your Intel or AMD CPU

Once you have put your motherboard onto the box it came with, you will need to install your CPU. To do this you will need to lift the lever, on the socket where you put your CPU, and line up the golden arrow on your CPU with the arrow on the socket. Then, you will need to carefully align your CPU with the socket and simply drop it in (make sure that the pins aren’t bent in the socket). Then you will need to push the lever down, don’t worry if it is stiff, and the plastic on top of the socket should come off. As well as the intel socket, you will need allign the gold arrow with the arrow on the motherboard and drop it in. Then you will need to push the lever down, you will not need a CPU fan for AMD processors as it comes in the box.

Installing the RAM

To install RAM into your motherboard you will need to unclip the clips on the RAM slots and allign the RAM so it will fit correctly. Then you push down until you here a click, you will need to use a lot of force for this so dont worry about breaking anything, and if you have more than one RAM  you need to install both into the A channels; there should be a diagram showing you which are A and which are B. This is so you will get the most out of your RAM.

Intsalling the Heatsink 

When installing a heatsink you will need thermal paste, some heatsinks come with it and some don’t, you will need to place the bracket on the back of your motherboard. Then you will need to put thermal paste on the center of your CPU and screw the 2 mounting clips onyo your heatsink. Once you have done that take off the protective sticker on it and allign with the 4 holes outside of your cpu socket; then screw it in. After that you will need to plug it into the pins labeled pc fan, make sure you plug it in the right way round.

Placing your Motherboard into your Case

Before screwing in your motherboard, you will need to install the I/O shield; this should come with the motherboard, if not it may already be on the motherboard. This is surprisingly one of the hardest things when building a PC so you will need to align the I/O shield with the cut out at the back of the PC case; you must install this inside of the case. You will need to put equal force onto each corner of the I/O shield, once you here a click on all 4 corners the I/O shield will be installed. Now you have installed your I/O shield you need to install your motherboard into your PC case. If your case does not come with pre-installed stand-offs you will need to manually install them which is not hard to do. After that place one hand on your heatsink, the other on the side of your motherboard and carefully line up your I/O with your I/O shield. Try to align the holes on the stand-offs to the holes on the motherboard and you should here it snap in place. Now, you will need to secure your motherboard in place so you will need to find the right screws that will have come with your case and screw your motherboard in.

What Components do you Need?

In order to build a PC you will need to purchase:

  • A Motherboard
  • A CPU
  • RAM
  • A Power Supply
  • Hard Drive/ Solid State Drive
  • A Case
  • A CPU Heatsink
  • Thermal Paste
  • Windows 10 Memory Stick

PC Terminology:

What is a CPU?
A CPU, also known as a Central Processing Unit, is used to carry out instructions, so in other words it is the brain.

What is RAM?
RAM, Random Access Memory, is temporary storage, for example different tabs open in chrome are stored in RAM so if you shut down your computer and you haven’t saved your word document, all the data will be lost. Make sure you save everything before shutting down your computer.

What is a Hard Drive or SSD?
A Hard Drive is permanent storage so all your application and files will be saved onto your hard drive and will not be lost. A Solid State Drive does everything a hard drive does but is much quicker but they come across as a lot more expensive.

What is a motherboard?
A motherboard connects all your components together.

What is a case?
A case holds all the components of a PC such as a motherboard. It is also used for cooling so you Personal Computer doesn’t overheat.

What does a CPU heatsink do?
It stops your CPU from overheating; if you don’t have a CPU fan, your CPU will not work. You will need thermal paste to put onto your CPU.

What is a Power Supply?
A power supply gives enough power to your PC components so it will run.

Building your Computer:

Firstly, you will need to carefully unbox your motherboard and place it on top of the box it came with; we recommend building your PC on a hard surface such as a table. All motherboards will come with a few SATA cables to plug into your hard drive or SSD, it will come with a manual and a few other accessories depending on your motherboard. Make sure your motherboard is compatible with your CPU as your PC will not power up, so if you have an 8th generation intel CPU make sure your motherboard says it supports 8th generation intel CPU’s and make sure your RAM is compatible with your motherboard; if you RAM says it is DDR4 and your motherboard says DDR3 your computer will not work, you need a DDR4 RAM motherboard.

Installing your Intel or AMD CPU

Once you have put your motherboard onto the box it came with, you will need to install your CPU. To do this you will need to lift the lever, on the socket where you put your CPU, and line up the golden arrow on your CPU with the arrow on the socket. Then, you will need to carefully align your CPU with the socket and simply drop it in (make sure that the pins aren’t bent in the socket). Then you will need to push the lever down, don’t worry if it is stiff, and the plastic on top of the socket should come off. As well as the intel socket, you will need allign the gold arrow with the arrow on the motherboard and drop it in. Then you will need to push the lever down, you will not need a CPU fan for AMD processors as it comes in the box.

Installing the RAM

To install RAM into your motherboard you will need to unclip the clips on the RAM slots and allign the RAM so it will fit correctly. Then you push down until you here a click, you will need to use a lot of force for this so dont worry about breaking anything, and if you have more than one RAM  you need to install both into the A channels; there should be a diagram showing you which are A and which are B. This is so you will get the most out of your RAM.

Intsalling the Heatsink 

When installing a heatsink you will need thermal paste, some heatsinks come with it and some don’t, you will need to place the bracket on the back of your motherboard. Then you will need to put thermal paste on the center of your CPU and screw the 2 mounting clips onyo your heatsink. Once you have done that take off the protective sticker on it and allign with the 4 holes outside of your cpu socket; then screw it in. After that you will need to plug it into the pins labeled pc fan, make sure you plug it in the right way round.

Placing your Motherboard into your Case

Before screwing in your motherboard, you will need to install the I/O shield; this should come with the motherboard, if not it may already be on the motherboard. This is surprisingly one of the hardest things when building a PC so you will need to align the I/O shield with the cut out at the back of the PC case; you must install this inside of the case. You will need to put equal force onto each corner of the I/O shield, once you here a click on all 4 corners the I/O shield will be installed. Now you have installed your I/O shield you need to install your motherboard into your PC case. If your case does not come with pre-installed stand-offs you will need to manually install them which is not hard to do. After that place one hand on your heatsink, the other on the side of your motherboard and carefully line up your I/O with your I/O shield. Try to align the holes on the stand-offs to the holes on the motherboard and you should here it snap in place. Now, you will need to secure your motherboard in place so you will need to find the right screws that will have come with your case and screw your motherboard in.

What Components do you Need?

In order to build a PC you will need to purchase:

  • A Motherboard
  • A CPU
  • RAM
  • A Power Supply
  • Hard Drive/ Solid State Drive
  • A Case
  • A CPU Heatsink
  • Thermal Paste
  • Windows 10 Memory Stick

PC Terminology:

What is a CPU?
A CPU, also known as a Central Processing Unit, is used to carry out instructions, so in other words it is the brain.

What is RAM?
RAM, Random Access Memory, is temporary storage, for example different tabs open in chrome are stored in RAM so if you shut down your computer and you haven’t saved your word document, all the data will be lost. Make sure you save everything before shutting down your computer.

What is a Hard Drive or SSD?
A Hard Drive is permanent storage so all your application and files will be saved onto your hard drive and will not be lost. A Solid State Drive does everything a hard drive does but is much quicker but they come across as a lot more expensive.

What is a motherboard?
A motherboard connects all your components together.

What is a case?
A case holds all the components of a PC such as a motherboard. It is also used for cooling so you Personal Computer doesn’t overheat.

What does a CPU heatsink do?
It stops your CPU from overheating; if you don’t have a CPU fan, your CPU will not work. You will need thermal paste to put onto your CPU.

What is a Power Supply?
A power supply gives enough power to your PC components so it will run.

Building your Computer:

Firstly, you will need to carefully unbox your motherboard and place it on top of the box it came with; we recommend building your PC on a hard surface such as a table. All motherboards will come with a few SATA cables to plug into your hard drive or SSD, it will come with a manual and a few other accessories depending on your motherboard. Make sure your motherboard is compatible with your CPU as your PC will not power up, so if you have an 8th generation intel CPU make sure your motherboard says it supports 8th generation intel CPU’s and make sure your RAM is compatible with your motherboard; if you RAM says it is DDR4 and your motherboard says DDR3 your computer will not work, you need a DDR4 RAM motherboard.

Installing your Intel or AMD CPU

Once you have put your motherboard onto the box it came with, you will need to install your CPU. To do this you will need to lift the lever, on the socket where you put your CPU, and line up the golden arrow on your CPU with the arrow on the socket. Then, you will need to carefully align your CPU with the socket and simply drop it in (make sure that the pins aren’t bent in the socket). Then you will need to push the lever down, don’t worry if it is stiff, and the plastic on top of the socket should come off. As well as the intel socket, you will need allign the gold arrow with the arrow on the motherboard and drop it in. Then you will need to push the lever down, you will not need a CPU fan for AMD processors as it comes in the box.

Installing the RAM

To install RAM into your motherboard you will need to unclip the clips on the RAM slots and allign the RAM so it will fit correctly. Then you push down until you here a click, you will need to use a lot of force for this so dont worry about breaking anything, and if you have more than one RAM  you need to install both into the A channels; there should be a diagram showing you which are A and which are B. This is so you will get the most out of your RAM.

Intsalling the Heatsink 

When installing a heatsink you will need thermal paste, some heatsinks come with it and some don’t, you will need to place the bracket on the back of your motherboard. Then you will need to put thermal paste on the center of your CPU and screw the 2 mounting clips onyo your heatsink. Once you have done that take off the protective sticker on it and allign with the 4 holes outside of your cpu socket; then screw it in. After that you will need to plug it into the pins labeled pc fan, make sure you plug it in the right way round.

Placing your Motherboard into your Case

Before screwing in your motherboard, you will need to install the I/O shield; this should come with the motherboard, if not it may already be on the motherboard. This is surprisingly one of the hardest things when building a PC so you will need to align the I/O shield with the cut out at the back of the PC case; you must install this inside of the case. You will need to put equal force onto each corner of the I/O shield, once you here a click on all 4 corners the I/O shield will be installed. Now you have installed your I/O shield you need to install your motherboard into your PC case. If your case does not come with pre-installed stand-offs you will need to manually install them which is not hard to do. After that place one hand on your heatsink, the other on the side of your motherboard and carefully line up your I/O with your I/O shield. Try to align the holes on the stand-offs to the holes on the motherboard and you should here it snap in place. Now, you will need to secure your motherboard in place so you will need to find the right screws that will have come with your case and screw your motherboard in.

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